Did you know that you could save money by planning well ahead and booking an Advance train ticket? Plus, we'd recommend booking travel before you get to the station, as this will limit your time spent in the station. For safe, contactless travel, choose a digital ticket where possible. We'll fill you in on all the details about Advance tickets, including rules and restrictions, and show you how to find Advance tickets for your preferred train company and route. Find all the info below, from basic advice on how to buy tickets to frequently asked questions.
Know exactly when and where you need to travel? Book in advance on our app and secure your place onboard your chosen service with an Advance ticket. If you need some info about these tickets, read on for our top tips!
Advance train tickets are fares that go on sale well before the day of travel. They're only available as Single tickets for A to B rail journeys and are non-refundable. They're also non-flexible. Perfect for those who like to plan their journeys well ahead of time, Advance tickets are the best way to be organised when it comes to travel.
Booking in advance on our app saves you time at the station. Digital tickets offer you contactless travel, as you scan them directly from your phone, no need to touch ticket machines.
Not all train services will let you reserve a seat, but you'll stand a better chance of getting one when booking in advance.
Advance train tickets may also be available for First Class travel, meaning you can enjoy all the perks of a higher standard of train travel at a good price.
No, Advance tickets are only sold as Single Tickets. However, you can buy an Advance Single train ticket for both directions, meaning you can mix and match Single tickets for the cheapest possible return journey to your chosen destination.
Typically, train companies release their Advance tickets 12 weeks before the departure date, although some go on sale as far as 24 weeks in advance! Only a limited number of tickets will be available, so be quick to secure yours as the fare can rise as the date of travel gets nearer.
Sign up for our handy Advance Ticket Alerts, which can help you to plan your journeys further in advance and find tickets available at lower prices. Our clever tool will send you an email as soon as Advance tickets become available for your preferred route.
Occasionally, Advance tickets are still available on the same day of travel, and you can use our app to get your hands on these through our Advance Purchase On The Day service, an easy way to snap up last-minute tickets. Just bear in mind that we highlight the cheapest option for the day, so Advance tickets may not always be the best choice on some days.
Even more music for your ears, you can get extra discounts on Advance train tickets if you've got an applicable Railcard. Children, those aged 16-25, Disabled Persons and Seniors can all use their Railcards to get 1/3 off most Standard and First Class tickets. The Two Together and Family & Friends Railcards are also applicable on certain routes, although not always for First Class travel.
If your Advance train ticket route specifies ‘and connections’, then you’re allowed to get off your train only to connect via another train. But generally, Advance tickets are for direct routes only. Trainline top tip: Avoid breaking your journey with Advanced tickets to steer clear of additional charges!
Did you know, digital tickets are available for most UK routes? Choose a digital ticket next time you book an Advance ticket for safe, contactless travel.
Advance train tickets aren't flexible, so you must catch the train specified on your ticket. If you catch an earlier train, you may have to pay additional fees, so please check with ticket staff at the station.
Advance Single tickets can't be refunded, but they can be exchanged for a new ticket on a different service on either the same day or another date, subject to a fee. Please note that you won't be able to change your route.
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