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If you regularly book train or tube tickets as part of your probation or youth offending role then you’ll know that the price of even the shortest journey can quickly add up.

This week, we will be exploring some quick and easy ways to help you make financial savings, whether you regularly take the tube or train, drive to work, or work away from home during the week.

To kickstart our series, here are just a few of our suggestions for how you can limit your spend on ever-increasing rail fares.

Ticket splits

If you are traveling a long distance try splitting your journey to ensure a cheaper ticket price. Bizarrely, if you purchase separate tickets to specific destinations within your route you could make significant savings, even if you are staying on the same train!

This is accepted by National Rail as long as the train calls at the stations you buy tickets for. However, it is important to note that your split tickets will only be valid for specific train times so if you are affected by any unexpected delays, and you have to change trains, your ticket may not be valid for the second part of your journey.

Top tip! To find out the cheapest way to purchase split tickets, the team behind the popular MoneySavingExpert website have created a “Ticketysplit” tool which will tell you if are eligible to benefit from cheaper split tickets.


One of the easiest ways to save money when purchasing train tickets is to benefit from a railcard which could save you up to a third of a standard priced ticket.

There are many kinds of railcard, ranging from the popular 16-25 railcard to the two-together railcard or the disabled persons railcard. You can see a full list of railcards plus their terms and conditions on the National Rail website.

If you regularly travel to work with a colleague or even if you are simply attending a one-off training conference together, it may be beneficial to consider purchasing a railcard as the potential savings may significantly outweigh the initial cost of a railcard purchase.

Top Tip! Did you know that railcards will also give you a third off off-peak tube travel in London? Simply ask staff at any underground ticket office to register your railcard to your Oyster or Travelcard.

Ticket comparisons

A standard return ticket isn’t always the most cost effective option, particularly if you are travelling off-peak. Occasionally you may find that two single tickets could be cheaper than a return or even that a first-class ticket could be the same price as a standard option so it’s well worth looking at a variety of options to compare the best ticket prices.

Don’t forget to get cashback!

One of the quickest and easiest ways to save money on rail costs is to consider cashback options. As well as the wide variety of cashback or reward credit cards that are available on the market, you can book your train tickets online via cash back sites such as Quidco or TopCashBack

Train delays

Unfortunately, we’ve all experienced delays on both the overground train and the tube which have left us standing on the platform for hours on end waiting for our train to arrive. But did you know that you can claim back refunds on delayed trains?

Many rail operators have signed up to the Delay Repay scheme so if you are delayed by at least 30 minutes (delay time is determined by when you get to your destination, not when you left) you can make a claim. To qualify for compensation, your claim must be made within 28 days of the journey.

If your rail operator has signed up to Delay Repay, the minimum you should get is at least 50% of your fare price back, regardless of whether your ticket is peak/off-peak etc. New standards set out by the National Rail Conditions of Carriage say that any compensation must include a monetary option such as a bank transfer or cheque or a rail travel voucher.

Top Tip! If your train is delayed or cancelled, your ticket should still be valid for a later train or even an alternative route (as long as the destination is the same). If your unsure, make sure you check with station staff first.

Have you got any top tips for how to save money on rail fares? Share your suggestions with us using the comments box below or simply tweet us @SanctuaryCJ

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