Trainline Best Fare Finder: Cheap train tickets 2020/2021

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Trainline is the UK's most established rail search and booking tool. The Trainline 'Best Fare Finder' tool is the leading cheap fares search engine in the market. It's been around since 1999, so has more than a decade worth of experience over its more recent competitors.

The Trainline Best Fare Finder for cheap train tickets in 2020/2021
The Trainline Best Fare Finder for cheap train tickets in 2020/2021

Since the beginning of its journey, the Trainline* website has sold to more than 6 million customers and has double that number of registered users. The site has access to thousands of fare and journey combinations, giving it the ability to find the cheapest fares for you.

Trainline Best Fare Finder: find the cheapest fares for 2020/2021

  • if you're flexible with the times you're able to travel, the Best Fare Finder tool can help you choose a cheaper fare.
  • simply input the dates you're considering, and the fare finder will tell you which date and time on that date is the cheapest that week.
  • the Best Fare Finder tool also gives you the opportunity to tweak your choices, so if you are looking for just first class fares, you can select only first class fares.

Check out the Best Fare Finder >>

Why book with Trainline?

  • when you book with Trainline, you have access to advance booking fares, which is almost always cheaper than booking on the day.
  • if you book far enough in advance, you can save as much as 43% of what you'd pay for a walk up fare.
  • you can collect most tickets you purchase from the fast ticket machines at the station or have them posted to you. In some cases, you can even print them out yourself at home.

Ticket Alert - cheapest fares emailed to your inbox

The Trainline Ticket Alert* feature allows you to input a journey you want to take and receive emails when the advance fares for that journey first roll in. This means you will be alerted at the time you can make the maximum saving on that journey, as tickets are almost always cheaper in advance.

Sign up to Ticket Alerts >>

London Liverpool Street Station © Alex Lecea - Flickr Creative Commons
London Liverpool Street Station © Alex Lecea - Flickr Creative Commons

Live departure boards

The Live Departure Boards* tool enables you to input destinations and see when trains are arriving from or departing to those stations. When the platform number is available, that information is also displayed.

Browse Live Departure Boards >>

A window to the rest of the world

Trainline has partnered with Eurostar, Rail Europe and International Rail to give you access to train fares worldwide. There's a Eurostar booking form for buying tickets from London to Paris and other Eurostar destinations.

There's also a booking form for European train tickets and passes, provided by RailEurope, which is run by French operator SNCF. Passes for the rest of the world can be obtained from International Rail.

Learn more about International Train Tickets >>

Book trains and hotels all on one page

Trainline has a fantastic page for booking train journeys at the same time as hotels. This saves having to go all the way over to another site to suffer an overload of options. Here, you can simply go to the Trains and Hotels* page on the website.

The Javelin train at St Pancras International © Ed Webster
The Javelin train at St Pancras International © Ed Webster

On the Trains and Hotels* page, you can choose from more than 2,500 destinations to visit, add the number of people visiting, and let the booking engine do the rest.

Browse Trains & Hotels Deals >>

Get even more discounts on train travel across the UK, Europe and Japan from The Train Hacker, plus plenty of tips for saving money on fares and inspiring rail tales.

With its variety of fare finder tools the capability to book hotels and trains together, Trainline* could put you right on track. If you're looking for more ways to save money with cheap train tickets in 2020/2021, check out our train discounts page.

Sophie Collard

Sophie Collard
Updated on Friday 10th July 2020

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