The names of tickets describe when you can buy or use your ticket, making it easy for you to buy the best value ticket for your journey.
Advance fares are Single (one-way) tickets offering great value for money on many longer distance journeys.
You must book in advance and fares are sold in limited numbers and so subject to availability. In general, the further ahead you book, the cheaper the Advance fare will be. You can mix and match Advance fares for a return journey. Advance fares are valid only on the date and train shown on the ticket and seat reservation and are non-refundable.
You can however change the time or date of travel before departure of the first reserved train. Any difference in fare and an administration fee will be payable prior to travel.
Off-Peak fares are cheaper tickets for travelling on trains that are less busy.
Offering good value for money, these tickets may require you to travel at specific times of day, days of the week or on a specific route. Where there is more than one Off-Peak fare for a journey, the cheaper fare with more restrictions will be called Super Off-Peak.
You can buy Off-Peak tickets any time before you travel. The travel restrictions for your Off-Peak ticket will depend on the journey you are making and will be advised when you buy your ticket
Anytime fares are fully flexible tickets, with no time restrictions on when you can travel. Perfect for people who need complete flexibility.
You can buy Anytime tickets any time before you travel and you can use your ticket to travel on any train. With an Anytime ticket you can also break your journey at stations along the route of travel.
Anytime Day (Single and Return) tickets must be used on the date shown on your ticket and up to 04:29 the following day. Anytime Single must be used within 2 days of the date shown on the ticket and up until 04:29 after the last day of validity.
For Anytime Return tickets, the outward journey must be made within 5 days and up until 04:29 after the last day of validity; the return portion must be used within one calendar month and up until 04:29 after the last day of validity.
You can reserve a seat on many longer distance services and reservations are recommended on busy services.