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Get your Christmas train travel sorted early

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You may be one of those people who don’t like to hear the ‘C’ word until the beginning of December, but believe it or not, for others the festive planning is already in full swing!

Even if you think it’s a bit early to write your Christmas card list or head into the attic to dig out the tinsel, it might be worth thinking about your Christmas train travel, to ensure you sort out the times and tickets that you need. December train travel can often be very busy as people make their way to see friends and family all over the country, so booking in advance is often a very sensible idea, and there’s no time like the present (excuse the pun!).

Advance Fares

Booking in advance has many benefits – mainly getting the times you want at the very best prices. Advance Fares are available up to 12 weeks in advance, which means you can now secure your tickets for Christmas period.

If you are travelling between London and any of our calling points in Yorkshire and the North East, then it’s time to get organised and save money. Work out where you want to be and when you want to be there for and let us arrange the rest. Limited availability on Advanced Fares means that we always recommend booking as far in advance as you possibly can for complete peace of mind.

Find out more about Advance Fares online or call our team on 0345 603 4852 to see how much you could save on your Christmas train tickets.

Group Travel

Christmas is often a time for groups of loved ones to get together and celebrate. Whether it’s a staff Christmas party or a family group heading to King’s Cross Station to get to the West End pantomime, there could be a time when you are all travelling together.

If there will be nine or more passengers in your group, then you can contact our Group Travel Service to get sorted. We will help you find the best value ticket options and help you to secure the times you need to ensure you arrive with plenty of time. Plan your group train tickets now to avoid disappointment nearer the date.


Many people use Railcards throughout the year to save money when travelling by train. And, now is a perfect time to see if you’re eligible so that you can save money on all your Christmas train journeys.

If you are aged 16-25 or 26-30, you can benefit from 1/3 off tickets with a Railcard and students can get a further 15% off with a valid NUS card, when booking Grand Central Advance tickets. So, whether you are travelling to see your friends in London for the party of the season or getting the train home to see your parents, your travel plans are sorted.

The Two Together Railcard is perfect for couples, siblings or best friends, who love to travel together frequently – especially around Christmas time when you can be together even more than usual. Plus, the Family & Friends Railcard is also very useful for discounts up to 1/3 off for up to 4 adults and 60% for kids on most journeys.

Be sure to check out our Railcards page to see the full list of options available.

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