Great British Rail Sale: Dates and how to buy cheap tickets

Train ticket prices are set to be slashed during the ‘Great British Rail Sale’ (Picture:…

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Train ticket prices are set to be slashed during the ‘Great British Rail Sale’ (Picture: Giannis Alexopoulos/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

People across the nation are having to find savvy ways to save money as soaring energy and petrol prices have led to UK households facing a cost of living crisis.

In a bid to help those struggling with living costs, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has announced that there will be a ‘Great British Rail Sale’.

The sale has seen train fare prices slashed, allowing people to travel across the country far more cheaply than normal. 

Here’s everything you need to know about the rail ticket initiative.

How to buy Great British Rail Sale tickets 

To get take advantage of cheaper train ticket prices amid the Great British Rail Sale, you’ll need to head to the National Rail website.

Tickets went on sale at 10am on Tuesday, 19 April, 2022, and over one million rail fares have been discounted.

They can be purchased from participating retailers, with some offering half-price deals on off-peak journeys.

Grant Shapps said: “For the first time ever, operators across the rail industry are coming together to help passengers facing rising costs of living by offering up to 50% off more than a million tickets on journeys across Britain.”

While those looking to travel around the UK will benefit from discounted rail fares with tickets bought during the sale, commuters are unlikely to benefit due to the off-peak nature of the deals.

When does the sale end?

Person taking train tickets out of ticket machine

Over one million off-peak tickets are set to go on sale (Picture: PA)

Over a million tickets are up for grabs to an array of destinations in England, Scotland and Wales during the Great British Rail Sale.

The end date of the sale has not yet been announced by the government.

However, tickets bought during the sale can be used on off-peak fares between April 25 and May 27, 2022.

Given the surge in UK living costs, as well as another bank holiday on the way in May, tickets are unlikely to be around for long.

Which routes are included in the sale?

Tickets bought during the Great British Rail Sale are only valid on off-peak routes across the UK.

The government website states that the event will see “multiple operators come together to offer nationwide savings”.

It revealed that routes on offer include:

  • York to Leeds: was £5.60, now £2.80
  • London to Edinburgh: was £44, now £22
  • London to Cardiff: was £47, now £25
  • Wolverhampton to Liverpool: was £10.50, now £5.25
  • Manchester to Newcastle: was £20.60, now £10.30
  • Birmingham New Street to Bristol Temple Meads: was £25.30, now £12.60
  • Portsmouth Harbour to Penzance was £45.70, now £22.00

Tickets are only valid for journeys taken in April and May, 2022.


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