thetrainline has announced the thetrainline.com iPhone application now allows travellers to buy train tickets via their smartphone for the very first time.

"This is the official app from thetrainline and is perfect for anyone who wants to view UK train times or buy tickets on the move," the company notes. "You can also download timetables and refer to them anytime, whether your iPhone (or iPod touch) is online or not."

Once purchased, users can collect tickets from self service ticket machines at over 900 stations, saving the need to queue especially over the busy Christmas and New Year period.

"With 43 per cent 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," said Richard Rowson, product development director for thetrainline.com.

"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!"

Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad available from the Apple iTunes App Store, thetrainline is free and requires the iOS 3.0 Software Update or later.

The makers note, thetrainline.com application will be available to download for free for use on iPhone, Blackberry, Nokia, Android and many other mobiles.

thetrainline.com

thetrainline is a leading independent retailer of train tickets online, who sell tickets for all train companies on all national routes, with access to over 293 million fare and journey combinations. Since 1999 the company has sold to 3.3 m travellers, making over 14m transactions, with over 8.4 million registered users.