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 1 August 2014:

Train Company Monday to Friday services Saturday services Sunday services Notes
Abellio Greater Anglia 24 October   18 October   19 October 
Arriva Trains Wales

24 October

25 October

26 October

Ferry reservations to Ireland are open up to 26 October

Chiltern Railways

24 October  

25 October  

26 October  

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

CrossCountry

24 October  

25 October 

26 October


East Coast

24 October  

25 October  

26 October  

 

East Midlands Trains

Liverpool - Norwich route

24 October 

18 October  

19 October  


East Midlands Trains

London route

24 October  

18 October  

19 October  


First Great Western

22 October

18 October  

19 October  


First Hull Trains

24 October

18 October

19 October 

 
First TransPennine Express

24 October   

25 October 

19 October

 
Grand Central

24 October 

25 October

26 October


London Midland 24 October 

18 October 

19 October 

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

Northern Rail

24 October 

18 October 

19 October 

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

24 October 

18 October 

19 October 

Sleeper services are open up to 24 October 
Southern

24 October 

18 October

19 October

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

South West Trains

Waterloo - Weymouth route

24 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

24 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

24 October        18 October 19 October

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

Virgin Trains

23 October 

 18 October 

19 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.