Advance Tickets

Cheapest tickets for train travel.

If you can be flexible when you travel you can take advantage of our cheapest fares, available on longer distance routes.

Advance fares now on sale

Advance tickets can be now booked up to:

Booking Advance fares until Routes
Monday to Friday 29 June 2018 All
Saturday 23 June 2018 All
Sunday 24 June 2018 All

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Dates not available for sale

The following dates are not available for Advance ticket sale. For the best fares on these dates check back here on the estimated booking date.

Date Day Routes Affected Estimated booking date
20 May Sunday All routes 21 April
26 May Saturday All routes 21 April
27 May Sunday All routes 21 April
28 May Monday All routes 28 April
03 June Sunday All routes except services to and from Liverpool 28 April

What is an Advance ticket?

  • Advance tickets are for single journeys, helping you mix and match with other single tickets to get the best price for your trip
  • You’ll need to travel on a specific train at a specific time
  • Railcard discounts apply, making it even cheaper
  • Advance First tickets are available for first class travel, but don’t worry if you can’t get one - at weekends you can upgrade on-board for just £15 return
  • Advance tickets are released every week, up to 12 weeks ahead
  • The earlier you book the more likely you’ll get the best deal, but it’s worth checking the night before - they’re available until 11.59pm the day prior to travel
  • Advance tickets are limited, so when they’re gone, they’re gone!
  • Online with our best fare finder - the easiest way to get the cheapest deal: buy now
  • Call us if you prefer on 0333 311 0039 - we can help you find the right price and train
  • App - download our app from Google Play or iTunes
  • Visit us at a staffed station, and our friendly team will help you out
  • Store mobile tickets on your device and present at station barriers and on-board. With e-tickets you’ll also get a PDF as a back-up if you prefer to have something you can print
  • Collect pre-purchased tickets within 15 minutes from the self-service ticket machines at the station - you’ll need your booking reference and a credit card
  • First class post - please allow five working days
  • Collect from a staffed ticket office with your booking reference and proof of identification

To make it easy and often cheaper for you, we work with other transport companies to provide connecting travel tickets; including:

  • London Travelcards - unlimited travel on the underground and bus services in around London for around £5 extra
  • Plusbus - unlimited bus and tram travel on participating operators
  • nNetwork - for unlimited travel within the Network West Midlands zones on rail, Metro and buses