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Off-Peak Return (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

Off-Peak fares are cheaper tickets for travelling on trains that are less busy. You may need to travel at specific times of the day, days of the week and sometimes on specific routes or operators.

The times when you may use your Off-Peak ticket will depend on the journey you are making and you will be advised when buying your ticket. The National Rail Journey Planner will automatically work out which tickets are valid for your journey.

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

FSR, G1R & FRW

Availability

Purchase Location

Ticket offices and travel centres, self-service ticket machines at stations, rail-appointed travel agents, online at most train company websites or through other online retailers or train company telesales offices.

Purchase Availability

Tickets can be bought in advance or immediately before travel.

Pre-booking Requirement

None

Reservations Compulsory

No

Discounts

Children

Yes

Railcards

Yes

General Conditions

The outward part of the ticket is only valid for travel when accompanied by the unused return part of the same ticket.

Off-Peak tickets may require you to travel at specific times of day, days of the week or on a specific route. Website journey planners can tell you when your ticket can be used - simply enter your outward and return journey times to see the trains you can travel on. If you board a train at a time when your Off-Peak ticket is not valid, you will be charged the difference between the fare you have paid and the cheapest valid fare for the service concerned.  In some circumstances you may have to pay a penalty fare.  

If the route shown on the ticket has a + or † symbol then the ticket includes the cost of travelling between certain London Stations (e.g. between Liverpool Street and Paddington) by either London Underground, Docklands Light Railway (DLR) or Thameslink services as appropriate to the route of the journey being made. Tickets will only be accepted by London Underground and DLR up to the last day of validity of the ticket and until 04:29 the following day. Other than to change trains, a break of journey at intermediate London Underground or DLR stations is not permitted.

All tickets and travel are subject to the National Rail Conditions of Travel.

Special conditions applicable to the network area

The National Rail Journey Planner will automatically work out which tickets are valid for your journey. 

The times when you may use your Off-Peak ticket are indicated by a Restriction Code applicable to the journey you are making. This can be viewed by clicking the link from the Journey Planner ticket terms and conditions page once you have made your selection.

The Restriction Code is a two character (alpha-numeric) code. This is shown on most tickets and the meaning can be found by going to www.nationalrail.co.uk/XX [where 'XX' is the two character code].

You will also be advised of the restriction when buying your ticket.

Outward Journey

Time Of Travel

Off-Peak Return tickets are valid for return travel within one calendar month from the start date shown on the ticket and until 04:29 in the morning after last day of validity.

Break Of Journey

Break of journey is permitted unless otherwise indicated by a restriction shown against the ticket's Restriction Code.

Overnight break of journey - if the journey cannot be completed on the same day, the ticket may be used to continue the journey on the following day.

Unless otherwise indicated in the relevant restriction code, time restrictions apply as from the initial origin station on both days.

The appropriate restrictions for the actual day on which travel is being undertaken apply (for example, it may be that if day 1 is on Sunday, no restrictions apply, but on day 2, the Monday-Friday restrictions apply). All travel must be completed by 04:29 in the morning after this second day.

Return Journey

Break Of Journey

Break of journey is permitted unless otherwise indicated by a restriction shown against the ticket's Restriction Code.

Overnight break of journey - if the journey cannot be completed on the same day, the ticket may be used to continue the journey on the following day.

Unless otherwise indicated in the relevant restriction code, time restrictions apply as from the initial origin station on both days.

The appropriate restrictions for the actual day on which travel is being undertaken apply (for example, it may be that if day 1 is on Sunday, no restrictions apply, but on day 2, the Monday-Friday restrictions apply). All travel must be completed by 04:29 in the morning after this second day.

Refunds

Your ticket is refundable. If you decide not to use your ticket to make all or part of your intended journey then you can get a refund by returning your unused ticket to the ticket office or place of purchase (for tickets bought via websites, telesales or travel agents) within 28 days of the ticket expiry date.

You may be required to pay an administration fee (up to a maximum of £5 per ticket). The refund amount will normally take into account any use you have made of the ticket and in some circumstances no refund will be paid.