Today, the Rail Delivery Group, the body that represents all UK train operators, announced that fares are to rise by 3.1 per cent in January.
The price hike will affect regulated fares, which includes annual season tickets, some off-peak return tickets and flexible anytime tickets around major cities.
This means that long-distance commuters now face paying almost £300 more over the year just to get to work on the train, according to research by CommuterClub.
Passengers travelling between Swindon and Paddington will see their bills go up the most, from £8,740 to £9,020 a year.
Customers using the train between Bournemouth and London Waterloo face a £215 hike, from £6,732 to £6,947.
And it's not just long-distance commuters who will feel the pinch.
People travelling between Northampton and London Euston face forking out another £179 while those who journey from Reading will need to pay £170 extra over the year.
Commuters using the trains only to get across London will have to pay another £80 a month if you're journey crosses between zones one to six.
The price of an annual ticket between zones one and four will go up by £63, while it's another £44 a year for train travel in zones one and two.
HOW TO SAVE ON YOUR RAIL FARE
Buy a season ticket – If you're making the same journey frequently, for example, your daily comute to work, then you may find that it works out cheaper for you to buy a season ticket. But remember, you'll need to fork out the initial upfront costs before you benefit from the savings.
Book in advance – Network Rail releases its new timetable 12 weeks before it starts, so train companies usually make tickets available at this time. Some operators release them even earlier but the key is to book early. Sign up to Trainline’s ticket alert service to find out when cheap advance fares go on sale for a particular journey you need.
Split your tickets – If you are taking a long train journey, you could save hundreds of pounds by splitting your tickets. A one-way advance ticket from Leeds to Oxford tomorrow costs £99.40. But split your ticket by travelling from Leeds to Birmingham New Street (£60.10) then from Birmingham New Street to Oxford (£18.50) and you pay £78.60. You often won’t even need to change trains and National Rail lets you split your ticket as long as the train calls at the stations you buy the tickets for.
Get a railcard – These can slash a third off the price of some tickets. They cost between £20 and £30 a year. For example, the 16-25 Railcard gives a third off ticket rates for full-time students of any age.
Hunt for cheap tickets – Don’t pay over the odds for tickets — and remember to compare prices before you buy. First, check the National Rail website, which is a great way to get an overview of routes and travel times. Then check RedSpottedHanky and Trainline to see if cheap fares are available. They will usually charge you to make a booking — between 25p and £1.50 — so factor that in.
Alex Hayman from Which? said: "Passengers have suffered horrifically this year from timetable chaos and experienced rail punctuality hitting its lowest level in 12 years and these price hikes will only add to their misery.
"If the rail system is going to start working for passengers, not just train companies, then value for money needs to be a key part of the upcoming Government review and passengers must receive automatic compensation for delays and cancellations."
About 40 per cent of fares will rise by 3.1 per cent in England and Wales, while in Scotland ticket prices will increase by 2.2 per cent as the Scottish Government has capped them at 1 per cent below inflation.
The price hike has sparked fury from passengers who have already endured disruption and delays due to strike action and timetable changes.
The RDG who implement the hikes said that the extra cash will go towards making "improvements to the railways that passengers want."
A spokesperson added: "That means more seats, extra services and better connections right across the country."
Commuters can workout whether it would be cheaper to travel by car by working out how much they would need to spend on fuel using the Admiral insurance commuter calculator.
Rail bosses are trying to sweeten the deal with today's other announcement that the millennial railcard will finally be available to buy for all 26 to 30-year-olds from January 2.
But still, some furious commuters have slapped angry notes on train seats in protest.
Earlier this week the Rail Delivery Group launched a new independent rail ombudsman which will help passengers claim refunds and compensation from train companies.
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