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

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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

Railcard discounts can be used for the adult ticket, but not the £1 kids' tickets. See the full T&Cs.

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Virgin Trains logoVirgin Trains seat sale, eg, £8 Ldn-Bham rtn*80,000 seats on sale, incl Lpool-Ldn £20 rtn, Ldn-Glas £28

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Until Thu 3 Mar, Virgin Trains* is having a sale across its West Coast Mainline network (see full route map*), with one-way tickets available between London and Birmingham for £4, London and Liverpool for £10 and between London and Glasgow for £14. Child fares are available at half the price of the adult fare.

It’s valid for travel between Fri 18 Mar and Mon 2 May, on mostly off-peak trains* which may be affected by engineering work (see 'more info' below for details). 

How good is it?

We found a decent number of sale tickets for weekends, but a lot are during working hours on weekdays. It’s a bit of pot luck trying to find discounted tickets for specific dates and destinations as the cheap tickets are spread across the whole sale period. You'll need to 'make tracks' and be flexible on times and dates to get the cheapest tickets as this sale is likely to be mega-popular.  

Discounts we found

The cheap fares will be shown as the ‘Seat Sale’ rate when you click an available date. You'll have to book two singles, so check both are at the discounted 'Seat Sale' rate before booking your return trip. 

Strong discounts we found when we checked on Tue 1 Mar include:

  • £8 standard (£34 1st class) return London Euston to Birmingham, depart 1.43pm Wed 23 Mar, rtn 5.10pm Wed 23 Mar - next cheapest for same time on same train, £31 standard.
  • £20 standard return (£60 1st class) Liverpool to London Euston, depart 10.47am Sat 2 Apr, rtn 4.05pm Sun 3 Apr - next cheapest for same time on same train, £62 standard.
  • £28 standard (£70 1st class) return London Euston to Glasgow, depart 10.30am Fri 22 Apr, rtn 3.30pm Sat 23 Apr - next cheapest for same time on same train, £82 standard.

It's worth noting that these tickets are only valid for the specific train and seat reserved online, and are non-refundable.

More info

You can't use this offer with any other, including railcard or group discounts.

Engineering work may affect your journey, especially if you're travelling over Easter (Fri 25 – Thu 31 Mar) and May Bank Holiday (Sat 30 April – Mon 2 May) on the West Coast Mainline. Services affected include:

  • 25 – 28 Mar, Birmingham New Street – Wolverhampton & Stafford – Crewe
  • 29 – 30 Mar, Birmingham New Street – Wolverhampton
  • 30 Apr – 2 May, Crewe & Warrington and Crewe & Runcorn, North of Lancaster and Penrith
  • 30 Apr – 3 May Stafford & Crewe, Lockerbie and Carstairs

The services will still run, but journey time will be extended due to diversions and/or replacement bus services. The last day of travel to/from Glasgow will be the 29 April due to engineering work.

 

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Virgin Trains East Coast logoVirgin Trains seat sale, eg, £10 Ldn-York rtn*200,000 seats on sale, incl Leeds-Ldn £10 rtn, Ldn-Edin £30

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Until 8.59pm on Fri 8 Jan, Virgin Trains* is having a sale across its East Coast Mainline network (see full map), with one-way tickets available between London and Leeds or York for £5, London and Newcastle for £10 and between London and Edinburgh for £15. 

It’s valid for travel until Wed 23 Mar, on mostly off-peak trains*. Virgin has confirmed there will be limited availability on peak services and at weekends (see ‘more info’ below for peak times and full exclusions).

How good is it?

When the sale started on Mon 8 Jan there were discounts on 150,000 standard and 50,000 first-class tickets available. 

We found a decent number of sale tickets for weekends, but a lot are during working hours on weekdays. It’s a bit of pot luck trying to find discounted tickets for specific dates and destinations as the cheap tickets are spread across the whole sale period. You'll need to 'make tracks' and be flexible on times and dates to get the cheapest tickets as this sale is likely to be mega-popular.  

This sale is better than Virgin Trains' last big sale in August 2015, where London to Leeds or York singles were £10, London to Newcastle singles were £15 and London to Edinburgh were £20.

Discounts we found

The cheap fares will be shown as the ‘Superfly seat sale’ rate when you click an available date. You'll have to book two singles, so check both are at the discounted 'Superfly seat sale' rate before booking your return trip. 

Strong discounts we found when we checked on Tue 5 Jan include:

  • £10 standard (£40 1st class) return London King's Cross to York, depart 10.30am Sat 23 Jan, rtn 3.47pm Sun 24 Jan - next cheapest for same time on same train, £76 standard.
  • £10 standard return Leeds to London, depart 2.45pm Fri 26 Feb, rtn 11.51am Sun 28 Feb - next cheapest for same time on same train, £64.
  • £30 standard (£80 1st class) return London King's Cross to Edinburgh, depart 7.30am Fri 26 Feb, rtn 10.30am Sun 28 Feb - next cheapest for same time on same train, £82.
  • £20 standard (£60 1st class) return London King's Cross to Newcastle, depart 1.30pm Fri 4 Mar, rtn 2.27pm Sun 6 Mar - next cheapest for same time on same train, £91 standard.
  • £20 standard return York to Edinburgh, depart 2.54pm Fri 4 Mar, rtn 3.30pm Sun 6 Mar - next cheapest for same time on same train, £62 standard.
  • £20 standard (£60 first class) return Peterborough to Newcastle, depart 1.16pm Mon 7 Mar, rtn 4.27pm Sun 13 Mar - next cheapest for same time on same train, £53 standard.

It's worth noting that these tickets are only valid for the specific train and seat reserved online, and are non-refundable.

No child discounts are available with this offer and you can't use a railcard.

More info

Excludes all services on the following dates: Sat 30 Jan, Sat 6 Feb and Sat 13 - Sun 21 Feb.

Limited during weekends and for peak services.

Single northbound peak is any train from London King's Cross timed to depart  between 6.45am and 7.59am Mon-Fri and 15.59pm and 5.45pm Mon-Thu.

Single southbound peak is any train timed to arrive in London King's Cross before 10.08am Mon-Fri.

Excludes Railcards or child discounts and no changes, refunds or breaks in the journey are permitted.

First logo£10 First Great Western single ticket saleFor Oct-Dec travel along London-Bristol line. Eg, £20rtn Lon-Bath

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If you go online to First Great Western or to a ticket office until Sat 19 Sep, you could get £10 single train tickets for travel between London Paddington and the Bristol/Bath area (see map below, or go to First Great Western for the full map). It's valid for travel between Thu 1 Oct and Thu 10 Dec and there were 25,000 single tickets still available as of Tue 15 Sep.

First Great Western says the £10 tickets are spread across all dates, but the majority are for off-peak trains (those leaving London Paddington after 8.10am Mon-Fri and all weekend), with some peak (those leaving Paddington before 8.10am and between 4.40pm and 6.30pm Mon-Fri), but these will have lower availability.

Where can I travel from/to?

The main routes available are between London Paddington (and other stations in 'Section 2') and Bristol Parkway and Weston-super-Mare (and other stations in 'Section 1'). See the map below or 'more info' for a list of all stations included. IMPORTANT: Make sure you search the exact name of the station (eg, London Paddington NOT London All) in order to see the £10 fares.

The five stations (Didcot Parkway to Tilehurst) in the N/A section are not included in the offer and you can’t travel between stations in the same section, so this £10 ticket offer is mainly for longer journeys – but shorter journeys are often cheaper than £10 anyway.

How much can I save?

There are decent savings to be had with this offer, as tickets can cost £40 each way on some routes. You’ll need to find two £10 singles to get the cheapest return trip. When we checked on Wed 2 Sep, discounted tickets we spotted include:

  • £20 standard return London Paddington to Bristol Parkway, depart 8.15am Mon 2 Nov, rtn 7.01pm - next cheapest for same time on same train, £35 standard.
  • £20 standard return London Paddington to Weston-super-Mare, depart 7.45am Fri 2 Oct, rtn 7.27pm Sun 4 Oct - next cheapest for same time on same train, £39 standard.
  • £20 standard return Bath Spa to London Paddington, depart 6.13pm Fri 9 Oct, rtn 8.03pm Sun 11 - next cheapest for same time on same train,  £29 standard.

It's important to check you'd save money on your chosen route, especially if it's a shorter journey. When we checked on Wed 2 Sep an advance single ticket from Swindon to Reading was available for £6 for travel on Fri 2 Oct at 1.41pm, so you'd not save with this offer.

More info
Section 1 Section 2

Travel between any station from column 1, to any station from column 2. Stations and routes outside those listed are excluded from this offer.

Avonmouth
Bath Spa
Bedminster
Bristol Parkway
Bristol Temple Meads
Chippenham
Clifton Down
Filton Abbey Wood
Keynsham
Lawrence Hill
Montpelier
Nailsea & Backwell
Oldfield Park
Parson Street
Patchway
Pilning
Redland
Sea Mills
Severn Beach
Shirehampton
St Andrews Road
Stapleton Road
Swindon
Weston Milton
Weston-super-Mare
Worle
Yatton

Acton Main Line
Bourne End
Burnham
Castle Bar Park
Cookham
Drayton Green
Ealing Broadway
Furze Platt
Greenford
Hanwell
Hayes & Harlington
Henley-on-Thames
Iver
Langley
London Paddington
Maidenhead
Marlow
Reading
Shiplake
Slough
South Greenford
Southall
Taplow
Twyford
Wargrave
West Drayton
West Ealing
Windsor & Eton Central

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

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If you book online at Eurostar 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 75,000 discounted singles at £32 each in standard class until 11pm on Thu 19 Nov, with tickets valid from Mon 23 Nov to Thu 17 Dec and Mon 4 Jan to Thu 11 Feb.

These are bound to go quickly as Eurostar doesn't run these deals often, so if you're planning to get away at the end of this year or the start of next, 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.

It's worth noting that you can't get these discounted fares on the Eurostar app or its mobile site, so you'll need to book via the desktop site.

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 at weekends - 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 all valid dates. 

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 for the same travel dates if you can find them. Tickets are sold as £35 singles and you’ll need to book outbound and inbound tickets 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.

£80 return to Lyon, £90 return to Avignon & Marseille

You can also get discounted return fares to Lyon, Avignon and Marseilles, for travel from Sat 14 Nov to Sat 23 Apr. Tickets are sold as £40 singles to Lyon, and £45 singles to Avignon and Marseille. You don't need to book outbound and inbound tickets to get the sale price for this route - you can book a one way ticket.

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.

More info

The offer isn't available for the following dates:

  • Travel from London to Lille/Brussels from Fri 18 Dec to Sun 3 Jan, Sun 17 Jan, Sun 31 Jan, Fri 27 Nov, Fri 4 Dec and Fri 11 Dec.
  • Travel from Brussels/Lille to London on Sun 29 Nov, Sun 13 Dec, and Fri 5 Feb to Sun 7 Feb.
  • Travel to Lyon on Sat 19 Dec, Sat 26 Dec, Sat 2 Jan, Sat 16 Jan, Sat 23 Jan, Sat 30 Jan, Sat 13 Feb, Sat 20 Feb, Sat 27 Feb, Sat 5 Mar, and Fri 25 Mar to Sat 9 Apr.

 

Eurostar says there are 75,000 promotional seats on the Paris and Brussels route (incl Lille and Calais). We asked for a  more detailed breakdown for other routes, but it wasn't able to give it to us.

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.

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

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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.

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