According to data released by the Office of Rail and Road, there were 1.8 billion passenger journeys on Great Britain’s railways in 2018-19, an increase of around 3% from the previous year. With a growing number of people opting for the train as a way to get around, it’s more important than ever that regular rail users know where some significant savings can be made.

Whether you’re travelling across the country for that key client meeting, heading into the city for some sightseeing or visiting friends or family at the weekend, it could be worth considering these five easy ways to save money on your fares.

Split tickets

If your train is covering long distances, it could work out cheaper to buy more than one ticket and divide your trip up. It won’t involve getting off and back on the train, but you may have to switch seats for each leg of the journey.

Railcards

There are a whole host of railcards available to people of all demographics, including those in the 16-25 and 26-30 age brackets, seniors and for friends and family. There is also a two together railcard, which offers money off for any two people travelling in a pair. If you’re a regular rail user and you fall into one of these categories, you could make some serious savings on your tickets.

Off-peak trains

Buying a ticket for an off-peak train can help you to save a pretty penny. If you have the ability to remain flexible in your travel options, then going off-peak is the way forward. Generally speaking, off-peak times are any periods apart from mornings and late afternoons/early evenings between Monday and Friday.

Be organised and book in advance

If you know exactly when you’re going to be travelling, try to get hold of your tickets well ahead of time. Often, you can earn some great deals by booking your tickets in advance rather than leaving it until the day of your trip.

Take it slow

If you’re not in a rush and have the luxury of plenty of time, why not consider taking a slower train towards your destination. You’ll be sat there for longer, of course, but these are often cheaper than a more direct option and you can keep yourself entertained by downloading a film or TV series to your phone!