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Travelling several times a week during the peak? Save money with a Season ticket
Season tickets are a great product for anyone travelling a specific journey several times per week, and can save you money over buying several day tickets. If you buy an Annual Season ticket you pay for 40 weeks of travel and we give you 12 weeks for free!
Season ticket options:
When and where can I travel with my Season ticket?
All Season tickets are Anytime tickets; therefore you have the complete freedom to travel at any time of day. You can use your Season ticket as often as you like while the ticket is valid. Your Season ticket is non-transferrable and must only be used by you. We may require you to use a Photocard to identify yourself when travelling with your Season ticket to prevent misuse. More information is available from National Rail Enquiries.
Example savings when buying a Season ticket
|Season ticket||Weekly||Monthly||Quarterly||Annual (Gold Card)|
|Brighton to London Victoria||£104.60||£401.70
|Brighton to London
|Haywards Heath to London
Savings based on comparing price of equivalent number of Weekly Season tickets. Fares valid from 2 Jan 2017 until further notice.
Please Note: As shown above, season tickets to London Victoria are often cheaper than to London Terminals.
See how much you could save by using the National Rail Season Ticket Calculator.
An Annual Season ticket is printed on a special ticket stock called an Annual Gold Card which you can then use like a Railcard. You can see from the examples above how buying an Annual Season ticket can save you lots of money, but the great news is that you can also take advantage of discounts on day tickets as well! Annual Gold Card holders are also entitled to the following additional benefits:
Annual Season ticket holders using the key smartcard also receive the same benefits. When purchasing tickets from the ticket office, just present your Gold Card Record Card with your key card to be eligible for Gold Card benefits.
Plus for every Annual Season ticket sold online we will make a £1 charitable donation. Find out more about the charities Southern supports.
Terms & conditions apply, see nationalrail.co.uk/goldcard for details.
Personal cheques can no longer be accepted for payment at ticket offices.
For the purchase of Annual Season tickets company cheques can still be accepted, but you must be able to produce two forms of identification to verify your name and address. One of these must bear a photo, such as a driving licence or passport. The other document must verify your address, such as a recent utility bill. Both must be original documents.
Note about company cheques: A company cheque is considered to be one received from a PLC, limited company, partnership, registered charity, school or local authority. A cheque from an individual where the cheque states “trading as...” can not be accepted.
Cheques should be made payable to Govia Thameslink Railway Limited.
Your Season ticket may be printed on paper ticket stock, which has a magnetic strip encoded with information that allows you to use automatic ticket barriers at the stations. It is important that your Season ticket is kept away from other magnetic items, bank cards, oyster cards and phones. These can wipe the information on your ticket and stop it from operating the automatic ticket barriers. If this happens, you can have your Monthly or longer Season ticket re-issued at any of our Ticket Offices. One of the many benefits of ‘the key’ smartcard technology is that the information is held within plastic and metal technology that is highly secure and does not have this magnetic strip, so your Season ticket works the barriers time after time. To find out more about the key, please visit southernrailway.com/thekey
Buying: You can buy a new 7 Day Season or Travelcard Season (or renew following a break in continuity) on the start date, or if the start date is a Monday (or Tuesday after a Bank Holiday) from 06:00 the previous Sunday. For Monthly and longer Season tickets and Travelcard Season tickets (including Annual Gold Cards), the following will apply: If the start date is a Saturday, Sunday or Monday (or Tuesday after a Bank Holiday) you can buy your ticket from noon on the previous Friday. If the start date is any other day you can buy your ticket after noon of the previous day.
You can renew your 7 Day Season ticket or Travelcard Season ticket (surrendering your current ticket) where there is no break of continuity as follows: If the start date is a Sunday or Monday (or Tuesday after a Bank Holiday) you can buy your ticket from noon on the previous Friday. If the start day is any other day you can buy your ticket after noon the previous day. When renewing a Monthly and longer Season Tickets and Travelcard Season tickets (including Annual Gold Cards) where there is no break in continuity you can buy your ticket up to seven days in advance.
For new purchases you have the following purchase options:
For renewals you have the following purchase options:
First and Standard Class Season tickets are available on many journeys across the Southern network. Standard Class Season ticket holders may upgrade their Season ticket to First Class at the ticket office before they board the train (or on the train if there is no open ticket office where you board the train). If you want to travel First Class you must upgrade your ticket before entering First Class accommodation, or a Penalty Fare may apply.
As an added benefit your Season ticket is valid to and from any of the stations along the permitted route between your origin and destination station, so a Break of Journey is permitted with Season tickets. A ‘Break of Journey’ means exiting and re-entering an intermediate station to continue your journey on the same day after a break. This is subject to any Route restrictions applicable for your Season ticket e.g. Southern Only.
16-25, Annual Gold Card, Disabled, Family & Friends, HM Forces, Network and Senior Railcard discounts do not apply to Season tickets.
For information about Amendments and Refunds please see our Refunds page.