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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) 

New stations join Southern Penalty Fares scheme

As of 30 September 2016 the following stations joined the Penalty Fares scheme:
Three Oaks
Normans Bay
Pevensey Bay
Newhaven Harbour
The Penalty Fares leaflet is currently being updated.