cheap train tickets – a guide

Find cheap train tickets

Cheap train tickets can be obtained with a little planning and knowledge, so let us guide you through the process of saving money on your travel. The best way to get cheap train tickets is to book in advance, typically saving over 50% compared to paying at the station before boarding. Wherever you're travelling, you can find cheap train tickets right here on and book without a booking fee.

Read on as we guide you through our top tips for buying cheap train tickets.

How to get cheap train tickets

Book as early as you can

Did you know you can book train tickets up to 24 weeks before you travel? Book tickets as early as you can and save over 50%*. It can also work out cheaper to buy two advance single tickets instead of a return on some routes.

No booking fee

Unlike some other providers, TransPennine Express won’t charge you any booking or credit card fees, so it always pays to book train tickets direct with us.

Book travel across Great Britain

Whilst we call the North and Scotland our home, we can book trains for travel anywhere in Great Britain, even if it's not on the TransPennine Express network.

Get a railcard

Get a guaranteed 1/3 off train tickets with a railcard. Available for 1 or 3 years, there’s a railcard for nearly everyone – students, families, jobseekers and more, so you can get where you want to go for less.

Collect Nectar points

If you have a Nectar card, register it when you buy train tickets online with us and you'll get 2 points per £1 you spend. You can also get 200 points for a monthly Season Ticket and 2,500 points for an annual Season Ticket.

Be flexible

Train ticket prices vary throughout the day, so if you're flexible with what time you can travel, choose your train based on which offers the cheapest train tickets.

Upgrade to First Class from £10

On the day – upgrade your Standard Class ticket on any TransPennine Express service on Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays with our Weekend First. The price is either £10, £15 or £20 per person one-way depending on the distance you’re travelling. 
Please ask the conductor to find out how much the upgrade is for your journey.

Popular Journeys

From Leeds to Manchester £10
From Manchester to Edinburgh £20
From Newcastle to York £10
From Manchester to Newcastle £15
From Sheffield to Manchester £10
From Manchester to Cleethorpes £15
From Liverpool to Leeds £10

Simply find an unreserved First Class seat and pay the Conductor for your upgrade.

Please note there are no child or Railcard discounts available on Weekend First.

TP Express App

How to buy cheap train tickets online

Follow the steps below to help you save money.

  1. Download the TPE app or go to our website
  2. Add your departure and arrival station
  3. Select the date and ticket type – You can book train tickets up to 24 weeks before travel. Book as early as you can, as you can save over 50% with advance tickets.
  4. Add your railcard to get a further 1/3 off train tickets.
  5. Book your train ticket

More ways to save money on your tickets

Cheap family train tickets

If you're regularly travelling with family and friends, why not get a Family & Friends railcard. You can save 1/3 on adult train tickets and you'll get 60% off kids tickets.

Cheap student train tickets

If you're heading off to university or just want to go and explore. Get a 16-25 railcard and you can enjoy half price advance purchase tickets when booking direct with us.

Cheap first class train tickets

You can save over 50% if you book your first class ticket in advance. You can also upgrade on the day or use the Seatfrog app to bid for a last-minute upgrade.

Cheap season tickets

If you're making the same journey regularly, the best way to save money is to buy a season ticket. They are are available for 7 days, 1 calendar month and any period between 1-12 months.

Cheap train ticket offers

Leeds to Manchester Piccadilly from

£ 10.60* single advance*
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Manchester Stations to Edinburgh from

£ 21.60* single advance*
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Manchester Stations to Liverpool from

£ 3.80* single advance*
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