Advance tickets - low fares for longer distances
Make reconnecting with friends and family more affordable
Advance tickets are typically our best value fares for longer journeys. Selected Advance tickets may be available on the day of travel, but we recommend you get them up to 12 weeks before your journey as the further ahead you buy the lower these fares can be.
Please note that due to the current Coronavirus pandemic, Advance tickets can currently only be purchased up to 6 weeks before your day of travel.
Advance tickets are one-way tickets, available for Standard and First class services. So, unlike return tickets, you can mix and match your start and end points to best suit your plans. You can also use your Railcard discounts in conjunction with our Advance fares to save even more. We can’t guarantee the availability of Advance tickets as they are generally limited in number, so we recommend you buy early to avoid disappointment.
With Advance tickets you can travel contactlessly. Just buy your ticket on our app or on our website to get e-tickets delivered to your smartphone or email. For more information, visit our contactless travel page.
Buying an Advance ticket reserves a place for you on your chosen train and you may only travel on the service you have booked. If you wish to have more flexibility for your travel plans, we recommend our Anytime tickets.
For customers buying Advance tickets on our app or website, there is no fee for amended a journey, as long as you have an online account. Advance tickets are usually non-refundable and you may incur a £10 fee for a change of journey when this is arranged at a station ticket office. You can get more information about Advance tickets, including terms and conditions, from National Rail.
Book with confidence
If your plans change, you can amend when you travel fee free up until 6pm the day before you travel. Applies to Advance, Off Peak and Anytime tickets purchased until 31/12/21. Fare price difference may apply. Advance tickets purchased online can be exchanged for a voucher for future journey.
Where to buy an Advance ticket
How to change an Advance ticket
You can make changes depending on where you bought your ticket and which delivery option you selected. If you do need to make a change, here’s how to do it:
- If you bought your ticket with us online, you can change it by visiting My Account >> Orders >> Change Journey
- If you bought your ticket at station ticket machine or ticket office, just return to the station and we’ll be happy to help
- If you bought your ticket from another retailer, you can still make changes at any of our ticket offices
- Unfortunately, you can’t change mobile tickets or e-tickets
We charge a £10 fee per ticket to make changes.
How to refund an Advance Ticket
Advance tickets cannot be refunded you may incur a £10 fee for a change of journey when this is arranged at a station ticket office.