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

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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 need to be travelling at the same time. 

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

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Transport for London logoFree travel for London Marathon runnersNo need to buy a ticket, just show your race number to staff


Sometimes getting to the London Marathon can be as tough as the race itself, but one bonus of being a runner is you can get free public transport on most services within London and on some services to and from the capital on race day.

Here's a list of services giving marathon runners (but not spectators) free travel on Sun 24 Apr. You don't need to get a ticket, just show your race number to staff.

  • Transport for London - runners can travel for free on London Underground, London buses, London Overground, DLR and trams until 6.30pm. If you're a race official or on-duty St John Ambulance volunteer you can also travel for free on these services by showing your officials' course pass or tabard.
  • Southeastern - runners get free travel from Charing Cross, Waterloo East, Cannon Street, London Bridge and Victoria stations to the marathon start lines at Greenwich, Maze Hill and Blackheath.
  • C2C Rail - runners get free travel between Essex and London.
  • Chiltern Railways - runners get free travel on London Marylebone services.
  • Oxford Bus Company - runners can travel free on the X90 coach service between Oxford and London.

Chiltern Railways logoChiltern Railways London to Birmingham 25p each wayPay 50p for a return, but journeys MUST START in London


Go via this special Chiltern Railways link to book 25p each way (50p return) tickets for journeys from London Marylebone to Birmingham Moor Street only (excludes journeys starting from Birmingham).

There are 19,000 return tickets (38,000 singles) available and the offer's valid for Mon - Sat journeys between Mon 10 Mar and Sat 5 Apr (but not Sat 22 Mar), though you need to book by Fri 4 Apr. The majority are off-peak tickets, however there are some peak time tickets available too.

The offer will be appearing in the London Evening Standard but Chiltern Railways says there's no need to pick up the paper to get the 25p train ticket - just go via the link above. 

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Not valid on journeys starting from Birmingham. Excludes Sat 22 Mar. Valid on standard class tickets only. If the tickets are sold out, the normal rate will be shown. No break of journey is allowed in either direction and no further discounts are allowed.

Chiltern Railways logoChiltern Railways London to Birmingham £20 returnValid on super off-peak journeys from London


Register online at Chiltern Railways to get a return journey from London Marylebone to Birmingham Moor Street for £19.66 (it’s only valid on London-Brum returns, not the other way around). Take advantage if you've got a railcard and get the fare price down to £9.86. You must register for the offer and complete your journey by Sun 20 Jul.

This offer is only valid on Super Off Peak tickets - this means all trains leaving London before 6.30am, between 9am and 4pm and after 7pm. There are no restrictions at the weekend.The journey normally costs £28.90, so you're making a decent saving of nearly £10.

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Not valid on journeys starting from Birmingham. Valid on standard class tickets only.

Chiltern Railways logoChiltern Rail up to 40% off W Mid to Lon (save £2k+)Day returns & huge savings for new & existing season ticket holders


You can get up to 40% off day returns and season tickets between the West Midlands and London (starting from either location) with Chiltern Railways until Thu 30 Apr. Chiltern Railways says it's offering this discount as a thank you to passengers affected by rail disruption after a landslide in January between Leamington and Banbury.

Day tickets

You can get the discount on direct day returns for travel until Thu 30 Apr (if you want a single, it's worth checking if it would work out cheaper getting a return with this deal). An anytime day return between Chiltern Railways' West Midlands stations and London usually costs £99, but with this deal you can get it for £74.80. An off-peak ticket between the West Midlands and London has been reduced to £39.50 from £50.

If you're not constrained to travelling at a certain time, you can sometimes find a 'super off-peak return' ticket for even cheaper. On Wed 8 Apr we found a 'super off-peak return' to London on Thu 9 Apr for £29, so be sure to check out all fare options first. 

Season tickets

For season tickets, you can save more than £2,000 on an annual ticket as long as you buy it by 11.59pm on Thu 30 Apr. What's more, if you've already bought your season ticket at full-price, Chiltern Railways says you can exchange it for a new one at the lower price.

An annual season ticket between Birmingham Moor Street and Marylebone is reduced from £7,868 to £5,412 - a saving of £2,456, while a monthly season ticket between Warwick Parkway and Marylebone usually costs £745, but you can get one for £519.60 with this deal.

See the table below for more ticket prices between the West Midlands and London (the Banbury Fare Match column is the price you'll pay after the discount). The discount will be applied automatically when you buy tickets online or at the station.

Chiltern Railways logoChiltern Railways kids go 'free' on London/B'ham routesValid on off-peak return tix on all Ldn/B'ham-bound Chiltern Railways trains


Up to four children aged 11 and under can travel free when one adult buys an off-peak return ticket to either Birmingham or London from any Chiltern Railways station to use on Chiltern services before Sun 23 Feb.

How do I get the free kids' ticket?

1) Register 'n' print this Kids Go Free voucher and select your nearest station and travel date (make sure it's by Sun 23 Feb).  

2) Then book your own off-peak ticket via Chiltern Railways (or at its stations) for travel any day till Sun 23 Feb. If you're travelling into London Marylebone, your train must arrive after 10am.

3) On the day you travel, make sure you have the voucher with you.

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You can't break your journey. Excludes super off-peak tickets and it can't be used with any other offer. It also can't be used with a Railcard or GroupSave ticket.

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