Split Tickets

Trainsplit - The Official Split Tickets Site

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Trainsplit will always be the original pioneers of split ticketing. We are the official split tickets site and have been at the forefront of the split ticketing market since 2014. We continuously strive to bring you greater split train ticket savings than ever!

Trainsplit is dedicated in keeping the cost of train travel low by finding you cheap rail fares for your journey. Our unparalled algorithm not only finds you the best split tickets for train journeys across the UK, but also alternative journeys that can't be found on any other journey planners out there. 

 

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What are Split Tickets?

Split ticketing means buying separate tickets for different legs of the journey instead of the standard 'through' ticket because it works out cheaper. You'll be amazed at how much you're saving by booking split tickets. You may need to carry more tickets but the savings will  be worth it. In many cases you won't even need to get off the train.

Split ticket savings are available on most routes across the National Rail network and are not limited to specific rail journeys or train operators. Split ticketing anomalies occur because the ticket prices for train journeys vary due to the intricacy of the rail fares in the UK. Rail fare prices are decided based on the routes, train company, duration of the journey and the types of tickets such as Advance, Peak, Off Peak.

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How does ticket splitting work?

So instead of buying a single ticket to travel from A to D, we find you a split journey and book several tickets along the way so you have a ticket from A to B, B to C and C to D. The train calls/ stops at these stations so you'll find that you do not even need to change trains.

We have taken a London to Manchester journey as an example.
In this scenario, our journey planner found a split at Milton Keynes and Stoke on Trent.
This means you will have a ticket from London Euston to Milton Keynes, Milton Keynes to Stoke On Trent, Stoke On Trent to Manchester Piccadilly on board the same train which means you do not need to get off or change at these stations. By buying split tickets you are actually reducing the cost of your train travel as it works out cheaper to buy separate tickets along the way.

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You will still travel on the same train and at the same time but the money we help you save by splitting your tickets will hopefully outweigh a few extra tickets you have to carry during your travel.

 

Is Split Ticketing legal?

Split ticketing is completely legal under Condition 14 of the the National Rail Conditions of Travel and Trainsplit is fully National Rail accredited so you can rest assured knowing that we are helping you find cheap rail tickets for your journey. Our journey planner will always default to best value tickets so you know that you're actually saving money when you book split train tickets on Trainsplit.

Just as an added bonus, there's NO BOOKING FEES when you book with us!

Even if you're booking rail tickets on the day of travel, split ticketing can still save you a small fortune. If your train has stops on a journey, just carry a few extra tickets and save on average an extra 30% on over 70% of journeys.

 

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How do I split my ticket?

Just tell our journey planner where and when you plan to travel and it will do the rest. There's no need to work out the splits yourself. Whether you're after return journeys or singles, it automatically finds the Fastest, Cheapest or Best Value journey to suit every need. Got a railcard? Split tickets can be booked with a railcard for greater savings on your rail journey.

The clever algorithm is capable of finding multiple splits within a train journey and the detailed confirmation email tells you where and when you need to change trains or whether you need to stay on board as your tickets are splitting there! So sit back and enjoy the ride because we do all the work for you.

Split ticketing savings are available on all types of tickets, Advance and flexibles. Trainsplit might even find you a first class fare on part of the journey if it works our cheaper than a standard ticket. Our unparalled journey planner finds you the best splitting points and automatically books the correct combination of split tickets automatically for you ensuring you don’t make a mistake, which could lead to a costly penalty fare.

The ticket office at the station may be able to assist in splitting your train tickets but isn’t obliged to and given the complexity of the rail network the staff may not even be aware of the best combination of tickets.

 

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Why book with Trainsplit?

Trainsplit is the main split ticketing site and it is free to use -  we don't charge a booking fee!
Our journey planner is more advanced as we are able to find cheap alternative journeys (slower than other routes but at a cheaper rate) not found on other sites.

 

Will I sit in the same seat if I book split train tickets?

The nature of split tickets means that we will be booking different tickets for different legs of the journey so there is a chance that you may be allocated seats in a different part of the train for different sections of the trip. We’ll do our best to avoid this but, provided you’re not sitting somewhere that has been reserved for somebody else, there’s no need to leave the comfort of your seat for the duration of the journey and you certainly don’t have to get on and off the train at the splitting points. Rather than playing musical chairs, it might be worth disregarding the allocated reservation and sit in an unreserved seat. Technically the guard may ask you to move to the seat that’s reserved for you but in practice this rarely happens. Alternatively the ticket office at the station may be able to offer a through reservation provided you produce a valid combination of tickets for the whole journey.

 

Split Ticketing Top Tips - How to book Cheap Train Tickets

#1 Book your tickets in Advance

The trick to saving money on train tickets is to book them as early as you can. Cheap tickets, also known as Advance fares, are fixed time fares and usually cheaper than flexible tickets. Advance cheap train tickets are released up to 12 weeks prior to travel however it could sometimes take longer so be sure to keep an eye out for them. Train companies release a limited number of cheap Advance tickets so the prices will naturally increase once they're gone. If you're willing to travel at the time you have selected, then it is always best to book Advance fares because you will be saving money by booking cheap train tickets for your rail journey.

#2 Don't forget to apply your Railcard discount for additional savings

If you are a regular train traveller then consider getting a railcard as it takes a third off your rail fares. There are different types of railcards available to suit various age groups such as the 16-25 Railcard, 26-30 Railcard, Two Together Railcard, Family Railcard, Senior Railcard. Apply your railcard discount to your split ticket journey and you'll be saving money on your rail journey in no time!

#3 Have time to spare? Look out for cheap alternative journey options

If you don't mind a slightly longer train ride or departing / arriving at a less busy station and you're someone who loves banking in cheap tickets then be on the look out for alternative journeys. The journey may take a bit longer but the tickets are significantly cheaper.

Save money by travelling on alternative routes is absolutely possible for journeys between the West Country and London. You can book cheaper slower journeys betweeen Bath or Exeter and London by travelling to/from Waterloo rather than Paddington or perhaps mix and match a faster journey to/from Paddington with a slower return journey to/from Waterloo.

#4 Say NO to booking fees

Some sites charge a booking fee just for using them. Trainline for example, charges up to £1.75 booking fee on their site. Unlike other retailers, Trainsplit don't charge a booking fee.

If a split ticketing saving is found a small percentage of the saving is charged so we can continue to maintain and further develop the site for a seamless user experience, but in all instances this still works out cheaper than buying anywhere else. If there is no saving by splitting the fare, no fees are charged.

#5 Avoid Peak travel time

Peak travel time are usually busier with more expensive peak time fares. Ditch the rush hour stampede and travel off peak for cheaper train fares on quieter services. Off Peak travel times defer depending on the journey, they usually begin at 09:30 Mondays to Fridays in cities and large towns, and 09:00 acorss the rest of the rail network. There's no peak restrictions during weekends and Bank Holidays.

#6 Book split tickets

Stop buying tickets from the machines at the station or on major sites because you're likely to be paying more than you need to. If you're looking to slash the cost of rail travel then Split Ticketing is the way forward. Whilst it may be possible to get split tickets from the booking office, staff at train stations are not obliged to sell them and do not have Trainsplit's split ticketing algorithm that would enable them to find cheap split tickets automatically. They are not available from the ticket machines at the station either.

Split tickets helps you save money especially if you're travelling long distance by booking multiple train tickets along the journey rather than just the one. Trainsplit is capable of searching for bigger and better splits, finding savings on over 70% of journeys. Our journey planner does the hard work for you so you don't have to!

#7 Book rail tickets as a group and save up to 34%

Groupsave is a discount that is applied on Off Peak or Super Off Peak fares in standard accommodation and saves you up to 34% when you travel as a group of 3 - 9 adults. If you're travelling with children aged 5 -15, you may want to book them separately so that the adult travellers benefit from this fantastic saving.

Groupsave isn't a railcard so there's nothing extra you need to carry apart from your train tickets. For your groupsave tickets to be valid, all passengers booked under the groupsave fare must travel together at the same time. Groupsave discounts are available all day on Bank Holidays and weekends, and during quieter off peak times on weekdays. Additional railcard discounts will not apply on top of your already heavily discounted fares.

#8 Flexibility is key

Tickets may be cheaper on different dates or at different times so do a little browse around before you book. Toggle between the Best Value and Cheap options, hit that Earlier or Later train times button and see what comes up. You may be surprised to find cheaper tickets departing at a different date/ time than you originally planned.

#9 Sign up for fare alerts & newsletters

If you'd like to be the first to hear about any upcoming fares promo or for updates on the release of Advance train tickets, then signing up for ticket alerts or newsletters is a good idea as you will be one of the first to pounce on cheap Advance rail fares when they're released. Train companies and some retailers such as Trainline offer this feature so sign up for ticket alerts with them and then book with Trainsplit once the cheap fares are released so that you avoid paying their booking fee!

#10 Receive compensation for delays

Passenger compensation, more commonly known as Delay Repay, is a national scheme train companies use to compensate rail travellers for unexpected service delays and cancellations.
If you've experienced a disruption of at least 15 minutes or 30 minutes (depending on the train company) resulting in a late arrival at your destination, then you will be entitled to a full or partial compensation amount up to the value of your train tickets. The amount you receive as compensation differs, this is calculated by the train company according the how long you were delayed by and the ticket type, whether you've booked a return or single journey. If you are unsure which train company you travelled with please refer to your itinerary in the confirmation email.