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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. Advance tickets are generally available to buy 12 weeks before you travel. If you're planning further ahead, you can register for ticket alerts for when your travel dates become available.

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

As an example, you can bag Advance return tickets from Derby to London from £37 return, compared to buying them on the day from £64.50. Get in there early, when they're gone, they're gone.

Check the travel dates that are now on sale

Book direct

You're already here. When you book directly through our website you avoid sneaky hidden fees and credit card charges – we’re all about helping you save your pennies.

If you’re wanting to plan your journey you can buy our cheaper Advance tickets up to three weeks before you travel. We’re also giving you an exclusive £1 off our lowest Advance fares – this means you save £2 on every return journey.

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.