Grabbing separate tickets for different constituent parts of a journey instead of the whole trip gives savings on scores of routes. Even though it's the SAME TRAIN, the SAME TIME and possibly even the SAME SEAT!
Is it legal?
Yes. Technically, they could ask you to disembark and board again, though we've only heard of this once.
Anything to watch for?
Beware split-ticketing at stations where you change trains. If your service is delayed and you've a time-specific ticket, you may need to pay extra. Non-advance fares listed in this tool shouldn't specify a certain train. But if you purchased an off-peak ticket that requires you to travel at specific times of day, and the delay takes you outside that, you'll have to pay again.
The other big warning is the train MUST call at all the stations you buy tickets to and from. This tool only splits tickets at stations where trains stop, but watch out when finding splits yourself on online booking sites.
Why is it cheaper?
Simply because train fares and logic go together like Coco Pops and ketchup.
How do I buy tickets?
Just go to the station and carefully request the separate tickets stated in the results. There is no problem making this request – you can buy tickets for any route at any station. You can't buy them at ticket machines though.
Can I split advance tx?
Yes and the savings can be monstrous. We don't currently cover them on this tool's first trial incarnation. We hope to be able to bring it you in the future (though it's more complex, as there are many options). For how to do it see www.moneysavingexpert.com/trains.
Does it work with railcards?
Yes. After all, you're just buying normal tickets - provided your railcard is valid on them (do check), there's no problem.
Why is it TicketySplit Lite?
This is a three-month trial of the technology and is currently free. However, every time you search we have to pay. Frankly, we have to see how popular and well used it is. We're willing to foot the bill up to a certain level; beyond that we'll have to do some careful thinking. We called this 'Lite', so you'll know it may change.
Can I get the full version?
Not yet - we will let you know if it happen. Please see 'why is it TicketySplit Lite?'
Is this the cheapest way?
If you're buying the day before, advance fares are very likely to beat walk-on split tickets, so always check online for these first. Even when buying on the day of travel, returns often beat split singles, so always get a quote for a return too.
This version of tickey split lite searches for just one split. It may be possible that buying three or even four tickets for one journey could cut the price more, yet, to keep it simple and save processing power, for the moment we're sticking with one.
How app makes money
Quite simply, it doesn't. MoneySavingExpert.com is all about saving you money. This app is likely to cost us quite a chunk, but we thought it worth doing. If it's very successful and thus costs us a packet (we pay each time you search), we will need to look at how we can fund it.
Will it work on any journey?
To get your route at the price listed, the tickets you buy (and the journey you take) need to exactly match the tickets shown. This includes ticket type (eg, peak or off-peak), destination and journey time. Otherwise it may cost more.
Where does this data come from?
We pay for a third-party data feed, and the train fares listed come from that.