Skip navigation

Hello screen reader user. To ensure our website is continually improved and meets the needs of its visitors, we would like to hear your views about our website whilst using your screen reader. Please email your feedback to For more information please read our Accessibility statement. Thank you. Skip navigation

Check times & buy tickets
Outward Journey
Return Journey
Ticket types

Improvement works

Live service info



Station info


How do you normally purchase train tickets?


You are here: Home > Tickets & fares > Revenue protection > Penalty fares

Penalty fares

Penalty fares warning sign

If you cannot produce a valid ticket for your entire journey, or permit to travel when asked to do so you may be charged a Penalty Fare of £20 or twice the full single fare (whichever is the greater amount) to the next station at which your train stops. Also, you may be charged the full single fare to your destination station if you continue your journey on the same train.

Examples of when a Penalty Fare may be charged.

If you:

  • travel without a valid ticket
  • are unable to produce an appropriate Railcard for a discount ticket
  • travel in First Class accommodation with a Standard ticket
  • are aged 16 or over, travelling on a child rate ticket
  • travel beyond the destination on your ticket

The full details of the Penalty Fares rules are available to download here:

PDF Penalty Fares Leaflet and Map (284KB) 

BETA Introducing a new way to find and buy tickets online