If you take the train quite often, especially for long distances then you will realise that travelling on the rail tracks of the UK can be expensive, so its important that you use all of the tools, tips and tricks available to you to make sure that you save as much money as you can when booking your train fare or fares.
Book In Advance - Probably the easiest way of saving lots of money on your booking is to make sure you book well in advance of travelling. The earlier you book the more money you will save, but you can often end up saving a wealth of money even if you just book the day before. So, if you know you are going to have to make a journey in the future make sure that you book early to take advantage of any discounts.
Avoid Peak Times - Peak times always cost a lot more, so if you can arrange your journeys or at least a percentage of your journey outside of peak hours you can really notice the money you save via doing things this way.
Try Indirect Routes - Although a direct train is easier for many travellers, splitting your journey can end up saving you money, because you can end up getting the same train but on a different ticket and therefore splitting the journey into two but still benefiting from a decent saving.
Look At Railcards - If you employ anyone under the age of 26 or if you are under this age yourself, then you can really benefit from a travel card which can offer large discounts on the majority of train journeys. You can even squeeze an extra year out of this card by renewing just before your 26th birthday, meaning that you can benefit from using this card until you are just approaching 27!
Although most of the tips we mention above are very basic and easy suggestions, if you spend a bit of time planning routes correctly and booking the correct train, over the course of the year you can really notice the money you have saved. Instead of spending 125 to travel to London, by booking in advance you can travel for half that amount and even then travelling at different times can save you money again.
It is very easy to get into the mindset to just book the first ticket you see as you may well think it's a waste of time (and money) to try all of the tips above, but if you knew you could end up saving thousands of pounds a year then it can be well worth spending more time looking at your options when booking trains.