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 20 October 2014:

Train Company Monday to Friday services Saturday services Sunday services Notes
Abellio Greater Anglia 09 January 
03 January

04 January


Arriva Trains Wales

09 January

10 January

11 January

Ferry reservations to Ireland are open up to 11 January

Chiltern Railways

09 January

10 January

11 January

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

CrossCountry

09  January

10 January

11 January


East Coast

09  January

03 January

04 January

 

East Midlands Trains

Liverpool - Norwich route

09 January

03 January 

04 January 


East Midlands Trains

London route

09 January 

03 January

04 January 


First Great Western

07 January

03 January

04 January


First Hull Trains

09January

03 January

04 January

 
First TransPennine Express

09 January  

10 January

04 January

 
Grand Central

09 January

10 January

11 January


London Midland 12 December 

13 December 

07 December

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

Northern Rail

09 January

03 January

04 January

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

09 January

03 January

04 January

Sleeper services are open up to 9 January. Sleeper services will not run on 24, 25, 26, 28, 30 and 31 December also 1, 2 January

South West Trains

Waterloo - Weymouth route

09 January  

10 January

11 January

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

South West Trains

West of England route

09 January 

10 January

11 January

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

09 January 

10 January

11 January

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

Southern

09 January   

03 January

04 January

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

There will be limited availability on some routes up to 19 December.

Southern have only 50% of their routes open on each day from Monday 5 to Friday 9 January

Virgin Trains

08 January

03 January 

04 January 


 

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.