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

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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

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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

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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.

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.

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