Trains are my favorite mode of transportation if we have the time venture out and see more of the U.K. and Scotland. With split ticketing, you can save some serious quid on your next booking.
The way that split ticketing works is, instead of booking a train ticket from Aberdeen to Edinburgh, you might make two separate bookings from Aberdeen to Dundee, then Dundee to Edinburgh and get a cheaper rate – all without ever leaving the train OR taking a different route than you would have ordinarily taken. Basically, just by booking through the site I’m about to show you, you’ll be getting the same exact ticket you would have at a serious discount; you’ll just have to carry a few extra train tickets.
I assure you, it’s all legal. So legal that there are sites whose primary function is to find split ticket fares and save you the hassle and time of manually searching yourself (although I would manually search if I had to). If you like to read terms and conditions, check out the National Rail Conditions of Carriage, Condition No. 19:
Although there are other sites out there, my favorite is http://www.trainsplit.com. One caveat is that trainsplit.com does charge you a finder’s fee, which is 10% of what you are saving by booking a split ticket. But to me, this is worth it.
Check out the savings available when booking a one-way ticket for one from Cardiff Central to Newcastle this Thursday, August 11 at 21:17:
…compared to booking the SAME EXACT ticket with ScotRail:
So the journey price booking with ScotRail directly is £153.30. Compared with the split ticket price of £54.69, that’s a savings of £98.61 or ~65% off the usual price.
What’s the difference? You’ll have 3 paper tickets instead of 1, and almost £100 extra in your pocket.