Split ticketing means grabbing two tickets for different parts of a journey, instead of the whole trip. Bizarrely, it's often far cheaper.
Don't worry - it's also completely within the train operating companies' terms and conditions. For more ways to keep your spending off the buffers, see the Cheap Train Tickets guide.
Of course, buying three or even four split tickets for one journey could possibly cut costs more. But we use one split to keep it simple and save processing power. At the moment this tool's just for single tickets, which often cost less than a return. But check returns prices before you book, just in case they're cheaper.
My route involves changing trains - is my train being late a problem?
If you've a time-specific Advance ticket, or an Anytime ticket, train delays won't be a problem.
This is because Anytime tickets are already fully flexible, so you can use 'em on any train. With Advance tickets, if the first train's late and causes you to miss your next one, you can get a later train with the same company at no extra cost.
But if you've an off-peak ticket, a train delay before your split could be a problem.
This is because with off-peak tickets, you need to travel at specific times. So in the rare event that a train delay takes you into peak ticket time, you'll have to pay the extra to make it up to a peak ticket.
What if the train delays after my split?
If the train's delayed after the split in your journey, there's no need to worry - as you'll already be on it. We suggest putting your feet up (not on the seats!) and enjoying a packet of salt 'n' vinegar (Martin's fave).
The other big warning is the train MUST call at all the stations you buy tickets to and from. This tool only splits tickets at stations where trains stop, and takes you to thetrainline.com to get these direct. Watch out if you find splits yourself on other booking sites.
The cheapest route depends on your search. Don't assume the splits will be the same for a later journey - do a fresh search to make sure.
Please don't use the tool unless you intend to buy tickets, as we pay each time you search. Once you've found tickets, the tool takes you to thetrainline.com, which charges a booking fee of 75p for tickets up to £30 and £1.50 for those over, per transaction. If you go direct, you'll often be able to book without it. But we would ask you to book via thetrainline.com as without it, we wouldn't be able to do this tool.
Jumping jiminy! Your TicketySplit superpowers only stretch to tickets up to a week in advance, so choose a closer date. If we searched any further ahead, we'd trigger a database meltdown. And nobody likes melted servers (not even on toast).