This article from Low Cost Living gives some great tips on saving money on train travel. With running a car being so expensive and many of us needing to travel long distances to see friends or family or for job interviews, a train ticket bought at a low cost using these tips could be a good way to get there. Alternatively, check out the cost of coach tickets or try to share car travel as this may be the cheapest way of all.
'It's a national disgrace how much our trains cost when the government claims to want to encourage public transport and lower carbon emissions. In many ways, the railway gets very bad press. The cost difference between car or air is debatable, but if there's only a couple of you, the train gives you the chance to see the wonderful countryside which is around us and we're not burning money sitting in a traffic jam.
However, there are many Railcards available which will save you money on almost any trip you make with savings up to one third off normal price. Always try and book a couple of weeks before and it's well worth using the thetrainline.com as they find the best fare for you.
Beside rail cards, if you plan your travel to major cities, you can save considerately travelling after certain times, so check different time options out. The trains are more comfortable off peak as well.
Travellers to London can save money on buying a 'One Day Travelcard' which will include zones on the London Underground system - These are extremely good value and you can use it all day long on as many journeys as you want.
Railcards Available to Reduce Train Costs
Young Persons Railcard
You must be aged between 16 and 25 or be a Mature Student.(if mature, you must supply proof you attend a place of education for 25 hours a week or more).
Kids' get 60% off and adults save 1/3 on most rail fares throughout Britain for a whole year. Up to 4 adults and 4 children can travel on the one card – so you can help your friends save too.
If you're 60 or over, you can save 1/3 on most Standard and First class rail fares throughout Britain with a Senior Railcard. Note: Check your local authority - some give these to senior citizens for nothing)
These apply to people in the Southern Counties (old 'Network South East). With one of these you get 33% off for adults and up to 60% off for the kids
If you are a registered disabled person, this card will get you up to 33% off your rail fares
Please note - the above cards are not free, but quite cheap enough to save you money on quite a short term basis. Please go to The Railcard Website for full and up to date details'