Print at home train tickets
- By Kate Andrews
- 2nd Apr 2012
We now offer print at home tickets to hundreds of European destinations by train. Save paper, save time, save money! Well that's just tickety boo…
Loco2 is happy to announce that we can now offer print at home tickets to hundreds of cities in Europe. This means that you can get your hands on your tickets more quickly and easily and, well, print them at home.
What are benefits?
- Print at home tickets are *FREE* to print meaning zero delivery costs to pay. It’s not much but it we know you love a discount.
- Print at home tickets can be purchased on short notice and printed on the spot – with an ordinary printer, on A4 paper. This means no more waiting for the postman to deliver your tickets, or fearing a postal strike the week before your holiday. And if you’re feeling spontaneous you can make bookings any time before departure.
- Print at home tickets eliminate the risk of your tickets getting lost in the post, which means you won’t have to worry about incurring fees for reissuing lost or stolen tickets. And if you lose them yourself, well, you can just print them again.
- As well as benefitting you, print at home tickets are better for our planet. We don’t know the exact carbon footprint of a letter but we think that less is more when it comes to paper. Low-CO2, hooray!
How does it work?
1. Search for trains, and select the dates, times and tickets you require. Click choose passengers.
2. Once you’ve entered your name you’ll be prompted to enter your date of birth. We need this to verify your identity when you travel. If the ticket you’ve chosen isn’t eligible for print at home tickets, you won’t be asked for your date of birth.
4. After you’ve confirmed your tickets and double-checked the reservation details, you should select print at home from the drop down menu. You’ll also see postal tickets, or collect at station tickets if that’s what you prefer. If you select print at home or collect at station tickets, the total price of your purchase will show zero for delivery costs
6. Once you’ve completed your booking a confirmation screen will appear. It will include a link to the pdf of your tickets so you can print them immediately. We’ll also send an email to confirm your booking and a link to your ticket if you’d prefer to print them another time. The link won’t expire so you can print your tickets at any point before your trip.
7. Your ticket will look something like this. Please check the details carefully and make sure that your name and the barcode have printed clearly.
8. You print your ticket on a piece of A4 paper, have a cup of tea and give yourself a big pat on the back because you are your own travel agent. Well done everyone.
What about paperless tickets?
If you have a high resolution phone you don’t necessarily have to print your tickets out, as some barcode readers can read directly from your screen. This comes with a word of warning though as paperless tickets aren’t always accepted and you are bound by the terms of the specific rail operator. We’ve been advised that most railways officially require that Internet Tickets are printed, not just displayed on a computer or phone screen.
If you intend not to print your ticket, you should check the conditions of carriage of the specific railway. Unfortunately, these are usually only available in the native language of the railway company. For example the French railway states that tickets are required to be printed on A4 paper prior to travel, and the Germans too state that that tickets must be printed on white paper in size A4
Some railways offer “mobile tickets” as well, which can be displayed on phone screens either with apps provided by the railway company, or as a code that is sent to the phone by SMS oder MMS.
We don’t have print at home tickets for every destination yet, but to give you a taster of what we’ve got lined up, e- tickets are now available for the following:
- Eurostar tickets from London to Paris, Brussels, Lille and Calais, not to mention any station in Belgium.
- Direct ski train destinations including Bourg St Maurice and Moûtiers
- TGV services from Paris to the south of France and destinations in Switzerland and Italy
- Thalys service to Cologne, Antwerp and Amsterdam
A full list of routes where we can offer print at home tickets is available here. We can’t always guarantee their availability, but we will always display the option to print your own tickets if they’re available for the route and fare you’ve searched for.