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 17 April 2014:

Train Company Monday to Friday services Saturday services Sunday services Notes
Abellio Greater Anglia 11 July    5 July   6 July 
Arriva Trains Wales

11 July

12 July

13 July

Ferry reservations to Ireland are open up to 13 July

Chiltern Railways

11 July

12 July

13 July

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

CrossCountry

11 July

12 July

13 July


East Coast

11 July

5 July

6 July

 

East Midlands Trains

Liverpool - Norwich route

11 July

5 July

6 July


East Midlands Trains

London route

11 July

5 July 

6 July 


First Great Western

9 July

5 July

6 July


First Hull Trains

11 July

5 July

6 July 

 
First TransPennine Express

11 July

12 July

6 July

 
Grand Central

11 July

12 July

13 July


London Midland 11 July

5 July

6 July

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

Northern Rail

11 July

5 July

6 July

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

 11 July

5 July

6 July

Sleeper services are open up to 11 July
Southern

11 July

5 July

6 July

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

South West Trains

Waterloo - Weymouth route

11 July

12 July

13 July

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

South West Trains

West of England route

11 July

12 July

13 July

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

Virgin Trains

9 July (except 26 May)

5 July (except 24 May)

6 July (except 25 May) 


 

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.