UK Train Ticket Types

What do all the ticket types mean? Which are the best ones?

To make it easier for you to buy the best value ticket for your journey, ticket names describe when you can purchase or use your ticket – see below to find out which best suits your needs.

Advance

Buy in advance, sold in limited numbers and subject to availability. These tickets are non-refundable and only valid on the date/time/train specified.

Off-Peak Single

Discounted tickets for travel at less popular times. You can travel on any off-peak train on the date shown on the ticket. Time restrictions vary by route and operator. If you need to change the date, or travel during peak times, you must first refund the original booking with a fee of £10 per ticket.

Off-Peak Return

You can travel on any off-peak train. For the outward journey, this must be on the date shown on the ticket and for the return journey within one calendar month. Time restrictions vary by route and operator. If you need to change the date of the outward journey, or travel during peak times, you must first refund the original booking with a fee of £10 per ticket.

Off-Peak Day Single / Off-Peak Day Return

The outward and return journey must be made on the same date as shown on the ticket but on any off-peak train. If you need to change the date, or travel during peak times, you must first refund the original booking with a fee of £10 per ticket.

Super Off-Peak tickets

Some operators offer these fares for the least popular travel times. You can travel on any super off-peak train on the date shown on the ticket. Time restrictions vary by route and operator. If you need to change the date, or travel during peak times, you must first refund the original booking with a fee of £10 per ticket.

Anytime Day Single / Anytime Day Return

Fully flexible with no time restrictions, but tickets must be used on the date shown on your ticket and up to 04:29 the following morning. If you need to change the date, you must first refund the original booking with a fee of £10 per ticket.

Anytime Single

Fully flexible with no time restrictions, but tickets must be used within 2 days of the date shown on your ticket and up to 04:29 after the last day of validity. If you need to change the date, you must first refund the original booking with a fee of £10 per ticket.

Anytime Return

Fully flexible with no time restrictions. The outward journey must be made within 5 days of the date shown on the ticket and up until 04:29 the following morning. The return portion must be used within one calendar month and up to 04:29 the following morning. If you need to change the date, you must first refund the original booking with a fee of £10 per ticket.

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