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Why book a split ticket?
If you want the cheapest train ticket for your journey but can't commit to travelling at a certain time or date or you've left it till the last minute and there are just no more cheap rail fares for your journey, a split ticket could be the answer to your problem! Even if you're booking on the day of travel, a split ticket can save you a small fortune on the usual cost of rail tickets.
Savings with a split ticket
Take a look at the savings found by our split ticket search on some popular same day return train fares booked 7 days in advance - all at convenient times for the typical business traveller.
|Journey||Outward Time||Inward Time||Fare type||Cost||Saving|
|London - Manchester||09:28||16:35||cheapest|
|Bristol - Manchester||07:00||17:05||flexible||£81.70||£74.40|
|Leeds - Birmingham||07:15||17:03||flexible||£53.80||£57.80|
|Norwich - London||07:05||17:02||flexible||£74.60||£21.50|
|York - Norwich||07:36||17:54||flexible||£57.30||£53.00|
|Leeds - London||07:15||17:03||cheapest|
|Cardiff - London||07:25||17:45||flexible||£159.90||£17.90|
What is a split ticket?
- A split ticket is simply where instead of having one train ticket to take you from your departure point to your destination the journey is broken down into two or more parts with a separate ticket for each section. For instance if you want to travel from London to Manchester you might get a train ticket from London to Stoke-on-Trent and a second rail ticket from Stoke-on-Trent to Manchester.
- Britain's illogical rail fare system means that splitting your ticket by booking a train ticket to an intermediary station and then a different ticket from there to your destination often works out far cheaper than the cost of a conventional train ticket
- In the past splitting your ticket meant manually searching through hundreds of journeys to find where to split your journey and then booking each portion of the journey separately. The split ticket finder automatically calculates where to split your tickets and allows you to book the cheapest combination of tickets for your journey at the same time.
How does a split ticket work?
A split ticket works in exactly the same way as any other train tickets on the National Rail network and you are still eligible for discounts when booking your train tickets with a railcard. Although you cannot buy a split ticket at the ticket machine at the station, a split ticket bought via the split ticket search is completely legal provided the train stops at the point where you split your fare and in many cases you don't even need to change train. Although the best savings tend to be found on rail journeys going across the country, split ticket savings are available on direct routes too and are not limited to particular train companies or specific journeys.
Alternatives to a split ticket search
A split ticket can be incredibly useful for travellers on the go but don't forget that there are plenty of other ways to reduce the cost of your train tickets. Above all booking anything up to 12 weeks in advance can save you up to 80% on the cost of rail tickets purchased at the station on the day but you can also save by getting a railcard if you're eligible, travelling at off peak times, and comparing different routes and train operators. Why not also try out our realtime cheapest fare finder which searches over a wider time frame to find the best rail fares for your journey. Just click advanced options and select 'find the cheapest fares throughout the day.'
So don't delay, check your route for a split ticket today, planning in advance could save you £££s.