Advance Train Tickets (Cheapest)
Advance Train Tickets are great value Single (one-way) tickets but they are available in limited quantity so can sell out fast!
To take advantage of these great value cheap train tickets you must book ahead and may do so up 12 weeks in advance for most train operating companies although, subject to availability, you could still get a last-minute cheap train ticket bargain up until 6.00pm on the day before you travel.
RailSaver displays all ticket types and prices with the timetables for your selected journey enabling you to find the cheap Advance Fares and quickly book your cheap advance train tickets online.
Restrictions Applicable to Advance Train Tickets
Advance tickets are only valid for the specific date, time and train they are booked for, and can only be bought online.
If Advance tickets are available for both legs of a return journey this will be displayed by the RailSaver online ticket booking system.
You must travel in the Class and reserved seat(s) shown on the ticket(s).
Advance Tickets may only be used on the services of the Train Company (or geographic route where applicable) shown next to 'Route' on the ticket.
If the 'Route' also states 'and Connections', travel is allowed on appropriate connecting trains where shown on the ticket(s) or other valid travel itinerary.
If the route is prefixed with a †, the ticket includes the cost of traveling across London on London Underground, Docklands Light Railway or First Capital Connect (Thameslink Route) services as appropriate to the journey.
Advance Train Ticket Railcard Discounts
34% Railcard discounts are applied to Advance Train Tickets for:-
- Standard Class
Child discounts, 16-25, Family & Friends, Senior, HM Forces and Disabled Persons Railcards discounts apply.
- First Class
Child discounts, 16-25, Senior, HM Forces and Disabled Persons Railcards discounts apply.
TIP: Railcards offer users an additional 30% discount on applicable train tickets so, even if you are traveling once a year, if your tickets cost more £90 it pays to get a Railcard. For more information on Railcards please click here.
Advance Train Tickets Conditions of Use
You must be at the departure station shown on your ticket in good time to catch the train. If you miss the first train on which you are booked for any reason, a new ticket must be purchased.
If delays occur while traveling you will be allowed to take the next available train(s) to complete your journey.
Railcard holders traveling on a discounted ticket must carry their Railcard when they travel. If a Railcard holder fails to produce a valid Railcard with their ticket, a new ticket must be purchased as if no Railcard and/or no ticket were held.
First Class Advance tickets do not always grant access to First Class Lounges at stations. Please check with the train company you are traveling with to confirm policy at specific stations.
You may not start, break and resume, or end your journey at any intermediate station except to change to/from connecting trains as shown on the ticket(s) or other valid travel itinerary.
Changes to time or date of travel must be arranged before departure of the first reserved train printed on the ticket, after which the ticket has no value and a new one must be purchased. You will need to present the ticket(s) and reservation(s) when you request a change.
Changes to advance tickets cannot be made on-board the train. If you board a train without a ticket and reservation for that service, a new ticket must be purchased. Depending on the Train Company you are traveling with, you may be liable to a Penalty Fare if you board the train with an invalid ticket.
The origin, destination and Train Company or route shown on the ticket(s) must remain the same.
For each change to a journey the difference between the price paid and cost of the next suitable fare for your journey is payable, plus a £10 administration fee per person, per single ticket. If you change to a train on which a cheaper fare is available, the difference will not be refunded.
Your Advance ticket is non-refundable but if the train you purchased a ticket for is cancelled or delayed by more than 60 minutes, special arrangements will be made to accommodate you on another train (although a seat cannot be guaranteed). If, as a result, you decide not to travel, a refund will be offered on completely unused tickets and you will not be charged an administration fee.
Important: Readers are advised that the above guide to train fares and train tickets is merely an easy to read summary detailing the key points of the applicable fares and tickets. As such this guide should be regarded as a layman's reference and not be construed as an accurate interpretation of the National Rail Conditions of Carriage - all of which may be viewed by clicking here.