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Advance tickets

Like to plan ahead and stay ahead of the crowd? Get great deals when you book Advance tickets on the Great Northern website

Advance tickets – great savings when you book ahead

Advance tickets are sold in limited numbers, and are available up to 12 weeks before your travel date.

They’re not available for travel on Great Northern routes, but you can buy Advance tickets online from us for other journeys nationwide. 

They’re very good value for money if you can plan that far ahead and don’t need more flexibility.

The tickets sell out quickly, so book early to avoid disappointment. The further ahead you book, the more you could save.

The very latest you can book an Advance ticket is 6pm on the night before you travel, if there are any tickets left by then.

One-way tickets and coming back home

Advance tickets are always one-way single tickets, not returns.

If you’re returning home after a train trip then you’ll need to book another ticket for the way back.

You can mix and match tickets to get a good deal on your return ticket home.

For instance, you could get a standard class ticket going one way and a first class ticket for the return.

Use the journey planner to find the best times and cheapest fares.

When you can use Advance tickets

You can only travel on the date and train shown on the ticket.

You won’t be able to get another train, or a refund.

Railcard discounts on Advance tickets

You can get 1/3 off a standard class ticket with a Network Railcard.

You can get 1/3 off a first class ticket if you have a 15-25, Senior, HM Forces or Disabled Persons Railcard.

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What are Advance tickets?

Advance tickets offer great value but are sold subject to availability and carry restrictions in terms of which dates and trains you must travel on.

Advance tickets aren’t available on Great Northern routes, but you can buy them on our website for journeys elsewhere in the UK.

They usually go on sale six to 12 weeks ahead of travel depending on the season. They can sell out quickly so the further ahead you book and the more flexible you can be, the bigger the savings you can make and the less likely you are to be disappointed.

Standard and First Advance tickets are sold only as single fares, allowing you to purchase the best deal on each stage of your journey, for example by buying a Standard Advance for the outward stage of your journey and a First Advance for the return.

There are some restrictions around Advance tickets:

  • First Advance tickets don't allow access into First Class Lounges
  • You can't buy Advance tickets after 6pm on the night before you travel
  • Advance tickets are not refundable

How do I buy tickets?

You can buy rail tickets with our online ticket booking system, from a ticket vending machine or at a ticket office at your local station. If you buy online you won’t pay a booking fee and delivery is free.

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Can I reserve a seat on your trains?

No. We don't offer seat reservations on any of our services.

If part of your journey is with another train company who do offer seat reservations, we can arrange them for you (subject to availability) when you buy your ticket at a ticket office or online.

I've seen the National Rail Conditions of Travel mentioned on your website. What are they?

The National Rail Conditions of Travel are the contract between us and you that's created when you buy a ticket.

All about our Conditions of Travel

Read the terms and conditions for Advance tickets.

Questions about Advance tickets? Contact us