Free train travel for schools

Train travel

Travelling by train has many benefits. Not only is it a more environmentally-friendly form of transport than petrol and diesel vehicles, but it can also increase children's confidence in planning a journey and using sustainable travel choices in the future.

The following operators offer free travel for school trips:

Across London

Transport for London offer free, off-peak travel for school group visits to educational, cultural and sporting venues in London. Your school will need to be located in a London borough and you'll need to be registered on their School Party Travel scheme. The scheme covers travel by train (DLR, London Overground within London Zooms 1-6, National Rail services outside London between Amersham and Moor Park), tube, tram and bus.

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In Worcestershire, Wiltshire, Gloucestershire, Bristol, South Gloucestershire, North Somerset and Bath and North-East Somerset

Platform can arrange complimentary travel for classes to take a trip by train along their line, giving them the opportunity to put their learning around rail safety and confidence into practice. They combine free rail education trips with free activities, locations and events in order to make the trips accessible to all schools.

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Discounted travel for groups

While not free, a number of rail operators offer discounted rates for groups.

GroupSave gives 3 to 9 people up to 34% off UK rail fares when travelling together at Off-Peak or Super Off-Peak times. The operators shown offer this service.

Options like the Network Railcard give 1/3 off adult fares and 60% off kids' fares in London and the South East of England for a year when you purchase a £30 card.

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