Cheapest Train Tickets Top Tips

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Finding the cheapest train tickets can be a doddle when you're savvy and book directly with us.


Let us guide you through how to find the best value tickets and you could save some dollar next time you travel with us, follow our five top tips:

Buy Advance tickets

What are Advance tickets? Let's get straight to the point; you're dedicated to that one train at that time. Simples.

Be organised

Don’t be pipped to the post:

  • You can book Advance tickets up to 12 weeks from your day of travel, so be a real smart cookie and get in early
  • Our tickets are at their best up until 3 weeks before travel

Our snazzy graph below shows an example how prices for a return journey from Derby to London can change from 12 weeks in advance to the day of travel.

Check the travel dates that are now on sale

Book direct

You're already here. Our lowest Advance tickets are always cheapest at eastmidlandstrains.co.uk, not kidding, they always have been and always will be. We'll give you £2 off our lowest Advance return fares when you book online with us and we don't charge you any of those sneaky credit/debit card fees and certainly no booking fees.

Be flexible

  • Our busiest times are just like the roads, full of people working 9 till'5... what a way to make a living
  • Avoid rush hour by hopping on trains between 9:30am and 3pm
  • Leave before 3pm or after 7:30pm

Be savvy

Try out the 5 day view tab when booking online; it helps you quickly compare times of the day vs price.

For more ways to save on your train tickets, including group savings and Railcards see our latest offers.

*Our Advance tickets are subject to availability, when they’re gone, they’re gone. £37 return is based on two Standard Class Advance tickets purchased at eastmidlandstrains.co.uk. £64.50 based on a Super Off Peak ticket bought on the day of travel.