Split your tickets
Ticket splitting means breaking your journey up into different parts and buying the tickets separately, instead of for the whole trip.
Many search tools on travel booking websites will look at getting you to your destination with one ticket, and in one journey. What's been found is that by splitting your ticket by booking a train ticket to an intermediary station and then a different ticket from there to your destination often works out far cheaper than the cost of a conventional ticket.
Split ticketing works in exactly the same way as ordinary train tickets work on the National Rail network and you are still eligible for discounts when booking train tickets with a railcard.
Slightly different to splitting your tickets, some return journeys can sometimes work out cheaper by purchasing two single tickets rather than a return ticket. Make sure you check all the variations on your journey before plumping for a more expensive return ticket.
Get a railcard
The 16-25 railcard can save you upto 1/3 off Standard Anytime, Off-Peak, Standard Advanced and First Class Advanced fares. Costing just £30 for the year, it is a great way of saving money when travelling.
The 12 week rule
Booking a train ticket well in advance of you departure date can work out to be far cheaper than on the actual day of travel. The tickets are usually released 12 weeks before the travel date so if your your travel plans are set in stone, you'll be able to take advantage of large discounts. However because they are so cheap, it is important to note that they are also inflexible. The ticket will only be eligble for use for the train and time specified.
Travelling at peak commuter times is obviously going to be far more expensive than first thing in the morning or late at night. Although these journeys are in les sociable hours, they are usually less busy which means you can do some course work or rest on a long journey.