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 May 2015:

Train Company Saturday services Sunday services Monday to Friday services Notes
Abellio Greater Anglia 15 August

16 August

21 August
Arriva Trains Wales 22 August 23 August 21 August Ferry reservations to Ireland are open up to 23August.
No longer open 4, 5, 9, 10, 11, 12 June due to proposed industrial action.
Caledonian Sleeper These can be booked 12 months in advance.
Chiltern Railways

22 August

23 August 21 August
CrossCountry

22 August

23 August 21 August

East Midlands Trains

Liverpool - Norwich route

15 August
16 August
21 August
No longer open 4, 5, 9, 10, 11, 12 June due to proposed industrial action.

East Midlands Trains

London route

15 August
16 August
21 August
No longer open 4, 5, 9, 10, 11, 12 June due to proposed industrial action.
First Great Western 15 August 16 August 19 August

 

First Hull Trains 15 August 16 August 21 August
First TransPennine Express 22 August 16August 21 August
Grand Central 22 August 23 August 21 August
London Midland 15 August  16 August 21 August
Northern Rail 22 August 16 August 21 August
ScotRail 15 August 16 August 21 August No longer open 4, 5, 9, 10, 11, 12 June due to proposed industrial action.

South West Trains

Waterloo - Weymouth route

22 August 23 August 21 August

No longer open 4, 5, 9, 10, 11, 12 June due to proposed industrial action.

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

South West Trains

West of England route

22 August 23 August 21 August

No longer open 4, 5, 9, 10, 11, 12 June due to proposed industrial action.

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

22 August 23 August 21 August

No longer open 4, 5, 9, 10, 11, 12 June due to proposed industrial action.

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

Southern 08 August
09 August
14 August
Southern do not offer seat reservations but have quota controlled advance purchase products.
Virgin Trains 15 August 16 August 20 August No longer open 4, 5, 9, 10, 11, 12 June due to proposed industrial action.
Virgin Trains East Coast 15 August 16 August 21 August  

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.