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How to Buy Cheap Train Tickets with Trainline

From using ‘SplitSave’ to signing up to secret ticket alerts, here’s how to save money on Trainline.com…

For regular rail travellers the mighty Trainline is a must, with its easy-to-navigate website and snappy app. They do of course charge you a small fee for booking through their site but it’s often worth it to save all the hassle of shopping around.

Trainline is also a brilliant tool for keeping the cost of train travel down. So, here’s some easy tips for how to save money with Trainline.

Book cheap tickets in advance

If you’re after booking a cheap train ticket to popular destinations in the UK like London, Edinburgh, Manchester or York, book in advance and you could save up to 61% on a standard fare. Trainline also offer cheap train tickets to lots of destinations in Europe. Most advance tickets go on sale 12 weeks before the date of departure so the earlier you book the cheaper your tickets will be.

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Sign up to the Advance Ticket Alert tool

Want to know when advance tickets for your journey will be on sale? The sign up to the Ticket Alert Tool on the app and Trainline will send you an email when tickets become available.

Get to know Price Prediction

The clever boffins at Trainline have invented a nifty new tool on their app, Price Prediction. This will help you pinpoint the right moment to book your ticket so you can get the best deal. There’s even a section for Eurostar fans. This is brilliant for train ticket bargain hunters so download it today.

Save money with SplitSave

Launched at the beginning of 2020, SplitSave, Trainline’s clever money-saving app feature helps keep the cost of UK train travel down by ‘splitting’ your trip into multiple tickets with no change to your journey. You’ll just take the same journey but buy more tickets and this clever feature does all the hard work for you. Genius.

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Split your train ticket for an even cheaper journey to your destination

Use a railcard

There are loads of money-saving railcards to choose from in the UK. All offer railway passengers up to 1/3 off the cost of train tickets on most routes. All railcards can be used on the site.

Be flexible with your dates and times

The Trainline site and app offers uses the chance to see when they can book the cheapest fares for their journeys so if you can be flexible with your times and dates you could save a lot of money on your train fare.

Save money on last-minute train tickets

If you decide to travel on the day (or the day after) it’s worth checking out trainline’s last-minute train tickets page for cheap same-day train tickets.