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Updated: April 22, 2016

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Virgin east coast £15.00 each way London-Edinburgh or £30 first class if you have flown London-Edinburgh in the recent past or future

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An odd deal,seems you have to have flown London-Edinburgh 1 January 2015 to 29 July 2016. But looking at the form it looks as if you could get away with dummy details. Good price for the main line. 50…
duke Avatarduke2w, 5d agoFound 2 weeks, 5 days ago24 Comments
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geremyfarr
Badgers
geremyfarr
Badgers
Got my code so booking first class return to Edinburgh for £60
Still more expensive than the Ryanair but I much prefer the train and this is first class :D
How do you find the specific tickets that are that price? or do you just pick any that are from Edinburgh and to london (or vice versa), then use the code at checkout?
You need to register via the link in the OP giving details of the journey you flew or when you plan to fly. Then if Virgin deem you as 'worthy' they will send you a code via email within 5 days. There is a link in the email to click through to booking, then you enter your code and choose travel times.
It is just a loss leader for Virgin to tempt people off planes and onto trains but a damn good deal nonetheless.

No i realise that, I have received the code. I'm just wondering, do I find the '15GBP' to and from journeys from available dates and times, or do i put in the code when checking out?
Badgers
geremyfarr
Badgers
Got my code so booking first class return to Edinburgh for £60
Still more expensive than the Ryanair but I much prefer the train and this is first class :D
How do you find the specific tickets that are that price? or do you just pick any that are from Edinburgh and to london (or vice versa), then use the code at checkout?
You need to register via the link in the OP giving details of the journey you flew or when you plan to fly. Then if Virgin deem you as 'worthy' they will send you a code via email within 5 days. There is a link in the email to click through to booking, then you enter your code and choose travel times.

It is just a loss leader for Virgin to tempt people off planes and onto trains but a damn good deal nonetheless.
geremyfarr
Badgers
Got my code so booking first class return to Edinburgh for £60
Still more expensive than the Ryanair but I much prefer the train and this is first class :D

How do you find the specific tickets that are that price? or do you just pick any that are from Edinburgh and to london (or vice versa), then use the code at checkout?
horstachio
This is a ridiculously good deal it should be >1000C! Blagged enough codes to cover my trips this year thanks to friends and family!
Badgers
Got my code so booking first class return to Edinburgh for £60
Still more expensive than the Ryanair but I much prefer the train and this is first class :D
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Automatic Delay Repay when booking through Virgin Trains on the West Coast Mainline

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Okay its not perfect but its getting there (see terms). Gone are rubbish Rail Travel Vouchers - Automatic Delay Repay calculates the compensation due to you in the event of a delay and automatically p…
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Virgin Trains East Coast Flash Sale - 30% off, tickets as low as £3 each way!

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Virgin Trains East Coast are offering 30% discount on Standard Advance and First Advance tickets purchased before 13 March. Some sample fares and destinations: Edinburgh to Newcastle (and vice versa)…
skizz_b Avatarskizz_b1m, 3w agoFound 1 month, 3 weeks ago13 Comments
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1977mermaid
Just tried it through the android app, unfortunately the prices that come up are exactly the same as when i was checking a few days ago :-(

You need to access the sale through the link above with the passcode, it doesn't work through apps.
1977mermaid
Just tried it through the android app, unfortunately the prices that come up are exactly the same as when i was checking a few days ago :-(
skizz_b
Newbold
Thanks - this works. There's a risk, though, that given the T&C posted at #6 above Virgin could cancel tickets booked this way by people who haven't had the email - or demand the additional fare.

Agree, but given you can type literally any email address I'd say that risk is minimal. :)
hel1984
thanks op. wish I had seen this before I booked a train earlier, just checked and could have saved £12!
Newbold
skizz_b
Updated link - try this for size.http://tickets.virgintrainseastcoast.com/ec/en/landing/PinPromotionLanding?id=VirginAtlantic30pcMar2016
It doesn't appear to work through the HUKD redirect, and takes you to the normal site. Cutting and pasting this link will take you to the login page.
Thanks - this works. There's a risk, though, that given the T&C posted at #6 above Virgin could cancel tickets booked this way by people who haven't had the email - or demand the additional fare.
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Virgin trains flash sale fares starting at £4.00

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Virgin Trains' Big Spring Seat Sale has ALREADY kicked off from today to Thursday 3 March, with prices on 800,000 seats across First and standard class slashed on the rail operator’s West Coast Mainli…
bargaindealer Avatarbargaindealer2m, 5d agoFound 2 months, 5 days ago53 Comments
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liam_abrown
I can't find cheap tickets. I'm off work weekend 19th-20th March and 9th-10th April. I live in Rugby. Tried London, Manchester and Edinburgh and all full price..... Help please.

That'll be because the sale has ended and all the cheap tickets have gone.

If you want a trip to London try London Midland trains instead, they're usually cheaper than Virgin, but slower.
liam_abrown
I can't find cheap tickets. I'm off work weekend 19th-20th March and 9th-10th April. I live in Rugby. Tried London, Manchester and Edinburgh and all full price..... Help please.
Ace1O7
Thank you, just bought a return ticket for London - Lake District, £10 each way. BARGAIN!!!
speedemon
To anyone that has successfully booked are you able to choose your exact seat on the planner like you can when buying normal tickets?
roldec
easto1a
Jolleysaurus
They have kindly screwed any customer who booked in advance.
Great customer service there Virgin......
you could always try to complain they may refund you the difference if you can prove it cost you more. Perhaps worth a try
Yes I certainly feel screwed - booked 2 weeks ago following their book early for the best price advice and paid more than double the sale price. I have complained as I in order to get that "Best"!! fare I had to book a train earlier than I wanted AND with a change of train. I doubt if any refund will be forthcoming as on the bottom of the BFF there are the initials T&C which is a (hidden in my opinion) dropdown which says sale fares may be cheaper than the BFF.
I have suggested to them that they should advertise the sale BEFORE the services covered appear on the BFF.

On getting back from my holiday I find if I had waited I could have gone on the 1 hour later DIRECT train that gets there only 7 minutes later than the early one and for less than half the price.
Just to rub it in I have now looked for an advance ticket for the home journey which is outside the sale period which means it is £123 as against the £10 sale price. Incredibly the First class advance fare is less at £103.
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Virgin West Coast sale. 1-3 March. E.G. London to Birmingham £8.00 return.

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Please read first. This is a heads up. I just saw this on the Mirror website: http://www.mirror.co.uk/money/travel-london-birmingham-8-return-7433272 The sale site is not live yet. Details won't be up…
ramraideruk Avatarramraideruk2m, 1w agoFound 2 months, 1 week ago25 Comments
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shirlsky
OnTheHUKD
The sale has started early :D
thanks, I have treated myself to First Class one way and cattle class on the return leg!
OnTheHUKD
The sale has started early :D
Dealier
Squishyonthemoon
Dealier
BungalowBill
I travel to Birmingham every day from an intermediary station, it costs around £12 - wonder if I can buy this ticket and then join the train mid-journey, is that allowed?
This offer will only be for Advance tickets, valid on specific trains from specific start and end points. It's against the rules to travel on a different train, or start or finish at the wrong station. You could be charged the full fare in addition to what you've already paid if you get caught. I wouldn't risk it - and the offer may be valid from your station anyway.
As always with the cheapest tickets, they're unlikely to be available at peak time, only on trains that don't usually get busy.
This isn't true- I usually get advance tickets and I've never had any problem- Aslong as you don't get on before your allocated station. You're on the train time you paid for so its fine

It's against the terms and conditions of Advance tickets to start or end your journey at the wrong station. Fact.

From the terms and conditions, at http://www.nationalrail.co.uk/times_fares/ticket_types/46546.aspx

"You may not start, break and resume, or end your journey at any intermediate station except to change to/from connecting trains as shown on the ticket(s) or other valid travel itinerary."


Just because you've been lucky so far and got away with it doesn't mean someone else will be.
Squishyonthemoon
Dealier
BungalowBill
I travel to Birmingham every day from an intermediary station, it costs around £12 - wonder if I can buy this ticket and then join the train mid-journey, is that allowed?
This offer will only be for Advance tickets, valid on specific trains from specific start and end points. It's against the rules to travel on a different train, or start or finish at the wrong station. You could be charged the full fare in addition to what you've already paid if you get caught. I wouldn't risk it - and the offer may be valid from your station anyway.
As always with the cheapest tickets, they're unlikely to be available at peak time, only on trains that don't usually get busy.
This isn't true- I usually get advance tickets and I've never had any problem- Aslong as you don't get on before your allocated station. You're on the train time you paid for so its fine
landros1
julieallen
landros1
rodman
landros1
Why is it always London to Birmingham.
I have tried to book to London & back to Birmingham on the same day and found it impossible.
Offer finished now anyway.
Learn some English and then try again on 1st of March 2016.
Why do you feel the need for sarcasm?
Why do you feel the need to tell people the offers over when it hasn't started?
Yes I misread the start date but thee rest of what I have said is true.
Save your secret sarcasme for "****".

Have a nice day.
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NOW LIVE 30% off many Virgin Trains East and West coast advance tickets starts 9 Feb. Book until 1 March for travel until 13 May

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Virgin Trains East Coast offer The 30% discount is available on Advance fares only and can be booked from Tuesday 9 February until Tuesday 1 March 2016. The offer is available on direct services alon…
boyaloud Avatarboyaloud3m, 8h agoFound 3 months, 8 hours ago5 Comments
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mk-donald
Just seen for first time for years that £back opportunity with Virgin Trains West Coast
2.1% via TopcashBack
ie having cleared your cookies get to Virgin via...
http://www.topcashback.co.uk/virgin_trains/

then visit the promo fares area at
http://www.virgintrains.co.uk/lovethenorth
or use the promo code in the 'more options' when searching for tickets: CUMB30

PS
Can confirm that manually entering the promo code works fine. And don't forget to enter your NECTAR or Virgin Flying Club # to get some loyalty bonus within the Virgin site too.

Edited By: mk-donald on Feb 16, 2016 19:59: PS
mk-donald
While the Virgin West Coast offer was working earlier at
https://www.virgintrains.co.uk/lovethenorth

For a while around 3:20pm: it wasn't doing anything useful: "Unfortunately we are currently unable to check the availability of Advance fares due to a problem accessing the national reservations system. You can continue to purchase any of the fares below or try your search again. If the problem persists you may wish to try again later."

Virgin West Coast working again by 4pm. The 30% fares are highlighted in yellow as Promotional Tickets with "Vt Cumbria 30% Off" text alongside.

And just a reminder for Virgin West Coast travellers outside that specific 30% off to/fro Northern region - that any Virgin Money customers can still save 10% on many (but not all nowadays it seems?) Virgin West Coast Advance fares:
http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/10-off-virgin-trains-advance-tickets-adult-for-virgin-money-customers-ongoing-2120271


Edited By: mk-donald on Feb 11, 2016 16:00: Update
UncleWilly
chillyemily
The lack of railcard discount prevents this offer from being of any use to anyone with a railcard. It's a shame.

On the other hand it's a very good promotion for the majority of us who don't have a railcard!
chillyemily
The lack of railcard discount prevents this offer from being of any use to anyone with a railcard. It's a shame.
boyaloud
Bump as now live!
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Take the family away for less this half term- e.g. Manchester to London return for a family of 6 @ virgintrains £90.00

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Not bad offer considering it's an open return for 2 adults and up to 4 children LOTS OF OTHER JOURNEYS AVAILABLE Here's the blurb; You can travel anywhere on our network (except Glasgow) along the…
sowotsdis Avatarsowotsdis3m, 1d agoFound 3 months, 1 day ago10 Comments
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zinx
when i try to book for 2a & 1c . for 16th Feb to Warrington from Lancaster it refuses to take the booking , What am i doing wrong ?
surnjit
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muffboy
Keep your family safe by keeping them away from Glasgow.


There is only about one murder a weeks it's not that bad
DonkeyKonk
Stoke on Trent for Alton Towers.
thistle99
Do you need a child with you to travel?
I know it states minimum 1 adult and 1 child, but could the child be at the buffet or in the toilet for the whole journey?

The tickets seem to be available on peak time services, and are a lot cheaper than normal tickets at that time of day...
phoenix_af
muffboy
Keep your family safe by keeping them away from Glasgow.

Yes because Coventry is an absolute delight!
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Virgin East Coast Trains Superfly Seat Sale - many Leeds to London £5.00, Newcastle to London £10 and Edinburgh to London £15 each way includes peak times

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Book by 8 Jan for travel from 5 January until 23 March. Many seats very very cheap. All routes on East Coast, so can also do say, Doncaster to London. Lots and lots of trains every day including one…
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Princess5639
What is the trick to find the fares. I'm wanting leeds -London -flexible with any weekend dates. Can I presume that weekends aren't included?!
whatyadoinsucka
If you are based in West Yorkshire consider grand central always great fairs £12 each way to London when you book in advance
jamielfc
Leeds to London for £5 on 31st Jan - just what I needed, thank you very much!


Edited By: jamielfc on Jan 05, 2016 00:34
Dealz4u
Booked 3 Tickets from Leeds to London return for 30 :).
Thanks OP, Head added
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Virgin Train Sale - fares from £3.00 Various destinations and dates available.

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Virgin Train sale - fares from £3.00 Various destinations and dates available. Examples: Manchester - Stoke on Trent - £3.00 Birmingham - Wigan - £7.00 London - Birmingham - £8.00 Glasgow - Carlisle
kimbo87 Avatarkimbo874m, 14h agoFound 4 months, 14 hours ago27 Comments
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peteasewell
No good for me, but a great deal for many im sure! Heat!
seaniboy
alert icon Train Services suspended between Carlisle and Scotland close
route station
Routes:
London - Scotland

London & West Midlands - Scotland

event date
Date:
Friday 1st January to Monday 1st February 2016

Please check your journey before commencing travel
What is happening?
Virgin Trains are running a limited train service between Carlisle and Glasgow via a diversionary route which will add an additional 90 minutes journey time.

Customers travelling on trains to and from Scotland are urged to check before they travel after it was confirmed that Lamington Viaduct, just outside Lockerbie, on the West Coast Mainline is to remain closed throughout January while engineers carry out repairs to the damage caused by Storm Frank. One pier of the structure has been weakened and investigations into the full extent of the damage will continue until the end of next week. At this stage it is anticipated the first trains will cross the viaduct Monday 1st February 2016.

We're really sorry for the disruption this will cause to our passengers on the West Coast Mainline. Safety is always the most important consideration on the railway and we support Network Rail's decision to close the West Coast Mainline between Carlisle and Scotland until they are sure it is safe to run trains.

We will continue to provide a replacement coach service for passengers between Carlisle and Glasgow, and there is also an alternative train service running on a diversionary route - however this is a limited service and will also add around 90 minutes to the journey.

Virgin Trains tickets are being accepted on our East Coast services between London King's Cross and Edinburgh but NOT on Cross Country services between Birmingham and Glasgow. Passengers travelling on Virgin Trains East Coast should expect these services to be much busier than usual, and anyone who can postpone or cancel their journey should seriously consider doing so. We will of course give a full refund for anyone who decides not to travel.

alternative route
Advice:
Passengers travelling from Glasgow Central to London should travel via Edinburgh on Scotrail and Virgin East Coast services to London Kings Cross.

Passengers travelling from London to Glasgow Central should travel from London Kings Cross via Edinburgh on Virgin East Coast and Scotrail services.



Passengers travelling from Glasgow Central to West Midlands stations should travel via Edinburgh on Scotrail and CrossCountry services unless travelling on a Virgin Trains only ticket - in this case please contact us for guidance on alternative routes.

Passengers travelling from West Midlands stations to Glasgow Central should travel via Edinburgh on CrossCountry and Scotrail services unless travelling on a Virgin Trains only ticket - in this case please contact us for guidance on alternative routes.

Passengers travelling from London to Edinburgh should travel from London Kings Cross on Virgin East Coast services.

Ticket acceptance is in place with Northern Rail, Arriva Trains Wales and First TransPennine Express via any reasonable route.

Advance ticket restrictions have been relaxed for passengers travelling through the affected area. We are advising passengers to travel as close as possible their booked services
Dealz4u
I have Booked 3 tickets from Leeds to London return on east coast all for 30 only. traveling this weekend and in march ;)
EdCov
You can get 1% Topcashback on the First Transpennine Express for buying any tickets without any fees and you can get 2 nectar points. So 2% cashback on your spend in whole pounds.

I know it is not a massive amount, but it is something...
Mr_Bridger
Coventry to Edinburgh return for £30 near end of March.. Bargain! Cheers ;-)
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2-4-1 Virgin Trains (West coast) weekend First upgrades, i.e. 2 adults upgrade to first class for £15.00 at weekends (£7.50 each) anywhere on Virgin trains (west coast)

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Can't seem to find this online, but if you download the free Virgin Red app, you can get this offer by showing the app at a Virgin ticket office just before you travel (or more in advance) on ANY kind…
boyaloud Avatarboyaloud4m, 3w agoFound 4 months, 3 weeks ago16 Comments
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royals
jukes21
How much if we wanted to upgrade for a midweek off peak journey?


​normal price. Forget it its expensive eg think Edinburgh was 200 extra when i went there in August but you get a fuller first class treatment. At weekends its a limited treatment but well worth it for the extra space, nicer seats, sarnies, drinks, cakes
boyaloud
Or from London to anywhere north of Wolverhampton is also £15
boyaloud
chuckley
boyaloud
chuckley
isn't this the regular walk-on upgrade fare?
no - £10n or £15 EACH
in english?
The normal upgrade price at weekends is £10 from Wolverhampton to London or anywhere on that line or £15 anywhere north of Wolverhampton to anywhere else
chuckley
boyaloud
chuckley
isn't this the regular walk-on upgrade fare?
no - £10n or £15 EACH
in english?
jukes21
aljack
jukes21
How much if we wanted to upgrade for a midweek off peak journey?


​Depends on the route.


Birmingham to London Euston
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Virgin Train Sale £4.20

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Thanks holiday pirates for the heads up! Virgin trains are currently running an awesome promotion on fares to various UK destinations, if you are planning a city trip to the Capital or you just want t…
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DevilD
No chance of same day delivery
shedosunds
nothing from Leeds or east coast route. shame as a good offer
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20% off all Virgin west coast advance tickets for downloading new free Virgin Red app

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Just downloaded this quite a fun app to use. Sends you to Virgin trains site then you search for trains as normal and any on Virgin west coast routes that have advance tickets have 20% off, both stand…
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Over The Knee
I wish to use this code to book 20% off a Virgin train ticket for someone who is travelling from London to Chester next week (return).

The person travelling has a Windows mobile phone that cannot access the Virgin Red App.

The Virgin website (link) says: 'A Virgin Red member must travel with the party' and 'Please be ready to show your Virgin Red App to the Train Manager'.

So my question is: has anyone who has used this 20% off code been asked to show the Virgin Red App to the ticket inspector on the train?

Thanks very much! :) (Sorry I've posted this message on 2 separate threads in order to maximise the chance of an answer - thanks!)
Incywincy
barnehurst
the railcard failiure somewhat undermines it

Not everyone has a railcard. Cheers OP, perfect for my upcoming London trip in March.
barnehurst
the railcard failiure somewhat undermines it
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Virgin Trains West Coast First Class seat sale three days only.

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Virgin Trains West Coast are having a sale for three days only on First Class advance tickets. Book between 1st to 3rd December for travel between 12 December to 23rd January 2016. Click on the link
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Van_Dam
notahoarder
A lot of the fares are +£10 or even more compared to standard on these tickets - you can pay £10/15 per way on most weekend journeys https://www.virgintrains.co.uk/experience/first-class/weekend-travel
I can get 50% off all VT fares already but this is still a very good deal but only if you travel on weekdays (Monday to Friday). Weekend First is no comparison, you get sub-standard drinks and snacks, free wifi and a slightly bigger seat. That's it! And don't forget the run up to Christmas, usually the week beforehand, it will be Weekend First offerings only on all VT services, so you can upgrade to First Class as usual for £10/15, until after the New Year when normal First Class service resumes.

I booked a weekday in mid January , so should be ok :D
chuckley
They did this on purpose. they knew people would panic and book from black friday to cyber monday, SO THEY DROP THIS THE FOLLOWING DAY!

wenches. I could've got an earlier train for half the price. I AM SO MAD!!!!!
zippypants
gordies
Be very careful. Some 'seat sale' tickets are more expensive than advance tickets, and 'seat sale' prices do not attract railcard discounts either.

There's a OP who knows the big rail companies Hype and bull**** on so called discount tickets
trying to con the leisure travellers out of their hard earned dosh. (_;)
roehampton
I'll try for Liverpool
Van_Dam
notahoarder
A lot of the fares are +£10 or even more compared to standard on these tickets - you can pay £10/15 per way on most weekend journeys https://www.virgintrains.co.uk/experience/first-class/weekend-travel

I can get 50% off all VT fares already but this is still a very good deal but only if you travel on weekdays (Monday to Friday). Weekend First is no comparison, you get sub-standard drinks and snacks, free wifi and a slightly bigger seat. That's it! And don't forget the run up to Christmas, usually the week beforehand, it will be Weekend First offerings only on all VT services, so you can upgrade to First Class as usual for £10/15, until after the New Year when normal First Class service resumes.
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Virgin Trains cheap fares - London to Birmingham from £7.50 / London To Glasgow £20 / London to Manchester £20 / London To Prestatyn £15 / London To Wolverhampton £7.50 + More + cheap Travelodge?

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Ideal for seeing friends, family, dreaded in-laws or even Christmas Shopping Example Various dates in November / December and even January - £7.50 from London to Birmingham / Birmingham to London ea…
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alika182003
travelodge have 20% discount code at the moment too winter23
landros1
Most people do not live in London.
boyaloud
London to Manchester actually starts at £15 each way NOT £20 as Virgin always state in their advertising! Annoys me! But then I guess people will think they're getting more of a bargain when they find a £15. But odd they don't do this with any other destination. Please could OP correct title to reflect this?
livreg
elizabeth2005
Virgin have been putting up the advance prices since they took over from East Coast. Not as good a service in my view.


This is Virgin West Coast.
elizabeth2005
Virgin have been putting up the advance prices since they took over from East Coast. Not as good a service in my view.
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Glasgow to London Virgin Trains £60.00 return 19th December - 20th December Selected Fares

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Booked this morning for my girlfriend and I. Down for a Christmas night out in London, catch a show and all that!
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scunny
HOT, costs more from scunny !!!
aninginaneana
Just announced the other day that Virgin will now give compensation for delays over 30 mins on the West Coast Line, direct to the payment card if you book through their website. Not to be pessimistic, or anything!
sonypc100
Was the £60 per person?
jb66
Not if you want to go into centre of london,
bumbaclart
Wouldn't a flight be cheaper and faster?
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You can still buy peak tix for Virgin trains with railcard until September 6th - valid for up to 5 weeks in advance

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Virgin Trains are removing the ability to use all railcards in order to buy an off-peak ticket for use on peak time trains. You will have to buy a peak ticket with railcard discount instead. Currentl…
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madiazx
I don't like virgin trains. Eastcoast were better :|
Can anyone tell me which train goes direct from kings cross to bradford?
Thanks

Edited By: madiazx on Aug 26, 2015 09:05
clarabellecoww
igvod1886
clarabellecoww
This is no deal! this someone letting you know Virgin are penny pinching and making more cuts backs...even for the disabled!!! disgrace


I don't think it is fair to single Virgin out for criticism when they were the only train company to allow this... Whilst they are now 'just like the others' I don't see why them changing it to 'normal' is disgraceful.


​I'm not singling them out! if you asked my opinion on the other train companies I would say the same.

I was just stating this is no deal, it's quiet the opposite!
igvod1886
clarabellecoww
This is no deal! this someone letting you know Virgin are penny pinching and making more cuts backs...even for the disabled!!! disgrace


I don't think it is fair to single Virgin out for criticism when they were the only train company to allow this... Whilst they are now 'just like the others' I don't see why them changing it to 'normal' is disgraceful.
anthony69
Interesting. Well I'm travelling with Virgin before the 6th of September with a Railcard and offoeak ticket so may give it a try and use an onpeak train instead! Thanks Op
Lonyo
anthony69
I'm surprised you can use an off peak ticket on a peak train anyway!?.
They are the only ones, hence the "change" to bring them in line with everyone else, which "coincidentally" results in higher prices.
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Virgin Trains East Coast Sale £10.00

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VTEC are having an end of summer sale starting tomorrow morning. £10 each way London - Leeds/York (£25 1st) £15 each way London - Newcastle (£35 1st) £20 each way London - Edinburgh (£40 1st) Terms
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kareemosman

VTEC are having an end of summer sale starting tomorrow morning.
£10 each way London - Leeds/York (£25 1st)
£15 each way London - Newcastle (£35 1st)
£20 each way London - Edinburgh (£40 1st)
Terms and conditions
The Seat Sale is for travel on Virgin Trains East Coast services only, each way from London to Edinburgh and stations in between.
Travel is from 5 September to 13 November excluding 26-27 September, 3, 4, 9 and 10 October, 23 October to 1 November (inclusive). Book by 23:59 on 28 August only at virgintrainseastcoast.com/yeahbaby.
At least 100,000 Standard and 50,000 First Class fares will be made available across the travel period and are subject to availability.
Availability may be limited on Fridays and Sundays and for peak services.
No other offers or discounts can be applied, including Railcards or child discounts.
mk-donald
Anyone else had problems trying to use eVoucher credit to pay for Sale tickets ?

Mine (multi-use) appears but the selection box won't select and all Sale cost remains as 'Payment Card'.

Update: got a reply 2 days later from East Coast saying
"Unfortunately eVouchers redeemed from nectar points are not valid to use against the promotional fares."
A T&C I hadn't previously noticed!
Just realised from Nectar T&Cs that reward eVoucher can only be used against VTEC own Advance tickets!


Edited By: mk-donald on Aug 27, 2015 13:09: .
Sambo22
COLD.

All they've done is axe the cheapest advance tickets for the duration of the sale and limit the choice of destination.

If you want to read the explanation, it's going to be long-winded. So TLDR is that this is £3 off what would be a £13 ticket with many fewer available - not a deal overall.

To explain, I travel from a town north of Leeds to London quite regularly. I know when some of my journeys will be, 12 wks in advance and I book a £13 single (so £26 for both legs). Other journeys I'll only have a week's notice so it will be about £75 return for both legs. Other times it's within a few days so it will be either £105 off peak or £232 if both journeys are peak. Averaging the various options it costs me about £60 for a return and I would much rather they just adopted this as the standard fare. So I go to book my tickets today for a journey that is well in advance (so one of the ones that I would normally get for £13 each way, helping to bring the average journey down to £60), and I find that there are no £13 fares - I can book the same journey for £63.70, I can find £10 fares on both of those days, but only to Leeds, not to my onward destination, and all 8 trains in the useful 'window' are missing, i.e. they travel before noon, or after the last connection has departed at Leeds. I only book for the whole journey - I've been on trains when East Coast has been delayed, missing my final connection, and they've been obliged to taxi us to our final destinations - this wouldn't happen if you split the tickets. Even if I wanted to split the tickets, none of the £10 fares get in before the last connection departs. Luckily I've already booked my September and October travel at cheap prices, it just means November is going to be an expensive month for me. I really hope they never run one of these 'sales' again. Even better - just charge £30 each way all the bloomin time. £26 is far too cheap for a return by train from a small town north of Leeds to London, but £232 is far too much.

Edited By: Sambo22 on Aug 25, 2015 11:14
UncleWilly
lLunchb0x
Any from Manchester to London?

No this is a Virgin Trains East Coast Sale. Manchester to London is Virgin Trains West Coast, which isn't part of this sale.
lLunchb0x
Any from Manchester to London?
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Virgin Train ticket sale now live. E.g. London - Liverpool £10.00 (single)

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The sale is supposed to start tomorrow, but I just bought some liverpool - london tickets for £10 each way. (First class tickets seems to be £30 on that route). Good availability too - my Lon-Liv tick…
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glovebox1
I'm new to the UK and was wondering how often Virgin run these types of sales?
mk-donald
Van_Dam
If you're are looking at purchasing First Class tickets on Virgin Trains on a weekend during the promotional travel period then don't buy the advertised First Class fare as it should be slightly cheaper to buy the standard class single instead and then upgrade onboard which is normally £15 (£10 for West Midlands to London) and £5 for kids.
And remember the 'perks' are a lot slimmer at weekends (& bank hols) for all First Class passengers whether upgraded or not - ie instead of potential meals/hot-snacks & alcohol, it's far simpler/cheaper/non-alco fare, see:
http://www.virgintrains.co.uk/weekend-first-class/
Definitely preferable to travel First in the Sale when they're feeding & watering you well - look for the catering symbols on their timetables:
http://www.virgintrains.co.uk/updates/train-timetables/



Edited By: mk-donald on Jul 02, 2015 12:50: catering
Van_Dam
If you're are looking at purchasing First Class tickets on Virgin Trains on a weekend during the promotional travel period then don't buy the advertised First Class fare as it should be slightly cheaper to buy the standard class single instead and then upgrade onboard which is normally £15 (£10 for West Midlands to London) and £5 for kids.
mk-donald
najim95ali
Vegeta
Can they be cancelled with a full refund if booked and you change your mind?
I just booked and selected the e-ticket and they seem to mention several times that you can't change the date or get a refund on the e-ticket specifically.
so perhaps with the other tickets you can
The Sale tickets T&Cs:
"AMENDING YOUR BOOKING
Yes - date/time of tickets can be changed up until time of departure (except if you have chosen to print your own e-ticket(s) or have chosen for your ticket(s) to be delivered to your mobile phone) subject to the payment of a GBP 10.00 fee per ticket per person and any difference in fares. It is not possible to purchase a cheaper fare than the original, nor to change the origin or destination."
mk-donald
lozt24
How do you book the return
Their Sale tickets are all Adult Singles so you have to book the out and return as separate (single) tickets - which is what their system offers anyway.
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20-50% off Virgin Trains [West Coast] Advance fares for 'Great Run' & 'Great Swim' events in 2015

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Virgin Trains [ie West Coast mainline] are offering a 20%, 34% or 50% discount on Virgin Trains First/Standard Advance fares depending on the number of people travelling to/ from a Great Run or Great
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boyaloud
Perhaps title should be changed to reflect fact that absolutely ANYONE can get these fares, and they're valid on wide windows not just event dates. Should be smoking hot! And it's not a "HOME" category deal - it's "TRAVEL".

Edited By: boyaloud on May 12, 2015 00:59
mk-donald
Update on 1/4 : definitely working still - got to Glasgow on Mon 18/5 (to support the Women's 10kms on the Sunday) - using their group button got 50% off Advances and so First Class cost our group £26.50/head for 5 hours of weekday First Class travel/seating/refreshments - as compared to an individual's walk-up First Class fare of £224.50 (Std £154.00).

Edited By: mk-donald on May 12, 2015 12:41: .
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mb1
From what I can see, you don't have to show any proof you're taking part in these events?
Correct. I have added in a phrase from their promo email "Whether you're competing or supporting, we feel it's [discount] well deserved."

Edited By: mk-donald on Mar 16, 2015 16:34: .
mb1
From what I can see, you don't have to show any proof you're taking part in these events?
mk-donald
Tip: Can get 10% off an Adult Advance at any time in 2015 on Virgin Trains [ie West Coast, not East Coast!] if you're a Virgin Money customer:
http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/10-off-virgin-trains-advance-tickets-adult-for-virgin-money-customers-31-12-15-2120271


Edited By: mk-donald on May 12, 2015 12:43: .
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20% off Virgin Trains Advance tickets to/from Glasgow 12-29 March 2015

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From a Virgin Trains email today...[re comedy festival but no requirement to prove any link with the festival] VIRGIN TRAINS STATEMENTS.... 20% off Virgin Trains Advance fares for journeys to and fr…
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focaltucker
I was booking Manchester to Glasgow central, 27th March, return 29th March for 2 people. Still says something is wrong with the journey details!! Also tried 13th till 15th March - same error comes up!
I think your discount hunt is falling at the "Your entire route needs to be served by Virgin Trains" hurdle as it says "The Journey details, dates or times entered aren’t valid for this promotion" and when I continue to "book non promotional fares" I found all your offered journeys are routed TransPennineExpress or TPE+VT ie not all on VT. eg change source to say Preston and magically lots of VT discounted fares appear. It MAY be worth your while splitting a journey into a TPE ticket and a VT one anyway (or just going via a direct TPE)


Edited By: mk-donald on Feb 09, 2015 17:07: TPE
focaltucker
I was booking Manchester to Glasgow central, 27th March, return 29th March for 2 people. Still says something is wrong with the journey details!! Also tried 13th till 15th March - same error comes up!
mk-donald
focaltucker
Can't get it to work. I am booking to Glasgow between the dates allowed and still says something is not right!!
Check you are trying to/from GLASGOW CENTRAL ie GLC. Just retried here eg MKC-GLC and showing fares and reduced fare fine.
Your entire route needs to be served by Virgin Trains.

Edited By: mk-donald on Feb 09, 2015 13:38: typo
focaltucker
Can't get it to work. I am booking to Glasgow between the dates allowed and still says something is not right!!
Ferrit
mk-donald
Ferrit
Cold, virgin trains.
Then do please continue to pay them 100% so you can feel extra cold about them!

If only cold was the only feeling I had about them.