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GC Advance (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


  • One-way First Class ticket offering the best value price for each journey.

  • Non-refundable.

  • Change of journeys may incur a fee.

  • Ticket must be booked in advance of travel and are subject to availability.

  • Valid only on the specific booked train.


Know your Luggage limits - Starting from March 2024, you may travel with no more than 3 items of luggage - a maximum of one suitcase (not exceeding 30x70x90cm), a small carry-on bag, and a handbag. Please don’t exceed these limits, as extra items will only be carried if there is available space on board, and excess charges will apply. Visit our Grand Central Luggage page for more information.

Single or Return



  • Grand Central

First Class Ticket Code

GD1, GC3, GC4, GC0, GC5, GC6, GC9, GC8, GC7, GD2 & GD8


Purchase Location

Any National Rail staffed ticket office, train company telesales office, online at most train company websites and selected rail appointed travel agents.

Purchase Availability

Tickets are valid only on the date and train service(s) shown on the ticket(s). Where applicable, valid only for travel in the class and reserved seat)s) shown on the ticket(s).

Pre-booking Requirement

Tickets must be purchased in advance of travel, subject to availability. Generally, the earlier the ticket is booked the better the deal. Tickets are available upto 26 weeks before travel.

Reservations Compulsory






Children aged 5 to 15 inclusive: 50% discount. Up to two children under 5 may travel free of charge with each fare-paying adult.



34% discounts are available with the following Railcards:

  • 16-25,

  • 26-30,

  • Family & Friends,

  • Senior,

  • HM Forces,

  • Disabled Persons,

  • Two Together.

General Conditions

Where an excess fare has been paid up to the price of a walk-up ticket, the excess fare paid varies the terms under which the passenger can travel, but it does not alter the refund terms of the original GC Advance ticket. If the passenger subsequently asks for a refund on the combination of GC Advance ticket, Excess fare paid and any administration fees paid, the GC Advance ticket and change of journey fee remain non-refundable and a refund is only payable on the difference in fare paid. This may be subject to a refund fee of no more than £10 if your journey is cancelled or disrupted.

Outward Journey

Day Of Travel

Valid only on the date shown on the ticket.

Time Of Travel

Valid only at the specified time and train printed on the ticket

Break Of Journey

Customers may not start, break and resume, or end their journey at any intermediate station except to change to/from connecting trains as shown on the ticket(s) or other valid travel itinerary.

Return Journey

Day Of Travel


Time Of Travel


Break Of Journey

Not applicable. GC Advance are single tickets only.


GC Advance tickets are non-refundable.

Changes To Travel Plans

Changes to time or date of travel must be arranged before departure of the first reserved train printed on the ticket, after which the ticket has no value and a new ticket must be purchased. You will need to present the ticket(s) and reservation(s) when a change is requested.

Changes to tickets cannot be made on-board the train. If customers board a train without a ticket and reservation for that service, a new ticket must be purchased.

  • The origin, destination and Train Company or route shown on the ticket(s) must remain the same.

  • The difference between the price paid and cost of the next suitable fare for the journey is payable.

  • An administration fee of no more than £10 may be charged per ticket for each change to a journey.

  • If customers change to a train on which a cheaper fare is available, the difference will not be refunded.

Please note

Where a GC Advance ticket has been purchased online and the ticket has either been self-printed at home or downloaded to a mobile device this may alter the rules for changing the ticket. The relevant conditions will be made clear when the ticket is bought.