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 31 October 2014:

Train Company Monday to Friday services Saturday services Sunday services Notes
Abellio Greater Anglia 23 January  17 January

18 January

Not open 4, 11 January on London - Clacton / Norwich route.
Arriva Trains Wales

23 January

24 January

25 January

Not open 24, 27, 28, 29 December on Hereford - Shrewsbury route.

Ferry reservations to Ireland are open up to 25 January (except Swift sailings which are only open to 12 January).

Chiltern Railways

23 January

24 January

25 January

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

CrossCountry

23  January

24 January

25 January


East Coast

23  January

17 January

18 January

 

East Midlands Trains

Liverpool - Norwich route

23 January

17 January 

18 January 


East Midlands Trains

London route

23 January 

17 January

18 January 


First Great Western

21 January

17 January

18 January


First Hull Trains

23 January

17 January

18 January

 
First TransPennine Express

16 January  

17 January

11 January

 
Grand Central

23 January

24 January

25 January


London Midland

23 January

17 January

18 January

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

Northern Rail

23 January

17 January

18 January

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

23 January

17 January

18 January

Serices north of Inverness are only open up to Friday 13 December.

Sleeper services are open up to 23 January. Sleeper services will not run on 24, 25, 26, 28, 30 and 31 December also 1, 2 January

South West Trains

Waterloo - Weymouth route

23 January  

24 January

25 January

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

South West Trains

West of England route

23 January 

24 January

25 January

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

23 January 

24 January

25 January

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

Southern

23 January   

17 January

18 January

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

Virgin Trains

22 January

17 January 

18 January 


 

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.