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 29 August 2014:

Train Company Monday to Friday services Saturday services Sunday services Notes
Abellio Greater Anglia 21 November   15 November   16 November 
Arriva Trains Wales

21 November

22 November

23 November

On some Sundays reservations will not be open  on services via Wrexham General and Chester.

Ferry reservations to Ireland are open up to 23 November

Chiltern Railways

21 November

22 November

23 November

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

CrossCountry

21 November  

22 November

23 November


East Coast

21 November  

22 November

23 November

 

East Midlands Trains

Liverpool - Norwich route

21 November 

15 November  

16 November  


East Midlands Trains

London route

21 November  

15 November  

16 November  


First Great Western

19 November

15 November  

16 November  


First Hull Trains

21 November

15 November

16 November 

 
First TransPennine Express

21 November   

22 November 

16 November

 
Grand Central

21 November 

22 November 

23 November 


London Midland 21 November 

15 November 

16 November 

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

Northern Rail

21 November 

15 November  

16 November 

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

21 November 

15 November 

16 November 

Sleeper services are open up to 21 November 
Southern

14 November 

08 November

09 November

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

South West Trains

Waterloo - Weymouth route

21 November

22 November

23 November 

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

South West Trains

West of England route

21 November

22 November

23 November 

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

21 November     

22 November 23 November

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

Virgin Trains

20 November 

15 November 

16 November   


 

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.