Recent reports suggest that in the upcoming year 2024, train fares for commuters might escalate by up to 5 percent. Despite this increase, it stands significantly lower compared to the potential 8 percent surge anticipated in March 2024, employing a similar calculation method as this year’s rise.
Coinciding with this revelation is France’s announcement regarding the freezing of fares for crucial rail routes. Additionally, France plans to unveil a new rail pass next summer, enabling unlimited travel on local TER trains and non-high-speed Intercités services.
Given these developments, commuters are now more inclined than ever to find ways to curtail expenses amid the escalating train fare prices.
Good Travel Management has delved into the cost dynamics of travelling to London Waterloo, as well as some of the UK’s other busiest train stations and commuter hubs, including Birmingham New Street, Leeds City Station and Glasgow Central*, to find out how much commuters could save when booking ahead of time in the New Year.
UK stations with the highest advanced booking savings to London Waterloo
The study findings show that those travelling from Exeter Central and Exeter St David’s will save the most money, after Liverpool, if they book a train fare in advance. An anytime booking costs £152.50. However, an advanced booking can cost as little as £23.60. This is a significant saving of £128.90 (85%).
London Waterloo Station was found to have the highest average savings when booking in advance (52 percent). The average cost to buy a train ticket to London Waterloo was £111.32, but this dropped significantly to £36.30 when booking two months in advance, the cheapest of all the major railway stations studied.
On average, travellers save 44 percent when booking rail tickets two months in advance. That’s a saving of £57.16 on average, though this cost will fluctuate depending on the distance travelled.
Laura Busby, Commercial Director at Good Travel Management, said: “Understanding the dynamics of rail fare savings is crucial in today’s evolving travel landscape. Whether you’re a business traveller or a leisure commuter, understanding the factors that influence ticket prices, like distance, ticket type, region, competition, and passenger demand empowers you to make more economical choices.
“By doing so, travellers can ensure that their rail journeys are not only cost-effective but also more enjoyable, adding extra value to their travel experiences.”
You can see the full findings from the study here.
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