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Virgin Trains logoVirgin West Coast sale, eg, £22 Manc-Ldn rtn250,000 mostly off-peak standard and first class seats

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All aboard! Virgin Trains is having an up to 52% sale across selected peak and off-peak routes on its West Coast network – stations between London and Glasgow, see full map – 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 Mon 18 Dec to Sun 14 Jan 2018, excluding 22-23 Dec, 25-27 Dec, and journeys affected by engineering works. You can book the discounted fares via the Virgin Trains site until 11.59pm on Mon 27 Nov – there's no booking fee.

What discounted fares can I get?

Virgin Trains says there are 250,000 discounted standard and first class advance single tickets available, which will be labelled as 'Seat Sale'.

Discounted seats are randomly spread across the West Coast network and sale period, with most availability on off-peak services and limited availability during weekday peak times and at weekends – 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 52% off advance single tickets (if you want a return you'll need to book two singles). Advance tickets tend to rise in price closer to the date of travel so prices may go up, but will still be discounted from the normal price.

Here are examples of discounted fares:

  • £5 London Euston to Birmingham each way (norm cheapest advance single £8, on-the-day single £30ish)
  • £11 Birmingham to Glasgow each way (norm cheapest advance single £16, on-the-day single £110ish)
  • £11 Manchester to London Euston each way (norm cheapest advance single £23, on-the-day single £80ish)
  • £18 London Euston 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. 

Discounted 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 £27) between Birmingham and London, £30 each way (norm cheapest £45) between London and Manchester, and £37 each way (norm cheapest £60) 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).

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Virgin Trains East Coast logoVirgin Trains East Coast sale, eg, £16 London-Leeds return50% off mostly off-peak travel 6 Jan-2 Mar

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Until 11.59pm on Wed 22 NovVirgin Trains East Coast is having a 50% off sale on selected trains across its network – stations between London King's Cross and Edinburgh, see full map – including one-way standard advance tickets available between London King's Cross and Leeds for £8 (£21.80 first class), and between Edinburgh and York for £8.60 (£17.90 first class). For discounted tickets on the West Coast network, see Virgin Trains West Coast sale below.

How to get the discounted tickets

Sale seats are valid for travel from Sat 6 Jan to Fri 2 Mar, excluding 10-18 Feb (half-term) and 24-25 Feb. To get the discounted seats, you’ll need to book by Wednesday via this Virgin Trains East Coast link – sale seats will be labelled 'Discounted'.

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 Trains says the sale tickets will mostly be on off-peak Mon-Sat trains, with limited availability during weekday peak times and on Sundays. Availability will also be very limited during planned engineering work.

There are 250,000 discounted standard and 50,000 discounted first class advance single tickets available (the sale launched at 10am on Mon 20 Nov). 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.

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 Mon 20 Nov, but advance tickets tend to rise in price closer to the date of travel so prices may go up:

  • £16 standard return (£43.60 first class) London King's Cross to Leeds, departing Fri 2 Feb at 10.03am, returning Mon 5 Feb at 1.15pm.
  • £25 standard return (£58.60 first class) London King's Cross to Edinburgh, departing Tue 23 Jan at 10.30am, returning Thu 25 Jan at 2pm.
  • £26.50 standard return (£35.80 first class) Edinburgh to York, departing Wed 17 Jan at 10am, returning Sun 21 Jan at 10am.

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 November 2016, it offered London to Leeds return for £10, among other cheap fares – but this deal is still pretty strong and 50% off 300,000 seats could put you on the right track for some serious savings.

Virgin Trains logoVirgin Trains 10% off West Coast family tixVia blagged link. Journeys to/from London until 29 Oct

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If you're planning a day out or longer trip to/from London with the family in October, go via this Virgin Trains West Coast* link to get a blagged 10% off its fixed-price family ticket.

It's valid on standard and first-class family tickets to/from London on the West Coast mainline only (includes Birmingham, Manchester and Glasgow – see full map) for outbound travel until Sun 29 Oct. You'll need to book by 11.59pm the day before you want to travel.

The return leg of your journey is flexible and can be made at any time within one month of your outbound date.

Who can get a family ticket?

You can get a fixed-price family ticket when up to two adults travel with at least one child, and up to a maximum of four children – the ticket price will be the same no matter how many of you travel, so the biggest saving will be for larger families.

Virgin Trains says family tickets are available on most services, including morning peak times, but excluding trains affected by planned engineering works.

This deal won't work with any other offers or discounts including railcards, and it's worth noting that these tickets are non-refundable.

Example fares

When we checked, we found these example return fares for a fixed-price family ticket (up to two adults and up to four children) with this offer:

  • £58.50 (£117 first class) Birmingham to London – norm £65.
  • £89.10 (£178.20 first class) London to Manchester – norm £99.
  • £89.10 (£178.20 first class) London to Liverpool – norm £99.
  • £144 (£288 first class) Glasgow to London – norm £160.

So a family consisting of two adults and two children could travel from Birmingham to London and back for £14.63 each, or a family consisting of two adults and four children could do the same journey for £9.75 each.

For more ways to save on train travel, see our Cheap Train Tickets guide.

Virgin Trains logo20% off West Coast off-peak advance fares*Via blagged link for journeys from 21-29 Oct

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Go via this blagged Virgin Trains West Coast* link to get 20% off 750,000 standard or first class off-peak adult advance fares on the West Coast line, including routes such as London to Birmingham, Preston to Glasgow and Manchester to London (see full map).

The discount is valid for travel from Sat 21 Oct until Sun 29 Oct – half-term for most schools in England. You'll need to book via the special link above by 11.59pm on Thu 5 Oct, or when 750,000 discounted fares have gone, whichever's sooner – the discounted fares will be shown in a yellow box.

Which trains are discounted advance fares available on?

The discounted advance fares are available on all off-peak services operated by Virgin Trains, but the number available per train will differ depending on demand, and prices will rise the closer to the departure date, so it's best to book as early as possible to bag a discounted fare.

Off-peak services are those arriving into major cities such as London after 9.30am/10am Mon-Fri, so this offer excludes morning commuter services.

You can book tickets for up to nine people, and collect your ticket from a station or print it out.

For return trips, you'll have to book two singles, so check both are at the discounted rate before booking. Unfortunately, no further discounts are available with a railcard.

Top example fares

When we checked on Tue 26 Sep, we found these discounted advance fares with this offer:

  • £12.80 London to Birmingham return (£21.60 first class), departing Sun 22 Oct at 9.50am, returning Wed 25 Oct at 2.50pm – next cheapest off-peak fare £53.10.
  • £25.60 Preston to Glasgow return (£57.60 first class), departing Mon 23 Oct at 10.41am, returning Fri 27 Oct at 1.40pm – next cheapest off-peak fare £72.40.
  • £36.80 Manchester to London return (£72 first class), departing Sat 21 Oct at 11.15am, returning Tue 24 Oct at 9pm – next cheapest off-peak fare £83.90.

Tickets in this offer are only valid for the specific train and seat reserved online, and are non-refundable. 

What about child and family tickets?

10% off Virgin Trains family ticketsWith these advance tickets, there isn't an additional discount for a child, but if you're travelling to/from London with at least one child (and up to a maximum of four), we've a blagged 10% off fixed-price family tickets for Sat 7 Oct to Sun 29 Oct travel, which could be cheaper – see Virgin Trains 10% off family tickets.

For more ways to save on train travel, see our Cheap Train Tickets guide.

Virgin Trains East Coast logoVirgin Trains East Coast 50% off family tickets*Use code for selected journeys up to 10 Sep, eg, London-York

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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.

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