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Virgin Trains East Coast logoVirgin Trains sale, eg, £16 London-Leeds rtn*50% off East Coast for mostly off-peak travel 11 Sep-20 Dec

500,000 avail

Until 11.59pm on Mon 28 Aug, Virgin Trains* is having a 50% off sale on selected trains across its East Coast network (stations between London Kings Cross and Edinburgh), including one-way standard or first class tickets available between Newcastle and York for £3.70 (£7.40 first class), and between London Kings Cross and Leeds for £8 (£21.80 first class).

How to get the discounted tickets

Sale seats are valid for travel from Mon 11 Sep to Wed 20 Dec, excluding 21-29 Oct (half-term) and weekends from Sat 11 Nov. To get the discounted seats, you’ll need to book by Monday via this Virgin Trains* link.

The cheap fares are randomly spread on trains across its East Coast network (see full map) throughout the sale period, so it can be hit and miss as to whether the seat you want is discounted and it will involve a bit of trial and error to find the cheaper fares.

Virgin Trains says the sale tickets will mostly be on off-peak Mon-Fri trains, with limited availability during weekday peak times and at weekends, with no 50% off weekend fares available after Sun 5 Nov. Availability will also be very limited during planned engineering work (see 'more info' below).

There are 420,000 discounted standard and 80,000 discounted first class advance single tickets available. In the past, this has been very popular – so you'll need to 'make tracks' and be flexible on times and dates to get the cheapest tickets.

Once you've selected your travel dates, 50% off fares will be labelled 'Discounted' with a piggy bank icon beside them. For return trips, you'll have to book two singles, so check both are at the discounted rate before booking.

Top example fares

We found these example fares on Tue 22 Aug:

  • £7.40 standard return (£24.90 first class) Newcastle to York, departing Mon 25 Sep 2.26pm, returning Tue 26 Sep 9.34pm.
  • £16 standard return (£43.60 first class) London Kings Cross to Leeds, departing Tue 12 Sep 10.03am, returning Wed 13 Sep 2.45pm.
  • £40 standard return (£70.60 first class) London Kings Cross to Edinburgh, departing Sat 23 Sep 1pm, returning Mon 25 Sep 4.30pm.

It's worth noting that these tickets are only valid for the specific train and seat reserved online, and are non-refundable. Unfortunately, no further discounts are available with a railcard.

Are child tickets included?

Discounted child tickets are available in this sale for half the price of the adult sale ticket, so a family of four – two adults and two children – could visit London from Leeds for £48 return (£8 each way for each adult, £4 each way for each child).

Is this sale any good?

This isn't the cheapest we've seen East Coast seats in the past year – last November it offered London to Leeds return for £10, among other cheap fares – but this deal is still pretty strong and 50% off 500,000 seats could put you on the right track for some serious savings.

More info

Some journeys may be affected by engineering works, including these services:

  • London to/from Scotland services reduced to an hourly service on 16, 17, 23, 30 Sep and 7 Oct.
  • Engineering work in the Peterborough area leading to a reduction in services to/from London with some connecting bus journeys on 28, 29 Oct and 4, 5 Nov.
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Virgin Trains East Coast logoVirgin Trains East Coast 50% off family tickets*Use code for selected journeys up to 10 Sep, eg, London-York

Book by 2 Sep

If you're planning a trip with the family, Virgin Trains East Coast* is offering 50% off selected family tickets when you enter the code FM50 online by 11.59pm on Sat 2 Sep.

It's valid on standard and first class advance fares to/from 14 stations on the East Coast network including London, Newcastle, Leeds and York for travel until Sun 10 Sep (excluding 25-28 August – the bank holiday weekend).

How to get the discounted tickets

To get the 50% off family tickets:

  • Go via this Virgin Trains Family Promo* link.
  • Register or log in and then enter the promo code FM50 when prompted – you can then continue with your booking.
  • The code can only be used once for up to eight passengers and at least one must be a child (age 5-15).

The family tickets with 50% off show 'Discounted' underneath the price (see image below). For return trips, you'll have to book two singles, so check both are at the discounted rate.

Virgin Trains East Coast 50% off family tickets

Which services are included?

The 50% discount is valid for selected journeys (in both directions) between these 14 stations:

  • Darlington
  • Doncaster
  • Durham
  • Grantham
  • Harrogate
  • Leeds
  • London King's Cross
  • Newark North Gate
  • Newcastle
  • Peterborough
  • Retford
  • Skipton
  • Wakefield Westgate
  • York

The discounted tickets are randomly spread on trains across these East Coast journeys, so it can be hit and miss as to whether the train you want is discounted and it will involve some trial and error to find the cheaper fares – not all journeys will have the 50% off tickets on all dates.

Virgin Trains says the discounted family tickets will mostly be on off-peak trains, with very limited availability during weekday peak times. You'll need to be flexible on times and dates to get the cheapest tickets.

The code won't work with any other offers or discounts including railcards and it's worth noting that these tickets are only valid for the specific train and seat reserved online, and are non-refundable.

Examples fares

When we checked on Thu 17 Aug, we found these example single fares for a family ticket for two adults and two children:

  • £24.50 (£56 first class) Doncaster to Newcastle, Tue 5 Sep departing 2.10pm.
  • £32.40 (£80.90 first class) London Kings Cross to Leeds, Wed 23 Aug departing 12.35pm.
  • £49.80 (£101.60 first class) Newcastle to Peterborough, Thu 31 Aug departing 12.25pm.
  • £53 (£92.70 first class) London Kings Cross to York, Fri 1 Sep departing 11.08am.

What about West Coast services?

Virgin Trains offers a family ticket on its West Coast service for all journeys to/from London Euston, but you won't be able to use the 50% off code above, that's only for East Coast services. If you book a return ticket for the West Coast, your journey back can be taken any time within one month – see Virgin Trains*.

Not looking for a family ticket? Until Mon 28 Aug, Virgin Trains East Coast is offering 50% off on 500,000 selected standard and first class advance fares across the East Coast network for travel from 11 Sep to 20 Dec (some exclusions), eg, London to Leeds £16 return.

Expired Deals

Virgin Trains East Coast logoVirgin Trains 1st class sale, eg, £20 Ldn-Leeds*100,000 East Coast tickets for 22 Jul-22 Sep (excl Aug bank hol)

Expired

Until 11.59pm on Sat 15 Jul, Virgin Trains* is offering 100,000 discounted first class tickets on selected trains across its East Coast network (see full map), including one-way tickets available between London and Leeds for £20 and York and Edinburgh for £30. Sale seats are valid for travel from Sat 22 Jul until Fri 22 Sep, excluding 24-28 Aug (bank holiday weekend).

What does a first class ticket get me?

Travelling first class isn't normally MoneySaving, but it is possible with this offer that you could find first class fares cheaper than standard tickets, or for just a bit more, so it's worth comparing against standard fare prices. Virgin Trains says first class ticket holders get complimentary food and drink, reclining leather seats, additional legroom, free WiFi and access to first class lounges at selected stations.

How to get the discounted tickets

To get the discounted seats, you'll need to book via this Virgin Trains* link.

The cheap fares are randomly spread on trains across the East Coast network (excluding any stations north of Edinburgh) throughout the sale period, so it can be hit and miss as to whether the seat you want is discounted and it will involve a bit of trial and error to find the cheaper fares.

Virgin Trains says the first class sale tickets will mostly be on off-peak trains, with limited availability during weekday peak times and services between Edinburgh and London in August. You'll need to be flexible on times and dates to get the cheapest tickets.

Once you've selected your travel dates, discounted fares will have a red dagger () beside them and the ticket type is referred to as 'Seat Sale'. For return trips, you'll have to book two singles, so check both are at the discounted rate before booking.

What fares will be available?

Virgin Trains has told us you'll be able to get these example advance single fares:

  • £20 London King's Cross to Leeds (norm £43.50)
  • £20 Edinburgh to Newcastle (norm £25.50)
  • £30 Newcastle to London King's Cross (norm £54.50)
  • £30 York to Edinburgh (norm £35.70)
  • £40 London King's Cross to Edinburgh (norm £58.50)

It's worth noting that these tickets are only valid for the specific train and seat reserved online, and are non-refundable. Unfortunately, no further discounts are available with a railcard. Discounted child tickets are not available with this offer either.

What about discounted standard fares?

Virgin Trains has told us it won't be discounting standard fares on its East Coast network during this promotion. It usually has a sale in August, though it hasn't confirmed whether it will or won't this year, and this normally covers Sep-Nov travel.

More info

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.

Virgin Trains logoVirgin Trains West Coast sale, eg, £22 Manc-Ldn rtn*1 million mostly off-peak std & 1st class seats

Expired

All aboard! Virgin Trains* is having an up to half-price sale across selected peak and off-peak routes on its West Coast network (see full map) until 11.59pm on Tue 11 Jul, including one-way standard advance tickets between London and Birmingham for ​£5 each way, and between London and Manchester for £11 each way. You can also get some cracking first class fares (see below). 

Tickets are for travel from Fri 21 Jul to Fri 8 Dec, with a few exclusions (see below). You can book the discounted fares via the Virgin Trains* site or its app – there's no booking fee.

What discounted fares can I get?

Virgin Trains says there are one million discounted standard and first class advance single tickets available. Discounted seats are randomly spread across the network and sale period, with most availability on off-peak services and limited availability during weekday peak times – so it will involve a bit of trial and error to find the cheaper fares. In the past, this has been very popular, so you'll need to 'make tracks' and be flexible on times and dates to get the cheapest tickets.

Virgin Trains told us you'll be able to get up to 50% off advance single tickets (if you want a return you'll need to book two singles), including the below examples of discounted fares:

  • £5 London to Birmingham each way (norm cheapest advance single £8, on-the-day single £30ish)
  • £11 Manchester to London each way (norm cheapest advance single £22, on-the-day single £80ish)
  • £18 London to Glasgow each way (norm cheapest advance single £30, on-the-day single £140ish) 

Tickets in this offer are only valid for the specific train and seat reserved online, and are non-refundable. Unfortunately, no further discounts are available with a railcard. 

It excludes Sat 26 Aug to Mon 28 Aug on all routes, and when journeys are affected by engineering works. There are also no promotions on Liverpool services between Fri 29 Sep and Mon 23 Oct, nor on Holyhead and Chester services between Thu 7 Sep and Mon 11 Sep. 

Cheap first class fares are also available

Although it's not as MoneySaving, if you're looking for first class tickets, you can find some strong discounts in this sale – including from £17 each way (norm cheapest £26) between Birmingham and London, £30 each way (norm cheapest £45) between London and Manchester, and £37 each way (norm cheapest £55) between London and Glasgow.

What about child tickets?

Discounted child tickets are available in this sale for half the price of the adult sale ticket, so a family of four – two adults and two children – could visit London from Birmingham for £30 return (£5 each way for each adult, £2.50 each way for each child).

Virgin Trains logoVirgin Trains cheap half-term advance fares*For travel 27 May-4 Jun. Four cities on West Coast line only

Expired

If you're looking to travel to and from some of England's big cities over the half-term break, Virgin Trains* is offering 83,000 discounted standard off-peak single advance fares between London and Birmingham, London and Manchester, and London and Liverpool for travel until Sun 4 Jun.

The discounted fares are randomly spread across the included dates. It will involve a bit of trial and error to find the discounted fares and you'll need to be flexible on times and dates to get the cheapest tickets. Advance fares can be purchased up to the evening before travel, but these fares are very limited so you'll need to go quick if you want to snap up a cheap ticket.

Further discounts are available with a railcard and child tickets are half the price of an adult ticket so this is ideal for family trips during the school holiday. For example, with a Family & Friends Railcard, two adults and two children could travel from Birmingham to London for £27.20 return in total (£48 without a railcard).

How many discounted fares are there?

Virgin Trains says the following adult fares are available:

  • Between London and Birmingham - 52,000 discounted single advance fares of £8-£18 (£16-£36 return). Norm standard off-peak return, £53.10.
  • Between London and Manchester - 23,000 discounted single advance fares of £22-£27 (£44-£54 return). Norm standard off-peak return, £83.90.
  • Between London and Liverpool - 8,000 discounted single advance fares of £22-£28 (£44-£56 return). Norm standard off-peak return, £83.90.

We spotted plenty of the cheapest fares when we checked on Thu 18 May.

More info

Advance tickets are only valid for the specific train and seat reserved online, and are non-refundable.

Some journeys (mainly at weekends and Bank Holidays) may be affected by engineering works so it's best to check.

Virgin Trains logoVirgin Trains sale, eg, £20 Manc-Ldn rtn*1.5 million mostly off-peak std & 1st class West Coast seats

Expired

Until 11.59pm on Tue 14 Mar, Virgin Trains* is having a sale across selected peak and off-peak services on its West Coast Mainline network (see full map), including one-way standard advance adult tickets available between London and Birmingham and vice versa for £4, and between Manchester and London and vice versa for £10. You can also get some cracking first class fares with this offer (see below). 

Tickets are for travel from Sat 25 Mar to Thu 24 Aug, excluding Sundays from 4 June till 20 Aug, Sat 19 Aug, and when journeys are affected by engineering works (see 'more info' below). You can book the discounted fares via the Virgin Trains* site or its app – there's no booking fee.

Virgin Trains says there are 1.5 million discounted standard and first class advance single tickets available. Discounted seats are randomly spread across the network and sale period, with most availability on off-peak services and limited availability during weekday peak times – so it will involve a bit of trial and error to find the cheaper fares. In the past, this has been very popular, so you'll need to 'make tracks' and be flexible on times and dates to get the cheapest tickets.

What discounted fares can I get?

Virgin Trains told us you'll be able to get up to 55% off advance single tickets, including the below discounted fares, which match its previous big sale from July last year:

  • £4 each way London to Birmingham (norm cheapest advance single £8)
  • £6 each way Preston to Glasgow (norm cheapest advance single £11)
  • £8 each way Milton Keynes to Manchester (norm cheapest advance single £16)
  • £10 each way London to Chester (norm cheapest advance single £16.50)
  • £10 each way Manchester to London (norm cheapest advance single £22)
  • £14 each way Glasgow to London (norm cheapest advance single £30) 

For return trips, you'll have to book two singles, so check both are at the discounted sale rate before booking.

It's worth noting that tickets in this offer are only valid for the specific train and seat reserved online, and are non-refundable. Unfortunately, no further discounts are available with a railcard. 

Cheap first class fares are also available

Although it's not as MoneySaving, if you're looking for first class tickets, you can find some strong discounts in this sale – including from £17 each way (norm cheapest £26) between Birmingham and London, £22.50 each way (norm cheapest £35) between Preston and Glasgow, and £35 each way (norm cheapest £55) between London and Glasgow.

What about child tickets?

Discounted child tickets are available in this sale for half the price of the adult sale ticket, so a family of four – two adults and two children – could visit London from Birmingham for £24 return (£4 each way for each adult, £2 each way for each child).

More info

Some journeys (mainly at weekends and Bank Holidays) may be affected by engineering works so it's best to check. Works are scheduled along the West Coast Mainline network on 15-17 Apr and 29 Apr-1 May which will affect all trains to and from London Euston.

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Virgin Trains East Coast logoVirgin Trains sale, eg, £15.50 Ldn-Leeds rtn*50% off East Coast for mostly off-peak 30 Jan-31 Mar travel

Expired

Until 11.59pm on Fri 13 JanVirgin Trains* is having a 50% off sale on selected trains across its East Coast network (see full map), including one-way tickets available between Newcastle and Edinburgh for £5.15 and between London and Leeds for £7.75.

How to get the discounted tickets

Sale seats are valid for travel from Mon 30 Jan until Fri 31 Mar, excluding 17-20 Feb (beginning of the half-term holiday). To get the discounted seats, you’ll need to book by Friday via this Virgin Trains* link.

The cheap fares are randomly spread on trains across its East Coast network throughout the sale period, so it can be hit and miss as to whether the seat you want is discounted and it will involve a bit of trial and error to find the cheaper fares. Virgin says the sale tickets will mostly be on off-peak Mon-Fri trains, with limited availability during weekday peak times (see 'more info' below) and at weekends.

There are 325,000 discounted standard and 75,000 first-class advance single tickets available. In the past, this has been very popular – so you'll need to 'make tracks' and be flexible on times and dates to get the cheapest tickets.

Once you've selected your travel dates, discounted fares will have a red dagger () beside them and the ticket type is referred to as 'January seat sale'. For return trips, you'll have to book two singles, so check both are at the discounted rate before booking.

Top fares we found

Strong discounts we found (when buying two standard advance single sale tickets) on Mon 9 Jan include:

  • £8.50 standard return York to Newcastle, depart 7.37am on Sat 11 Mar, rtn 7.48pm on Sun 12 Mar.
  • £10.30 standard return Newcastle to Edinburgh, depart 6.22am on Fri 24 Feb, rtn 9pm on Sun 26 Feb.
  • £11.50 standard return Peterborough to London King's Cross, depart 12.09pm on Wed 1 Feb, rtn 2.05pm on Thu 2 Feb.
  • £15.50 standard return London King's Cross to Leeds, depart 9.35am on Mon 13 Feb, rtn 5.45pm on Wed 15 Feb.
  • £32.50 standard return London King's Cross to Edinburgh, depart 9am on Sat 25 Mar, rtn 2.30pm on Mon 27 Mar.

50% off first class fares are also available, eg, Edinburgh to London King's Cross or vice versa from £58.50 return, but of course that’s not as MoneySaving.

It's worth noting that these tickets are only valid for the specific train and seat reserved online, and are non-refundable. Unfortunately, no further discounts are available with a railcard.

Are child tickets included?

Discounted child tickets are available in this sale for half the price of the adult sale ticket, so a family of four – two adults and two children – could visit London from Peterborough for £34.60 return (£5.75 each way for each adult, £2.90 each way for each child).

Is this sale any good?

This sale doesn’t offer the same level of discount as its last big sale in November, when you could get a London to Leeds return for £10, among other cheap fares – but this deal is still pretty strong and 50% off 400,000 seats could put you on the right track for some serious savings.

More info

Some journeys may be affected by engineering works – there are no sale tickets available on journeys to and from London King's Cross on 4-5 Feb and 11-12 Feb because of works.

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.

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