Yes, you may have burned a hole in your wallets over the bank holiday weekend, but that shouldn’t deter you from booking a cheap trip this month. As the weather improves and the days get longer, we’re sure you’re at least tempted to extend that long weekend buzz to another week.
Well, you might just be in luck, as train tickets are set to get cheaper over the next couple of months. In what has been dubbed “The Great British Rail Sale”, a plethora of different routes will be discounted, giving you a little more peace of mind when booking tickets for that trip. Or just some extra cash for a round of ice creams or cocktails — either sounds pretty good to me.
Off peak journeys between cities are set to be slashed, meaning you could bag yourself a fare to Manchester for as little as £1.50 one way from Liverpool Lime Street, or a weekend getaway to Birmingham for £21.80 return.
According to the Department for Transport, millions of journeys are being reduced over dates between April 25 and May 27 (we spy another bank holiday weekend during that time).
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps spoke of the impact of the pandemic, saying: “We’ve had two years of living life virtually. It is time to get real and visit our beautiful country.”
“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 per cent off more than a million tickets on journeys across Britain.
“There’s no better time to visit friends, family or just explore our great country, so book your tickets today.”
Discounted rail tickets run from April 25 – May 27 on selected routes including the following rail services: Southeastern, London North Eastern Railway, Avanti West Coast, Greater Anglia, South Western Railway, Great Western Railway, Northern, C2C, Chiltern, London Northwestern Railway, Cross Country, East Midlands Railway, West Midlands Railway, Southern, Thameslink, Great Northern, TransPennine Express.