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How do I use split tickets

More and more people are becoming aware of the fact that split tickets or split ticketing can make rail travel cheaper on many routes but there’s still some confusion over what they are and the way that they work. So what are the important things to know? First and foremost split tickets work in exactly the same way a conventional ‘through’ ticket, it’s simply a case of having more tickets for the same journey as this often works out cheaper. Split tickets can be booked in conjunction with a railcard to get even cheaper fares for a journey.

Split ticketing savings are available for both advance and flexible tickets so it’s always worth checking your route, especially if you’re travelling the same day or at very short notice. Split tickets won’t be available on every route but where they are, the savings can be very significant. An off peak single ticket for a London to Leicester journey purchased on the day of travel will normally set you back around £58.00 for instance but splitting it at Bedford and Kettering will reduce the price by £10.70 to £47.30.

If split tickets are bought through a specialist site like raileasy.trainsplit.com, you may find that seats are reserved for you in different parts of the train for different parts of the journey even if you’re actually staying on the same train the whole time. Provided you’re not sitting somewhere that has been reserved for somebody else, though, there’s no need to leave the comfort of your seat for the duration of the journey and you certainly don’t have to get on and off the train at the splitting points.

To make it easier to find split ticketing savings, independent 3rd party rail retailer www.raileasy.co.uk has teamed up with rail buff Nick Brown to create raileasy.trainsplit.com, the only website that finds splitting points and automatically books the correct combination of tickets in a single transaction.

Split fares have always existed but until now only those in the know have been able to benefit from them. Thanks to the new site, split rail fares are now available to the general public too. As one of Raileasy’s directors, Mike Richardson said, ‘The idea is to take insider knowledge and make it available to the general traveller so they don’t have to work anything out.’

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