More train tickets cost less moneySave money on rail fares by splitting tickets
22 May 2010
You could save money on your rail fare by buying two tickets instead of one for a single, same-day journey, Which? Holiday research has revealed.
Depending on your destination, you could cut the cost of your trip by between £6.20 and £32.80 on a single fare. The practice of ‘split ticketing’, as it is called, involves buying any combination of tickets for a journey as long as the train stops at the stations named on the tickets.
Get the most from your singles
For example, a same-day, peak fare from London Paddington to Swansea would cost £109.50. However, buying a single from Paddington to Swindon, and another from Swindon to Swansea reduces the overall journey's cost to £76.70 – a saving of £32.80.
Even if you're travelling off-peak or buying in advance, it’s still worth checking split-ticketing.
Who operates the route?
Which? Holiday has also found that it pays to check which train companies operate on a given route. For instance, when we looked at the cost of a same-day, peak fare journey to Birmingham from London Marylebone via Chiltern Railways, it was £49.50 compared with £70 from London Euston if you travelled with Virgin Trains.
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