Season Tickets

How much could you save?

If you make the same journey more than three or four times a week you may find that, on the majority of routes, Season Tickets offer better value for money compared to buying daily tickets. Season Tickets allow unlimited travel in both directions between the stations specified.

Why not use our Season Ticket Calculator to see how much you could save... You'll also save time - there will be no need to visit the booking office every day!

How long can a Season Ticket be valid for?

You can buy a season ticket for seven days or any period between one month and a year:

Seven Days

You can use the ticket at any time during any seven day period for travel between the points shown on the ticket - the more you travel, the more you save!

A month

Monthly Season Tickets offer great savings compared to buying four individual Seven Day season tickets.

Over one month

Season Tickets can also be purchased for any duration between one month and one year.

What sort of journey can I buy a Season Ticket for?

Season Tickets are available for most short and medium distance journeys on the National Rail network. Season Tickets are not generally available for long distance journeys, but maybe available where a train company chooses to offer them.

For very long journeys, an All Line Rail Rover Ticket can work out a lot cheaper than buying individual tickets and gives the added bonus of unlimited travel anywhere on the National Rail Network. They are available for periods of 7 or 14 days - more information can be found on our Special Offers page.

London Area Travelcard Seasons

Travelcard Season Tickets can be used on most of London's public transport network including National Rail, London Underground, Docklands Light Railway, London Buses and Tramlink services. The Travelcard area is shown on the London Connections map.

Information about London Area Travelcards

  • For travel only within the London Travelcard area...If your journey is entirely within the London Travelcard area, Travelcard season tickets offer unlimited travel anytime within the chosen Travelcard Zones on National Rail, London Underground, Docklands Light Railway, and Tramlink (valid throughout the Tramlink network when Travelcard is valid in Zone 3, 4, 5 or 6 or any combination of these Zones) services for the period for which the ticket is valid. Your Travelcard will also be valid on most London bus services on the London Bus network. The London Rail & Tube Services Map shows the extent of all the Zones. For Travelcard season prices use our Season Ticket Calculator. You can also view the full range of zonal fares on the Transport for London website.
  • For travel from a station outside the London Travelcard area...If you start your commute from a station outside the Travelcard area, your Travelcard season ticket offers unlimited travel between your starting station and the Zone 6 boundary of the Travelcard area (on the route shown on your Travelcard), plus unlimited travel on National Rail, London Underground, Docklands Light Railway, Tramlink (valid throughout the Tramlink network when Travelcard is valid in Zone 3, 4, 5 or 6 or any combination of these Zones) within your chosen Zones, for the period for which your ticket is valid. Your Travelcard will also be valid on most London bus services on the London Bus network. Travelcard seasons can only be issued for a minimum of two adjacent Zones and must include Zone 6. For Travelcard season prices use our Season Ticket Calculator.
  • From Sunday 20 May 2012, customers must have a photocard in support of any 7-Day Travelcard when purchased from railway ticket offices. 

PLUSBUS - Combined Rail and Bus Season Tickets

You can now buy your train season ticket and your bus season ticket at the train station in just one easy transaction – saving you time and money!

With a PLUSBUS season ticket you don't have to drive in peak hour traffic, or hunt around for a parking space. Simply hop-on any bus, show your PLUSBUS season ticket to the driver and away you go!

PLUSBUS season tickets are available to 170 towns and cities across Britain. They are valid for set periods to match your train season ticket: 7-days; 1-month; 3-months and 1-year and give you unlimited bus travel on all participating bus operators’ services around your origin, or destination town.

What's more, with a PLUSBUS season ticket you can travel as much as you like during the evening and at weekends. Use PLUSBUS for your journeys to the shops, leisure attractions and to visit your friends!

Visit our own PLUSBUS pages or go direct to the PLUSBUS Website.

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Buying a Season Ticket

Season Tickets are available for most short and medium distance journeys on the National Rail network. Season Tickets are not generally available for long distance journeys, but maybe available where a train company chooses to offer them.

For very long journeys, an All Line Rail Rover Ticket can work out a lot cheaper than buying individual tickets and gives the added bonus of Unlimited Travel ANYWHERE on the National Rail Network. All Line Rail Rovers are available for periods of 7 days or 14 days. Other regional Rail Rovers may be available but usually have some time restrictions during peak hours - more information can be found on our Special Offers page.

When can I buy a ticket?

You may be able to buy your Season Ticket before the day it is due to start. However, to avoid misuse of season tickets, they can only be purchased a short period of time beforehand.

The table below summarises when you can purchase or renew your Season Ticket or Travelcard:

I need to:

7 Day Season Ticket or Travelcard

Season Tickets and Travelcard Seasons for 1 month or more

Buy a new Season Ticket or Travelcard

or

Renew a Season Ticket or Travelcard Season following a break in continuity

A ticket may be issued on the start date.

If the start date is a Monday (or Tuesday after a Bank Holiday), the season ticket may be issued from 06:00 on the previous Sunday.

If the start date is a Saturday, Sunday or Monday (also Tuesday after a Bank Holiday), the ticket may be issued from noon on the previous Friday.

If the start date is another day, the ticket may be issued after noon on the previous day.

Renew my existing Season Ticket or Travelcard Season with no break in continuity

If the start date is a Sunday or Monday (or Tuesday after a Bank Holiday), the Season Ticket may be issued from noon on the previous Friday.

If the start date is any another day, the ticket may be issued after noon on the previous day.

The ticket may be issued anytime up to seven days in advance.

Over the Christmas and New Year holiday period these rules are generally relaxed - please ask your local train company.

Where can I buy a ticket?

You can buy a season ticket at any staffed ticket office. If you are buying a Monthly or longer season ticket for the first time, you'll need to complete an application form.

  • You will need a recent passport-type photograph for the accompanying photo card
  • To avoid the queues, it's best to avoid buying your ticket on weekday mornings
  • If you already have a photocard, you may be able to buy seven day season tickets at self-service ticket machines.

You may also be able to buy your tickets over the telephone or internet from the appropriate .

How can I pay for my Season Ticket:

It's easy to pay for your season ticket, with a range of options available.

You can pay for your season ticket in the following ways:

  • Cheques - Details of payment by cheque
  • Rail travel vouchers
  • A Rail Warrant issued by your employer
  • One of the following credit or debit cards:
    • American Express
    • Delta
    • Mastercard
    • Maestro
    • Visa
    • JCB
  • Some train companies may also allow you to spread the cost of the season ticket by paying with Direct Debit – please ask when purchasing for more information.

Season Tickets Routes

Which Train Company or Route can I use?

Unless the season ticket says it can only be used on a specific Train Company, it is valid on all Train Company services on the route and within the zones for which the ticket is issued.

Season ticket with 'Dual Route Availability'

If two railway lines run close or on geographically parallel routes it may possible to buy a specially priced Season Ticket with dual route availability - for example a Season Ticket from Farnborough to London can be requested to be available to use from Aldershot or a Season Ticket from Huntingdon to London can be available to use from Cambridge.

Discounts

Children

  • Children (aged 5-15 years inclusive) receive a 50% discount on Season Tickets and Travelcards, for both First Class and Standard travel.
  • 7-Day Season Tickets/Travelcards - If the child reaches their 16th birthday during the validity of the ticket, a 7-Day Season Ticket with the 50% discount will remain valid.
  • Monthly or Longer Season Tickets or Travelcards - A child who becomes 16 years old on the first day of a 'period' Season Ticket/Travelcards pays the adult rate. If the birthday is within the ticket's validity period, but after the first day, the half rate ticket will continue to be valid, but needs to expire up to a maximum of four months after the 16th birthday.
  • Annual Gold Cards - These tickets are not issued to children. Full details on Gold Cards.

Railcards

Railcard discounts are not available on Season Tickets, as these tickets are already heavily discounted.

Special Season Tickets

Annual Gold Cards

Gold Cards are annual season tickets with a difference! When you buy an annual season ticket for a journey entirely within the Network Area, you are automatically issued with a Gold Card.

More information about Gold Cards

'Early Bird' Season Tickets

First Transpennine Express offers discounted Weekly or Monthly Season Tickets in Standard class for travel on earlier trains between Dewsbury/Huddersfield/Lancaster/Leeds/Preston/Sheffield and Manchester Piccadilly for those passengers who can arrive at Manchester before 0730. The return journey must depart between 1000 and 1600, or after 1830.

The 'Early Bird Plus' is a supplement which is available at £6.00 and allows holders of the 'Early Bird' season ticket to travel during peak periods on the date of purchase only.

Tickets and supplements may be purchased at the station only, ask at the booking office for more details and price.

 

Southeastern offers discounted 7 day or monthly Season Tickets for travel on earlier trains from Gravesend and Meopham to London. Ask at the booking office for more details and price.

Passenger's Charter Discounts

Each Train Company Passenger's Charter gives performance targets and details of the discounts available for Monthly or longer Season Ticket renewals in the event of below standard reliability or time keeping for the train service group. Details of any discounts are announced locally by individual Train Companies.

Season Ticket refunds

If you stop travelling and no longer need your Season Ticket, please hand it in at, or post it to, the ticket office where you bought it.

Full information about season ticket refunds can be found in the Season Ticket Terms and Conditions page.

Full Terms and Conditions

Full details of your season ticket can be found in our Season Ticket Terms and Conditions page. There may be some special conditions that apply to individual or journeys. These will be explained to you when you buy your ticket.