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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