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 25 July 2014:

Train Company Monday to Friday services Saturday services Sunday services Notes
Abellio Greater Anglia 17 October   11 October   12 October 
Arriva Trains Wales

17 October

18 October

19 October

Ferry reservations to Ireland are open up to 19 October

Chiltern Railways

17 October  

18 October  

19 October  

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

CrossCountry

17 October  

18 October 

19 October


East Coast

17 October  

11 October  

12 October  

 

East Midlands Trains

Liverpool - Norwich route

17 October 

11 October  

12 October  


East Midlands Trains

London route

17 October  

4 October  

5 October  


First Great Western

15 October

11 October  

12 October  


First Hull Trains

17 October

11 October

12 October 

 
First TransPennine Express

17 October   

18 October 

12 October

 
Grand Central

17 October 

18 October

19 October


London Midland 17 October 

11 October 

12 October 

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

Northern Rail

17 October 

11 October 

12 October 

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

17 October 

11 October 

12 October 

Sleeper services are open up to 10 October 
Southern

17 October 

11 October

12 October

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

South West Trains

Waterloo - Weymouth route

17 October

18 October 

19 October 

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

South West Trains

West of England route

17 October

18 October 

19 October 

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

17 October        18 October 19 October

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

Virgin Trains

16 October 

 11 October 

12 October   


 

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.