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ATOC advises "book now for Easter"

Train companies have released hundreds of thousands of cheap Advance fares for people travelling to visit friends and relatives during the Easter break.
 

Advance fares are available to buy around 12 weeks before the date of travel, and passengers who book their rail tickets early can make some real savings.


Examples include:
• Glasgow to London – from £18.50
• Liverpool to Nottingham – from £9
• Manchester to Newcastle – from £14
• Birmingham to Sheffield – from £14


Around 800,000 Advance fares are sold each week, and sales have more than doubled in the last five years. The vast majority of them are available to buy at stations or online, though a few of the very lowest Advance fares are only available on the operator’s website.


Train companies have set up a Best Value Fares website – www.bestvaluefares.co.uk – with all the latest rail fare deals and attraction offers, and National Rail Enquiries website offer a Cheapest Fare Finder tool.


To get cheap tickets, wherever they can, people should:

- Book early
- Avoid busy times of the day
- Use a Railcard - young people, the over 60s and many families can get a third off most tickets
- Go to the National Rail Enquiries website, which is paid for and run by train companies, which has up to date information on all the best deals

Edward Welsh, Director of Corporate Affairs at the Association of Train Operating Companies, said:
“Train companies understand that times are tough for a lot of people, and buying Advance train tickets now will help to cut the cost of travelling at Easter. More and more people are recognising the benefits of booking early to take advantage of cheap fares, with a 12% rise in Advance fare sales in 12 months alone.”

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