Anytime Train Tickets
Anytime Train Ticket 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 anytime ticket to travel on any train on that route.
With an Anytime ticket you can also break your journey at stations along the route of travel.
Anytime Single and Anytime Day (Single and Return) tickets must be used on the date shown on your ticket.
For Anytime Return tickets, the outward journey must be made within 5 days of the date shown on your ticket and return journeys must be made within one calendar month.
You can reserve a seat on many longer distance services and reservations are recommended on busy services.
Anytime train tickets are refundable if submitted wholly unused within 28 days of the expiry date. All refunds are subject to £10.00 admin fee
Anytime Tickets may not be amended but if the date of travel is to be changed all you need do is cancel the ticket and re-book. The refund for the cancelled tick will be subject to £10.00 admin fee plus (or less) any difference in fare on the new ticket.
Anytime Train Ticket Discounts
Generous discounts that reduce the cost of Anytime Train Tickets are available. These are:
Children (aged 5 to 15 inclusive)
50% discount. Up to two children aged under 5 can travel free with each fare paying passenger.
16-25 Railcard: 34% discount on Standard Class fares
Disabled Persons Railcard: 34% discount on Standard & First Class fares
Family & Friends Railcard: 34% discount on Standard Class fares
HM Forces Railcard: 34% discount on Standard & First Class fares
Network Railcard (London & South East): 34% discount on Standard Class fares
Senior Railcard: 34% discount on Standard & First Class fares
Other discount cards
Gold Cards (London & South East): 34% discount on Standard Class fares
New Deal Photocard (England and Wales): 50% discount on Standard Class fares
Note: Minimum fares / time restrictions may apply to tickets bought with a Railcard or other discount card. See terms and conditions of the appropriate Railcard or discount card for details.
Anytime Train Ticket Terms and Conditions
Anytime Singles tickets are valid for travel on any train on the date shown on your ticket.
The outward part of Anytime Return ticket are valid for travel on any train within five days of the date shown on your ticket.
If the route shown on the ticket has a †, the ticket includes the cost of traveling between certain London Stations (e.g. between Liverpool St and Paddington) by either London Underground, Docklands Light Railway (DLR) or First Capital Connect (Thameslink Route) services appropriate to the route of the journey being made. (Note: Tickets will only be accepted by London Underground and DLR on the date shown on the ticket (or last day of validity for return portions of Off-Peak Returns) and until 0429 the following day. - Other than to change trains, a break of journey at intermediate London Underground or DLR stations is NOT permitted.- Travel restrictions do not apply on weekends and public holidays.)
You must travel in the class of accommodation shown on your ticket.
Railcard holders traveling on a discounted ticket must carry their Railcard when they travel. If a Railcard holder fails to produce their valid Railcard with their ticket, they will be required to pay a full priced ticket for their journey as if no Railcard and/or no ticket were held.
The outward part of an Anytime Return ticket is only valid for travel when accompanied by an unused return part of the same ticket.
First Class Anytime tickets provide access to First Class Lounges at stations. Please check the First Class on National Rail page for more information.
You may start, break and resume, or end your journey at any intermediate station along the route of travel.
Break of journey for an overnight stay is allowed. Where a journey continues into the next day, travel must resume before 12h00 and no further break of journey is allowed except to change trains.
The return part of Anytime Return tickets can be used for travel on any train within one calendar month of the outward journey.
Travel is allowed until 02h30 on the day following the last day of validity. If you are still traveling at 02h30 then you may stay on the train to complete that part of the journey, but no further break of journey is allowed and all travel must be completed by 12h00.
There are no restrictions on when you can travel, however you will need to buy a new ticket and apply for a refund on your existing ticket (see below) if you wish to change:
- the date of your single ticket or outward travel (for a return ticket)
- the route of your ticket
- downgrade from First Class to Standard class accommodation
You can upgrade your ticket upon payment of an excess fare, if you wish to:
- continue your journey to a station further than where you have purchased your ticket
- upgrade to First Class
Anytime train tickets are is refundable if you decide not to use your ticket to make all or part of your intended journey. To get a refund you must return your unused ticket to the ticket office or place of purchase (for tickets bought via websites, telesales or travel agents) within 28 days of the ticket expiry date. You may be required to pay an administration fee and the refund amount will take into account any use you have made of the ticket and in some circumstances no refund will be paid.
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.