Train operator, Greater Anglia, is launching special summer ‘Hare Fares’ from London for just £10 return for a limited time.

(c) Greater Anglia

The new ‘Hare Fares’ offer passengers off-peak returns across the Greater Anglia network with simple return prices: £10, £15 and £20, with children travelling for just £2 return each.

There is no limit on the number of tickets that can be bought, but they must be booked between 6th and 26th June for travel between 6th June and 7th August 2023.

(There are return fares for £5, but only for trips wholly outside London)

Example return fares from London:

Destinations for £10 return

  • Hertford
  • Cambridge
  • Chelmsford
  • Southend Victoria

Destinations for £15 return

  • Harwich
  • Colchester
  • Clacton-on-Sea

Destinations for £20 return

  • Felixstowe
  • Great Yarmouth
  • Bury St Edmunds

Hare Fares are available as standard off-peak day return tickets only and can only be booked online from here or via the Greater Anglia app.

Hare Fares are not valid on journeys wholly within the Oyster zone. Standard refund rules apply. Railcard discounts don’t apply.

A further money-saving tip

When searching for journeys, most people put “London (any)” as the departure point in the search box. Once you find a trip you like, look for the next station the train stops at, and if you can catch the train there AND avoid travelling into London Zone 1, you can reduce your travel card cost as well.

For example, trips that start at Liverpool Street will cost the same if you catch the train at Stratford, but you could avoid paying for the TfL zone 1 fare to get to Liverpool Street to start the journey.

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13 comments
  1. MilesT says:

    On the longer routes, the Hare Fare (Day Return) can be cheaper than an advance single (one way).

    Of course you are supposed to make the return trip to comply with the fare conditions….and maybe they can track the use of the return portion through the fare gates (but not all stations have fare gates).

    Make of that what you will.

  2. NG says:

    To get to Grt Yarmouth from London, one has to change at Norwich.
    I wonder if these are valid for “break of journey” at Norwich ???

  3. Edvid says:

    BoJ is specifically disallowed in the Hare Fare T&Cs, so no. £20 HFs for London-Norwich *are* available, though.

    • State obvious says:

      Of course they are valid via Norwich / Ipswich as it is a valid connection, how on earth else would you do it

    • Edvid says:

      Simply changing trains and leaving the gated/paid area (aka BoJ) are two different things. The former (per your example) is permitted, the latter isn’t.

    • ChrisF says:

      I took a trip from Cambridge to Lowestoft (via Norwich) a few days ago. I asked, and was allowed to leave the gated/paid area at Norwich.

  4. Groves says:

    What if i want to travel from Diss to Yarmouth or bury to Cambridge . Are these all just London fares

    • MilesT says:

      @Groves

      If you will go to the GA website you will be offered a Hare Fare for a day return if the journey is applicable (has to be all GA routed I believe, which limits some options where the route uses two lines which are not joined together somewhere by GA–e.g. Hertford East is out on a limb and there isn’t a straightforward route to many other places served by GA that doesn’t need to go to Liverpool Street or Stratford or double back somewhere).

      There are fares for journeys wholly outside London, some as cheap as £5.

    • Mike R says:

      So not so “obvious” as “State obvious” states…!

  5. john says:

    it states until the 7th of august,but I have just been on the web site and states until early september

  6. Lizebeth says:

    The website promises a £15 fare to/from Colchester, but when you try and book it it states £20 — plus I then have to get another ticket to my destination (Marks Tey), which adds up to the same £31 fare as I would pay normally with my railcard. So what good does this offer do me?

    • ianVisits says:

      I can see loads of tickets on sale for London to Colchester return for £15.

    • Edvid says:

      Where are you travelling from? Other than King’s Lynn there are £15 (or cheaper) Hare Fares on offer from all the GA network extremities to Marks Tey.

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