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Tickety Split

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Description

Finds hidden train tickets that slash the cost of walk-on train fares. For example, if you’re travelling from London to Manchester and the train stops at Crewe, it’s often cheaper to ‘split your tickets’ and buy from London to Crewe, then Crewe to Manchester.

So you travel on the SAME TRAIN at the SAME TIME but pay less for it.

This free app quickly finds which station to split tickets at to save for UK train journeys. This trial version currently only covers same-day single fares – we hope to expand to returns and advance tickets later.

If you’re wondering why this works, it’s because train fares and logic go together like Coco Pops and ketchup.

Once the app’s told you what the cheapest tickets are, just go to the ticket office (not a ticket machine) and ask for the separate tickets in the results. There is no problem making this request – you can buy tickets for any route at any station.

– Anything to watch for?

The train MUST call at all the stations you buy tickets to and from. They could ask you to get off the train and back on it again, but we’ve only ever heard of this happening once.

Be careful split-ticketing at stations where you change trains. If the first service is delayed, you may miss the next one.

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.

– Can I split advance tickets?
Yes, advance tickets are normally cheaper than same day walk-ons – and the savings can be enormous. We don't currently cover them in this app's trial incarnation. As a tip, try finding what station you’d do the split at for a walk-on fare, then get a price for doing the same split with an advance – it's often similar.

We hope to be able to bring advances to 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 happens. Please see 'why is it TicketySplit Lite?' Keep in touch via the Martin’s Money Tips weekly email at www.moneysavingexpert.com/tips

– How does the app make 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.

What's New in Version 1.01

Fixing editorial concerns

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Customer Reviews

Nice idea but too unstable

Ticket splitting has been around a long time now, with various websites having come and gone.
But a mobile app version makes complete sense, esp. when you're heading to the train station and want to avoid paying those horrendous walk-up fares.
So - the fact that this app focuses on single tickets only (currently) is a sensible place to start.

Sadly, that's where the good news ends.
The app CONSTANTLY falls over, or simply says "loading" forever.
There's a huge irony here - one of the biggest issues for passengers is dealing with delays in the journey.
Tickety Split offers the potential to delay that journey even further, by teasing the user with money saving splits, only for the user to struggle to access them.

If you do choose to use this app, make sure you do all your splitting at home, WELL IN ADVANCE, on a nice stable Wifi connection.
It's a real shame that the mobile aspect of this app doesn't work, and because it is so fundamental to the design, it's why I'm giving it just 1 star.
But if it could be made reliable, it would change everything.

PS: the navigation is pretty awful too, but compared to just not working, this is a small gripe!!

A good start

This has the potential to be a great app but...
Hangs sometimes on the first attempt at getting a fare.
You need to add in return fares to make it useful for me and it would help to have a comparison between 2 singles and the return fare.
You need to add in multiple splits: I travel to different destinations for work every day by train and can't book in advance. I've found that on many, many trips you can make huge savings (not just a few pounds, sometimes 50%) with multiple splits eg Oxford to Stoke return split in Banbury, Birmingham and Stafford. Oxford to Leeds split in Banbury, Birmingham, Derby and Sheffield. If you're missing some of these splits your missing the biggest savings.
If you improved the app in this way I'm sure you would get many takers even if you charged.
Thanks for making a start.

Ain't New or Novel

The idea of split ticketing has been around at least since the end of BR; and no doubt since the 1920's groupings which is where the a lot of the inconsistencies are likely to have stemmed.

As for electronic ways of doing this, a site called fare splitter did a much better job and could handle far more complicated options. However the people at ATOC put a stop to it - how long for this app I wonder...

The app itself is poorly constructed and often requires a reboot to give you the split. A lot of the time though you just see the "loading" or should that be "loafing" dialogue box and only after restarting the app does it sometimes spit out a result.

I tried a fairly simple test of London to Edinburgh and this app said no spilt, really???

Tickety Split
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  • Free
  • Category: Travel
  • Updated: 04 May 2012
  • Version: 1.01
  • Size: 6.5 MB
  • Language: English
  • Developer: MoneySavingExpert.com

Compatibility: Requires iOS 3.1 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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