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National Rail logo2for1 attractions with National RailBuy train ticket & print vch to save up to £50

Save up to £50

If you register and print a voucher from Days Out Guide then buy a National Rail ticket from a train station you can get 2for1 entry to over 150 top UK attractions, including SeaLife Centres, Thorpe Park, Chessington World of Adventures, Alton Towers and Legoland Windsor when you present both at the attraction. See the full theme park list or the zoo and wildlife list

You need to print a voucher for the relevant attraction (follow the link above and search for it) AND have a valid rail ticket bought from National Rail on the same day for a single or day return ticket, or within the days of travel for a return ticket. 

What if I live near the attraction/am travelling by other means?

It's worth doing this even if you are not travelling by train as a cheap single ticket can be available for a couple of quid, far cheaper than the entry ticket price (Alton Towers is the most expensive at £51.60 on the gate). 

Just stop by the nearest station on your way and pick one up, then present both to get your 2for1. Crucially, your rail ticket must show that you have travelled to one of the stations nearest the attraction. So for Thorpe Park, you need to have a ticket with an end destination of Staines or Chertsey. 

The offer's ongoing, but check the voucher for each individual attraction's restrictions, as these vary. See the full T&Cs including which tickets are valid.

MSE Rhiannon says:

Electronic ticket barriers can sometimes retain your ticket (especially if it's a single), so to make sure you don't lose your proof of travel, ask a member of the station staff at a manned gate to help you through.

More info
Excludes family, advance and web tickets as well as Oyster cards, and tickets and travelcards bought from London Underground. Can't be used with other offers or promotions. Excludes Thorpe Park from Mon 26 Oct 2015 until Sun 1 Nov 2015.

Railcard logoFamily & Friends Railcard 15% offOnline code gets 1-yr railcard for £25.50 (norm £30)

7 days left

If you go to the Family & Friends Railcard website and enter the code SAVINGS15 at the application stage before 11.59pm on Mon 31 Oct, you can get a Family & Friends Railcard for £25.50, instead of the normal £30.

What does the railcard get me?

Even if you don’t use the train that often, just one decent-length rail trip costing £75+ can save you more than the £25.50 you'll have paid for the railcard. Here's what you need to know:

  • Up to four adults (aged 16 and over) can get one-third off most rail fares (see 'more info' for restrictions) when travelling together with up to four children (aged 5-15), who will get 60% off their fares.
  • Two adults can be named on the card and at least one must be travelling whenever it's used.
  • You don't need to be related – so it's not just for families, but also friends who can share a card and each benefit from the discount, just as long as you travel with at least one child.

For the full terms, see Family & Friends Railcard.

It's worth noting, that you can get a three-year railcard for £70, so if you can afford it, then even with the 15% discount on a one-year railcard, it's cheaper in the long run to buy a three-year one if you'll use it (and if you or family members will still be eligible).

Have a Tesco Clubcard? You could save 50%

If you have a Tesco Clubcard with enough points, you could use your Clubcard vouchers to get a one-year railcard for £15 in vouchers. See National Railcards for £15 in Tesco points.

More info

The Family & Friends Railcard cannot be used on trains that depart before 9.30am weekdays, except public holidays, for journeys wholly within the London and South East Network Railcard area (see map) - outside this area there is no time restriction.

Although railcards are sent via First Class post, you're best allowing up to five working days for delivery. Railcards are not valid in Northern Ireland.

Halfords logoFREE £15 winter car check at Halfords*Includes a free screenwash top-up (up to 2 litres)


Halfords is offering free winter car checks at all of its stores until the end of February 2017.

There's no need to book - simply drive to any Halfords* or Halfords Autocentre to get a free six-point car check (valued at about £15).

Checks via the free offer include:

  • Battery 
  • Bulbs 
  • Wiper blades 
  • Oil levels 
  • Screenwash levels, topped up for free
  • Windscreen chip check

Halfords says it takes about 15 minutes, and although you don't need to book in advance, you can book online if you want a specific time slot.

The free screenwash top-up can be as much as two litres, which would normally cost about £2ish in itself. Staff might try to upsell you (eg, oil, new wipers etc), so be on your guard - there's no obligation to act on any advice you're given, or to buy anything.

You can also get your tyres checked...

You can also get a free tyre safety check when you drive to a Halfords Autocentre (find your nearest). The service includes a pressure check and full tyre inspection, and Halfords says it shouldn't take any longer than about 10 minutes, but you should allow for up to an hour in case you have to wait. Again, there's no obligation to act on any advice.

We checked with Halfords and it told us you can have both the winter car check and the tyre safety check carried out on the same day. Unlike the winter car check, the tyre check is available at any time of year. There's no need to book in advance.

Mastercard logoFREE Caffè Nero via Android Pay & MastercardMondays only, plus free London travel all day

Till 24 Oct

If you have a compatible Android smartphone or tablet (see 'more info' below) with the Android Pay app linked to a Mastercard, you can use it to get a free hot drink at Caffè Nero nationwide AND travel for free on most of the capital's TfL network on Mondays until Mon 24 Oct. 

Free hot drink at Caffè Nero (nationwide)

Order any size hot drink in Caffè Nero (includes espresso, caffè latte, cappuccino, Americano, caffè mocha, flat white, standard hot chocolate or tea), and pay with your device using Android Pay. You won't be charged for your purchase.

Mastercard says the offer is available in all Caffè Nero stores and Express outlets in England, Wales and Scotland. It's one free hot drink per person.

Free London travel

From 4.30am on Mondays until 1am on Tuesdays, pay with your device using Android Pay for as many journeys as you wish on the bus, Tube, tram, DLR, London Overground, TfL Rail, Emirates Air Line, Thames Clippers River Bus, Gatwick Express and participating National Rail services in London and your fare will be refunded within 28 working days, up to £30.50 per day.

To qualify for the offer, you must touch your compatible Android device linked to your Mastercard on a yellow card reader at the start and end of each journey (or only at the start of the journey if travelling by bus or tram). See the full terms and conditions.

The offer excludes some National Rail London services without yellow card readers (see 'more info' below).

See our TfL overcharge refund guide for details on how to claim a refund if you forget to touch out.

More info

Android Pay is available on NFC-enabled, non-rooted Android devices with Android KitKat 4.4 and above. If you're not sure whether your Android device is compatible, check the Google Play store - if your device isn't compatible, you won't be able to download the Android Pay app.

National Rail London services that aren't participating in the offer include those without yellow card readers such as:

  • Heathrow Express
  • Heathrow Connect services between Hayes & Harlington and Heathrow


See the full list of contactless excluded services.

Eurotunnel Le Shuttle logo£225 wine (norm £250) & FREE Eurotunnel tix*Or free P&O ferry tix. Via MSE Blagged code for Majestic Wine

Ends 31 Jul

If you're planning on stocking up on booze for the summer, you can stack an MSE Blagged code with an ongoing free ticket offer at Majestic Wine Calais*, to get a cracking deal.

When you pre-order £250-worth of beer, wine or spirits, you can get a free one or two-day Eurotunnel return ticket (not the Eurostar - see below) from Folkestone to Coquelles (just outside Calais, worth up to £80 in peak times) to collect it all. Or you can choose a free P&O ferry crossing from Dover to Calais (worth up to £300 in peak times).

We've also blagged a code to get you 10% off your order, so you can get £250 of wine for £225 and still qualify for the free ticket offer. Corking!

How to get this deal: 

  • Go online to Majestic Wine Calais* or call 01923 298297 to pre-order your wine, beers or spirits (you'll pay when you get there).
  • At the online checkout, you'll be asked to choose whether you want a free Eurotunnel or P&O ferry crossing. You can also choose whether you collect your order in Majestic Wine's Coquelles or Calais store.
  • Tick the box which says 'I would like to enter instructions for the store team' and enter the code MSEBLAGGED by Sun 31 Jul to get 10% off your order.
  • When you collect your wine, you can either pay by card (you'll be charged in euros) or by cash/cheque (in pounds or euros).

Free Eurotunnel tickets

  • Majestic Wine Calais will contact you within 24 hours to ask if you'd like to arrange the free Eurotunnel ticket (for one car with up to nine passengers). 
  • You can choose the date and time of your trip for any available day in 2016, and pick either a one-day or two-day return.
  • You'll need to pay a £50 deposit when you book your ticket, which will be taken off your order when you collect it.

Free P&O ferry tickets

  • If you select the ferry deal, you'll be sent an email within 24 hours with a unique booking code. 
  • You then need to call 08716 645645 to book the crossing - you won't need to pay a deposit.

What is the Eurotunnel?

The Eurotunnel is a vehicle rail shuttle service to France, which means you can drive your car to pick up your order. Although they have similar names, the Eurotunnel is not the same as the Eurostar, which is a passenger train service and isn't part of this deal.

How good is this deal?

We compared prices and found that many of the bottles were cheaper at Majestic Wine Calais than in supermarkets in the UK. Not all of them are however, so always compare prices before you buy. For example, on Tue 7 Jun a bottle of Sailor Jerry spiced rum (70cl) was £17.99 at Majestic Wine Calais, but £15 at Asda.

Here are some of the better discounts we found at Majestic Wine using our code on Tue 7 Jun:

Please be Drinkaware.

More info

The code is only valid once per customer. Only one offer redeemable per car, per day.

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


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.

Railcard logo12% off 16-25 railcards with NUS ExtraRailcard gets you a third off train travel


If you're an NUS Extra card holder (cards cost £12 a year), you can get 12% off a 16-25 railcard online (norm £30).

Log in via the specific link above to get your unique promotional code and as the terms and conditions state, enter the code at the checkout on the 16-25 Railcard website.

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.

RedSpottedHanky logoRedSpottedHanky train tickets via Clubcard*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.
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.

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.

Megabus logoMegabus £2.50 advance returns*Incl coach, train & 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). We've spotted cheap fares for travel in December on some routes - it's worth checking back regularly.

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 Tue 13 Sep, £1 single tickets were available on routes from:


  • Manchester to London, departs 7.00am Sun 11 Dec.
  • Birmingham to Bristol, departs 11.35am Wed 14 Dec.
  • Newcastle to Edinburgh, departs 4.05am Wed 30 Nov.

  • Megabusplus (bus and train split journey):

  • Hull to London via East Midlands Parkway (where you change to the train), departs 6.05am Fri 28 Oct.

  • 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.

    Megabus has told us tickets are released for destinations in waves, usually about a month and a half before travel date, so keep checking back for later tickets if they're not available on your chosen route yet.

    Railcard logoNational Railcards £15 in Tesco points*Get 50% off annual railcards by converting Clubcard points

    £15 = £30
    Get a 16-25, Family & Friends, Senior or Two Together railcard via Tesco Rewards* for £15 in Tesco Clubcard points 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 aged 16 and over and under 26.
    Family & Friends: A third off adult and 60% off child fares, a minimum of one adult and one child, and a maximum of up to four adults and four children (age 5-15) can travel using one card.
    Senior: Those aged 60 and over get a third off rail fares.
    Two Together: A third off rail fares for two named adults when they travel together.

    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.

    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.

    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.

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

    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.

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

    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.

    Terravision logoLiverpool Airport to Manchester for £12 rtn*Routes incl Liverpool John Lennon Airport - Man 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.

    Easybus logoEasybus airport travel from £2 returnIncl 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.

    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.

    Megabus logoDouble Clubcard points on Megabus*Swap points for double 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.

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

    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.

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

    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.

    CrossCountry trains logo10% off CrossCountry trainsAvailable for student & apprentice NUS Extra holders

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

    What's more, this offer is valid with the 16-25 railcard discount.

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

    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.

    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.

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

    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. See full T&Cs

    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.

    Oyster card logoFree/cheap Tube, bus & DLR travel for over 60sYou must live in 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 Rhiannon 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.

    Plusbus logoPlusbus bus & tram travel from £2 per dayUnlimited travel in 290 towns/cities. Extra 1/3 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.

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


    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.

    use the money mantras

    Before spending, use Martin's Mantras. If you answer 'NO' to any, Don't buy!

    Skint? ask:
    • Do I need it?
    • Can I afford it?
    not skint? ask:
    • Will I use it?
    • Is it worth it?
    Section 75

    Free protection for all shopping!

    There's a little-known piece of legislation that turns any credit card into a financial self-defence superhero. 'Section 75' of the Consumer Credit Act means your plastic must protect anything you buy for more than £100 for free, so if there's a problem or the company goes bust, you can still get your money back.

    And although Section 75 doesn't apply to debit cards, there is something else to fall back on if you've paid using a debit card, or used a credit card for a purchase under £100. Known as Chargeback, this is part of banks' and card companies' internal rules and not a legal requirement. Read full details of Section 75 or Chargeback, plus how to claim, in our guides.

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