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Advance tickets

Like to plan ahead and get cheap train tickets? Get great deals by booking Advance tickets on the Southern website.

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 standard class prices for our Advance tickets - £5, £8.50 and £12. We also have First class Advance tickets for £17.

Advance tickets are released up to 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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One-way tickets and coming back home

Advance return fares are not available, so for a return journey you’ll need to book two singles.

Using single tickets means you can mix and match tickets, giving you more flexibility over dates and tickets.

For instance, you could get a standard class ticket going one way and a First Class ticket for the return.

Use the journey planner to find the best times and cheapest fares.

When you can use Advance tickets

You can only travel on the date and train shown on the reservation coupon/coupons issued to you for your journey, as well as your train ticket.

You won’t be able to get another train and you can't break your journey –for example, by getting off at an intermediate station and then getting on a later train to finish your journey.

Advance tickets for Southern's routes can't be used on public holidays.

Some sample fares

Brighton to London Victoria

Advance Single

Buy tickets from £5.00

London Victoria to Eastbourne

Advance Single

Buy tickets from £5.00

Gatwick Airport to London Victoria

Advance Single

Buy tickets from £5.00

Changing and getting refunds on Advance tickets

You can ask for changes to be made to your Advance ticket. But because there are only a limited number of tickets at each price, you may have to buy a higher-priced Advance ticket or even a single ticket (that you can use on a range of trains) to pay for the journey you now want to make.

If you want to make changes, you'll have to ask at a ticket office before your first reserved train leaves. You’ll also have to pay a £10 administration fee on each ticket. Amendments can't be made online.

These tickets are non-refundable, so please plan your journey carefully.

Get more information about refunds and changing your ticket.

Railcard discounts on Advance tickets

You can get 1/3 off your ticket if you have a 16-25, Senior, HM Forces, Family & Friends, Two Together or Disabled Persons Railcard.

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Save with Advance tickets

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