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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, 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.

National Express logoNational Express £5 or less one-way tickets*One million cheap fares for travel up to 20 Apr. £1 booking fee

Go quick

National Express is offering one million single coach fares for £5 or less via this National Express* link, for travel until Fri 20 Apr.

The cheap fares (plus £1 booking fee per transaction) are randomly spread on hundreds of its routes including singles from Birmingham to London for £1.50, Manchester to Sheffield for £2.90, and Cardiff to London for £5 – see 'More info' for a list of popular routes and cheap tickets available.

How do I find the cheap fares?

National Express £5 or less ticketsThe cheap fares are randomly spread throughout the booking period, so it could be pot luck finding the cheapest fares on a specific coach on a specific date – you'll have more chance the more flexible you are. After you've selected your journey and dates, you'll be able to see the cheapest tickets available (see image).

Popular times are expected to go quickly, and there's limited availability during peak times, half-term and Easter holidays.

The tickets are 'restricted' fares, which aren't amendable and are non-refundable.

There's a £1 booking fee per transaction and you can print your tickets at home for free, otherwise you'll pay an extra £2.50 to have your tickets posted to you or £1 to have them sent to your mobile phone.

Will these fares always be cheapest?

Most of the time, these cheap 'restricted' fares should be cheaper than a 'standard' or 'flexible' fare, but if you have a National Express Coachcard (this works similar to a railcard and gets a third off standard fares), then sometimes it may be cheaper to buy a standard fare ticket with a Coachcard if the restricted fare is less than 33% cheaper than the standard fare.

More info

Route and fare examples

National Express says hundreds of its journeys are included. Below are 40 popular routes and the cheapest fare available as of Tue 9 Jan:

Departure location Arrival location Cheap fare Number of tickets available
Bath London £5 14,800
Birmingham London £1.50 8,000
Birmingham Leeds £3 2,700
Birmingham Manchester £4 2,600
Bournemouth London £5 3,200
Brighton London £5 2,700
Bristol London £5 10,900
Bristol Exeter £4.80 1,100
Bristol Birmingham £4.60 1,000
Cambridge London £3 1,700
Cardiff London £5 12,300
Coventry London £1.40 1,100
Exeter London £5 1,500
Exeter Bristol £4.40 1,000
Leeds Liverpool £5 6,800
Leeds London £2.90 4,600
Leeds Nottingham £4.60 2,400
Leeds Leicester £5 2,400
Leeds Birmingham £3 2,300
Leicester London £5 4,700
Leicester Leeds £5 1,900
Liverpool Leeds £5 8,000
Liverpool London £5 3,500
London Southampton £5 26,700
London Bath £5 15,700
London Cardiff £5 11,900
London Birmingham £1.50 8,900
London Brighton £5 2,200
London Canterbury £5 1,700
London Cheltenham £4 1,100
Manchester Birmingham £4 2,700
Manchester Sheffield £2.90 2,000
Manchester London £3.30 1,900
Norwich London £5 3,100
Nottingham London £3 2,700
Nottingham Leeds £4.60 2,500
Plymouth London £5 1,200
Sheffield London £5 3,700
Sheffield Manchester £2.90 2,500
Southampton London £5 1,300

London coaches depart from and arrive at Victoria Coach Station.

This offer can't be used with any other discount, promotion or Coachcard. Restricted tickets are non-refundable and can only be booked online.

Halfords logoFREE 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 throughout the winter. It's yet to give us an end date, but last year it finished in February.

Simply drive to any Halfords* or Halfords Autocentre to get a free six-point car check. Halfords says it takes about 15 minutes, and although you don't actually need to book in advance, you can book online if you want a specific time slot.

Checks via the free offer include:

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

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.

Railcard logoHow to get a £10 railcard (norm £20-£30)If you or someone you know has a Gold Card season ticket


If your train season ticket is an Annual Gold Card, it gives you extra discounts that a standard season ticket doesn't, and one of its biggest perks is that you can get a railcard for £10 (up to 66% off the normal price) for yourself or someone else.

But there's no point buying one for yourself unless you plan to travel outside of the Annual Gold Card area (most of the South of England and West Mids) as the Gold Card already gets you a third off within this area.

What kind of season ticket do I need?

You'll need to have an Annual Gold Card, which you’ll have been given automatically if you’ve bought a year's season ticket or Travelcard (not weekly or monthly) from one of 600+ stations on this Annual Gold Card area map.

It covers a large area of the South of England and West Midlands – including Bournemouth, Brighton, Coventry, Norwich, and London stations – and you’ll get it even if only one of the stations on your ticket falls within this area.

Which railcards does it get me for £10?

You can choose from the major national railcards – 16-25, Family & Friends, Two Together, Senior and Disabled Persons, and the Network Railcard for London and the South of England. These cards get you a third off most journeys – see all railcard types. You can get one annual railcard for £10 at any time during the validity of your Annual Gold Card.

Don't have a Gold Card? You could still get the railcard discount

If a friend or family member who commutes has a Gold Card, just ask them to buy the £10 railcard for you if they don't need it, and they can follow the steps below. Check Railcard* to make sure you're eligible and provide the Gold Card holder with any photos or evidence of eligibility required.

You can only buy the £10 railcard from a station

  • If you bought your annual season ticket from a train station, you'll need to purchase your railcard from that station. If you bought it online, then you can go to your nearest station.
  • Let the staff member know you want to purchase a £10 railcard with your Gold Card and fill in the application they give you. Some railcards such as 16-25 and Senior require photos and evidence of eligibility so have that with you, and you'll need to show your Gold Card.
  • If you're buying a railcard for someone else, Railcard says the person you're buying the railcard for doesn't need to be present.
More info

What other discounts does an Annual Gold Card get?

As long as you're travelling within the Annual Gold Card area, your Gold Card essentially gives you most of the same discounts on rail fares as all the major railcards combined, as in addition to being your season ticket for commuting, it gets you:

  • 34% off standard and first class off-peak train fares for you and up to three people travelling with you.
  • 60% off for up to four kids (5-15 years old) travelling with you.
  • One-third off Oyster pay-as-you-go, Anytime Day Travelcards, and PLUSBUS day tickets within the Network Railcard area.

These discounts can't be used before 9.30am Monday to Friday (excluding bank holidays), or on Virgin Trains and Virgin Trains East Coast services. See full terms and conditions.

What about the Disabled Persons Railcard?

You can't get a £10 Disabled Persons Railcard at a station. You'll need to either call the Disabled Persons Railcard office on 0345 605 0525 or post a completed application form, evidence of eligibility, and a copy of the front and back of your Gold Card to: Disabled Persons Railcard office, PO Box 6613, Arbroath DD11 9AN.

Halfords logoFree bicycle safety check at Halfords*No need to book, just turn up at a store with your bike


Halfords is offering a free bicycle safety check at all of its stores (find your nearest*). There's no need to book - simply pop along with your bike and ask a member of staff for a free bike check, which shouldn't take more than 10-15 minutes and covers all of the following:

  • Handlebars
  • Wheels/tyres
  • Gears/chain
  • Brakes
  • Saddle

Obviously, it's no coincidence Halfords is doing these checks when it also sells bike parts and cycling accessories. Staff might try to upsell you (eg, new tyres, saddle etc), but there's no obligation to act on any advice you're given, or to buy anything.

Railcard logoDisabled Persons Railcard £20 for one year*Or £54 for three years. Get a third off rail fares incl peak times


If you have a disability that makes travelling by train difficult, you may qualify for a Disabled Persons Railcard* (see 'Are you eligible?' below).

It costs £20 for one year, or £54 for three years (equivalent to £18 per year), and gets you one-third off most train travel. That means if you spend over £60 on eligible rail fares in a year (or £55 if you have a three year card), then it's worth getting one as the savings beat the cost of the card.

Unlike most other railcards, there are no time restrictions for when the Disabled Persons Railcard can be used, although it won't work on season tickets. What's more, if you travel with another adult, they'll also get one-third off.

Are you eligible?

You should qualify for a Disabled Persons Railcard if any of these apply to you:

  • Receive Personal Independence Payments (PIP).
  • Receive Disability Living Allowance (DLA) at either the higher or lower rate for the mobility component, or the higher or middle rate for the care component.
  • Have a visual impairment.
  • Have a hearing impairment.
  • Have epilepsy.
  • Receive Attendance Allowance or Severe Disablement Allowance.
  • Receive War Pensioner's Mobility Supplement.
  • Receive War or Service Disablement Pension for 80% or more disability.
  • Buy or lease a vehicle through the Motability scheme.

You'll need to provide evidence of your eligibility when applying – see the Disabled Persons Railcard site for a list of accepted proof.

The railcard can't be bought at station ticket offices, but you can pick up an application form which you'll need to complete and post – or you can apply for the card online.

Can children get this railcard?

If your child (aged 5-15) has one of the eligible disabilities, they can apply for a Disabled Persons Railcard (or you can apply on their behalf). They won't get discounted child fares, but the card will allow one adult travelling with them to get one-third off.

Have a Tesco Clubcard? You could save 50% off a one year card

If you have a Tesco Clubcard with enough points, you could use your Clubcard vouchers to get a one year Disabled Persons Railcard for £10 in vouchers. See National Railcards for £15/£10 in Tesco points.

More info

You need to carry your railcard with you when travelling. 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.

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

Railcard discounts can be used for the adult ticket, but not the £1 kids' tickets. 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*Convert £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 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 up to March 2018 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 Thu 4 Jan, we found £1 single tickets available on these Megabus route examples:

  • Manchester to London, departs 5.30pm on Sat 24 Mar.
  • Birmingham to Bristol, departs 4.25pm on Thu 22 Mar.
  • Aberdeen to Edinburgh, departs 8.10am on Mon 26 Mar.

  • 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/£10 in Tesco points*Get 50% off annual railcards by converting Clubcard points


    Get a 16-25, Family & Friends, Senior or Two Together Railcard via Tesco Clubcard* for £15 in Clubcard points instead of the usual £30. You'll be sent a code that can be used on the Railcard* site.

    If you're eligible for a Disabled Persons Railcard, you can get this for £10 in Clubcard points instead of the usual £20.

    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.
    Disabled Persons: If you have a disability that makes travelling by train difficult, you may qualify for this. You'll get a third off fares, including at peak time.

    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 Express  logoTransPennine 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 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
    The offer is not available for journeys wholly within the area bounded by London Fare Zones 1-6 plus Theobalds Grove, Waltham Cross, Cheshunt, Broxbourne, Brentwood and Shenfield. 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 and 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 passengersSpecial 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 returnsOnline 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, £8.50 and £12. 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.

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