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What is a Day Return ticket?

There are a few kinds of day return ticket. Let’s take a look at them and when you can use them.

What is a day return ticket?

As a general rule, day return tickets are flexible tickets that allow you to make a return trip on the same day. You don’t have to use a specific train, either. Just make sure you follow any time restrictions. Here are the main types:

  • Anytime Day Return
  • Off-Peak Day Return
  • Super Off-Peak Day Return
  • Weekend Super Off-Peak Day Return.

When can I use a day return ticket?

Let’s go through each day return ticket type and the usual rules that you can expect:

  • Anytime Day Return tickets are valid at any time. You can start your outward journey whenever you like
  • Off-Peak Day Return tickets are normally valid after 08:30, 08:45, 09:00, 09:15 or 09:30. It all depends on the restriction code. In some cases, they’re also not valid in the evening peak
  • Super Off-Peak Day Return and Weekend Super Off-Peak Day Return tickets are more restrictive. They might be valid during limited hours in the week and/or only on weekends and Bank Holidays.

The restriction code will be on your ticket. To look at it in more detail, just enter ‘nre.co.uk/(code)’. For example, restriction code B1 would be nre.co.uk/b1.

When you book with Railsmartr, we’ll always sell you the cheapest ticket for your journey, so there’s no need to worry about whether or not your ticket is valid:

Ticket types on Railsmartr site, showing different options including a day single

Are these tickets valid only for one day?

Almost! They’re only valid during a ‘railway day’. This means that you can use a day return ticket until 04:29 the next day.

Are these tickets refundable?

Yes, all day return tickets are refundable. If you’ve booked with Railsmartr, just get in touch with us. If it’s before the date of travel, we’ll get your refund to you as soon as possible. If it’s after the date of travel, we might need to make a couple of checks first.