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How to Save Money as A Live-in Carer: Travelling To & From Work By Train

Working as a Live in Carer means you travel across the UK a lot, and we know that many of you use the train. These days, perhaps more than ever, it is important to save as much money as possible. There are ways to reduce the cost of your train tickets and I have written this article to help you.

Train arriving at a train station

Have you heard of ‘Trainline?’

“From live times and disruptions info to split tickets and price alerts for the cheapest tickets, the Trainline app gives you control of your journey. It makes train and coach travel across the UK and the rest of Europe easy”. ‘Trainline’ is an 'app' that you can use on your phone. An ‘app’ is a mobile application, also referred to as a mobile app or simply an app, is a computer program or software application designed to run on a mobile device such as a phone, tablet, or watch.

How will this help you as a Livein Carer save money?

Well, the Trainline is an app allows you to book cheap train and coach tickets at 100s of destinations across the UK and Europe. The app also allows you to compare your travel options from 220 rail and coach companies meaning you have all the options at your fingertips.

The Trainline mobile app also offers amazing discounts such as:

  • “Split-Save Tickets” – This is where you can save money on your journey by “splitting” your trip into multiple tickets. It does sound a bit odd, but buying multiple tickets can be a lot cheaper than buying one ticket for your journey, and with the Trainline app it all comes under one ticket, so you do not have to purchase the extra journeys yourself. For example, if you were travelling from London to Nottingham a ticket without “Split-Save” would cost £113, but with the split save function you can save £40.70 making your journey a total of £72.30.

  • “Group Save” tickets allows adults travelling in groups of 3 – 9 people to save up to 34% on a single or return journey at an Off-Peak or Super Off-Peak time. This could help is you and other living in carers must travel for training or to the company office for any reason. If you book together you will save money.

  • “Advance Tickets” - if you are able to plan your journey in advance, then it is worth looking into “Advance Tickets” as you can find some of the best cheap prices for your journey. A ticket is classed as ‘advanced’ if you book your ticket up to 24 weeks early, but the cut-off to be classed as advanced changes for each journey.

Your Ticket On Your Phone (No Paper Ticket)

The ‘Trainline’ mobile app also gives you the option to have a ‘mobile ticket’. This means you will not have to collect your ticket from a self-service machine or ticket booth at the train station. If you opt for the mobile ticket option, the ticket will be readily available under the “My Ticket” section on the app on your phone. You also have the option to add your mobile ticket to your “Apple Wallet” for even easier access if you have an iPhone.

How Busy Is The Train? And Where Can I Find A Seat?

Another useful feature of the ‘Trainline App’ is that it lets you see how busy your train is in advance and which carriages (the front, middle, or end) contain the least amount of people.

How To Get Trainline On Your Phone

To download the Trainline app all you need to do is go to your app store, search “Trainline” and tap on the option titled “Trainline: Buy train tickets” with the green logo. Tap “download” and it will be on your phone. If you need any help on how to use the Trainline mobile app, please visit their website.

I am Alex, a Bookings Consultant with Access Care, a Live-in Care Recruitment Agency that help Live in Carers find work in the UK. I talk to Home Carers all day, everyday helping them to get to their clients that we find for them. I hope this article will help Live-in carers to save some money when they travel to and from their clients in the UK & Europe.

Best wishes


Bookings Consultant


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