Use your phone as a rail ticket

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Great Western Railway (GWR) has launched mobile ticketing across its network this week.

This will enable customers to travel with a paper-free ticket on their smartphone or tablet, and the train operator is giving 20 people the chance of winning £200 of e-Vouchers.

If all users of the app were to buy paper-free tickets it would save a 10-metre high stack of orange rail tickets every week, or over half a kilometre every year.

Passengers can now use their smart phone or tablet as a pocket ticket machine to purchase and to travel following the installation of barcode readers at station ticket gates across the GWR network.

Download or update the app for free and see if you route has been updated today. The scheme covers all singles and return tickets; standard and first class, adult and child. Season tickets; Group Save and Rangers and Rovers are not currently available.

By downloading the GWR app customers can purchase a wide range of ticket types, including on the day ‘walk-up’ fares, from the GWR app for the majority of journeys across the GWR network.

Tickets are displayed on the phone screen as an encrypted barcode to be scanned by new readers at ticket gates, and can also be checked on board by train managers with mobile barcode reading devices.

To be in with a chance of winning one of 20 prizes of £200 in GWR e-Vouchers, simply register on, and purchase a ticket from today, Wednesday 18 April until Wednesday 16 May for travel up to and including Wednesday 23 May.

Customers can download the GWR app for free from or from the Android and Apple app stores to a smart phone or tablet, and instantly purchase tickets.

Popular GWR routes where this service can be used include those in and out of London Paddington, Bath Spa, Bristol, Exeter, Oxford, Plymouth, Penzance, Cardiff, Swindon and Reading.

Those customers buying tickets for use on other journeys right across Britain can still use the GWR mobile app and then simply collect their tickets from a Ticket Vending machine or sales office at the station.

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