The autumn Club 55 promotions

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poster for Arriva Trains WalesClub 55

Arriva Trains Wales Club 55

Both Arriva Trains Wales and First TransPennine have returned with their Club 55 promotion for this autumn.

Looking old and haggard may not be enough to get you this cheap ticket unless you can prove that you are over 55 (but not necessarily haggard) so take a form of identity with you like a driving licence.

The times that the promotions run are slightly different times so here is a quick round-up of what each has to offer.

On Arriva Trains Wales, the promotion has already started and you can travel between the 1st of September and the 27th of October on outbound portions of your ticket and up until the 3rd of November for your return. The price for travel anywhere on their network is £24 return except if you travel on a Friday in which case the fare is £29. Return travel must be no later than eight days after the outward journey. There are rules on the times that you can travel so do check with the terms and conditions.  The train company has add-on deals with other train companies such as Chiltern.

On TransPennine, the promotion begins on the 19th of September and lasts until the 20th of November. However you can return up to a month later rather than the eight days as specified by Arriva Trains Wales meaning you could stay away until the 19th of December. The price structure is a little different too.  A journey between any two stations in the north of England is £39 first class and £19 standard class. Travel to or from any Scottish station is £59 first class and £29 standard class. Travel before 9.30 except at weekends isn’t allowed and you should check the terms and conditions for other restrictions.

First Transpennine train at Edinburgh Waverley

a First TransPennine train at Edinburgh Waverley after the journey from Manchester

As readers have out before, Club 55 ticket isn’t necessarily the cheapest for your journey so don’t assume it is. The advantage is though that it can be bought on the day of travel at the same price so there is no need to plan weeks in advance to get the fare.

You can combine the tickets as I have done when I travelled from Cardiff to Edinburgh last April when a return fare cost less than £50. How? Because First Transpennine also give a 20% discount if you have a Senior Railcard.

If you do travel to Scotland then ScotRail has a  Club 50 which you can join for £15 pa which gives you a discount of 20% off fares if booked online.

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