Budget airlines might offer cheap international flights, but when it comes to UK travel there’s another mode of transport that can help to save you money.

From Edinburgh in the north to London in the south, the most affordable way to travel across the UK is by train. This year forget all about destinations like Ibiza and Berlin, here’s a look at three of the best budget train travel destinations available right here on English soil.


There are few cities in the world that can rival the buzz of London. From the arts and culture of the West End, to the fine dining of the Michelin starred restaurant scene, to arguably the world’s finest museums and galleries, the excitement about London is understandable. 

The only downside to a trip to London is that few people have enough time to see as much of it as they would like. In 2012 the Olympic Games have added a whole other dimension to the great city, as the world’s finest athletes are scattered across the world class venues.

With a range of train times and fares available, a trip to London town in 2012 may well prove to be the trip of a lifetime.


If you’re looking for a journey on a budget, head north for affordable prices and a warm welcome. It may still be a long way from the capital, but Newcastle is a vibrant city with its own distinctive buzz. It’s also a great place to visit – whatever your interests may be.

A day out in Newcastle might include a family visit to the National Centre for Children’s Books, a glimpse of the iconic Angel of the North for any sculpture fans, a tour of the Shipley Art Gallery or a visit to the incredible Segedunum Roman Fort, Baths and Museum.


Leeds has often lived in the shadow of its northern neighbours. It might not have the football prowess of Manchester or the kilts of Edinburgh, but journey to the heart of Leeds and you’ll discover a vibrant city with its own unique vibe.

With a bustling set of universities, Leeds is crammed with affordable music venues, student bars and nightclubs, all a world away from the nation’s capital in terms of pricing.

It’s not just cheap and cheerful however, with Leeds boasting some world-class venues for the arts and histories, including The Grand Theatre, The Royal Armouries and the West Yorkshire Playhouse.

The National Film Museum is also just a short bus ride away in Bradford. So why not make the most of this fabulous city and buy cheap train tickets to Leeds today.