Buying Advance tickets and reserving seats

When can I buy Advance Tickets and make seat reservations?

Below is a summary of the farthest travel dates in the future where it is possible to reserve seats today for those Train Companies offering seat reservations and Advance tickets .

Advance tickets are generally not available earlier than 12 weeks before the date of travel. 

Once train times are confirmed, Advance tickets will begin to appear in our Journey Planner. You will be able to find full details of availability and choose to buy them from your preferred retailer.

Advance tickets are sold in limited numbers, and so subject to availability.

Information about buying tickets

Changes to train times

Sometimes, there can be changes to train times at weekends and bank holidays to allow essential engineering work to be carried out. Trains may be retimed or re-routed. Occasionally the journey may involve travelling on a bus service.  We have a dedicated area of our website which gives details about future engineering work.

Train Companies aim to provide information about changes to train times twelve weeks in advance.

Until the changes to the timetable are confirmed it is not always possible to buy Advance tickets or to make seat reservations on train services that may be affected by engineering work

Advance ticket & reservation information last updated 18 July 2014:

Train Company Monday to Friday services Saturday services Sunday services Notes
Abellio Greater Anglia 10 October   4 October   5 October 
Arriva Trains Wales

10 October

11 October

12 October

Ferry reservations to Ireland are open up to 12 October

Chiltern Railways

10 October  

11 October  

12 October  

Chiltern Railways do not offer seat reservations but have quota controlled advance purchase products.

CrossCountry

10 October  

11 October 

12 October


East Coast

10 October  

4 October  

5 October  

 

East Midlands Trains

Liverpool - Norwich route

10 October 

4 October  

5 October  


East Midlands Trains

London route

10 October  

4 October  

5 October  


First Great Western

8 October

4 October  

5 October  


First Hull Trains

3 October

27 September

21 September 

 
First TransPennine Express

11 October   

4 October 

5 October

 
Grand Central

10 October 

11 October

12 October


London Midland 10 October 

4 October 

5 October 

London Midland do not offer seat reservations but have quota controlled advance purchase products.

Northern Rail

10 October 

4 October 

5 October 

Northern Rail do not offer seat reservations but have quota controlled advance purchase products.
ScotRail

10 October 

4 October 

5 October 

Sleeper services are open up to 10 October 
Southern

26 September 

20 September

21 September

Southern do not offer seat reservations but have quota controlled advance purchase products.

South West Trains

Waterloo - Weymouth route

10 October

11 October 

12 October 

South West Trains do not offer seat reservations but have quota controlled advance purchase products.

South West Trains

West of England route

10 October

11 October 

12 October 

South West Trains do not offer seat reservations but have quota controlled advance purchase products.

South West Trains            

Portsmouth route for fares to Isle of Wight

10 October        11 October 12 October

South West Trains do not offer seat reservations but have quota controlled advance purchase products.

Virgin Trains

9 October 

 4 October 

5 October   


 

Special Events

The availability of Advance tickets could be affected by special events taking place along the route of the journey. Please check before travelling.