Fares tend to vary depending on the time you are travelling, the class of travel you wish to take, and the length of your journey.
To buy tickets or find out about train times, you can visit National Rail’s website, or call National Rail Enquiries on: 08457 484950 (UK only).
This page can give you hints and suggestions for ways to reduce your fares, and help make train travel more of a regular mode of travel for people across Wiltshire.
Cut your rail costs
It’s usually cheaper if you travel during off-peak times (after 9.30am and before 5pm), but if those times are not convenient, then booking tickets as far in advance as possible is usually a good way of saving a bit of money. You can buy advance tickets online up to an hour before you travel, but for the best deals you should book 12 weeks beforehand.
You can save around 1/3rd off the price of your ticket with a Railcard. These are available for:
- 16-25 year olds
- Two adults travelling together (Two Together card)
- People over 60 years old
- Disabled people
- People travelling in a group with children (Family & Friends card). This saves up to 1/3rd on adult fares and up to 60% on child fares
- People travelling in London and the South East (a Network Rail card)
The HM Forces railcard also offers around 1/3rd off for members of the Regular Forces or Volunteer Reserves and spouses/civil partners of members, To apply for your Railcard contact your Unit HR admin staff. War widows/widowers and their dependants can also apply for a rail card through the Royal British Legion. HM Forces Railcards can’t be purchased at National Rail stations or online.
Season tickets are a great way to save money on regular journeys particularly if you need to travel at peak times. They also let you avoid queuing for tickets and you can use them for extra leisure trips.
For longer journeys, splitting your ticket can be cheaper. Different sites can offer different savings depending on your journey. Remember, you can use these sites to check ticket costs and purchase at the rail station.
- Money Saving Expert’s splitter tool
Did you know?
You can ask your employer if they offer any subsidies or tax-breaks for annual rail tickets.