England’s train companies have joined together to offer up to 1 million journeys at up to half-price on selected Advance and off-peak train tickets

You will be able to buy tickets in the Great British Rail Sale from 10am next Tuesday (19th April) until the end of Monday 2nd May 2022 for travel between Monday 25th April until Friday 27th May 2022.

When the sale starts, to find tickets, go to National Rail’s online tool here to find out which routes are available. Once you find a route, click ‘buy’ to head over to a ticket retailer and check the availability for your journey. Great British Rail Sale tickets will be available on a first-come, first-served basis but there’s no limit on how many tickets you can buy for trips.

In addition, if you have a Railcard, you will be able to save an additional 1/3 off a Great British Rail Sale ticket.

The special offer tickets are available from:

  • Southeastern
  • London North Eastern Railway
  • Avanti West Coast
  • Greater Anglia
  • South Western Railway
  • Great Western Railway
  • Northern
  • C2C
  • Chiltern
  • London Northwestern Railway Railway
  • Cross Country
  • East Midlands Railway
  • West Midlands Railway
  • Southern
  • Thameslink
  • Great Northern
  • TransPennine Express
  • Grand Central
  • Hull Trains

The offer does not include travel on London Overground, TfL Rail, Merseyrail, Lumo, Gatwick Express, Heathrow Express or Stansted Express.

On some operators, you may be able to pay for a First-Class upgrade. You’ll need to check the trail company for details.

If the train you purchased a ticket for is cancelled or is delayed and you still decide to travel, special arrangements will be made to accommodate you on another train (although a seat cannot be guaranteed). If you choose not to travel a refund will be offered on completely unused tickets and you will not be charged an administration fee.

Note that Great British Rail Sale tickets are non-refundable and cannot be transferred.

When the sale starts, to find tickets, go to National Rail’s online tool here to find out which routes are available. Once you find a route, click ‘buy’ to head over to a ticket retailer and check the availability for your journey.


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  1. 100andthirty says:

    clicking on your link takes you to a page saying “more information coming soon”. A case of a premature press release methinks!

    • ianVisits says:

      I did note that the sale starts next week so naturally clicking on the link today would take you to a holding page.

      And no press release issued (yet), I am just a writer who can spot when the information is released by a TOC and want my readers to be able to take advantage of a good deal.

  2. 100and thirty says:

    And I, for one, thank you for your clear and accessible writing!

    The premature press release comment was aimed at National Rail, not you but as there’s been no press release that’s unfair too!

  3. Dylan says:

    This doesn’t mention Transport for Wales – do we know if they are participating?

  4. Matthew says:

    The DfT press release is now out and has been reported across UK media. But none of the train company websites are mentioning it. I visited a dozen websites and Twitter searches before I found the link to NR’s holding page saying the sale starts at 10am.

    And the title is very confusing because it clearly says it’s a GB-wide sale when the offer only covers English operators. That’s particularly bad for those of us in Cheshire, since TfW is a major operator here and runs Chester station.

    I was excited when I saw this on BBC News half an hour ago, but this level of muddle is not a good start for the GBR brand.

    • ianVisits says:

      It’s not part of the Great British Railways (GBR) brand, as that company doesn’t exist yet.

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