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Train tickets explained

Train tickets explained

Anytime train tickets are perfect if you need complete flexibility with your travel times. There are no restrictions on the time of day you can travel with these fares.

Anytime Single tickets
  • You can travel on any train on the date of travel booked.
  • You can also break up your journey at stations along your route.
  • Anytime Return tickets
  • Buying an Anytime Return train ticket gives you even more freedom!
  • Outward journeys must be made within 5 days of the date shown on your ticket and return journeys within one calendar month.
  • What you need to know
  • Anytime train tickets are more expensive than Advance or Off-Peak because they give you much more flexibility.
  • Anytime tickets are eligible for refunds.
  • Find our more about refunding your Off-Peak or Super Off-Peak tickets here.

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    There are all sorts of other train tickets you can buy directly from your train operating company or local railway station. Maybe one day we’ll sell them at Railsmartr too. These include:

  • Railcards
  • Season tickets
  • Oyster cards
  • Sleepers
  • Ferries (except for Portsmouth Harbour to Ryde Esplanade)
  • Tickets in exchange for warrants
  • Railway staff tickets
  • Cycle or car parking reservations
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    Advance train tickets are great value Single (one-way) tickets. They are subject to availability and offer great value, which means the cheapest ones sell out fast. People love a bargain after all! So to take advantage, you’ll need to book ahead.

    Just like flights, the earlier you book, the cheaper the train fares and the greater the value for money. Ticket types and prices are shown on our journey planner, so you can find Advance fares quickly and book your train tickets online.

    What you need to know
  • Advance tickets are released by train operators up to 12 weeks befores travel.
  • You can often get a last-minute bargain up to 6pm on the day before travel.
  • Just like flights, the earlier you book, the cheaper the train fares and better value for money.
  • Ticket types and prices are shown on our journey planner, so you can find these fares quickly and book your train tickets online.
  • If you want to book tickets for a Return journey, just mix and match two cheap Advance Singles.
  • These tickets are only available to buy online and valid for the date and train you’ve booked.
  • Find more information on amending your Advance rail ticket here.
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    Off-Peak and Super Off-Peak train tickets are more flexible than Advance tickets. They’re perfect if you’re not restricted to travelling early in the morning or don’t need to arrive at a certain time of day.

    It’s worth checking the details before you book as these tickets usually carry restrictions. You may need to travel at specific times of the day, on particular days of the week, or on a certain rail route. The travel restrictions will depend on the journey you’re making. We’ll let you know any restrictions in the detailed ticket information before you make your booking.

    More specifics
  • You can buy cheap Off-Peak train tickets any time before travelling.
  • Off-Peak Single tickets are valid on the date shown on your ticket. If you choose an Off-Peak Return, you’ll need to take your outbound trip on the date shown on your ticket but you can return on any day within one calendar month.
  • Super Off-Peak tickets are available on some journeys and tend to be cheaper. They can’t be used on all trains so it’s best to make a note of the eligible train times before you travel.
  • If you decide not to travel, Off-Peak and Super Off-Peak tickets are fully refundable. So there’s no need to worry if your plans change.
  • Find our more about refunding your Off-Peak or Super Off-Peak tickets here.

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