Brits urged to book Christmas train tickets now to avoid expensive fares

With Christmas restrictions about to kick in, most Brits will be thinking about booking train tickets back home.

But the only problem with fares at this time of the year is that they're ridiculously expensive.

The Money Saving Expert website, which was founded by Martin Lewis, has shared some travel advice ahead of the festivities.

In this week's email, Martin's team have revealed now is the best time to buy tickets.

Cheap advance fares are still available on many routes, this means if you purchase now you'll make huge savings.

The Money Saving Expert warned demand will be high between December 23-27 as the Christmas bubbles kick in.

Some routes have already sold out and availability is limited.

Train firms have said social distancing requirements are in place so there will be reduced availability on trains.

And although these tickets are cheaper, Martin's team warned the fares are non-refundable.

The website said: "You can change the time and date of your ticket and either rebook or get a voucher valid for 12 months.

"Although there's often a £10 admin fee."

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It might be worth Brits considering other forms of transport to get themselves home for Christmas.

To minimise disruption and help people travel safely, the government set out a series of measures last week.

This includes lifting hundreds of miles of roadworks, enhancing rail services, postponing and accelerating rain engineering works.

It could also help to cut ticket charges as well.

The government said: "Transport routes may be busier than normal. If you do need to travel, plan ahead and avoid busy routes."

Prime Minister Boris Johnson 's government added: "Avoid making unnecessary stops during your journey.

"Avoid sharing a car with people not in your household or Christmas bubble.

"Keep your distance from other people when you travel, where possible. Wash and sanitise your hands regularly."

The government's new Christmas bubble means households can mix over a five-day period next week.

Between December 23 and 27, up to three separate households can mingle indoors together for the festive period.

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