Half price train tickets: how to get a cheap rail ticket

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As fares continue to rise, travelers can use some routes at a discounted price for a short time

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Families come home from the Easter holidays with the next goal in mind.

With the cost of living rising, staycations may become a little more popular with Brits looking to get away for a few days.

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The Great British Rail Sale sees tickets reduced in price on some popular routes.

Here’s everything you need to know to snag some bargain tickets.

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What is the Great British Rail Sale?

The Great British Rail Sale was announced by the UK Government to take pressure off those affected by the cost of living crisis.

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Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said the price of more than a million train tickets will be reduced by up to half in April and May.

He added: “We had two years of virtual life. It’s time to get real and visit our beautiful country.

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“For the first time ever, operators from across the rail industry are coming together to help passengers with the rising cost of living by offering up to 50% off more than a million tickets across the UK.

“There’s no better time to visit friends or family, or just to explore our great country, so book your tickets today.”

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When does the Great British Rail Sale start?

The sale starts today (Tuesday, April 19).

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The tickets included in the sale are valid off-peak from April 25th to May 27th.

Which routes are included in the Great British Rail Sale?

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On some popular routes, off-peak fares are to be reduced.

From Manchester to Newcastle, some tickets will be reduced to just over £10, while some seats on the London to Edinburgh route will be reduced by 50%, from £44 to £22.

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Some can also travel from London to Cardiff for just £25, while from Portsmouth Harbor to Penzance some seats are reduced to £22.

Shorter routes such as York to Leeds are also included, reduced from £5.60 to £2.80.

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What was said about the Great British Rail Sale?

Jacqueline Starr, chief executive of Rail Delivery Group, encouraged Britons to take advantage of the savings.

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She said: “We want everyone to be able to benefit from traveling by train because it’s more than just a journey, it’s a way for everyone to connect with the people, places and things they love.

“As part of the Great British Rail Sale, customers will be able to enjoy over a million discounted tickets so they can explore some of the amazing places accessible by rail.”

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While welcoming the cuts, the Labor shadow transport secretary said Tory policy had turned people away from the railways over the past decade, while criticizing the government for not introducing sales during the half-term break.

Louise Haigh said: “This temporary respite will be a small consolation for passengers who have had thousands taken out of their pockets since 2010 because prices have skyrocketed.

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“And the decision to end sales just before half-time means many families will face the same hefty expense over the holiday period.

“Working people are facing the worst cost-of-living crisis in decades, and Conservatives have chosen to hike taxes and reject a windfall tax on the oil and gas giants’ soaring profits.

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How to book discounted tickets

According to the government’s website on the Great Rail Sale, tickets can be purchased online at “participating retailers at half price on a wide range of off-peak hours tickets across the country”.

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Tickets go on sale today (April 19) at around 10am and you can see if you can save some money on National Rail website.

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