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There’s something romantic about the idea of breathlessly clattering across a train concourse, slamming into the ticket counter, tilting back your trilby and declaring, “I need a ticket for the next train out of here!” But while it may be romantic, it’s also a scene from 1950s movie, not real life.
What really is romantic is booking a train ticket in advance, ideally as soon as it’s released, some 12 weeks before the train leaves the station. This can often save you more than 50% off your ticket, leaving you with enough spare cash to buy flowers for whoever you’re seeing at the other end. The latter is a reality that few people engage with, but it’s really simple. All you need to do is book early online. We now offer advance purchase on the day (snappy, right), which means there are tickets available to book on lots of services up to 15 mins before departure.
We book lots of different types of travel in advance, so why not move trains into that category too? Book the train, turn up promptly, enjoy a reserved seat and, on alighting, hand over those flowers. Now that’s romantic.
TransPennine Express don’t charge booking fees, so book your tickets with us or you may find you’re getting extras placed on your booking that you don’t know about until you’ve done your research and are ready to click the BUY button.
It can’t come as much of a surprise that some tickets are more expensive when the rail line is busiest. However, if you’re rushing or you leave it to the last minute, sometimes all you’re left with is the more expensive peak time tickets. Don’t do it, book Off-Peak and avoid the times 06:30–09:30 and 16:00–19:00. Plus, if you use a railcard (see above) you’ll save even more money.
Sometimes, it benefits you to choose the route you’re going to take. Taking a slightly longer route can save you money.
The sixth and final way to save is the simplest: just take your time. We often book our train travel in a hurry, with little or no time to spare. But if you study this blog and give yourself the opportunity to book in advance, get a Railcard, go off peak or even take a longer route if one is available, then you’ll save money on your booking. Maybe it’s time to find a florist and pick out those flowers...