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Rail fares are changing

From 3 March 2024

The Department for Transport has announced that rail fares are set to rise by an average of 4.9%* on 3 March 2024. To minimise the impact on rail users, this figure is 4.1 percentage points lower than RPI** (a measure of inflation historically used to determine rail prices).

All money from ticket sales is passed back to the government to help run and improve the railway.

If you are a regular commuter who buys season tickets, or have a trip coming up, you can secure your tickets at current prices by purchasing them directly on our website before 3 March 2024. This includes tickets with a travel date post 3 March.

We offer a wide range of fares, offers and services to help you get the best value when travelling with us. These include:

Season tickets

If you know you are going to be travelling regularly, Season tickets and Flexi Season tickets can save you a considerable amount versus buying Anytime day returns. Use our Season ticket calculator to find the right ticket for your needs.


If you are uncertain how frequently you will be travelling in any given week or month, or the times of day you will be travelling, then activating keyGo on a Key Smartcard will often be your best choice. Simply tap & go, and we will automatically calculate the best value daily fare each day for the journeys you have made. You can even add your railcard so any Off-Peak journeys are automatically discounted.

Advance tickets

If you know in advance when you are looking to travel, Advance fares can offer discounts of more than 50% versus a standard Off-Peak single. There are also Advance fares available during Peak hours on some Southern flows on Mondays and Fridays. They offer savings of up to 15% versus an Anytime return.


More savings if you travel Off-Peak. Furthermore, if you are travelling Off-Peak then you can save 1/3 with a railcard, save 34% if you travel in a group of 3-9 with GroupSave, and kids (5-15 years) can travel for £2 (U5’s travel free). You can even benefit from 2FOR1 on many attractions if you travel by rail.

Book your tickets online with us and benefit from no booking fees!

If you need any other help or information, contact our customer service team. You can also tweet us via @SouthernRailUK.

*The 4.9% is an average across all regulated fares. They can be rounded up or down however to create sensible prices.

** The 2024 fares increase is based on the July 2023 RPI rate, a measure of inflation historically used to determine rail prices.

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