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How to buy and short Trainline shares

Trainline is an online train ticket vendor and journey planner. Discover how to buy and short Trainline shares, and learn how to analyse the Trainline share price.

How to buy Trainline shares

Investing in Trainline shares means owning them outright. Buying Trainline (TRNT) shares means that you’re speculating on the Trainline share price increasing with CFDs. With us, you can only buy Trainline shares with CFDs.

To buy Trainline shares, follow the steps below:

Trading Trainline shares

  1. Create or log in to your trading account and go to our trading platform
  2. Search for ‘Trainline’
  3. Choose your position size
  4. Select buy and monitor your trade

If you speculate on the Trainline share price with CFDs you’ll be able to:

  • Get full exposure with a 20%-25% deposit on almost all of our tier-one shares1
  • Offset your losses against profits for tax purposes with CFDs2

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How to short Trainline shares

Shorting Trainline shares is different to selling. It’s made possible through financial derivatives like CFDs. You’d short Trainline with these products if you felt that – based on your analysis – the price was going to fall. In doing so, you’d make a profit on a falling market, providing the Trainline share price decreased as you’d predicted.

To short Trainline shares, follow the steps below:

Shorting Trainline shares

  1. Create or log in to your trading account and go to our trading platform
  2. Search for ‘Trainline’
  3. Choose your position size
  4. Choose ‘sell’ in the deal ticket to go short and speculate on the price falling
  5. Confirm and monitor your short position

Trainline shares: the basics

Trainline shares are listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE) under the TRN ticker. The company is a constituent of the FTSE 250. Trainline completed its initial public offering (IPO) in June 2019 – which put a £1.68 billion valuation on the company after its first day of trading.

You can see a screengrab from our trading platform of the Trainline share performance from 22 June 2019 to 22 May 2020 below.

Trainline: a brief history

Trainline began life as in 1997. This was the company’s name until 2015, when private equity firm KKR bought the company and rebranded it as Trainline. KKR kept a stake in Trainline until November 2019, when it cashed out its holdings – a total stake of 68 million shares – for upwards of £279 million in profit.

The sale came five months after Trainline’s IPO in June 2019, which was what enabled KKR to cash out at a tidy profit. Since then, Trainline’s revenues, profits and share price have all been hit by the coronavirus pandemic in the early and middle stages of 2020.

National lockdowns in the UK and Europe – where Trainline runs the majority of its operations – meant that customers were less inclined and less able to take journeys via rail. That said, at the time of writing (26 May 2020), the share price was recovering as lockdowns began to be lifted and governments attempted to achieve a partial return to normality.

Trainline key personnel

There are nine people on the senior leadership team at Trainline:

Clare Gilmartin Chief executive officer (CEO)
Shaun McCabe Chief finance officer (CFO)
Mark Holt Chief technology officer
Victoria Biggs VP brand and communications
Bill Hopkins Executive director operations and TOC solutions
Neil Murrin General counsel and director regulatory affairs
Robin Hancock Chief people officer
Pete Wade VP growth
Alidad Moghaddam General manager international

Trainline business model

As a ticket purchasing and journey planning company, Trainline is paid commission by rail and coach operators for ticket sales. It also generates revenue through booking fees, travel insurance, advertising and through white label products developed for rail companies.

The company is looking to expand its operations in the coming years, particularly in Europe. It is also looking to expand the number of rail carriers and journey providers that it works with.

Trainline share price analysis: how to analyse the Trainline share price

You can use both technical and fundamental analysis to analyse the Trainline share price.

Technical analysis can help you to attempt to determine a future price movements of Trainline shares based on chart patterns and price action. Popular technical indicators include moving averages, the parabolic SAR, the Williams %R and the stochastic oscillator.

Fundamental analysis will look at factors like news reports, government announcements or company leadership changes. These could be good or bad news for the Trainline share price, depending on the circumstances. For example, when governments announced national lockdowns the share price fell, but when lockdowns were slowly lifted the share price increased.


1Deposits on leveraged trades are 20%-25% for 99.14% of tier-one shares (correct as of 1 June 2020). For more information, view our share trading margin rates.

2Tax laws are subject to change and depend on individual circumstances. Tax law may differ in a jurisdiction other than the UK.

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