Flexi Season train tickets
Introducing our new Flexible Season
The new Flexi Season ticket offers 8 days of travel in 28 days – any time between two stations.
Pay for the days you need, spend the rest whenever you like.
It’s a flexible solution that’s perfect if you need to travel just a few times a week at peak time Monday to Friday.
We're offering Flexi Seasons via our partners at London Northwestern Railway, you can visit the Flexi Season page on the London Northwestern Railway website here.
Get ready for the Flexi Season ticket by registering for a Smartcard, downloading the app, or both.
What Is Flexi Season?
- It’s flexible - 8 days unlimited travel at any time within 28 days
- It’s mobile – control your travel through an online account, or through the App
When is a Flexi Season better value?
Flexi Season has been designed for people that travel regularly but don't want to commit to the cost a season ticket because you don't travel often enough to fully benefit from the cost savings a season ticket can offer.
Find out the cost of a Flexi Season ticket and which ticket is right for your journey with National Rail's Season ticket calculator.
Where is Flexi Season available?
Flexi Season is available on any station to any station on the West Midlands Railway (and London Northwestern Railway) network. It’s not available on the Transport for London network, so Travelcards and cross-London travel is excluded.
If you cannot find Flexi Season on your route, please contact us for further information, there are a few minor exceptions on less busy routes.
Frequently Asked Questions
A Flexi Season ticket provides customers with 8 days of travel in 28 days - any time between two named stations.
The 8 days of travel doesn’t need to be specified in advance, giving part-time commuters more flexibility to travel when they want and need. The Flexi Season ticket will offer a minimum of 20% discount on an equivalent Monthly Season Ticket, offering savings for commuters travelling during peak times, 2-3 days a week.
Flexi Season tickets are available as either a Smartcard or Barcode ticket, check with your train operator to see what they offer. If you don’t have a Smartcard then please allow plenty of time to get one before you travel - they can take up to 5 days to arrive by post.
You will need to activate a day pass within your ticket before you travel.
The new flexible ticket is now on sale and available to use. You can now purchase online via our partners at London Northwestern Railway, or directly from your local WMR booking office.
A Flexi Season ticket is a new, more flexible, kind of season ticket that allows 8 days of travel in 28 days with unlimited travel, from the time you activate your day pass until 04:29 the next morning, between two stations each day that it is used. It’s great for commuters travelling during peak times 2-3 days a week, Monday to Friday, as it offers an alternative to a traditional five-day a week season ticket.
A Flexi Season allows you to take advantage of a frequent travel discount, giving you 8 separate days of travel in 28 days between two stations, which don’t have to be used consecutively. In comparison, a Season ticket allows you unlimited travel within its validity period - typically for a week, or any period between a month and a year.
Season tickets are available in First Class and Child options, while Flexi comes in standard class only as it is aimed at commuters travelling during peak-times, Monday to Friday, 2-3 days a week.
Find out the cost of a Flexi Season ticket and which ticket is right for your journey with National Rail's new Season ticket calculator.
Yes, unless it is for a specified operator or route. If it is this will be stated at time of purchase.
You can purchase a Flexi Season ticket on your chosen retailer’s website or mobile app, or directly from your local WMR booking office.
If you are purchasing online you can buy your Flexi Season and add it to your Smartcard using the London Northwestern Railway App. Alternatively, you can add it to your Smartcard when you get to the station by ‘touching in’ on the yellow reader on the gate, self-service ticket machines or in some cases platform validators. Make sure you do this before you travel.
If you don’t have a Smartcard then please allow plenty of time to get one before you travel - they can take up to 5 days to arrive by post.
No, but Flexi Season tickets can be used for travel during peak and off-peak periods. Flexi tickets are aimed at commuters making the same journey 2 –3 times a week during peak times.
Flexi Season tickets are available in standard only. We appreciate your feedback and will consider this as we develop these products further in future.
If you don’t make all of your journeys within 28 days, your passes will no longer be valid to use. You can request a refund for the remaining passes before the expiry date from the retailer you purchased your ticket from. The refund will be calculated from the difference between the price you paid for the Flexi Season and the cost of an Anytime return ticket for each day you have used. An administration fee of no more than £10 will apply.
If you lose or forget your Smartcard or Flexi Season ticket you will need to purchase a new ticket in order to make your journey. Contact the retailer of your Flexi Season for more information.
With a Flexi Season ticket you can make unlimited journeys between your named start and end stations. You can also break, start or end your journey at any station on your permitted route. Your day pass will be valid from the time you activate it until 04:29 the next morning.
Once you’ve purchased your Flexi Season ticket you will need to activate your day pass on the day you intend to travel by ‘touching in’ on the yellow reader on the gate or on a self-service ticket machine. You can also activate it via the LNR App or the National Rail Smartcard App.
You must activate your day pass before you board your train. Instructions on how to activate a day worth of travel can be found on your retailer’s website.
In most cases you can use any operator between your start and end stations.
If your Flexi Season ticket is only valid on one operator but you wish to travel with a different one then you will need to buy a new ticket for your journey.
If your Flexi Season ticket is restricted to a particular to route you can change the route it covers and pay the difference in fare.
No. Journeys within the London Zonal Fare Area are not available on a Flexi Season ticket. You can use Pay as you go on Oyster or Contactless for onward connections on Transport for London services.
A Flexi Season ticket is a form of Season Ticket and comparing a Flexi Season ticket with the equivalent Monthly Season ticket, the minimum discount will be 20%.
A Flexi Season ticket is great for helping you save money if you’re commuting during peak-times at least two days a week. The Flexi Season Ticket offers a minimum discount of 20% when compared to the equivalent Monthly Season Ticket.
A refund is calculated from the difference between the price you paid for the Flexi Season and the cost of an Anytime return ticket for each day you have used, minus an administration fee of no more than £10. If you only have one or two journeys left on your Flexi Season you may find that no refund is available.
You must apply for a refund from your retailer before the end of the 28-validity period. The refund will be calculated based on the price of an Anytime return ticket for the journey your Flexi Season is valid for, the number of travel days used within the ticket's validity minus the administration fee.
Customers can apply to see if they’re eligible for Delay Repay in times of disruption. If a customer activates a day's worth of travel and chooses not to travel at the last minute in the event of train delays, they should apply for Delay Repay. You can find information on delay repay here.
The cost of a Flexi Season varies but will ultimately be cheaper for most customers who travel during peak-times at least twice a week.
You can’t exchange a Flexi Season so, if you’ve already been using your Flexi ticket, our recommendation would be to use up your eight journeys and purchase a Season Ticket once you’ve used all your journeys. Alternatively, you can request a refund less the admin fee and purchase a Season ticket.
Yes. However, if you have a Flexi Season ticket on your smartcard, we recommend you wait until after you've used all 8 days of travel on your active Flexi Season ticket before buying a new one.
If you need to buy another Flexi Season ticket before you've finished using your active ticket, please make sure the start date of your next Flexi Season ticket commences after the date you intend to use your last day of travel. This is to avoid starting your new ticket before you’ve used all 8 days of travel on your active ticket.
16-17 Saver and Job Centre Plus Travel Discount Card holders will be able to get 50% off their Flexi Season ticket but no other Railcard or group discounts will apply.
Railcards cannot be used to get discounts on Season or Flexi Season tickets as they are already heavily discounted tickets.
If you were sick and couldn’t use your Flexi Season ticket you must apply for a refund before the end of the 28-Day validity period. There must be a minimum of one unused journey left to refund and a £10 admin fee will apply. If you can provide evidence that you were not able to apply for a refund because of illness (such as a doctor’s note), we will still consider your refund application after the expiry date.
We used research to ensure that Flexi Season tickets would be available on the vast majority of routes used by commuters. Thanks for letting us know that you would like a Flexi Season ticket on your route. We appreciate your interest and will consider this as we develop these products further in future.
Pay As You Go on Oyster or Contactless already offer convenient flexible fares for London Underground and National Rail journeys wholly within the London Zonal Fare Area, which is why Flexi Season tickets aren’t available on these routes. Passengers in London already have an advanced customer offer with Oyster and Contactless, providing a fully integrated service across all transport modes with daily and weekly price caps for part-time commuters.