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Train Fares, Discounts and Ticket Validity

Once you have chosen your next big day out, you can plan how to get there by train

Travelling by train with your Days Out Guide offer

To check the validity of your train ticket/s please see What train tickets can I use with my Days Out Guide offer below.

  • For train times, fares and other journey planning information, visit the National Rail homepage

  • Trains run every day of the year except on Christmas Day and Boxing Day (25 and 26 December). Timetables on weekends and public holidays may differ from weekdays, so remember to check before you travel

  • You can save even more money on your Day Out with a Railcard. Visit our Railcards page for more details on the types available and how to get one

  • Visit our Save Money On Your Train Ticket page for further tips

  • For information on child rate fares visit our Train Travel with Children page

  • You can upgrade to First Class for less on Saturdays, Sundays and bank holidays on some rail services with Weekend First

What train tickets can I use with my Days Out Guide offer?

The best indication of a valid ticket is the inclusion of the National Rail double arrow symbol.

These tickets can be used

  • National Rail tickets: Advance, Anytime, Off-Peak, Gatwick Express, Stansted Express, Travelcards (when purchased from a National Rail station)

  • eTickets showing the National Rail logo

  • Season tickets (7-Day, Monthly or longer)

  • Gold Record card (when shown as evidence of a Season ticket held on a Smartcard)

  • National Rail train company issued Smartcards (shown as evidence of a ticket held on the Smartcard, e.g. The Key, c2c smart)

  • BritRail passes (if the attraction has specified that they will accept these tickets)

  • Rail Staff Leisure Card

If you are making a single journey or your return ticket is valid for 1 day, you can use your National Rail tickets to qualify for 2FOR1 and other offers on the day of travel.

If you are making a return journey, you can use your National Rail ticket to qualify for 2FOR1 and other offers on any day on or between your outward and return dates. For example, if you arrived on Thursday and will return on Sunday, your tickets will be considered valid for 2FOR1 and other offers on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. 

These tickets cannot be used

  • Oyster card (including concessionary cards). 2FOR1 London attractions partners do not recognise Oyster as being a valid accompanying rail tickets, unless it is a Gold Card record card for an Annual Season ticket held on Oyster

  • Travelcards sold from London Underground or DLR stations

  • London Underground, DLR, or London Bus only tickets

  • Freedom Pass

  • Tickets sold in-flight (or mobile) for Stansted Express or Gatwick Express where the National Rail logo is not present

  • Heathrow Express tickets

  • Eurostar tickets

  • eTickets where the National Rail logo is not present

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