Great British Rail Sale
Get up to 50% off Selected Advance Tickets.
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The Great British Rail Sale offers amazing savings on our cheapest fare! For a limited time only, you can save 50% off on selected Standard Class Advance tickets. The sale starts from 10:00 on 19th April and ends at 23:59 on 2nd May 2022.
Travel must be on a non-bank holiday weekday between 25th April and 27th May 2022.
What is an Advance ticket
Advance tickets are first-come, first-served, discounted tickets that are available on a lot of our trains. The earlier you book, the cheaper the price.
We sell these weeks in advance and they’re much cheaper than buying on the day.
Great British Rail Sale prices
In the Great British Rail Sale, we’re making our cheapest Advance tickets an additional 50% cheaper.
Family days out can be cheap too as railcard discounts apply. Plus, up to two kids under 5 years old can travel for free with an accompanying adult and kids aged 5-15 are charged half the adult fare.
Remember, Advance tickets are for single journeys only and are limited so hurry because they can be snapped up quickly!
|Journey||Cheapest Advance ticket price||Great British Rail Sale price|
|Norwich/Ipswich to London Liverpool Street||
|London Liverpool Street to Cromer/Great Yarmouth||
|Colchester to Norwich||
|Cambridge to London||
Prices are the same for reverse journeys.
How to book your Great British Rail Sale ticket
Don’t worry, our website and mobile app does a lot of the hard work for you as we’ll show you the cheapest direct ticket available for your journey.
We’ll help you get started:
- Check if your journey qualifies for a discount.
- To get a Great British Rail Sale ticket, enter a one-way journey during the sale period (19th April to 2nd May) in the journey planner.
- For your travel dates, pick a non-bank holiday weekday from 25th April to 27th May
- You’re all set. Our website or app will show you if a discounted ticket is available. These will still be called "Advance Single".
Change when you travel free-fee
Plans can easily change so book with confidence knowing that you can change the date and time of your Great British Rail Sale Advance ticket fee free by 6pm the day before you travel.
The only thing you’ll pay for is the difference in price if your new ticket is more expensive.
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Terms and conditions
Many train companies are taking part in the Great British Rail Sale. If you’re planning to go bit further than our network, please see the National Rail's Great British Rail Sale terms and conditions.
The Great British Rail Sale tickets are single (one-way) tickets for selected journeys available in Standard Class, offering exceptional value for each journey.
Great British Rail Sale tickets must be purchased in advance of travel and are available for sale between 19th April and 2nd May for travel between 25th April and 27th May.
Due to planned engineering works occurring throughout the GA network, this offer will not be available at weekends or on the Bank Holiday.
The Great British Rail Sale tickets are only valid for travel in Standard Class and the following discounts will apply for children and railcard holders:
Child discounts, 16-25, Family & Friends, Senior, Two Together, Disabled Persons and HM Forces Railcards.
GA retain the right to withdraw the promotional offer at any time.
When and where the ticket can be used:
- Tickets are valid ONLY on the date and train service(s) shown on the ticket(s).
- You must travel in Standard Class and, where applicable, reserved seat(s) shown on the ticket(s).
- Tickets may only be used on the services of the Train Company (or geographic route where applicable) shown next to ‘Route’ on the ticket.
- Railcard holders travelling on a discounted ticket must carry their Railcard when they travel. If a Railcard holder fails to produce a valid Railcard with their ticket, a new ticket must be purchased as if no Railcard and/or no ticket were held.
Conditions of use:
- You must be at the departure station shown on your ticket in good time to catch the train. If you miss the first train on which you are booked for any reason, a new ticket must be purchased.
- The only exception to this is if you are on a delayed flight into Norwich or Southend Airports, and your onward travel is on an Great British Rail Sale ticket from either Norwich station or Southend Airport station, you will be allowed to take the next available reservable Greater Anglia train without penalty. You must be able to provide proof of the flight delay, either by a letter from the airline confirming the delay, or by an official airport or airline website showing the delay and a boarding card (paper or electronic) to prove you took the flight.
- If delays occur while travelling, you will be allowed to take the next available train(s) to complete your journey.
Break of journey:
- You may not start, break and resume, or end your journey at any intermediate station except to change to/from connecting trains as shown on the ticket(s) or other valid travel itinerary.
- Changes to time or date of travel must be arranged before departure of the first reserved train printed on the ticket, after which the ticket has no value and a new one must be purchased. You will need to present the ticket(s) and reservation(s) when you request a change. Changes to tickets cannot be made on board the train. If you board a train without a ticket and reservation for that service, a new ticket must be purchased.
- The origin, destination and Train Company or route shown on the ticket(s) must remain the same.
- The difference between the price paid and cost of the next suitable fare for your journey is payable per single ticket for each change to a journey. If you change to a train on which a cheaper fare is available, the difference will not be refunded.
- Learn how to change your Great British Rail Sale Advance ticket
- Your Great British Rail Sale ticket is refundable under the Book with Confidence scheme.
- If the train you purchased a ticket for is cancelled or delayed by more than 60 minutes, special arrangements will be made to accommodate you on another train (although a seat cannot be guaranteed). If, as a result, you decide not to travel, a refund will be offered on completely unused tickets and you will not be charged an administration fee.