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Is it cheaper to buy train tickets on the day?

It’s not normally cheaper to buy train tickets on the day, but there are a couple of things to bear in mind if you’re after a last-minute bargain.

Is it cheaper to buy train tickets on the day?

As a general rule, no! It might not be more expensive, but it’s unusual to get a last-minute price drop unless a train is exceptionally quiet.

If you want to buy an Advance ticket, then we’d recommend buying it as soon as it’s available and you’re sure when you want to travel. When you book with Railsmartr, you can also change these tickets to another date and only ever pay the price difference.

Buying a flexible ticket? If you’re buying an AnytimeOff-Peak or Super Off-Peak ticket, there’s no advantage to booking far in advance. The price will always stay the same. Of course, it can be worth booking ahead if it’s going to be a busy train and you’d like a seat reservation.

What should I know if I want to buy train tickets on the day?

First of all, it’s still worth booking with Railsmartr! It’s possible to buy an eTicket for most journeys, so you can seamlessly get your tickets on the move without queueing up at ticket machines or the ticket office.

What’s more, you can still get Advance tickets on the day for many routes. Even if it’s just a few minutes until your train leaves, we’d recommend popping on your phone and taking a look. Just make sure you’ve got your ticket before you board – we usually send them within seconds of your payment being confirmed.

Let’s take a look at what we can find when we want to buy train tickets on the day:

Example of buying train tickets on the day with Railsmartr

At the time of searching, it was only 25 minutes until this Leeds to Manchester train departed. But, it was £8.10 cheaper compared to buying a full-price flexible ticket.

How else can I save money?

Don’t forget that here at Railsmartr, we now offer split tickets. Even if only flexible tickets are available, we’ll try to find the cheapest combination for your trip.

Struggling to find a suitable fare? Just contact us. We’ll do our best to grab you a great deal.