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Looking for info on rail tickets that allow for flexible travel throughout the day? Then you’re in the right place! Below you can find a breakdown of the rules and restrictions on Anytime train tickets. We’ve scoured the internet for the most frequently asked questions surrounding Anytime train tickets, and you can find our answers here too!

Anytime train tickets explained

Not always as simple as they sound, the Anytime train ticket and its variations do have some conditions. Read on for an informative (we hope) breakdown on just what you can do with these tickets!

What is an Anytime train ticket?

Anytime train tickets are completely flexible tickets that let you travel at any time of the day. If you know you have to be somewhere but aren’t sure for how long, then an Anytime ticket is the perfect way to cover all your bases. You can buy Anytime Day tickets for flexible travel on a certain date, or opt for standard Anytime tickets, which cover travel for multiple dates.


Can I break my journey while using an Anytime ticket?

Yes, you can break your journey while travelling with an Anytime Single or Return ticket. This means you can get off the train at any connecting stop and leave the station, before boarding a later train to complete your journey. Just be aware that you may have to travel via a single train company, so check the terms and conditions on your ticket first.


Can I get an Anytime train ticket refund?

Yes, you can normally get a full Anytime train ticket refund from the train company in charge of your journey. However, if you’ve bought your ticket through us, we’re happy to do the legwork for you and get in touch with the relevant train company on your behalf. Please note that not all types of tickets are available for every journey.


How can I book an Anytime train ticket?

You can easily book your Anytime Single and Return train tickets in advance – right up to the same day of travel – using our online booking system, or through our nifty app. You can also use our app to view live train times and get updates on your journey, ideal if you stop for a break mid-journey and want to know when the next train is.

Got a Railcard? Then you're in luck, as you can use most Railcards to get discounts on Anytime train tickets. Not got one? Visit our Railcards page today.

When can I use my Anytime Day train ticket?

You can only use an Anytime Day Single ticket on the date shown on your ticket, the same goes for Anytime Day Return tickets. So, you can’t spread your journey out across other dates if this is the ticket type you've bought. Be sure to check the fare conditions displayed before you book.

When can I use my Anytime Single train ticket?

You can use your Anytime Single train ticket on the date shown, or up until the end of the next day. Anytime Single tickets are the perfect option if you know you need to make a one-way trip within a two-day timeframe but aren’t sure of the exact time you’ll travel.

When can I use my Anytime Return train ticket?

The outward portion of your Anytime Return train ticket is valid for five days, starting from the date shown on your ticket (unless otherwise stated), while the return portion of your ticket is valid for one calendar month from the date of outward travel. Choose this Open Return train ticket for leisure trips where you know you may need to travel back home, but aren’t sure of the exact date and time.

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