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Savings of up to 33% for Student Rail Travel


As the new academic year approaches, students will be able to save up to 33% on the price of a CrossCountry rail ticket. Helping students make those pennies go a little bit further, CrossCountry Trains has teamed up with The National Union of Students (NUS) to offer NUS Extra card holders an extra 10% off CrossCountry value Advance tickets at   

From 4th September, students could benefit from a massive 33% off the price of a CrossCountry Advance ticket when booking online, using an NUS Extra card AND 16-24 Railcard. To register, visit and simply type in your e-mail address and personal NUS Extra card number.

CrossCountry Trains Logo
CrossCountry Trains Logo

When buying Advance tickets online at students can get free seat reservations, a personalised timetable for their journey and choose an ‘e-ticket’ option  - giving the opportunity to print the ticket at home. What’s more, unlike other ticket booking websites, you won’t be charged a booking fee or extra charges for using a credit card.

Clare Shufflebotham, Partnership Manager at CrossCountry Trains comments: “We hope that our partnership with NUS will help students make their university funds stretch even further, offering some great online rail savings. The NUS Extra card gives students access to a whole host of discounts and offers, so we’re glad to be supporting students and NUS in offering exclusively discounted train fares online.”

NUS Extra is the definitive student discount card with a range of exclusive discounts, offers and competitions designed to make student life more exciting, more memorable and more rewarding.  You can purchase an NUS Extra card for just £10.

For all those students who attended this year’s Reading & Leeds Festivals – don’t miss out and register today to get your FREE music download giveaway code by visiting

Upload your photos from the weekend festival of you and your mates playing with the CrossCountry inflatable air guitars on facebook today


For more information, please contact:
Jennie Madden
PR Account Manager on behalf of CrossCountry Trains
McCann Erickson Communications House

Notes to editors

Terms and conditions:
The 10% discount is available against CrossCountry Advance fares only which are exclusively for travel on CrossCountry trains. The discount is not available against other train company tickets or other fare types. The CrossCountry website displays all available tickets for all train companies. CrossCountry Advance fares are subject to availability.

CrossCountry started operating on 11 November 2007. The franchise, which is the most extensive in the UK, will run until 31 March 2016. For further information on CrossCountry services and future franchise plans log on to

Arriva is one of the largest private sector providers of passenger transport in Europe, employing more than 43,500 people (including share of associate companies) and providing more than one billion passenger journeys every year.

Arriva provides transport services including buses, trains, commuter coaches and water buses, and operates in 12 European countries: Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Hungary, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden and the UK. 

CrossCountry facts and figures:
PASSENGERS CARRIED: Over 30 million passenger journeys a year anticipated
ANNUAL TRAIN MILEAGE: Approximately 16 million
EMPLOYEES: Approximately 1,700
LONGEST TRAIN SERVICE: 08.20 Aberdeen to Penzance (774 miles)