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Virgin Trains East Coast logoVirgin Trains flash sale, eg, £10 Ldn-Leeds rtn*200,000 East Coast seats for Jan-Feb travel. Book online

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Until 11.59pm on Fri 25 NovVirgin Trains* is having a flash sale on selected trains across its East Coast network (see full map), including one-way tickets available between London and Leeds for £5 and between London and Edinburgh for £15. 

How to get the discounted tickets

Sale seats are valid for travel from Wed 4 Jan to Fri 10 Feb, excluding 4-5 Feb. 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 150,000 discounted standard and 50,000 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 'VTEC Flat Fare Single'. For return trips, you'll have to book two singles, so check both are at the discounted rate before booking.

Top example fares

Virgin Trains says you'll be able to get the following discounted return fares on these example routes (when buying two standard advance single sale tickets):

  • £10 return London King's Cross to Leeds – norm from £29.
  • £20 return Newcastle to London – norm from £80.
  • £30 return Edinburgh to London King's Cross – norm from £82.

Discounted first class fares are also available, eg, Edinburgh to London King's Cross or vice versa for £60 return (norm from £133), 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?

Child tickets cost the same as adult tickets for this sale. Child fares normally cost half the price of an adult ticket so you can still make a saving using this offer. But during previous sales, Virgin Trains has made child tickets half the price of a discounted adult ticket as well, so if you're traveling as a family, the saving this time won't be as big as we've seen in the past.

More info

Some journeys may be affected by engineering works so it's best to check.

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 East Coast logoVirgin Trains sale, eg, £14.50 Ldn-Leeds rtn*500,000 East Coast seats for Sep-Nov travel. Book online

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Until 11.59pm on Thu 18 Aug, Virgin Trains* is having a sale across selected services on its East Coast network (see full map), including one-way adult tickets available between London and York or vice versa for £9.50 (child tickets £4.75) and between London and Edinburgh or vice versa for £12.50 (child tickets £6.25). 

Sale seats are mostly off-peak Mon-Fri with limited availability during weekday peak times (see 'more info' below) and at weekends. They're valid for travel from Mon 5 Sep to Fri 4 Nov, excluding 21-30 Oct (half-term holiday). To get the discounted seats, you’ll need to book by Thursday via this Virgin Trains* link.

There are 400,000 discounted standard and 100,000 first-class advance single tickets available (it launched at 00.01am on Fri 12 Aug). However, it can be hit and miss as to whether the seat you want is discounted as sale seats are randomly spread across the network and 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.

Top fares we found

Discounted fares have a red asterisk (*) beside them, once you've selected your travel dates. For return trips, you'll have to book two singles, so check both are at the discounted rate before booking.

Strong discounts we found when we checked on Tue 16 Aug include:

  • £10.10 standard return Newcastle to Edinburgh, depart 7.43am on Fri 9 Sep, rtn 2pm on Mon 12 Sep - next cheapest for same times on same trains, £20.20.
  • £11 standard return London King's Cross to Peterborough, depart 8.06am on Mon 19 Sep, rtn 2.27pm on Tue 20 Sep – next cheapest for same times on same trains, £22.
  • £14 standard return London King's Cross to York, depart 7.08am on Wed 28 Sep, rtn 4.02pm on Thu 29 Sep - next cheapest for same times on same trains, £38.
  • £14.50 standard return London King's Cross to Leeds, depart 8.06am on Fri 14 Oct, rtn 6.15pm on Mon 17 Oct – next cheapest for same times on same trains, £29.
  • £25 standard return London King's Cross to Edinburgh, depart 6.15am on Wed 14 Sep, rtn 7.35pm on Mon 19 Sep - next cheapest for same times on same trains, £50.

Discounted first class fares are also available, eg, London King's Cross to Edinburgh or vice versa for £56 return, but 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. 

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 £33 return (£5.50 each way for each adult, £2.75 each way for each child).

Can I use my railcard?

Unfortunately, no further discounts are available with a railcard. 

More info

Some journeys may be affected by engineering works so it's best to check.

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 sale, eg, £20 Ldn-Manc rtn*700,000 West Coast seats for Jul-Sep travel. Online/via app

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Until 11.59pm on Thu 7 Jul, 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 adult tickets available between London and Birmingham and vice versa for £4 (child tickets £2) and between London and Manchester and vice versa for £10 (child tickets £5). 

They're valid for travel from Sat 23 Jul to Sun 4 Sep, but to secure them at these prices, you’ll need to book by Thursday at the Virgin Trains* site or through its app.

Virgin Trains says there are 700,000 discounted standard and first class advance single tickets available. However it can be hit and miss as to whether the seat you want is on sale as sale seats are randomly spread across the network and sale period - so it's best to try your luck. 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.

Top fares we found

The cheap fares will be shown as the ‘Seat Sale’ rate when you click an available date. Strong discounts we found when we checked on Tue 5 Jul include:

  • £8 standard return London Euston to Birmingham New Street, depart 7.43am, rtn 6.10pm Fri 29 Jul - next cheapest for same times on same trains, £56.60.
  • £16 standard return Milton Keynes Central to Liverpool Lime Street, depart 9.39pm Tue 9 Aug, rtn 6.47pm Wed 10 Aug – next cheapest for same times on same trains, £64.40.
  • £20 standard return Birmingham New Street to Glasgow Central, depart 9.15am Fri 29 Jul, rtn 3.57pm Sun 31 Jul - next cheapest for same times on same trains, £123.45
  • £20 standard return Manchester Piccadilly to London Euston, depart 8.35am Sat 13 Aug, rtn 7.17pm Sun 14 Aug - next cheapest for same times on same trains, £82.40.
  • £28 standard return Glasgow Central to London Euston, depart 8am Fri 2 Sep, rtn 4.28pm Sun 4 Sep – next cheapest for same times on same trains, £135.10

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

Discounted first class fares are also available, incl from £17 one way for adults, £8.50 for children between Birmingham and London, but 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. 

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 Birmingham for £24 return (£4 each way for each adult, £2 each way for each child).

Can I use my railcard?

Unfortunately, no further discounts are available with a railcard. 

More info

Some journeys (mainly at weekends) may be affected by engineering works so it's best to check. Works are scheduled along the West Coast Mainline network all day Sun 28 Aug until 12pm Mon 29 Aug.

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.