What is split-ticketing? The simple train ticket hack could save you hundreds on UK rail fares | The Sun

YOU typically use split tickets when you need to use more than one train for your journey.

They could even save you hundreds of pounds – so here's how you go about buying them.

What is split-ticketing?

Split ticketing is when your journey is broken down into two or more parts with a separate rail ticket for each section – rather than just one ticket from departure point to destination,

For instance if you want a train from London to Manchester you might get a train ticket from London to Stoke-on-Trent and a second ticket from Stoke-on-Trent to Manchester.

Britain's 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 is often cheaper than the cost of a conventional ticket.

By buying separate tickets for different legs of each journey you can save a small fortune – and you don’t even have to change trains to do it.

How does it work?

For example, an off-peak single from Birmingham New Street to Inverness costs £164.70.
But separate tickets from Birmingham to York, and then York  to Inverness costs £101.55 – a saving of more than £63.

A return from Cardiff Central to Newcastle is £161 with two changes at Manchester and York.

But split the tickets by buying from Cardiff Central to Derby and Derby to Newcastle the price drops to £90 for the journey, saving you £71.

If you’re travelling from London Victoria to Gatwick on Southern Trains it will set you back £16, but split by buying tickets to east Croydon and on to Gatwick and it’s £12 – saving you almost £4.



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Is it legal to use split-ticketing?

It’s all above board and legal, as long as the train you are on stops at the station you are buying a ticket to.

Don’t worry that it’s all too complicated – there are special websites that take the brain ache out of it, including Moneysavingexpert.com, splitticketing.co.uk, TrainSplit.com, and TicketySplit.

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