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Season tickets

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!

PDF Guide to the benefits of buying a Season ticket (6.76MB)

Season ticket options:

  • Point to Point Seasons: For travel between two stations. Travelcard Seasons: Unlimited train, tube, bus and tram travel within London Fares Zones.
  • Weekly, Monthly, Quarterly or Annual (Gold Card) Season tickets.
  • Flexible dates: We can also issue Season tickets for any duration between one month and one year.
  • Additional discounts: Use your Annual (Gold Card) Season ticket to get discounts on day tickets too.
  • Direct Debit payments: Pay for your Monthly Season tickets by Direct Debit.

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 £99.30  £381.40
Save £15.80
£1,144.00
Save £146.90
£3,972.00
Save £1,191.00
Brighton to London
Terminals
£107.60

£413.20
Save £17.20

£1,239.60
Save £159.20
£4,304.00
Save £1,291.00
Haywards Heath to London
Zones 1-6
£117.10 £449.70
Save £18.70
£1349.00
Save £173.30
£4,684.00 
Save £1,405.20

Savings based on comparing price of equivalent number of Weekly Season tickets.

Please Note: As shown above, season tickets to London Victoria are often cheaper than to London Terminals.

Season Ticket Calculator

See how much you could save by using the National Rail Season Ticket Calculator.

Annual (Gold Card) Season tickets

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:

  • Your friends and family can travel with you and save 1/3 off the price of most standard fares* at weekends, on public holidays, and after 10:00 Monday to Friday.
    *Applies only within London and South East and Network Railcard areas.
  • 4 children may accompany you for just £2 each.
  • You can purchase a Network Railcard for your partner for £1 (RRP £30) by presenting your Gold Card at the ticket office.
  • Gold Card First Class supplements can be purchased for three accompanying adults and four children, (restrictions apply).

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.

Annual Gold Card discounts benefits** are changing from 2 January 2015

From next year Annual Gold Card discount benefits will include:

  • 1/3 off Standard and First Class Anytime and Off-Peak fares for yourself and up to 3 adults
  • 60% off child fares
  • Discounted tickets now valid from 0930 Monday to Friday and any time at the weekend or on public holidays
  • Extended Gold Card area
  • Get a Railcard for £10 for you or a friend

Go to nationalrail.co.uk/goldcard for full details and conditions. Please note there are no changes to your Annual Season ticket or Annual Travelcard. 

** Terms & conditions apply, see nationalrail.co.uk/goldcard for details.


Monthly Season tickets by Direct Debit

Southern offers a Monthly Season Saver scheme, allowing you to purchase your Season Ticket on a monthly basis by Direct Debit. Once you’ve bought 11 consecutive Monthly Season tickets through the scheme, you’re also eligible for one month of travel absolutely free! If you want to save money with a Season ticket but want to pay only in monthly instalments this is an ideal solution for you.

Simply complete the application form for the Monthly Season Ticket by Direct Debit, plus the Direct Debit Mandate (both on the leaflet below) and post these to us for approval. Further details can be found on posters and leaflets, including full terms and conditions, at our stations.

PDF  Monthly Season Ticket Direct Debit Leaflet (360KB)

Paying by cheque at a ticket office

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 Southern Railway.


Looking after your Season ticket

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


When can I buy or renew my Season ticket?

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.

Renewing

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.

Terms and Conditions

Availability

For new purchases you have the following purchase options:

  • Weekly: Ticket office, on board, Ticket Vending Machine, online for postal delivery or online for Ticket on Departure.
    Please note: Collection of Weekly Season tickets via Ticket on Departure should only be collected from a Southern station. Collection from a station operated by another Train Operating Company could result in failure to retrieve your tickets or an incorrect expiry date. If you do find that your ticket has failed to print or the details are incorrect, please go to your nearest staffed station for assistance.  
  • Monthly: Ticket office or online for postal delivery.
  • Flexible date (between one month and one year): Ticket office or online for postal delivery.
  • Annual Gold Card: Ticket office or online for postal delivery.

For renewals you have the following purchase options:

  • Weekly: Ticket office, on board, Ticket Vending Machine, online for postal delivery or online for Ticket on Departure.
    Please note: Collection of Weekly Season tickets via Ticket on Departure should only be collected from a Southern station. Collection from a station operated by another Train Operating Company could result in failure to retrieve your tickets or an incorrect expiry date. If you do find that your ticket has failed to print or the details are incorrect, please go to your nearest staffed station for assistance.
  • Monthly: Ticket office, Ticket Vending Machine or online for postal delivery.
  • Flexible date (between one month and one year): Ticket office or online for postal delivery.
  • Annual Gold Card: Ticket office or online for postal delivery.

First and Standard Class travel

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.

Break of Journey

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.

Railcard Discounts

16-25, Annual Gold Card, Disabled, Family & Friends, HM Forces, Network and Senior Railcard discounts do not apply to Season tickets.

Amendments and Refunds

For information about Amendments and Refunds please see our Refunds page.