Welcome to Railwatch Fare Track
Rail is always the best way to get around Britain and often there are bargain fares too.
Many of the rail companies' promotions are at Promotions
You can find others on operators' websites. Links can be found at Train operators
An independent guide is available at cheap train tickets.
Some of the cheapest tickets are released by train operators 12 weeks in advance of travel.
A chart giving the dates when cheap tickets become available can be seen here
But you can sometimes buy cheaper tickets, the day before you travel.
You can buy train tickets online from various websites, have them delivered to your home or collect them from a machine at almost any rail station (not necessarily the one you leave from). The trainline.com imposes booking charges but others, including East Coast, do not.
There are also good deals available on train operator and other websites:
A Derbyshire Wayfarer is a one-day rover for trains and buses in the county. £11.50 adult and £5.55 child (5-15) or a senior. £20 for a group of up to two adults and three children.
Booking early can save you money. Eurostar tickets are usually released 120 days before travel. Some British train operators also offer Eurostar tickets with through travel. Make sure your ticket for UK travel is to "London International" which should avoid expensive travel costs in London.
SailRail tickets are available between Great Britain and Ireland using the Holyhead and Fishguard routes
Island Line Isle of Wight
Wayfarer costs £10 (child and over-60s £5) and covers Manchester, as well as large parts of Derbyshire, as far as Matlock, Crich, and Grindleford as well as covering Rochdale, Bury, Bolton, Wigan, Warrington, and Northwich. Group (two adults and two children): £20
Cumbria Day Ranger
Cumbria Round Robin
Lakes Day Ranger
Hadrian's Wall Country Line Day Ranger
North East Round Robin
Tyne and Tees Day Ranger
Cheshire Day Ranger
East Lancashire Day Ranger
Lancashire Day Ranger
North West Day Ranger
South Pennines Day Ranger
East Midlands Round Robin
East Yorkshire Day Ranger
Settle-Carlisle Day Ranger
Yorkshire Coast Day Ranger
Until 28 February 2013, £10 Portas Pilot day return from London to Margate, via high speed Javelin trains
Cardiff Valleys senior railcard gives half fare for people over 60
Explore Wales Flexipass (four days rail and eight days bus in eight days) £94
One of the best travel bargains in Britain must be the family day rover which gives travel on rail and most buses in the Leeds area. The scratchcard style ticket costs £11 for two adults and three children throughout West Yorkshire from Todmorden to Pontefract and Ilkley to Holmfirth. It can be bought at bus stations and most post offices, some tourist information offices but sometimes at rail stations. £7.50 for one adult. Train only £6.60. People who live outside the area can buy by post from West Yorkshire PTE, 40-50 Wellington Street, Leeds LS21 2DE. Tel: 0113 251 7272
Full details of all these special offers from national railways enquiry line 08457 484950