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Trainline is Europe’s biggest providers of rail and coach tickets. They bring together routes, ticket fares, journey times and other travel services seamlessly to provide a hassle-free travel solution. Check out our top tips to get the best value on your journey so you have more money left in your pocket to spend during your trip.
Travelling on a long journey? SplitSave is the trainline's latest money-saving feature which helps you save a few pennies by finding clever ways to split your journey into multiple legs. Buying multiple tickets can often end up cheaper than buying a single ticket. The app's clever algorithm finds you the cheapest option by making the most of different train companies rail fares. You can still reserve a seat, use your railcard to save even more and you won't have to make any unnecessary train changes - there really are no downsides!
It's easy to use this feature - simply search for your journey as usual on the app and it will automatically calculate if there are any SplitSave fares available and tells you how much you'll save. You'll be given a detailed breakdown of your journey, but you won't have to make any more train changes than usual, you'll just have a few extra tickets to show at different legs of the journey. Get etickets on the app so you don't risk losing them along the way.
Make arranging your travel even easier by downloading the free Trainline app. Available for both iOS and Android, the easy-to-use app makes booking train or coach tickets on the go even easier.
From price alerts to real-time information about your journey status, live departure boards, platform information and seat preference options, have everything you need in the palm of your hand. You can even download your train ticket and certain railcards to your phone so you have everything you need at your fingertips. Book tickets well in advance or as late as 10 minutes before departure time for those last minute journeys and be good to go at a moment’s notice.
On the app there is a terrific price prediction tool which allows you to see a detailed breakdown of expected price rises for your journey, as well as when tickets at the cheapest price are likely to sell out. This is particularly handy if you’re planning a journey to somewhere new and want to work out the best time to book for the best fare. Use this nifty tool for UK train tickets as well as Eurostar bookings to avoid paying more on your travel.
It’s well worth checking to see if it would be cheaper to travel by coach rather than by train. When you search for train tickets, the journey planner will also automatically show you if there are coach routes and tickets available and suggest the best ones for you. It may take you a little longer, but you really can save a bundle travelling by coach.
If you’ve had some bad luck and your train is delayed, it’s well worth checking if you’re entitled to compensation. Many train companies Trainline works with offer delay repay compensation if your train is over 30 minutes late. Simply request a refund in the ‘manage my ticket’ section of the site or app and if the train company has a delay repay scheme the team will process your request for you.
When you make a booking you may be offered the chance to sign up for the Shopper Discounts and Rewards programme. As a member you’ll get special seasonal offers, cashback on your next booking and discounts of up to 10% on your online shopping at over 800 top brands, not to mention £10 cashback at the Trainline for every month you make a booking.
There’s a 30-day free trial so you can give it a go for free, and then if you want to continue your membership it’ll cost you just £10 a month.
You may have noticed that you need a photocard ID to buy a season ticket. To get a photocard you can request a free one from Trainline directly, or simply go to your local train station with a passport photo and they’ll knock you one up for free.
The Trainline best fare finder uses the others customers’ journey searches to bring you the cheapest fares. Select your route and journey preferences, enter a date and it will show you a timetable comparing all the cheapest tickets other people have found around the same dates. It’s a great option if you’re flexible on dates and times and would rather bag yourself a cheaper fare with an off peak or super off peak ticket, so give it a go and rest assured that you’ve got all the cheapest travel options at your fingertips.