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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
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!!
This has such great potential and can save you money already if you're looking to buy singles. It's been clearly stated that this app is in its trial form so those of you who have judged it harshly because it doesn't do what it has never said it can do yet - shame on you!
I really hope a full version with the option of all ticket types is developed, and even with a small charge for the app I think it will be a hugely useful tool to save money.
Well done guys for a promising start :-)
Great tool. Needs advanced booking info/prices asap
Just downloaded and tried the app on a few long and short journeys. It hung forever on my first search but I tapped back (<) and tried again. The search has been virtually instant each time now. Short journeys I'm seeing savings of £1-odd and longer journeys close to £20.
A great tool but will be 5 star once advanced booking info can be accessed and taken advantage of. Guess you could use the info for the split 'walk on' tickets and book that in advance but it may not be the best price. I do love a saving though...
- Category: Travel
- Updated: 04 May 2012
- Version: 1.01
- Size: 6.5 MB
- Language: English
- Developer: MoneySavingExpert.com
- © 2012 MoneySavingExpert.com
Compatibility: Requires iOS 3.1 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.