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 12 September 2014:

Train Company Monday to Friday services Saturday services Sunday services Notes
Abellio Greater Anglia 05 December   29 November   30 November 
Arriva Trains Wales

05 December

06 December

07 December

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

Ferry reservations to Ireland are open up to 07 December

Chiltern Railways

05 December

06 December

07 December

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

CrossCountry

05 December  

06 December

07 December


East Coast

05 December  

06 December

07 December

 

East Midlands Trains

Liverpool - Norwich route

05 December 

06 December  

07 December  


East Midlands Trains

London route

05 December  

06 December  

07 December  


First Great Western

03 December

29 November  

30 November  


First Hull Trains

05 December

29 November

30 November 

 
First TransPennine Express

05 December   

06 December 

30 November

 
Grand Central

05 December 

06 December 

07 December 


London Midland 05 December 

29 November 

30 November 

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

Northern Rail

05 December 

29 November  

30 November 

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

05 December 

29 November 

30 November 

Sleeper services are open up to 05 December 

South West Trains

Waterloo - Weymouth route

05 December 

29 November

30 November

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

South West Trains

West of England route

05 December

29 November

30 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

05 December

29 November

30 November 

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

Southern

05 December     

29 November 30 November

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

Virgin Trains

04 December 

29 November 

30 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.