Availability of Advance tickets
Network Rail has made temporary changes to the advanced availability of final timetables for approximately six months from 20 May onwards, meaning these will be published later than normal.
This means that in a small number of instances, passengers will not be able to book tickets until less than the usual 12 weeks before travel. While the vast majority of passengers will be unaffected as 98% use season tickets, walk-on fares or book less than six weeks before travel, some passengers will be affected and the industry is working together to ensure that nobody loses out.
In the small number of instances where it is only possible to book tickets less than 12 weeks in advance, train operators will still offer the same range of discounted tickets. If trains are cancelled, the normal compensation mechanisms will apply - if people have booked on a train that is cancelled, delayed, or where their reservation will not be honoured, and they decide not to travel, they will be given a full refund. If people buy a ticket for a service affected by this change and then, at a later date advance tickets are made available which are at a cheaper fare, customers should book the advance fare for that service and then request a fee-free refund on their original ticket.
For information on the furthest travel dates available to book tickets for those Train Companies that offer Advance fares, including Southern, can be found here.
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.