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  • Eurostar £70 return to Paris, Lille or Brussels

    Eurostar £70 return to Paris, Lille or Brussels

    Plus trick to get extra 5% off via TrainPal (makes it £66.50 return), or 10% credit back via Uber

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    Eurostar has launched a flash sale with fares at £35 one-way, meaning you can get £70 return tickets to Paris, Lille or Brussels from London St Pancras International – the cheapest price for Eurostar fares. The sale ends at 10.59pm on Thursday 23 May, but it's best to do it ASAP as the cheapest fares often sell out fast.

    The £35 fares are for travel from Tuesday 4  June to Thursday 18 July, depending on availability (though some dates are excluded, see 'More info' below). Plus, we've a code to get an extra 5% off – so you could bag a return journey from £66.50 – or book via Uber and you'll get 10% credit back. Here are your booking options:

    Option 1: Book via third-party booking site TrainPal to get a 2% or 5% discount

    Sign up or log in to TrainPal*, and enter the code B5MSE at the checkout. If you're new to TrainPal you'll get 5% off with this code, making the cheapest return journey £66.50. If you've already got an account with it, you'll get 2% off via the same code, making the cheapest return £68.60.

    To find the £35 Eurostar fares, you'll need to enter your destination (Paris, Lille or Brussels) and search for a return journey – you won't see the extra cheap fares if you search for one-way only. 

    TrainPal told us you can use the discount code once per account and it's valid for 90 days once redeemed. The code is active until Tuesday 31 December, so even if you decide not to use the code for Eurostar tickets, you can still use it on a different journey booked via TrainPal. There are no fees when booking via TrainPal and you'll receive digital tickets (same as booking direct).

    When registering with TrainPal, you might receive an email from sister brand Trip.com too. Don't worry, this won't sign you up to Trip.com – TrainPal also uses the Trip.com email domain when sending emails to its users.

    Option 2: Book tickets via Uber to get 10% credit back

    You can also book train tickets, including Eurostar, via Uber and get 10% back in Uber credit. There's no booking fee here either. The Uber credit will appear within 60 days of completing your journey, and it'll be valid for a further 180 days – it can be used on a future train or taxi booking, or Uber Eats order. This could be a good option if you regularly use the Uber app for travelling as you're essentially getting cashback to use towards your next journey.

    Option 3: Book tickets directly with Eurostar, without the extra discount or credit

    Head to the Eurostar website. You'll need to book a return journey to get the cheapest £35 tickets, they're not available on single journeys.

    How good is the deal and which services are cheap tickets available on?

    Eurostar wouldn't tell us how many fares are at £35, but when we checked on Tuesday 21 May there were a good amount of £35 seats across both weekdays and weekends too, so it's possible to secure cheap seats for a long weekend. Return ticket prices usually range from £39 to £339, and the cheapest of these tend to be very limited, mostly off-peak and need to be booked well in advance, so we reckon this is a good deal given we could find plenty of £35 fares.

    The £35 seats are randomly spread across all included dates on both peak and off-peak trains, so it could be trial and error finding the cheap seats. Keep in mind you'll have a better chance of snagging a cheap fare if you're flexible on your travel times and dates.

    See our Cheap train tickets guide for more ways to save.

    • There's a maximum of nine people per booking, and tickets can't be refunded.

      If booking via TrainPal, you'll be given 'e-tickets' which you can access on your phone. Similarly, if buying directly from Eurostar, you can download your tickets via the Eurostar app or at Eurostar.com. Alternatively, if booking via Eurostar you can choose to collect tickets from the Eurostar terminal or print them at home by clicking the ‘Manage your booking’ tab. You must check in at least 45-60 minutes before your departure.

      Children aged under four years old travel for free, but they’ll have to sit on your lap.

      Excluded dates:

      • London to Paris - Friday 7 June, Friday 14 June
      • Paris to London - Sunday 9 June, Sunday 7 July
      • London to Brussels or Lille - Friday 14 June, Saturday 15 June, Sunday 23 June, Monday 24 June, Thursday 18 July
      • Brussels or Lille to London - Friday 7 June, Friday 21 June, Sunday 23 June, Wednesday 26 June, Sunday 7 July

       

  • 50% off annual (digital) railcards

    50% off annual (digital) railcards

    Via the TrainPal app

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    If you spend £90 a year or more on train travel, a railcard is a no brainer as they cut a third off the cost of most fares.

    And this Black Friday (24 November), you can save even more by getting 50% off the cost of a digital railcard via the TrainPal app.

    The offer can be used to buy the following railcards: 16-17 Saver, 16-25 Railcard, 26-30 Railcard, Family & Friends' Railcard, Network Railcard, Senior Railcard and Two Together Railcard. The offers exclude the Disabled Person's Railcard and Veterans' Railcard, as TrainPal does not currently sell these.

    For more info on the discounts, eligibilty and restrictions that apply to each card, see Railcard types.

    How the deal works

    Railcards usually cost £30 for one year (or £70 for three years too on some), but by using the TrainPal app (on a smartphone or tablet, this link will take you to the app if you've already downloaded it, or the Apple App Store or Google Play Store if not) to claim a 50% off voucher, you can get a one-year railcard for £15 (or a three-year card for £35, where available).

    Please note: This offer only applies to digital railcards, which you'll only be able to access via the TrainPal app. To take advantage of it you'll need a smartphone or tablet running Apple iOS 13 or later, or Google Android 6.0 (also known as 'Marshmallow') or later.

    How to get the deal

    1. TrainPal will release 5,000 50% off 'vouchers' at 8pm on Thursday 23 November, and another 5,000 at midnight (12am) on Friday 24 November. You will find these in the 'Black Friday sale' section of the app, for which there will be a black banner on display when you open the app.

    2. To claim your voucher, simply tap on it. Then tap on the 'My voucher pocket' button, which will take you to the 'Vouchers & Promo Code' section of the app, where the voucher will be stored. (You can also access this section of the app by going to the 'Account' tab, then tapping 'Vouchers & Promo Code'.)

    3. Once claimed, the voucher is valid for seven days and can be used to buy one digital railcard. To redeem it, tap the 'Use' button, choose your railcard and then the 50% off will automatically be applied on the next screen.

    4. After buying your railcard, TrainPal requires you to 'activate' it by purchasing train tickets via it within 30 days. If you don't do this, your railcard will be cancelled and you'll automatically be refunded the full amount you paid. Once it's activated, you can use it with any train-booking site, not just TrainPal.

    Got a Tesco Clubcard? If you've got enough points, you could get a one-year 16-25, Family & Friends', Senior or Two Together Railcard for £15 in Clubcard vouchers. For full details, see National Railcards for £15 in Tesco points.

    Got an annual gold card, or know someone who has? You can use it to get a one-year 16-25, Disabled Person's, Family & Friends', Network, Senior or Two Together Railcard for £10. For full details, see How to get a £10 railcard.

    Got your railcard? Then check out other ways to get cheap train tickets.

    • TrainPal* is a train ticket-booking website and app operated by Trip.com, one of the world's largest online travel agencies, which is based in China and also operates flight comparison website Skyscanner. TrainPal is rated 'excellent' on Trustpilot, with a score of 4.5 stars out of five from 1,654 reviews at the time of writing.

      The TrainPal app has a rating of 4.7 stars out of five from 10,700 ratings on the Apple App Store and 4.3 stars out of five from 13,000 reviews on the Google Play Store.