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 21 November 2014:

Train Company Monday to Friday services Saturday services Sunday services Notes
Abellio Greater Anglia 13 February 

7 February

8 February

Not open 25, 31 January and 1, 7, 8 February on London - Clacton / Norwich route.
Arriva Trains Wales

13 February

14 February

15 February

Not open 27, 28, 29 December on Hereford - Shrewsbury route.

Ferry reservations to Ireland are open up to 15 February (except Swift sailings which closed from 13 to 29 January).

Chiltern Railways

6 February

7 February

8 February

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

CrossCountry

13 February

14 February

15 February


East Coast

13 February

7 February

8 February

 

East Midlands Trains

Liverpool - Norwich route

13 February 

7 February

8 February


East Midlands Trains

London route

13 February 

7 February

8 February

Not open on Saturday 31 January or Sunday 1 February.
First Great Western

11 February

7 February

8 February


First Hull Trains

13 February

7 February

8 February

 
First TransPennine Express

13 February  

14 February

8 February 

 
Grand Central

13 February

14 February

15 February


London Midland

13 February

7 February

8 February

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

Northern Rail

13 February

7 February

8 February

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

13 February

7 February

8 February

Sleeper services are open up to 13 February. Sleeper services will not run on 24, 25, 26, 28 or 31 December also 1, 2 January

South West Trains

Waterloo - Weymouth route

13 February  

14 February

15 February

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

South West Trains

West of England route

13 February 

14 February

15 February

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

13 February 

14 February

15 February

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

Southern

13 February   

7 February 

8 February

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

Virgin Trains

12 February

7 February 

8 February 


 

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.