There is now an app from thetrainline.com that is available to download for a range of handsets and platforms. The free app allows users to not only search for train times and fares but also to purchase tickets through their mobiles for the very first time. It’s currently available to download free on multiple platforms, including iPhone, Blackberry, Nokia and Samsung. The Android version of the app will be available very soon. See the image at the bottom of this post for details on how to get the app on your device, or visit the trainline.com here to find out which handsets are compatible at present.
thetrainline.com Press Statement:
TICKETS ON DEMAND: MOBILE BREAKTHROUGH FOR RAIL PASSENGERS THETRAINLINE.COM APP A FIRM FAVOURITE WITH TRAVELLERS LOOKING TO BUY TRAIN TICKETS VIA THEIR MOBILE
• In an industry breakthrough, travellers are now able to buy train tickets on the go from their mobile handset, and collect them moments later from any of over 900 stations.
• Launched last week, thetrainline.com’s new upgraded app enables travellers to save time and buy train tickets quickly and easily from the convenience of their mobile phone for the very first time.
• Since its initial launch last October, over 800,000 people have downloaded the free thetrainline.com iPhone application, which has consistently ranked as a top 5 travel app in the iTunes App Store, and has clocked up 1 million journey plans per week.
• Nearly half of these users have already upgraded to the latest version launched last week allowing them to buy tickets, and ticket sales are well ahead of expectations.
• In another development, thetrainline.com app will also be available to download for free for use on Blackberry, Nokia, Android and many other mobiles, providing access to the same core functionality through most mobile phones.
• Despite only launching little over a week ago, there are plans to extend its functionality even further in the near future. Soon thetrainline.com will also be enabling the ability for the ticket to be delivered directly to the phone as a secure barcode, replacing the need for a ticket altogether on selected routes.
Richard Rowson, product development director for thetrainline.com, said: “With 43% of rail passengers saying they would like easier ways to purchase and obtain tickets*, we’re confident that our mobile app will bring about a clear change in how people buy train tickets.
“The personalised nature of a phone and the ability to tap into features such as location awareness means that this is now one of the easiest possible ways to buy a train ticket. The app lets you configure your home station, manage favourite journeys, and store your credit/debit card details in your account meaning that you need do little more than tap on “next train home” to buy a train ticket home – no website or ticket machine is that simple!”