Split ticketing – official MSE discussion

MSE_Kelvin
MSE_Kelvin Posts: 339 MSE Staff
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edited 6 January 2022 at 5:09PM in Public transport & cycling
Hello there,

Sadly, after a combined 20+ years of active service, the original Split ticketing and Split ticketing: Report successful routes here threads have now closed, so I've created a new one here specifically to discuss the following point in the Cheap train tickets guide, which is about finding split tickets:

Split your tickets, not your journey, to save big

What has worked for you when splitting tickets? What hasn't? And what are your successful split ticketing routes? Please let us know by commenting below.

Cheers,

MSE Kelvin :)
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  • MSE_James
    MSE_James Posts: 1,159 Community Admin
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    I have discovered that if you are travelling on South Western Railway, their recent introduction of new 'Evening out' and 'Sunday out' tickets have opened up some new split-ticketing opportunities that didn't previously exist, if you are travelling in the afternoon/evening or on a Sunday.
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  • Jabie
    Jabie Posts: 1 Newbie
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    I've successfully used Tickety Split many times on long journeys. I didn't know there were others!  Does Tickety Split also charge a percentage? I can't see anything on the website...
  • I tried a couple of journeys I have planned for September, admittedly not huge (about 1 1/4 hours both) but neither had any saving on the split site but it's good to know - one is for a Sunday evening albeit in the Midlands not SW
  • I confess to being new to the Split Ticket concept, but I'm glad I found it on MSE. I needed to buy 5 tickets from Birmingham to Southampton for this October. I waited for the 12 week lead-in so that the Advance Fares would be available. The cost for 5 adults was, and still is, £432.00. I then went to Train Tickets and put in exactly the same info. The cost, including their 10% for finding the deal, was £253. So a £180 saving. Very pleased. Thanks for the info.
  • MSE_Kelvin
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    edited 2 August 2022 at 4:19PM
    Blobboman said:
    I confess to being new to the Split Ticket concept, but I'm glad I found it on MSE. I needed to buy 5 tickets from Birmingham to Southampton for this October. I waited for the 12 week lead-in so that the Advance Fares would be available. The cost for 5 adults was, and still is, £432.00. I then went to Train Tickets and put in exactly the same info. The cost, including their 10% for finding the deal, was £253. So a £180 saving. Very pleased. Thanks for the info.
    Top stuff, @Blobboman - really happy to hear we helped save you some money!

    Thanks for letting us know about it :)

  • onashoestring
    onashoestring Posts: 1,631 Forumite
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    edited 2 August 2022 at 6:52PM
    Blobboman said:
    I confess to being new to the Split Ticket concept, but I'm glad I found it on MSE. I needed to buy 5 tickets from Birmingham to Southampton for this October. I waited for the 12 week lead-in so that the Advance Fares would be available. The cost for 5 adults was, and still is, £432.00. I then went to Train Tickets and put in exactly the same info. The cost, including their 10% for finding the deal, was £253. So a £180 saving. Very pleased. Thanks for the info.
    Is that price with a  railcard discount ? If not you maybe able to save even more with a railcard .Possibly up to another  30% off . 

    https://www.railcard.co.uk/

    You can use the split ticketing websites to find the best tickets available and then buy direct from the train company saving their admin charges and giving you more protection if there are cancellations. 
  • CdeC
    CdeC Posts: 1 Newbie
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    It looks to me as though these sites are all the same company.... trainsplit.com
    Split your ticket
    Train split
    Trainsplitting.co.uk

    The results are identical. don't bother with trying them all!

  • yorkie2
    yorkie2 Posts: 1,595 Forumite
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    Blobboman said:
    I confess to being new to the Split Ticket concept, but I'm glad I found it on MSE. I needed to buy 5 tickets from Birmingham to Southampton for this October. I waited for the 12 week lead-in so that the Advance Fares would be available. The cost for 5 adults was, and still is, £432.00. I then went to Train Tickets and put in exactly the same info. The cost, including their 10% for finding the deal, was £253. So a £180 saving. Very pleased. Thanks for the info.
    Is that price with a  railcard discount ? If not you maybe able to save even more with a railcard .Possibly up to another  30% off . 

    https://www.railcard.co.uk/

    You can use the split ticketing websites to find the best tickets available and then buy direct from the train company saving their admin charges and giving you more protection if there are cancellations. 

    The above post is factually incorrect.
    Train companies charge more than split ticket sites.
    There is no additional protection by purchasing from train companies
    On the contrary, purchasing from a ticket splitting site gives you evidence of a contract for a through itinerary
  • martindow
    martindow Posts: 10,205 Forumite
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    yorkie2 said:
    Blobboman said:
    I confess to being new to the Split Ticket concept, but I'm glad I found it on MSE. I needed to buy 5 tickets from Birmingham to Southampton for this October. I waited for the 12 week lead-in so that the Advance Fares would be available. The cost for 5 adults was, and still is, £432.00. I then went to Train Tickets and put in exactly the same info. The cost, including their 10% for finding the deal, was £253. So a £180 saving. Very pleased. Thanks for the info.
    Is that price with a  railcard discount ? If not you maybe able to save even more with a railcard .Possibly up to another  30% off . 

    https://www.railcard.co.uk/

    You can use the split ticketing websites to find the best tickets available and then buy direct from the train company saving their admin charges and giving you more protection if there are cancellations. 

    The above post is factually incorrect.
    Train companies charge more than split ticket sites.
    There is no additional protection by purchasing from train companies
    On the contrary, purchasing from a ticket splitting site gives you evidence of a contract for a through itinerary
    I regularly do a trip splitting at an intermediate station.  These are offpeak return tickets and LNER provide the itinerary with the booking.  I usually reserve seats, although I am not tied to specific trains, which provides further evidence of these being through journeys.
    I'm not sure that I agree that split ticketing sites offer any more evidence than this.

  • yorkie2
    yorkie2 Posts: 1,595 Forumite
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    martindow said:
    yorkie2 said:
    Blobboman said:
    I confess to being new to the Split Ticket concept, but I'm glad I found it on MSE. I needed to buy 5 tickets from Birmingham to Southampton for this October. I waited for the 12 week lead-in so that the Advance Fares would be available. The cost for 5 adults was, and still is, £432.00. I then went to Train Tickets and put in exactly the same info. The cost, including their 10% for finding the deal, was £253. So a £180 saving. Very pleased. Thanks for the info.
    Is that price with a  railcard discount ? If not you maybe able to save even more with a railcard .Possibly up to another  30% off . 

    https://www.railcard.co.uk/

    You can use the split ticketing websites to find the best tickets available and then buy direct from the train company saving their admin charges and giving you more protection if there are cancellations. 

    The above post is factually incorrect.
    Train companies charge more than split ticket sites.
    There is no additional protection by purchasing from train companies
    On the contrary, purchasing from a ticket splitting site gives you evidence of a contract for a through itinerary
    I regularly do a trip splitting at an intermediate station.  These are offpeak return tickets and LNER provide the itinerary with the booking.  I usually reserve seats, although I am not tied to specific trains, which provides further evidence of these being through journeys.
    I'm not sure that I agree that split ticketing sites offer any more evidence than this.


    what journey is it? are you saying LNER is a split ticketing site?
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