To be honest I don’t use trains much as we do take the car if we are on a day out with the family but after this experience, I will certainly be using the trains more.
We were recently invited to try out the new mobile tickets from the Trainline and I was thrilled with the results.
The Trainline App allows you to use mobile tickets at certain stations that allow the feature.
How does it work?
Once you purchase your tickets online, you choose mobile tickets as the mode of receiving them.
You then download the app and within minutes the tickets show in the app and are ready to be downloaded.
The tickets look similar to the paper tickets you carry except that they are in black and white. To use the you need to activate them.
You can only activate your ticket on the day of travel when if you log into the app, you will find a green ‘Activate’ button below your ticket. Click on it only if you are sure of travelling as after this you cannot get a refund. Once activated the ticket looks like a normal ticket with the orange colour.
You also receive a barcode image of the ticket that you need to scan at the barriers of the station to let you through.
One thing to note is that you don’t need to have Internet connection to access the App and tickets but you do need to have enough battery charge to show the tickets when asked.
We travelled from London Marylebone to Warwick and back and the entire trip was totally stress free.
I found travelling with mobile tickets such a pleasant experience. I didn’t have to worry about queueing up for tickets or going to collect my tickets from a nearby station a day earlier. I also didn’t have the worry of forgetting or losing my tickets.
The Trainline App also informed me which platform my train would be departing from and the best bit was that on our return it informed me by text that my train was delayed prior to me arriving at the station.
I would definitely choose mobile tickets over physical tickets anytime for ease of use and hassle free travel.
If you want some handy tips on travelling with kids by train you can read them here.
Disclaimer: I was given complimentary tickets from London Marylebone to Warwick for the family. All ideas and opinions are my own.