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Last updated: 25 Aug 2015
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This list of super-cheap train and coach deals will help you cut travel costs to the bone – sometimes to just £1 each way.

We check with companies' press offices that deals are open to all, but policies can change, so check before booking. These are just one-off promos - for top techniques to cut any journey’s cost, see Cheap Trains.

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Eurostar logoEurostar £64 returns Paris, Brussels, Lille & CalaisNorm £72-£309. For Sep-Dec travel. Go quick, limited availability

140,000 avail

Book online at Eurostar and you could get your hands on £64 return train tickets to Paris, Brussels, Lille or Calais from London St Pancras, Ebbsfleet or Ashford International. There are 140,000 discounted singles at £32 each in standard class until Tue 8 Sep, with tickets valid between Tue 22 Sep and Wed Dec 16.

These are bound to go quickly as Eurostar doesn't run these deals often, so if you’re planning to get away this year, now's a good time to book. Kids tickets aren’t included in the offer, but under-4s travel free and tickets for kids aged four to 11 are from £51 return.

What services are cheap tickets available on?

Eurostar says availability of £32 seats varies per train, but there are more discounted tickets on off-peak Mon-Thu services, with more limited availability for travel on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays (although there are some) - so full steam ahead to give yourself the best chance of finding a cheap seat. Some dates are excluded - mainly weekends in October - see 'more info' below for full list.

You'll need to buy outbound and inbound singles

Tickets are sold as £32 singles, but you must book an outbound AND inbound ticket to get the sale price - so this deal won't work if you only want a one-way ticket. Search online at Eurostar for your desired dates and if you're lucky, you'll find £32 singles for both legs of your journey (promo fares indicated with a star). It's a bit of pot luck trying to find discounted tickets for specific dates as the cheap tickets are spread across the whole three months. 

What do they normally cost?

Return tickets in standard class usually range from £72 (if booked well in advance and mostly off-peak) to £309, so this is a cracker and worth climbing aboard if you can find them. 

£70 return to Bruges, Ghent and Antwerp

Eurostar is also offering discounted return fares to Bruges, Ghent and Antwerp in Belgium for £70 if you can find them. Tickets are sold as £35 singles and you’ll need to book outbound and inbound to get the sale price. These tickets normally cost from £72 return (if booked well in advance), so you could be on the right track for a decent deal.

2for1 entry to museums and galleries with tickets

Your Eurostar tickets also get you 2for1 entry to a range of top museums and galleries including Musée d’Orsay in Paris and Bozar in Brussels, all by simply showing your Eurostar tickets at entry.

MSE Gary says:

While we have seen sale fares for £59 return before, £64 is still a decent price and we believe this is the new price for Eurostar's sales. 

More info

Bookings can’t be made for travel to Paris, Lille, Calais, and Brussels from Fri 2 Oct to Mon 5 Oct, from Fri 16 Oct to Mon 19 Oct and from Fri 23 Oct to Sun 8 Nov. 

There are 90,000 promotional seats (45,000 returns) on the Paris route (incl to Lille and Calais) and 50,000 seats (25,000 returns) on the Brussels route.

There's a £4 credit card fee per transaction but using a debit card's free. Max nine people per booking. This deal can't be used with any other offers.

You can collect tickets from a Eurostar terminal or print them at home by clicking the 'print-at-home' tab during the booking process. You must check in at least 30 minutes before your departure.

Children aged under four years old travel for free, but they’ll have to sit on your lap.

Megabus logoMegabus £2.50 advance returns*Incl coach, train & combo of both. Ongoing offer. Limited avail

Book well ahead

If you go online to Megabus*, if you get lucky, you can book rail and coach travel across the UK and Europe from £1 each way (plus 50p booking fee, so from £2.50 return).

It offers cheap tickets on coaches (Megabus), trains (Megatrain) and a combination of the two (Megaplusbus).

These £1 fares sell out quickly, so try to book months in advance where possible, be flexible with your dates and be prepared to travel at unsociable hours. Even if you miss out on £1 deals, we found many £10 and under singles which aren't bad. See the Megabus route map.

Example £1 each way fares

When we checked on Mon 3 Aug, £1 single tickets were available on routes in September from:

Megabus:

  • Birmingham to Bristol
  • Newcastle to Edinburgh
  • London to Loughborough

  • Megabusplus (bus and train split journey):

  • London to Hull via East Midlands Parkway (where you change to the bus)
  • London to Bradford via East Midlands Parkway (where you change to the bus)

  • London to York via East Midlands Parkway (where you change to the bus)

  • How to book them

    The sub-£10 deals, if available, should appear as normal. Simply choose where you're travelling from and to and select "all" under "travelling by" to show results for both bus and train.

    Southeastern logoSoutheastern £1 kids' off-peak ticketsOngoing offer. Book online or buy from ticket office with adult ticket

    Ongoing

    Up to four kids (aged five to 15) can travel for £1 each return off-peak on Southeastern trains when accompanied by one adult. 

    Tickets can be booked in advance or on the day online or from ticket offices (not machines) and the child's fare will be automatically discounted. It's valid on open and day returns on mainline and high speed services, but not on journeys wholly within London.

    To book a £1 kids' ticket:

    • Child ticket must be booked at the same time as an adult with an off-peak, super off-peak or season ticket
    • Valid all weekend and bank holidays
    • Valid on journeys starting after 9.30am Mon-Fri, but trains into London must arrive after 10am

    Do note, it can't be combined with any railcard discount, see the full T&Cs

    To find more ways to get cheap train fares, see our Tickety Split tool and our Cheap train tickets guide.

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    Train Deals

    Southern logoSouthern train tickets from £5Buy an advance fare online until 6pm the night before travel

    Ongoing

    Buy an advance ticket to travel with Southern Railway for less than £10 each way. Southern has released over a million tickets priced at £5, £8 and £10. What makes the offer even better is that it can be used with railcards, so a journey from London to Southampton could cost as little as £7 return.

    You can book tickets from 12 weeks in advance, up to 6pm the night before you travel. Tickets are released each week, so booking in advance gives you more of a chance to find the £5 seats.

    You'll need to register with Southern before buying tickets online and tickets can be collected two hours later at your chosen station. Offer excludes Gatwick Express services and the Oxted, Metro and Redhill routes. See the route map here.

    More info

    Advance tickets are only valid on the specific date and time of train you book. Tickets are non-refundable, except those that are bought online and not collected - see Money Back Guarantee for more info.

    Railcard logo11% off 16-25 railcards with NUS ExtraRailcard gets you a third off train travel

    Ongoing

    If you're an NUS Extra card holder (cards cost £12 a year) you can get 11% off a 16-25 railcard online

    Railcards can save you a third off train travel if you're eligible - that means if you're spending over £90, even on a one-off trip, it's worth getting one. 

    For more train tricks including how to split tickets to slash costs see the Cheap Trains guide.

    Oyster card logoFree or cheap Tube, bus & DLR travel if you're over 60You must live in London

    London

    Two offers (one more publicised than the other) get over-60s living in London free or super cheap travel. 
     

    • Freedom Pass. FREE travel on London’s public transport. If you live in London and are the right age, the Freedom Pass gives you free travel on London’s public transport, including the Tube, buses, National Rail, DLR and Overground. 

      It's hard to state a definitive age for who's eligible - so use the Freedom Pass Calculator then apply online or go to your local Post Office.

    • All other over-60s. Pay £20 for nearly unlimited travel on Tube, buses and more. To fill the gap if you can’t get the Freedom Pass, the 60+ Oyster card gives you free travel most of the time on London’s public transport, including National Rail. When you turn 60, pay a one-off admin fee of £20 and get a card which lasts until you're eligible for a Freedom Pass.

    Forumite cwc1899 posted: "My husband who recently turned 60 has to get two buses each way to work, at a cost of £4.40 per day/ £22 per week/ £1,144 per year. This will save my husband a minimum of £1,124 per year and more as he can use it at any time." Add your 60+ travel saving to the Cheap UK Travel Deals discussion thread.

    MSE Frederika says:

    Both these are absolutely cracking deals so if you’re over 60 and living in London, it's a no-brainer to apply. Even if you only use the 60+ Oyster card for a year before reaching Freedom Pass age, you could save hundreds of pounds if you travel daily.

    More info

    Free travel with the Freedom Pass includes: 

    • Any time on TfL buses, Tube, DLR, tram, London Overground and after 9.30am on weekdays, all day at weekends on National Rail services (all day weekdays on some lines - see theFreedom Pass map for more).

    Free travel with the 60+ Oyster card includes the following services: 

    • Bus, tube, tram, DLR and London Overground: Any time
    • National Rail services: From 9.30am weekdays, any time on weekends and public holidays on most services, including to Dartford and Swanley. It's valid at any time on some National Rail services, see the 60+ Travel map for full details of where you can use the card. 
    • It's not available for those who are eligible for an older or disabled person's Freedom Pass, who have a Veterans' Oyster photocard, are under 60 years old and those who don't live in a London borough. See the full T&Cs.

    Chiltern Railways logoChiltern Railways four travel when two payBook online, at the ticket office or over the phone

    Off-peak rtn

    Up to four adults can travel on a Groupsave ticket via Chiltern Railways but only two adults need to pay. It's only valid on off-peak returns (after 9.30am Mon-Fri) and off-peak day Travelcards.

    What's more, in addition to the four adults, up to four children aged 15 and under can travel for £1 each and under-5s go free. 

    This is an ongoing offer which can be booked online (you'll see the letter 'G' for the group booking), at your nearest station's ticket office or by calling 08456 005 165.

    There's no need to book in advance but you all do need to be travelling at the same time. 

    More info

    This offer's not valid with any other discounts, including railcards. GroupSave isn't available to buy from stations run by London Underground.

    Greater Anglia logoGreater Anglia 50% off for second passengerBuy online or at ticket offices. Must travel together

    Weekends
    When two adults travel together on the Greater Anglia network on a Saturday, Sunday or bank holiday, the second passenger gets 50% off their ticket cost. So split it between you and you can each save 25%.

    You can get the offer online or by quoting the 'Duo tickets' offer at ticket offices.

    It's valid on super off-peak day returns only, on the Greater Anglia route south of Manningtree/Harwich and the Cambridge to London routes. London to Stansted Airport is also included. See the Greater Anglia route map.
    More info
    It's not valid on journeys which both start and end in London fare zones 1-6 and no other railcard discounts are available. Unfortunately, when there are engineering works taking place, you won't be able to get the discount.

    Northern Rail logoNorthern Rail 50% off for second passengerBuy online, from ticket offices or on-train conductor

    Off-peak
    When two adults take a return journey on selected off-peak routes, the second passenger gets 50% off.

    So, split it between people and you can each save 25%. You can get this Northern Rail offer online or by quoting 'Duo' at ticket offices or to the on-train conductor.

    It's valid on an anytime day return or an off-peak day return ticket on the Northern Rail network, but see below for some exclusions.
    More info
    No other railcard discounts are available and unfortunately, when there are engineering works taking place, you won't be able to get the discount.

    For more info see the full T&Cs.

    Gatwick Express logoGatwick Express 35% off for 2 passengers*Special link gets 35% off anytime return ticket

    Ldn-Gatwick
    If you go via the Gatwick Express Web Duo* page you can get 35% off an anytime return ticket when two passengers travel together from London Victoria to Gatwick Airport.

    With an anytime return ticket, your return journey must be within a month of your outbound journey. These tickets usually cost £34.90 each, so you're getting them both for a total of £44.70 (usually £69.80).
    More info
    Return journeys must start from London Victoria (not valid for return journeys starting from Gatwick). Two adults must travel together at the same time in both directions. Excludes first class and kids. Can't be combined with railcards or other offers.

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    RedSpottedHanky logoRedSpottedHanky train tickets via Tesco Rewards*Covert £5 worth of points to £10 worth of train tickets

    £5 = £10
    By converting Tesco Clubcard points into Tesco Rewards*, every £5 is worth £10 on rail site RedSpottedHanky. Be sure to check for individual operators' sales, as RedSpottedHanky's system doesn't usually factor in sale prices.
    MSE Lisette says:

    RedSpottedHanky starting applying £1 booking and 'standard delivery' fees to their fares in Oct 2014.

    More info
    While worth 1p in store, Clubcard points values are up to quadrupled when converted to Tesco Rewards*, which include days out, magazine subscriptions, holidays etc; eg, Alton Towers ticket for £11.50 of points, or a year's Company mag subscription for £8.

    Other deals can be better value than going via RedSpottedHanky, but if you're buying them anyway, and don't need any other deals, it's a good conversion. Read more in the Loyalty Points Boosting guide.

    Tesco logoFamily, 16-25 and Senior Railcards £15 in Tesco pts*Get 50% off annual railcards by converting Tesco Clubcard points

    £15 = £30
    Get a 16-25, Family & Friends or Senior railcard via Tesco Rewards* for £15 instead of the usual £30. You'll be sent a code that can be used on the Railcard.

    What discounts do the railcards get you?

    16-25: A third off fares if you're over 16 and under 26.
    Family & Friends: A third off adult and 60% off child fares, a minimum of one adult and one child, up to four adults and four children (age 5-15) can travel using one card.
    Senior: Those 60 and over get a third off rail fares.

    More info
    While worth 1p in store, Clubcard points values are up to quadrupled when converted to Tesco Rewards*, which include days out, magazine subscriptions, holidays etc; eg, Alton Towers ticket for £11.50 of points, or a year's Company mag subscription for £8.

    Other deals can be better value than the railcards but if you're buying them anyway, and don't need any other deals, it's a good conversion. Read more in the Loyalty Points Boosting guide. Also, check the railcard site for restrictions and to ensure you're eligible before exchanging your vouchers.

    Southern logoSouthern £18ish unlimited day travelBuy online and hop on & off the entire network for the day

    Unltd off-peak
    If you buy a £17.90 Southern Railway DaySave ticket online you'll get unlimited off-peak travel across the entire network.

    You'll need to register with Southern before buying tickets and you must buy at least three days in advance of travel (collect tickets at station) or five days in advance (tickets will be posted).

    If there are three or four of you travelling together, you can get the DaySave ticket for £35.80 in total.
    More info
    As it's an off-peak ticket valid for one day, you can travel any time including weekends and bank holidays. It can also be used on weekdays, but not before 10am or between 4.15pm-7,15pm when boarding trains from East Croydon and London stations such as Victoria, London Bridge and Clapham Junction.

    Railcards and other discounts can't be used with this offer and it excludes Gatwick Express services. Tickets can't be refunded or exchanged.

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    Transpennine logoFirst TransPennine 50% off with 16-25 RailcardValid on advanced non-refundable fares

    Ongoing
    Anyone with a 16-25 Railcard can get 50% off advanced fares when they book through the TransPennine Express website before 6pm the day prior to travel.

    This beats the usual 34% discount, however it's worth noting tickets are non-refundable.

    If you download the app you can get the discount by using the code TPESTUDENT.
    More info
    Tickets are non-refundable, and only valid on the date and train service booked.

    Virgin Trains East Coast logoEast Coast 25% off tickets for groupsOnline only

    Groups of 3-9
    If you book online via this East Coast link you'll get 25% off advance standard and first class tickets for groups of three to nine people.
    More info
    Subject to availability. Can't be used with other offers, including railcards. Excludes the 9.52am between Aberdeen and Newcastle on Fridays.

    Gatwick Express logoGatwick Express 10% off returns*Online offer for adult and child tickets

    Ldn-Gatwick
    Book online at Gatwick Express* for "anytime" and "day" returns on the non-stop London Victoria-Gatwick Airport route. The discount will be applied automatically.

    You can book for travel up to 12 weeks in advance and your ticket can be sent via email and/or to your mobile (though not if you're returning the same day). There's no booking fee.

    We've heard print at home tickets sometimes state the return date as being the same as the outward journey. Gatwick Express has said your outward and return journeys must be within one calendar month of the date on your ticket.
    More info
    Not valid with other online discounts. Your inbound journey must be made within 30 days of your outbound journey.

    Gatwick Express logoGatwick Express 10% off singles*Online offer for adult and child tickets

    Ldn-Gatwick
    If you book online at Gatwick Express* for the non-stop London Victoria-Gatwick Airport route you can get 10% off. The discount will be applied automatically. You can book for travel up to three months in advance and your ticket can be sent via email and/or to your mobile. There's no booking fee.
    More info
    Can't be used with other online offers. Excludes First Class Anytime return. Valid on both adult and child tickets.

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    Eurotunnel Le Shuttle logoBuy Eurotunnel tickets with Tesco Clubcard Rewards*Swap points for rewards x3

    £10 = £30
    Get single or return Eurotunnel (vehicle) tickets from Folkestone-Calais with Tesco Clubcard vouchers*. Each £10 in vouchers gets you £30 in rewards, which you can use in full or as part payment. Order five days before booking then book at least 14 days in advance.
    More info
    Only valid on departures from Folkestone (not Calais). Not valid on FlexiPlus tickets.

    CrossCountry trains logoCrossCountry trains 10% Student/Graduate discountAvailable for NUS holders

    Advance tickets
    Students who have an NUS Extra or Apprentice Extra card can get an extra 10% off selected CrossCountry advance tickets (the applicable tickets will show up in green in a search).

    It's valid with the 16-25 railcard discount.

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    Bus & Coach Deals

    Plusbus logoPlusbus unlimited bus & tram travel from £2 per dayValid in 290 towns and cities. Extra third off with railcard

    Eng, Scot, Wales

    If you're travelling by train in England, Scotland or Wales, Plusbus gives you unlimited day travel by bus or tram in the town or city you're travelling to. Plusbus day tickets for over 290 locations can be bought from £2 (most are between £2.50 and £4) if you buy online from one of the rail firms listed on the Plusbus site or at the station.

    You can buy Plusbus tickets for the start of your journey or the end of it, or both. See the Plusbus route map for a full list of where you can use the cheap tickets.

    Railcard holders can get an extra third off their day fare. Some restrictions apply, check 'more info' for the details.

    More info
    • Network Railcards & Gold Cards are valid in the South East of England Mon-Fri after 10am, weekend anytime.
    • Two Together Railcards valid Mon-Fri after 9.30am, weekend anytime. Two tickets must be bought.
    • 16-25 & HM Forces Railcards valid at all times.
    • Senior Railcards valid after the morning peak hours (varies by location) Mon-Fri in the South East of England  and at all times outside of the South East.
    • Disabled Railcards valid at all times, including peak periods.
    • Family & Friends Railcards valid after the morning peak hours (varies by location) Mon-Fri in the South East of England  and at all times outside of the South East.

    Arriva Bus logoEarn/spend loyalty points on Arriva busesFor routes outside of London. Valid on season tickets only

    Book any time
    You can now earn loyalty points when you buy Arriva bus season tickets or Smartrider smart cards via loyalty points scheme MyIce. You'll earn 3 Ice points for every £2 you spend. Each Ice point is worth 1p, which can be spent on further season tickets.

    The season tickets and smartcards are sent out by post or can be collected from electronic ticket machines. Postage cost depends on method chosen.
    More info
    Your first 60 ICE points will be worth double at 2p.

    Oxford Tube logoOxford Tube to London from £18 returnIncl Hillingdon, Shep's Bush, Notting Hill, Marble Arch & Victoria

    Oxford-Ldn
    Get single adult coach tickets between London and Oxford for £15 (£18rtn), single student and over-60s tickets for £11 (£14 rtn) or under-16s for £7.50 (£9rtns) on the Oxford Tube Coach service. Pickups and drops-offs are from London, Hillingdon, Lewknor and Oxford.

    You can buy tickets and passes for a month in advance from the driver and the service's full range of tickets can be bought on the Oxford Tube website, by phone or from the Gloucester Green travel shop.

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    Megabus logoBuy Megabus tickets with Tesco Clubcard Rewards*Swap points for 2x rewards. All routes included

    Book any time
    Grab Megabus tickets using Tesco Clubcard vouchers*. Every £5 in vouchers gets you £10 worth of rewards, in the form of four £2.50 token codes. Valid on all routes, including trips to Paris, Brussels, Amsterdam and Boulogne and Megatrain routes. There's a 50p booking fee payable by card.

    Easybus logoEasybus airport travel from £2 returnRoutes incl Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted and Luton to London

    Airport shuttle
    Cheap bus operator Easybus offers journeys from central and west London to Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted and Luton airports from £2 return.

    You don't have to be flying to use the service, to book, just visit the Easybus website or buy at the departure point.
    More info
    Please note that from 01/10/14 Easybus will accept payment on debit or credit card only.

    Terravision logoLiverpool Airport to Manchester for £12 return*Routes incl Liverpool John Lennon Airport - Manchester city centre

    Airport shuttle
    Low-cost city shuttle bus company Terravision* offers fares between Liverpool John Lennon Airport and Manchester city centre for £8 one way or £12 return. To book, just visit the Terravision* website.

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