Category: Transport

How to Reduce the Costs of Public Transport?

If you travel a lot on public transport then you will certainly be aware of the rising prices. These will vary around the country but rises do have a tendency to go up and public transport tends to be dearer these days than driving in many cases. However, you may not be able to drive, not be able to afford a car or you may prefer the environmental benefits of using public transport. If this is the case, then you may be looking for ideas on how to get the costs down. There are different things that you can try.

Book in advance

With some journeys, particularly long journeys, it is a good idea to book in advance as you will get a discount. This is especially true for some train and coach travel. It is worth investigating this to see whether it will make a difference. If you travel short distances on a daily basis then this is less likely to be something that you will be able to do. Do contact the company you travel with though and check, as you never know what they may be able to offer you.

Booking transport in advance is a great way to save money.

Get a season ticket

Sometimes if you buy a season ticket it will enable you to travel for less. You might be able to buy a ten journey ticket and only pay for nine or for a ticket that lasts three months where you get some free journeys. These tickets may have restrictions and if you do not use them that often you can end up paying more rather than less. So make sure that you are completely sure of how the ticket needs to be used and whether it will be cheaper for you or not.

See if there are discounts

Sometimes certain groups of people might be bale to get discounts. For example, you might be able to buy a student, family or young persons railcard. You will have to pay for this but it will give you a discount on rail tickets. This means that if you travel a lot, then it could be worthwhile, but you will have to work it out and calculate whether it is worth getting. You will also find that you might get an a discount if you are young or old on a bus, as there is a young person and an old persons discount. You may have to prove your age though.

Travel off peak

It can often be more expensive to travel at peak times. This means that if you want to travel during rush hour, such as before 9am, then you will need to pay more than if you travel later in the day. Whether prices do vary like this will depend on the form of transport you use, so it is worth checking this out with the company that you travel with.

Walk or cycle

It can be worth thinking about whether you could walk or cycle instead. It might be possible to walk to a different bus stop, for example and pay less for your journey or to cycle to a train station rather than taking the bus there and save money that way. You may even consider walking or cycling for your whole journey and that will mean that you will not need to pay anything extra at all, assuming of course that you already own a bike. It can also mean that you will not be tied to a timetable which could be useful, with regards to your journey, working hours etc as well as the fact that you will get some exercise.