Advance Tickets Latest Purchase Times
Advance tickets are usually the cheapest way to travel by train, and generally go on sale 12 weeks before your date of travel. You have to travel on the train you’re booked on, but you get a much cheaper price by foregoing flexible travel times.
But how late can you buy an Advance ticket before you travel? The deadline used to be 18:00 on the day before travel, but many train companies now allow you to buy an Advance ticket much later than this, even on the day of travel itself.
Every train company that sells Advance tickets has its own deadlines. This can vary depending on whether you buy your ticket direct with the train company, from an online retailer, or from a station.
To find out the last possible time you can buy your Advance ticket, see the information for your train company below:
Avanti West Coast: 60 minutes before the trains starts its entire journey
Caledonian Sleeper: No details
Chiltern Railways: 18:00 day before travel
CrossCountry: 15 mins before travel
East Midlands Railway: End of day before travel
Grand Central: 4 hours before departure
Great Western Railway: 18:00 day before travel
Greater Anglia: 10 minutes before departure
Hull Trains: Day before travel
London Northwestern Railway: End of day before travel
LNER: 10 minutes before departure
Northern: 15 minutes before departure on some routes
ScotRail: 2 hours before departure
South Western Railway: End of day before travel
Southern: 18:00 day before travel
TransPennine Express: 15 minutes before departure on some routes
Transport for Wales: 18:00 day before travel
West Midlands Railway: End of day before travel
These times are subject to change. Please check retailer websites for latest updates.