Trainline has launched the UK’s first train ticket price predictor.

Available on the Trainline App from today, the new tool will show when advance ticket prices are set to increase over time.

Most train companies release advance tickets around 12 weeks before the day of travel, and once available to buy, they almost always increase in price as the day of travel approaches. The new tool gives an at-a-glance snapshot of where money can be saved when buying advance tickets in the months and days leading up to travel.

Currently, bookings made through the train ticket retailer can offer an average saving of 43% on advance fares, however price prediction data indicates that if tickets were bought on the day a journey was first searched, this saving can increase to an average of 49% (or more if booked even earlier).

Jon Moore, chief product officer for the company, said: “Our data scientists have used historical pricing trends from billions of customer journey searches to predict when the price of an advance ticket will expire. We now share this information in our app to allow customers to get the best price possible for their journey. We’re introducing more advanced machine learning every day so naturally our predictions will get increasingly accurate. Our mission is to make train travel as simple as possible and price prediction is the first in a long line of predictive features we have planned to help customers save time and money.”

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