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Southern Advance tickets

Advance tickets – great savings when you book ahead

Advance tickets are available up to 12 weeks before your travel date.

You can buy them for our routes and through to destinations outside our area too, where available.

We have just three prices for our Advance tickets - £5, £8.50 and £12.

Every week Advance tickets are released 12 weeks in advance of departure – so the earlier you book, the more likely it is you’ll snap up a £5 ticket. Of course not everyone plans that far ahead, so you’ll be pleased to hear our £8.50 and £12 tickets are often available right up until 6pm the night before you travel.

Advance tickets can sell out quickly, so book early to avoid disappointment.

The very latest you can book an Advance ticket is 6pm on the night before you travel – if there are still tickets left.

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What are Advance tickets?

Advance tickets offer great value single (one-way) fares on selected services across our network. For a return trip, simply buy two single Advance tickets. To get the lowest Advance fares book well in advance and decide what time you wish to travel.

How do I buy them?

You can buy Advance tickets online or at a ticket office up until 6pm the night before you travel.

When you purchase online, you can collect your tickets from a self-service ticket machine just 2 hours later if you wish. So book them at lunchtime in the office then pick them up on the way home. If you prefer, they can also be posted to you first-class free of charge.

Where are they available?

Whichever direction you travel, Advance tickets are valid on the most popular routes across the Southern network, including;

  • London Victoria and Brighton to Gatwick Airport (excluding Gatwick Express)
  • London Victoria to Eastbourne and Hastings
  • London Victoria to Brighton
  • London Victoria to Hove, Worthing and Littlehampton
  • London Victoria to Horsham, Chichester, Portsmouth and Southampton

You can also start your journey from Clapham Junction, East Croydon, Milton Keynes, Watford Junction and most stations in London Zones 1-6 served by Southern.

Do I have to travel on a specific train?

As you might expect, Advance tickets are our cheapest fares, so please remember they are only valid on the specific date and time of train you book.

Can I get a refund?

Advance bookings are non-refundable, so please plan your journey carefully.

Please note that Southern Advance tickets are not refundable under our Money Back Guarantee scheme.

Full Advance ticket details and terms and conditions