Train Ticket Site Splits Trips to Make Travel Cheaper

By Gary Cutlack on at

Ticketing site thinks it can save travellers an average of 22 per cent per trip, thanks to breaking journeys in half, or quarters, and fooling the system.

The site claims it uses "insider knowledge" to analyse trips and suggest cheaper ticketing options, by selling two or more tickets that may overlap -- but let passengers stay on the same train for the entire journey. A quoted example sees a trip from London to Manchester broken down into five separate individual tickets -- shaving around 40 per cent off the cost of a peak return.

The system's developers claim a custom algorithm does the hard work, pulling in data from timetables, fares and reservation databases across the network. [Trainsplit via Independent]