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 12 December 2014:

Train Company Monday to Friday services Saturday services Sunday services Notes
Abellio Greater Anglia 6 March 

28 February

1 March


Arriva Trains Wales

6 March

7 March

8 March

Not open 29 December on Hereford - Shrewsbury route.

Ferry reservations to Ireland are open up to 1 March (except Swift sailings which are closed from 13 to 29 January).

Chiltern Railways

6 March

 7 March

8 March

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

CrossCountry

6 March

7 March

8 March


East Coast

6 March

28 February

1 March

 

East Midlands Trains

Liverpool - Norwich route

6 March

28 February

1 March


East Midlands Trains

London route

6 March

28 February

1 March


First Great Western

4 March

28 February

1 March


First Hull Trains

6 March

28 February

1 March

 
First TransPennine Express

6 March  

7 March

1 March

 
Grand Central

6 March

7 March

8 March


London Midland

6 March

28 February

1 March

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

Northern Rail

6 March

28 February

1 March

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

6 March

28 February

1 March

Sleeper services are open up to 27 February. Sleeper services will not run on 24, 25, 26, 28 or 31 December also 1, 2 January

South West Trains

Waterloo - Weymouth route

6 March

7 March

8 March

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

South West Trains

West of England route

6 March

7 March

8 March

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

6 March

7 March

8 March

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

Southern

6 March   

28 February 

1 March

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

Virgin Trains

5 March

28 February 

1 March 


 

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.