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TheTrainline National UK Rail time tables and secure online booking for UK train tickets

thetrainline is the fully impartial rail ticketing website owned by the Virgin Group, Virgin Rail Group and National Express Group, providing the cheaper way to buy train tickets online. thetrainline provides fast, easy and secure access to timetables, tickets and fares for all National Rail journeys across the UK. For the consumer this means combining the speed and efficiency of the Internet with an increasing need to save time wherever possible. With a wide range of delivery options, enabling the customer to book up to 2 hours before travel, thetrainline is the easy way to buy train tickets.

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The most common rail ticket  and fares are:

Single ticket types Return ticket types
  • Apex single
  • Super advance single
  • Supersaver single
  • Standard open single
  • First open single
  • Apex return
  • Super advance return
  • Saver return
  • Standard open return
  • First open return
  • 1st Apex return
  • Saver first return

The cheapest tickets such as Apex and super advance, which require seat reservations, usually are not be available until around 2 weeks before the date of travel.

How would you like to receive your tickets?

  • First class post
    The tickets can be sent to you by post, but only to an address in the UK.
    Cheap tickets which need seat reservations will be sent when you order them.
    Other types of ticket will be sent to you a few days before the date of travel.
  • Fast Ticket
    At some of the larger stations you can collect your ticket from a Fast Ticket machine.
    You will need a reference number, which will be sent to your e mail address.
    The machines are normally located near the ticket office. To obtain your tickets, select Collect, insert the card you used for the booking, and enter your booking reference number.



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