Compensation and Refunds
If your train journey is delayed or cancelled you may be entitled to some or all of your money back
If your train journey is delayed or cancelled you may be entitled to a full refund from the retailer of your ticket, or compensation from the train company that caused the delay.
If your train is delayed or cancelled and you choose not to travel, your unused ticket can be refunded without any fees by the original retailer. If you bought your ticket from a train company, you can find their contact information on our Find a Train Company page.
If you are travelling and arrive late at your destination due to a cancelled or delayed service, you may be able to claim compensation. You will need to request compensation directly from your train company.
Compensation will depend on:
which train company you travelled with – different companies have different schemes, but they all offer compensation
the type of ticket you have – for example, compensation for a single Day ticket is calculated differently than that for a 7-Day Season ticket
the length of the delay in arriving at your destination – each train company has its own compensation threshold, which will be detailed in their Passenger’s Charter on their website. For example, if you are delayed by over an hour, you will generally receive more compensation than if you were delayed by 15 to 30 minutes
Claims can be made online, or by post using a form that you can download from a train company website or get from a staffed station.
Some train companies allow customers to register certain kinds of tickets online to make future claims quicker and easier.
Delay Repay is a nationwide scheme that makes it easier for you to get compensation for delayed train journeys. If you are delayed for any reason when you travel on a participating National Rail service you can claim Delay Repay. The delay is calculated against either the normal timetable, or an amended timetable that is published in advance (for example during planned engineering works at weekends). Visit your train company’s website to find out more about Delay Repay and compensation.
National Rail Conditions of Travel
The National Rail Conditions of Travel outlines the minimum compensation offered through a train company’s Passenger’s Charter. However, most companies pay more than the minimum and also provide compensation for shorter delays. You can view and download the National Rail Conditions of Travel on our page about Your Rights and Obligations as a Passenger.