Mum Shares Genius Train Ticket Hack After Paying Just 80p For Her Daughter

You can travel cheaper by buying an "accompanied child" ticket.

Have you ever bought an “accompanied child” ticket at the train station? If you have, then props to you – if not, it’s a hack worth knowing about as a parent.

One mum tweeted about her genius discovery after learning it is far cheaper than buying a regular child’s ticket – and could make days out with the kids more affordable.

If a child is over the age of five they will generally need their own child ticket. But Sarah Burns, from Manchester, discovered she could buy a £2.85 ticket for just 80p by buying it as an “accompanied child” ticket.

“Today I had to buy train tickets on train as tkt machine at station not working. Guard told me I could have an accompanied child ticket for D. Reducing cost from £2.85 to 80p. Why have I never been told this before and how do I buy this from machine?,” she tweeted on Tuesday.

Burns was travelling on Northern trains – but these types of tickets are available from other major providers, too, so it’s worth checking before you travel.

Trainline offers a ticket for children accompanied with an adult travelling at off-peak times on train services operated by Southern and Thameslink, too.

Sarah Burns added: “If I can buy this regularly I’ll use the train much more often.”