Taking the boys on a trip on the train is one of my favourite things to do at the moment. They’re always so excited to get to the station and watch from the footbridge to see if one is coming. They squeal with delight if a driver pops their head out of the window and gives them a wave!
But, the cost of train travel can be really expensive for me! They boys are still free so I find it really hard to justify paying so much when I could just drive us there and pay a small fee for parking. However train travel is an experience! You pay for the views, the tea trolley, the people watching opportunities… Plus you can picnic without worrying about crashing! You can get the sticker books out and play with the kids. You can even take a trip to the toilet which is inevitable with two toddlers!
HOW TO SAVE
One way and its a big way is to save money through a method called split ticketing. It means purchasing multiple tickets to make up a full journey rather than buying one ticket to cover you from start to finish. This used to be quite complicated for people to work out as you have to get all the timings right, especially if you need to change trains at any point! But, now there is a site which does all the hard work for you called TrainTickets.Com
WHAT’S IN IT FOR THEM?
The clever people at traintickets.com have developed this sophisticated software that figures out the cheapest way to get you from A to B and don’t charge you extra for the pleasure. They just take a flat 10% of the savings, whether that’s pennies or pounds. So you will never use out! You just need to
SO HOW DOES IT WORK TO SAVE MONEY WITH SPLIT TICKETING?
An example of how saving money from split ticketing works: rather than buying a single ticket to cover a trip journey from Hull to Brighton, you might buy two – one from Hull to London Kings Cross and one from London Kings Cross to Brighton.
You’d also cut the cost of your journey by almost £64.30, and would be able to buy all the tickets required for your trip in a single, straightforward transaction. It’s a huge saving and that’s just for one adult! In the case of a family travelling together, it could be the difference between being able to afford to stay at your destination longer and make a family holiday of it!
So next time you’re ready to book a trip by train, remember to save money with split ticketing, whether you do it yourself or use a handy online site to take the strain so you can spend more time on doing the things you love. If you’re thinking of a train trip staycation, read more tips here on how to holiday at home for less.
Disclosure – this post was written in collaboration with TrainTickets.Com