Trainline plc
TypePublic company
Founded1997 (1997)
HeadquartersLondon, England, UK
Number of locations
London, Edinburgh, Paris
Area served
United Kingdom
Key people
Brian McBride (chairman)
Jody Ford (CEO)
Shaun McCabe (CFO)
ProductsTrain tickets, mobile app
RevenueIncrease £260.8 million (2020)[1]
Decrease £2.3 million (2020)[1]
Decrease £(80.9) million (2020)[1]

Trainline (formerly is an international digital rail and coach technology platform headquartered in the United Kingdom. It sells train tickets and railcards as well as providing free access to live train times and railway station information through its website and mobile app which is available on the iOS and Android platforms.

It is listed on the London Stock Exchange and is a constituent of the FTSE 250 Index.


Former logo as
Former logo as

Trainline was established in 1997 by the Virgin Group, and online ticket sales began in 1999. Stagecoach later purchased a 49% shareholding. In February 2004 Trainline merged with Qjump, its main competitor. Stagecoach sold out, with Virgin having an 86% shareholding in the merged company with National Express owning the other 14%.[2][3][4]

In July 2006, Exponent Private Equity acquired Trainline.[5][6] In July 2007, Trainline acquired Advanced Smartcard Technologies and ECEBS, signalling a new strategy to enter the smartcard market. Ecebs was subsequently sold to Bell ID in November 2012.[7]

The company was bought from Exponent by the private equity firm KKR in January 2015.[8] In August 2015, the company announced it had changed its name from to Trainline.[9] In 2016, acquired Captain Train and re-branded it as Trainline EU.[10]

In June 2019, after an initial public offering the company floated on the London Stock Exchange.[11] At the end of February 2021, Clare Gilmartin stepped down as CEO and was replaced by Jody Ford who had joined the business in July 2020.[12]


In addition to the online service provided direct to customers operated under its own brands Trainline and Qjump, it provides the website services for eight of the 20 UK train operating companies who sell tickets online under their own brands, as well as providing a rail business travel service direct to a number of large blue chip corporations, travel management companies and travel agents. Trainline also provides a call centre service to a number of the customers referred to above.[13]


  1. ^ a b c "Annual Report 2020". Trainline. Retrieved 3 March 2021.
  2. ^ Stagecoach Group sells shareholding n The Trainline to Virgin Group Stagecoach 9 February 2004
  3. ^ Rail booking firms set to merge BBC News 9 February 2004
  4. ^ Tranline and Qjump couple ticket sales The Daily Telegraph 10 February 2004
  5. ^ Trainline Expnet
  6. ^ Low bids derail sale The Daily Telegraph 22 July 2012
  7. ^ "Bell ID buys Ecebs". Finextra. 13 November 2012. Retrieved 31 October 2013.
  8. ^ Berry, Freya (22 January 2015). "U.S. fund KKR buys Trainline, derails London listing". Reuters. Retrieved 2 September 2015.
  9. ^ "Adapting for mobile users". Retrieved 4 September 2015.
  10. ^ "Trainline buys Captain Train". Railway Gazette. 15 March 2016. Retrieved 2 September 2019.
  11. ^ Ticketing app Trainline looks to rase £75m from share sale BBC News 29 May 2019
  12. ^ "Trainline taps Jody Ford for COO". Sharecast. Retrieved 2 March 2021.
  13. ^ "About | How to save money on train tickets". Retrieved 31 October 2013.