By Max Clarke

Train travelers across the UK booking tickets for the New Year will be faced with higher fares from today, with an average increase of 5.8 per cent for journeys made from January 2011.

Analysis by shows that despite an average increase, train companies have not raised their cheapest fares, giving train travelers the opportunity to save money by booking in advance.
“Train companies have not increased their cheapest fares, which is especially important at a time when the whole of the country is feeling the squeeze,” says Andrea Morgan, director of

Whilst the cheapest fares have not been increased, the more expensive fares have. Peak time travellers who buy from the station on the day of travel will be hardest hit with most intercity routes increasing by more than the average.
In order to avoid the increase in fares, Mrs Morgan strongly urges customers to book in advance online. To save even more train travelers should consider changing the times they travel to off peak.

“Very few of the cheapest ticket prices offered in 2010 by train operators will increase in 2011. Journeys between London and Sheffield actually cheaper in 2011 by 7.4 per cent,” said Mrs Morgan.

Booking tickets in advance online via can save passengers up to 80 per cent on the fare, compared to tickets bought at the ticket office on the day of travel. These cheap fares are usually released by train operators up to 12 weeks in advance of the journey. also offers all train travelers the opportunity to earn loyalty points to receive discounts on future ticket purchases as well as committing to a Price Promise to match any fares that customers may find on any other websites. is committed to finding the cheapest fares for travelers.

“To find the cheapest fares for their journey, train travelers should use our Lowest Fare Finder tool which easily finds the cheapest fares,” says Andrea Morgan.

Are Your Fares on Track? research, for travel after 15.02.11, shows: