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Simple rail fares

New names for rail fares have been introduced across the National Rail network.

What are the new names?

The new names bring together commonly used Single and Return fares into three categories. The new names describe when you can buy or use a ticket making, it easier for you to buy the best value ticket for your journey.Anytime fares are fully flexible tickets, with no time restrictions on when you can travel. Perfect for people who need complete flexibility.

Any Time

Buy any time, travel any time

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Off Peak

Buy any time, travel off-peak

Off-Peak fares are cheaper tickets for travelling on trains that are less busy. Where there is more than one Off-Peak fare for a journey, the cheaper fare with more restrictions will be named Super Off-Peak.

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Buy in advance, subject to availability

Advance fares are single (one-way) tickets offering great value for money on many longer distance journeys. They are sold in limited numbers, and so subject to availability. You must book in advance and travel on a specific train service.

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Why the change?

Customer feedback suggested that it isn’t always easy to find the best value ticket to match their needs because of the range of ticket names and different fares available.

The new fare names simplify the choice, allowing you to choose your rail ticket with confidence.

What are the benefits for you?

Ticket names are easier to understand

The new fare names describe when you can buy or use your ticket, making it easier for you to decide what ticket suits your journey. For example if you buy an Anytime fare, you can use it to travel any time during the day.

Fewer ticket names

We all want to get the best value fare for our rail journey, so with fewer names you can quickly work out what ticket you need to make your journey.

Common terms & conditions

Ticket terms and conditions are now the same across all train companies nationwide, so you know exactly where you stand.

New Railcard discounts

Railcard holders get 1/3 off all standard class Anytime, Off-Peak and Advance fares.  16-25, Senior, HM Forces and Disabled Persons Railcard holders also get 1/3 off First Class fares. Visit our Railcards page to check if you are eligible for a Railcard.

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Last updated:   08 March 2013