Train companies are cashing in on the fact that if you buy a ticket to your final destination, you will pay more than if you split your booking.
The idea of buying your train tickets in stages is nothing new. But the idea of splitting them by train companies was something I was never aware of until recently.
My friend explained that he’d split his ticket on a train journey from Birmingham to Manchester and not only did it save him money but also he got to travel in first class.
I decided to give it a go. The results were amazing. I managed to save £30 off my train fare from London to Edinburgh over the Easter weekend by splitting my tickets with Train Splitters.
It works like this: the train companies have thousands of different fares for the same journey, so why shouldn’t we take advantage of this? This is what splitting your ticket does.
Split Your Ticket and Get the Best Deal
A loophole in the system means that you can save money by splitting up your ticket bookings.
To get the best deal, you need to know how to split your tickets. This guide will show you how.
The secret is to buy multiple single tickets for a journey rather than one return ticket.
In most cases, buying single tickets will work out cheaper than buying a return.
For example, let’s say you are travelling from Birmingham New Street to London Euston on Virgin Trains. The cheapest fare you’ll find is £18 – but only if you book far enough in advance and travel at specific times.
If you don’t have time to plan ahead, a walk-up Anytime Single costs an eye-watering £130.20 – or 714% more.
Rail fares have been hiked above inflation again. More of us will now be looking at ways to cut costs. But did you know that by splitting your ticket, and booking them separately, you could save a fortune?
It’s not widely known, but there are lots of ways to beat the system and get cheaper tickets. For example, you can often save money by splitting up your journey into smaller legs and booking each individually.
Splitting your ticket is the process of breaking down a long rail journey into two or more shorter journeys to take advantage of cheaper tickets for each leg.
They can be on the same train but start from different stations, or could be entirely different trains – it doesn’t matter as long as you don’t leave the platform at any point.
You can even start from one station, leave the platform, and re-enter it with a new ticket for a new leg of the journey.
There are a number of ways to pay less for train tickets, but there is one little-known trick that could save you a lot.
This is how it works. Sometimes, journey made up of two single tickets is cheaper than the equivalent return ticket.
So if you’re making a long trip and have time to spare, you can break up your journey into two or more legs, booking them as singles. You will then pay less than you would if you bought one return ticket for the whole journey.
Sound too good to be true? Here’s how to make it work for you…
Confirm that splitting your ticket really does save money: Visit the TrainSplit website, enter your planned journey and tick the ‘split my ticket’ option at checkout. It will show you whether splitting your ticket will save money and how much it will save you.
Book each leg with a different provider: As well as the TrainSplit website (which works out which tickets are cheaper), there’s also Trainline and RedSpottedHanky which let you book two separate tickets in one go – so all you have to do is collect them both at the station when you travel.
Remember that splitting your ticket may not be worth doing if it doesn’t save any money
Rail passengers are being urged to save money by booking two separate tickets.
“Split ticketing” may be cheaper on some routes than a single ticket, and could save travellers hundreds of pounds.
Commuters who regularly travel the same route could benefit, as well as holidaymakers travelling longer distances.
However, there is no saving if an advance purchase fare is cheaper than a split ticket, MoneySavingExpert.com said.
It advised: “The more you can pre-plan your trip, the better your chances of bagging a bargain.”
Splitting your train ticket can save you money. But it’s not always the best option. We explain when to split and when not to.
Can I save money by splitting my ticket?
You can often save money on a UK rail journey by splitting the ticket. This means buying two or more tickets, so that each covers part of the journey rather than just one ticket for the whole journey.
It doesn’t always work, but it is worth trying because if it does then you could make substantial savings, sometimes more than £100.
How does splitting tickets work?
Rail fares are calculated as a series of sections called ‘fare stages’ where each stage is a specific distance from an origin station to a destination station on the same train company’s network. You pay for all the fare stages between your origin and destination stations (the whole journey) even if you have to change trains along the way. If your train stops at stations en route which break up the fare stages into smaller sections then you’re still paying for all of these sections, even if you don’t get off at them. So simply buying one ticket covering all of these sections can be more expensive than buying separate tickets for each section (
We’ve all heard of split ticketing. If you don’t know what it is, let me give you a quick explanation:
When you book a train journey, the ticket you receive will show which station you started your journey from, and where you are going to.
With split ticketing you can save money by booking smaller sections of the same journey, rather than buying one larger ticket for all the stops along the way.
The reason this works is because different train companies set their own fares. If these prices vary, sometimes buying separate tickets can be cheaper than one overall fare (although it’s important to note that this isn’t always the case).
Usually, split ticketing works best on long distance journeys with lots of stops. In fact, we have seen savings of up to 81% on some routes!