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If you're after TransPennine Express train tickets, look no further. At TrainPal, we'll show you where TransPennine Express can take you and how to book the best value fares for your journey. To find TransPennine Express tickets, simply start a search above, and we'll show you the best available journey times and prices. Keep reading for more information on classes, onboard amenities, destinations, and cheap train ticket tips.

About TransPennine Express

TransPennine Express (TPE), legally First TransPennine Express Limited, is a British rail operating company owned by FirstGroup that operates the TransPennine Express franchise. It operates regional and intercity rail services between major towns and villages in the north of England and Scotland. The franchise operates almost all of its services to and through Manchester, covering three main routes. The service provides rail links to major cities such as Edinburgh, Glasgow, Liverpool, Sheffield, Hull, Leeds, York, Scarborough, Middlesbrough and Newcastle. TPE runs trains 24 hours a day, including through New Year's Eve. TPE trains run between York, Leeds and Manchester Airport at least every three hours every weeknight. The franchise operates on the West Coast Main Line, the Huddersfield Line, the East Coast Main Line and part of the Tees Valley Line. The majority of TPE's rolling stock was purchased in the late 2010s as part of Project Nova. This includes BMU Nova 1 (Class 802), EMU Nova 2 Class 397 CAF Civity, and Nova 3 Mark 5A fixed formation cars coupled with Class 68 diesel locomotives. These have replaced older rolling stock, such as the Bombardier Turbostar 170/3 and Siemens Desiro 350/4, as well as some of their Siemens Desiro 185s, although they are still used on some routes. The MSEs have facilitated an operational shift to more intercity-type services, although the commuter market remains important.

TransPennine Express Route Map

Unsure about where to start your TransPennine Express adventure? Use our map to plan out where you want to go. From London, you can enjoy high-speed services to destinations like Liverpool, Edinburgh and Manchester. TransPennine Express are one of the primary rail operators in the UK, providing services from London Euston and a number of major terminals including Birmingham New Street, Manchester Piccadilly and Liverpool Lime Street. Many of the routes feature high-speed services with no changes required, making TransPennine Express an excellent alternative to air travel if you're looking to traverse up or down the length of the country.

What can TransPennine Express offers

  • 1. Passenger Assist
  • Request assistance before you travel
  • 2. Refunds
  • Get money back on unused train tickets
  • 3. Campaign to end loneliness
  • Raising awareness around the issues of lonliness
  • How to Get Cheap TransPennine Express tickets

    Looking for cheap train tickets on TransPennine Express routes? We've got you covered! Check out the suggestions below and discover tips you can use to save on your next train journey.
    Book in advance
    Book in advance
    If you're planning your journey in advance, take note that UK train tickets are generally available to book 3 months before the departure date. Keep an eye out for Advance tickets - they tend to be cheaper but have the potential to sell out quickly, especially on popular routes.
    Travel Off-Peak
    Travel Off-Peak
    Looking to save on UK trains? Book reduced fares by selecting times of the day that aren't so busy. When you search for trains with us, we'll show you all of the options available for your trip and point out low-priced recommendations.
    Split Tickets
    TrainPal can help travellers save up to 95.25% of the original rail fare in the U.K. In addition to the traditional split ticketing features, TrainPal also offers a flexible split ticketing option which give travellers the best value to help you save even more. First class split tickets are also available.
    Use your Railcard
    National Railcards offer up to 1/3 off train tickets in the UK and can be a great investment if you travel a few times or more in a year. Find out how you can save with a TrainPal Railcard.

    TransPennine Express Train Classes

    Standard Class

    • Free WiFi
    • Comfortable seats

    First Class

    • Comfortable reclining seats and generous legroom
    • Free Wi-Fi
    • Power sockets and USB points at every seat
    • Complimentary food and drink
    • Catering: We serve a range of hot drinks and snacks and have a range of products for retail sale
    • Download the free TPExpress app and connect to the onboard Wi-Fi to start streaming, then you can enjoy films, TV shows, magazines and more

    Travelling with a Railcard

    Travelling with TransPennine Express a few times a year? Get a Railcard and you'll save up to 1/3 on eligible journeys. Click on one of the Railcard types below to see the various eligibility requirements.

    /railcard-guide/16-25-railcard

    · Great for ages 16-25 solo travel
    · Save 1/3 on eligible rail-travel fares
    · Average annual savings up to £189!
    · 3-year Railcard available to under 24s only

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    /railcard-guide/26-30-railcard

    · Great for ages 26-30 solo travel
    · Save 1/3 on eligible rail-travel fares
    · Average annual savings up to £251!

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    /railcard-guide/two-together-railcard

    · For ages 16+ couples travel together
    · Named passengers save 1/3 on eligible fares
    · £15 each! Best discount for couple travel

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    /railcard-guide/family-and-friends-railcard

    · Great for families who love to travel
    · 1-4 adults save 1/3 on eligible fares, 1-4 children save 60%
    · Average annual savings up to £114!

    See Details >

    More info about TransPennine Express

    Q:
    Can you tell me how busy my train will be?
    A:
    The TPExpress app provides real-time train information, including platform information, actual train schedules, and a guide showing which cars on the train are crowded (This information is subject to availability* and is available on up to 50% of our trains.)
    Q:
    Can I get a discount for a group booking?
    A:
    Group discounts are available for groups of 9 or more traveling together. Simply split your ticket into multiple reservations and the group discount will be automatically added. For example, a group of 10 people can be split into two bookings of 5 people.
    Q:
    Can I take my bicycle on Transpennine Express trains?
    A:
    We recommend that you deposit your bicycle in the secure bike racks at the station. If you need to take your bicycle on the train, please call 0345 600 1671 to make an appointment in advance. You can also send us a message via WhatsApp - 07812 223 336.
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