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Season Ticket (First Class)

The following terms and conditions apply to this type of ticket. Please note that some tickets have restrictions on the days or times you can travel. Please check before you travel.

Terms and Conditions

Description

Season Tickets allow unlimited travel between two stations for a specified period of time. Season Tickets are usually available for periods of seven days or for any period from one month to one year.

Season Tickets offer great savings for regular travelers and where savings can usually be made even if  travelling fewer than 5 days a week. An Annual Season ticket gives offers 52 weeks' travel for the price of 40 already-discounted Weekly Season Tickets.

Single or Return

Return

Operator

  • Southern
  • CrossCountry
  • Grand Central
  • Caledonian Sleeper
  • Transport for Wales
  • South Western Railway
  • Island Line
  • c2c
  • West Midlands Railway
  • TransPennine Express
  • Thameslink
  • Stansted Express
  • Southeastern
  • ScotRail
  • Northern
  • Merseyrail
  • Lumo
  • London Overground
  • London Northwestern Railway
  • LNER
  • Hull Trains
  • Greater Anglia
  • Great Western Railway
  • Great Northern
  • Gatwick Express
  • Elizabeth line
  • East Midlands Railway
  • Chiltern Railways
  • Avanti West Coast
  • London Underground

First Class Ticket Code

0AR, 0AT, PSF & 7DF

Availability

Purchase Location

Season Tickets can be bought at any staffed National Rail ticket office or on the website from the appropriate Train Company. 7-Day Season Tickets can also be purchased at most self-service ticket machines. Season Tickets can also be bought over the telephone from some retailers.

Purchase Availability

To prevent any misuse, Season Tickets and Travelcards are not generally issued in advance, although Seasons on Smartcard and Travelcard Season on Oyster, can be issued up to 30 days in advance of the first day of validity.

To minimise inconvenience to customers, the following rules apply to Season Tickets issued on printed stock:

NEW TICKETS

(including renewing Season Tickets following a break of continuity)           

A Ticket may be issued:

7-Day Seasons &

Travelcards

  •  on the start date;

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

Period Seasons & Travelcards

(including Annual & Gold Cards)

  • if the start date is a SaturdaySunday or Monday (also Tuesday after a Bank Holiday), the Ticket may be issued from 12:00 (noon) on the previous Friday;

  • if the start date is another day, the Ticket may be issued after 12:00 (noon) on the previous day.

  • over the Christmas and New Year holiday period these rules are generally relaxed. Please refer to local TOC instructions.

RENEWALS

Where the current ticket is SURRENDERED* with NO BREAK OF CONTINUITY

A Ticket may be issued:

7-Day Seasons & Travelcards

  • if the start date is a Sunday or Monday (or Tuesday after a Bank Holiday), the ticket may be issued from 12:00 (noon) on the previous Friday.

  • if the start date is another day, the ticket may be issued after 12:00 (noon) on the previous day.

Period Seasons & Travelcards (including Annual & Gold Cards)

  •  the Ticket may be issued any time up to seven days in advance.

  • over the Christmas and New Year holiday period these rules are generally relaxed. Please refer to local TOC instructions.

*Surrendered to retailer used for current Season Ticket

Pre-booking Requirement

If buying a Season Ticket for the first time, a recent passport-type photograph for the accompanying photocard is required.

In addition, if buying a monthly or longer Season Ticket for the first time, an application form will need to be completed so that a Record Card can be held by the issuing Train Company.

Reservations Compulsory

No

Discounts

Children

Yes

Railcards

Yes

In very limited circumstances. See Railcard terms and conditions for details of applicable discounts.

General Conditions

Season Ticket holders' names and addresses are recorded (Monthly or longer). 

Special conditions applicable to the network area

Season Tickets held as 'smart' tickets (barcoded or on a smartcard) may have their own special terms and conditions that differ to physical 'paper' Season Tickets. More information can be found at https://www.nationalrail.co.uk/tickets-railcards-and-offers/ticket-types/season-tickets/

Outward Journey

Day Of Travel

Any day and up to 04:29 after expiry date on ticket.

Time Of Travel

Any time of day.

Break Of Journey

Break of Journey may not be allowed on all permitted routes. Restrictions will be advised at point of purchase.

Return Journey

Day Of Travel

Any day and up to 04:29 after expiry date on ticket.

Time Of Travel

Any time of day.

Changes To Travel Plans

If the Season Ticket held does not cover the journey in full, or has been left at home, or is for Standard class accommodation when travelling in First Class, the appropriate additional ticket must be purchased before travel.