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.

Due to temporary changes to the way timetables are planned, some of our train times on dates more than six weeks ahead may change. See the table below for the dates affected.

Advance fares now on sale

Advance tickets can be now booked up to:

Booking Advance fares until Routes
Monday to Friday 07 September 2018 All
Saturday 18 August 2018 Selected
Sunday 19 August 2018 Selected

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Dates not available for sale

Train times on the dates and routes below may change. Therefore Advance tickets are not available for sale and care should be taken when buying Off-peak and Anytime tickets. For the best fares on these dates check back here on the estimated booking date when the timetables are confirmed.

Date Day Routes Affected Estimated booking date
18 August Saturday All except Liverpool services 14 July
19 August Sunday All except Liverpool services 14 July
25 August Saturday All routes 21 July
26 August Sunday All routes 21 July
27 August Monday All routes 28 July
01 September Saturday All routes 28 July
02 September Sunday All routes 28 July

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