First Class Travel
Allow travel in the first-class carriage(s) of the train operator, if available. Services and amenities as provided by the relevant operator. Please check train operators website for details.
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 before travel.
Anytime Day Single and Anytime Day Return
Must be used on the date shown on your ticket and up to 04:29 the following day.
Must be used within 2 days of the date shown on the ticket, and up until 04:29 after the second day.
The outward journey must be made within 5 days, and up until 04:29 after the fifth day of validity
The return portion must be used within one calendar month and up until 04:29 after the last day of validity.
Off-Peak fares are cheaper tickets for travelling on less busy trains.
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.
When is an Off-Peak ticket valid?
The trains that you can catch and the times that you can travel with an Off-Peak ticket vary considerably depending on the journey being made, the day/date of travel and the train company that you are travelling with. A general rule of thumb is that Off-Peak will begin at 09:30 Mondays to Fridays in cities and large towns and 09:00 across the rest of the network. Weekends and Bank Holidays are Off-Peak all day. Please check the train company's website for details.