If you’re looking for ways to save money when travelling by train then split tickets might be just for you! Splitting your train tickets with SplitSave, our new split-ticketing app feature, can be much cheaper than buying a single ticket if you’re travelling on a long journey.
Intrigued? Read on for more details about how SplitSave can help you find cheap train tickets for journeys across the UK.
Simply put, split ticketing is when you ‘split’ your train journey into multiple tickets, instead of buying a single ticket.
It may sound strange, but if you buy multiple tickets along your trip you can save a lot of money compared to having a single ticket – in most cases you don’t even have to change trains!
We know split ticketing can seem complicated, so here's some simple but detailed information on how exactly train travel with a split ticket works.
Let's use travelling from London to Manchester as an example. Instead of buying one ticket from London Euston to Manchester Piccadilly, you can buy two rail tickets – one from London Euston to Stockport and one from Stockport to Manchester Piccadilly. You won't have to change trains at Stockport, the train simply needs to stop at your split ticket station along the way. Here are a few more examples of how train tickets can be split.
|Train journey||1st ticket||2nd ticket|
|London to Manchester||London to Stockport||Stockport to Manchester|
|Bristol to Birmingham||Bristol to Cheltenham Spa||Cheltenham Spa to Birmingham|
|Edinburgh to London||Edinburgh to Newcastle||Newcastle to London|
|London to Liverpool||London to Stafford||Stafford to Liverpool Lime Street|
Then just make sure you show the correct ticket for the portion of the journey you’re travelling on if you’re asked to do so.
The savings from splitting your journey into separate tickets come from taking advantage of the complexities of the UK rail fare system. Ticket prices in the UK are determined by train operator, journey duration and fare types, such as Peak and Off-Peak. So, the biggest discounts for split tickets tend to occur at the times of day Peak times end and Off-Peak windows open, such as the morning and evening rush hours.
And guess what, it's not just Advance tickets you can save money on with SplitSave, you can even bag savings on last-minute tickets too.
You'll need our iOS or Android app to save money with SplitSave. Don't have our app yet? Download it now.
Search for your single or return journey in the journey planner in our app as normal.
We’ll show you if SplitSave tickets are available and, if so, how much you can save. Just look out for the SplitSave icon in your search results.
We’ll give you a detailed breakdown, all you need to do is show different tickets along your journey.
You can store SplitSave tickets as etickets in your Trainline app or add to your Apple Wallet.
We know splits can be a tricky subject. Read answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about split tickets below.
Yes. Split ticketing is legal and is allowed by the National Conditions of Travel under which all train companies on the national rail network operate. Just remember that you must take a train that calls at the station(s) you bought your train ticket(s) for.
Not always. If your journey had no changes originally, there’d still be no changes. However, if your journey included a change, then this will still apply. The only condition when using split tickets is that the train you take must stop at all the places you’ve bought tickets for and not just pass through them.
Yes. If a train offers a seat reservation, you’ll be able to book it. However, in rare cases, you may only be able to reserve a seat for part of your journey. Occasionally, you may have to change seats partway through your journey. Check your ticket for seat-specific information.
These are some of the most popular routes our customers have been able to find split train fares on recently.
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