Travel comparison site and app Skyscanner has launched a new feature allowing UK travellers to search for and book cheap train tickets.

The company has developed the new service with support from Trip.com, which will facilitate the bookings and also provide 24-hour customer service.

Ctrip, which owns Trip.com, invested in Skyscanner in December 2016 in a deal worth £1.4bn.

“Being part of the Ctrip group allows us to take advantage of elements of Ctrip’s technology and experience and bring that value to Skyscanner’s travellers,” said Skyscanner’s chief technology officer Bryan Dove.

“The launch of our train booking product is one such example.

“Our focus has always been on making travel as easy as possible and our new train feature will do just that, with the benefit of no booking fees.”

In a blog post announcing the news, Skyscanner said UK travellers frequently search for more than 350 destinations that aren’t served by a nearby airport.

The new train booking feature is now available on all iOS devices in the UK and will be made available to Android users shortly.