18 Family & Friends Railcard Offer and National Express trips for 3!

Last updated : 15 October 2008 By Shrimpers24
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£18 Family & Friends Railcard (25% off)

Until 30 November, National Rail is offering Family & Friends Railcard at just £18. These cut a third off an adult's ticket and 60% off kid's tickets when you have at least one adult and one child travelling. You can have up to four adults and four kids travel on one card.

It's only available online. You'll need to use this special railcard link and enter the special code EXPERT18 in capitals when registering. You'll need to upload a passport style photo of yourself, plus you'll need your passport or UK driving licence handy.

The Railcard can't be used on weekday morning peak services entirely within the London and South East area. If you're unsure when these times are, as they differ according to the route, then check with your local station or call the National Rail Enquiries line on 08457 48 49 50.

£5 off any rail tickets via Great Western

Great Western is offering £5 off tickets to the first 200,000 people that register on its site. The discount will work on any journey you can book through the Great Western site, which is all mainstream UK trips, it doesn't have to be one of it's own routes. However, understandably, the transaction must be more than £6 before the discount.

Simply enter your details to register and you will be sent a pin code via email which will allow you access to the £5 off which is per transaction not per ticket. You must register and book your tickets before the 6 November however you can travel after this time. Read the full terms and condition.

Routes included: Bath, Brighton, Bristol, Oxford, London, Cardiff, Exeter, Guildford, Newquay, Penzance, Portsmouth, Taunton, Worcester.
How to book: Visit the special Great Western promotional page to register to get your £5 off pin code. Enter the special pin code when you book your ticket.

Virgin Trains London-Manchester Offer

Virgin Trains sells dirt cheap tickets from London Euston to Manchester and vice versa. Every few months it releases new tickets and if you're quick you can grab them for as little as £1 each way. If not, under £10 is easily possible for most.

To book simply go to the Virgin Trains website, select your route (either to or from Manchester) and search the dates for the £1 fares. If you can't find £1 tickets, £3, £7 and £9 fares are available, still a bargain! You can now book for travel up to 7 November 2008 (though this offer has been regularly extended). Full terms and conditions. Every time more tickets are released, there will be a note in the free weekly MoneySaving email.

The only caveat is you need to print your tickets at home and ensure they're clear and legible. Click here for more help on printing tickets.

Routes included: London Euston to Manchester
How to book: Visit the Virgin Trains website

Birmingham to London and back for a tenner

This is a nifty service to slash the cost of travelling between Birmingham and London. Use the Chiltern Railways special ticket to your mobile service which costs from £5 each way and you could pay just £10 to get to London and back.

While the route is slower and takes you from Birmingham Snow Hill or Moor Street to Marylebone rather than Birmingham New Street to Euston, if you're willing to spend a little longer getting there then the price difference can be huge.

Routes included: London to Birmingham
How to book: Visit Chiltern Railways website

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National Express Funfare tickets to 50 towns & cities

TLG have already passed some of these on for away games, Tranmere for one, but always worth checking out for non-football related trips.

National Express offers special 'funfares' to over 50 destinations when you book in advance and online. While the site says tickets cost from £5 plus a 50p booking fee a quick search finds it's possible to grab a ticket for even less. For example search for Edinburgh to London and you can find a £3 ticket.

Routes included:
Edinburgh, London, Brighton, Bournmouth, Bristol, Exeter, Gatwick, Oxford, Sheffield

How to book: Online on the National Express website.

Autumn fares

Over 40,000 £3 fares!

Get away this autumn from just £3

Weekend away?

Early Christmas Shopping?

Half term day out?

Whatever your reason, wherever you need to get to, check out our low cost fares this Autumn.

We've got 40,000 fares at just £3, plus many more at great value prices.

The earlier you book, the more chance you've got of getting a £3 fare. So what you waiting for? Book now using the journey planner on the left!

Terms & Conditions

1. £3 fares only available on National Express coaches within the UK only and available exclusively online.

2. £3 price point is subject to availability and is valid for single (one way) fares only

3. Not available for travel to/from any airports

4. Booking required by 29 November 2008

5. Travel period is between 6 October and 30 November 2008 inclusive

6. No refunds available

7. No further discounts permitted and this offer is not available in conjunction with any other offer

8. You must travel on the timed journey you are booked on; if you want to travel at another time you will need to amend your ticket (by calling the National Express Contact Centre or visiting a National Express ticket office) before the departure time shown on your ticket.

9. Only available as e-Tickets or m-Tickets. Postal delivery and ticket collection are not available.

10. National Express General Conditions of Carriage apply - for conditions of carriage go to nationalexpress.com/conditions

£1 Megabus & Megatrain fares

Sister companies Megabus and Megatrain offer train and bus fares across the UK for £1 each way plus a 50p booking charge per transaction. Trips include Edinburgh, London, Manchester, Cardiff & many more. Go to Megabus or Megatrain (you're direct to the same site) pick where you're travelling to and from and opt for train or bus to find available fares.

Why below the Nat Ex offer? For one it's limited. Also, there is a far greater selection of routes and seats available on National Express than Stagecoach. If you are lucky enough to find a one pound fare, and I did to Sheffield for Scunthorpe, that's the seat and the fares immediately start going up, still cheap of course, but you wouldn't be able to get a large group as you can with Nat Ex.

Always worth checking both sites though and the Megabus offer is permanent, so pats on back for that.

Routes included: Aberdeen, Bath, Birmingham, Bristol, Cambridge, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh Airport, Exeter, Leeds, Leicester, London, Oxford, Sheffield & many more.

How to book:
Go to Megabus or Megatrain

London to Gatwick, Stansted and Luton from £4 return

Cheap bus operator Easybus is currently offering journeys from Central and West London to Gatwick, Stansted and Luton airports starting at £2 each way. You don't have to be flying to use the service.

Routes included: Gatwick, Stansted & Luton to London
How to book: Visit the Easybus website or buy at the departure point