Is split ticketing legal?
Completely! Split ticketing may not yet be the norm but splitting your rail tickets is 100% legal.
Condition 19 of the National Rail Conditions of Carriage states that it it’s completely legal and acceptable to use a combination of tickets as an alternative to a conventional ‘through’ ticket provided the trains you are travelling on call at all the places where you have split the tickets.
Whilst your train has to call at all the splitting points, there is no need you to get off and back on the train at the pints where your journey is split or even to leave the comfort of your seat if you’re travelling on a direct service.
Trainoffers.co.uk will only offer you splits at stations where the selected trains are scheduled to stop. This means that as long as you stick to the itinerary shown during the booking process and on the confirmation email and you will receive at the time the booking is confirmed, you don’t run any risk of making a mistake or incurring an expensive penalty fare.
Could split ticketing be banned?
Any ban on split ticketing would be extremely difficult to enforce and difficult to sort in practical terms due to the complexity of the British rail fare pricing system.