Some of the best routes for cheap train tickets in Great Britain, thanks to our new Pricehack split ticketing function, are cross country.
We are often asked what the cheapest routes in UK are for train travel, and Pricehack has put some prize ones on the podium, with up to 50% savings in some cases. Not only do these routes proffer some incredibly good prices but, in many cases, you can find these Pricehack fares at all times of the day. So, if you have never thought about travelling between Somerset and Yorkshire, or the North York Moors and the South Downs, then think again. Pricehack is producing some pretty little packages, we reckon.
Hull to Cardiff: This cross country route is a great one for cyclists and culture vultures alike. Hull is a key train station on the Trans-Pennine long-distance cycling trail, as well as being a former UK City of Culture. Cardiff is a starting point for many cyclists hitting the Lôn Las Cymru trail and its cultural explosion, from cuisine to Cardiff Bay is well documented.
Oxford to Dundee: These two cities have a lot in common in terms of arts, culture, academia and heritage. Oxford’s heritage needs little introduction and Dundee was recently rated by Lonely Planet as one of Europe’s top cities, inspired by its V&A waterfront museum opening in 2018, which has got the city’s creative juices well and truly flowing.
York to Winchester: A journey that takes in two of the UK’s greatest cathedrals cities, both of which are on pilgrimage walking trails. York is the starting point on the Prior Richard Way, and Winchester for the Pilgrim’s Way which ends in Canterbury.
Nottingham to Exeter: From the centre of England to the heart of Devon, your journey skirts alongside some of England’s finest beauty spots including the Cotswolds, Mendips and Blackdown, all meriting protected status as Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The secrets of both cities are hidden underground, however, both having cave systems to explore under their bustling streets.
Leeds to Gloucester: Travel from the capital of Yorkshire, gateway to the Dales, to the cathedral city of the Cotswolds cheaply and easily. As well as having magnificent natural and cultural heritage on their doorstep, both are canal towns, with extensive tow paths for walking and cycling. In Leeds take on the Leeds Canal Walk starting at Royal Armouries, and in Gloucester head out from the regenerated docks area along the Gloucester and Sharpness Canal. The great work of the UK’s Canal and River Trust is on fine display in both these cities.
Durham to Bristol: A route that is most definitely on the university open days circuit, or for students who have friends in either cities. Travel between Russell Group universities doesn’t have to come at posh prices.
Taunton to York: Traverse the country from south-west to north-east, from rolling Somerset to Roman York, on a journey that takes just over 4 hrs 30 mins.
Chesterfield to Plymouth: Another central to south-west England journey with some prices that will encourage you to get off those sofas. Chesterfield is one of the UK’s oldest market towns and still has one of its largest markets. For those who crave the sea from this midland location, Plymouth is packed with maritime history. One of our favourite Plymouth highlights is the Art Deco Tinside Lido, not to be missed for keen outdoor swimmers.
Worcester to Edinburgh: Why would you drive for 500km across country, countries even, when you can take the train easily and cheaply between these fine cities? Worcester is both a university and medieval cathedral city, reinventing itself as a culinary and cultural hub of the Malvern Hills region. Edinburgh doesn’t need any reinventing. Culture, cuisine and capital class oozes from every elegant stone building and street.
Birmingham to York: Birmingham is the UK’s second largest city after London and, therefore, an excellent train transport hub. Heading from here to the elegant city of York proffers some serious bargains. Just over 2 hrs by train between the two, this is a great route for students’ friends and family visits, taking a tour of the ancient city of York and its Minster, or an escape out onto the Yorkshire Dales or North York Moors.