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 22 August 2014:

Train Company Monday to Friday services Saturday services Sunday services Notes
Abellio Greater Anglia 14 November   08 November   09 November 
Arriva Trains Wales

14 November

15 November

16 November

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

Ferry reservations to Ireland are open up to 16 November

Chiltern Railways

14 November

15 November

16 November

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

CrossCountry

14 November  

15 November

16 November


East Coast

14 November  

15 November

16 November

 

East Midlands Trains

Liverpool - Norwich route

14 November 

08 November  

09 November  


East Midlands Trains

London route

14 November  

08 November  

09 November  


First Great Western

12 November

08 November  

09 November  


First Hull Trains

14 November

08 November

09 November 

 
First TransPennine Express

14 November   

15 November 

09 November

 
Grand Central

14 November 

15 November 

16 November 


London Midland 14 November 

08 November 

09 November 

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

Northern Rail

14 November 

08 November  

09 November 

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

14 November 

08 November 

09 November 

Sleeper services are open up to 14 November 
Southern

14 November 

08 November

09 November

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

South West Trains

Waterloo - Weymouth route

14 November

15 November

16 November 

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

South West Trains

West of England route

14 November

15 November

16 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

14 November     

15 November 16 November

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

Virgin Trains

13 November 

 08 November 

09 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.