Advance Tickets

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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 for dates up to and including:

Booking Advance fares until Routes
Monday to Friday 15 May 2020 All
Saturday 25 April 2020 All
Sunday 10 May 2020 All

Last updated: 27/03/2020

We have now closed availability for Advance Purchase tickets through to Monday 13 April, as it is likely that a special contingency timetable will be in operation until this date.

We are also not currently open between Saturday 02 May and Sunday 03 May, on Saturday 09 May or beyond Friday 15 May as we are working on preparation of the timetables in operation on these dates.

We hope to open further dates beyond mid - May in stages, as soon as it is possible to do so.

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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