Advance Tickets and Seat Reservations

Below is a summary of the farthest travel dates in the future where it is possible to reserve seats today for those Train Companies offering seat reservations and Advance tickets .

Advance tickets are generally not available earlier than 12 weeks before the date of travel. 

Once train times are confirmed, Advance tickets will begin to appear in our Journey Planner. You will be able to find full details of availability and choose to buy them from your preferred retailer.

Advance tickets are sold in limited numbers for each available service, and so are subject to availability.

Information about buying tickets

Changes to train times

Sometimes, there can be changes to train times at weekends and bank holidays to allow essential engineering work to be carried out. Trains may be retimed or re-routed. Occasionally the journey may involve travelling on a bus service.  We have a dedicated area of our website which gives details about future engineering work.

Train Companies aim to provide information about changes to train times twelve weeks in advance.

Until the changes to the timetable are confirmed it is not always possible to buy Advance tickets or to make seat reservations on train services that may be affected by engineering work.

Advance ticket & reservation information last updated 22 January 2021

Temporary Timetable Change

Normally, the timetable for any particular day is confirmed 12 weeks in advance. For a temporary period Network Rail isn’t able to do this, instead confirming timetables 3 to 4 weeks in advance. Please check here for further information

Avanti West Coast

 

Saturday service:

27 March

Sunday service:

28 March

Monday to Friday service:

31 March

Latest time of reservation:

Trains departing point of origin before 11:00 up to 23:59 the day before travel.

Trains departing point of origin after 11:00 up to 4 hours before departing point of origin.

Notes:

Caledonian Sleeper

 

These can be booked 12 months in advance.

Chiltern Railways - between Birmingham and London Marylebone

 

Saturday service:

6 February

Sunday service:

7 February

Monday to Friday service:

9 April

Latest time of reservation:

Advance tickets are available up to 18:00 the day before travel.

Notes:

Advance tickets are not available on the following dates: 31 January, 2 / 5 April.

Chiltern Railways - between Oxford and London Marylebone

 

Saturday service:

6 February

Sunday service:

7 February

Monday to Friday service:

9 April

Latest time of reservation:

Advance tickets are available up to 18:00 the day before travel.

Notes:

Advance tickets are not available on the following dates: 31 January and 5 April.

CrossCountry - East to West routes

 

Routes: 

Between Nottingham and Cardiff via Birmingham, Stansted Airport and Birmingham New Street via Leicester.

Saturday service:

27 February

Sunday service:

28 February

Monday to Friday service:

26 February

Latest time of reservation:

Up to 21:00 the day before travel but some routes may close earlier.

CrossCountry - North to South routes

 

Routes:

Between Scotland and South West, Newcastle and Southampton, Manchester and Bournemouth / Bristol.

Saturday service:

27 February

Sunday service:

28 February

Monday to Friday service:

26 February

Latest time of reservation:

Up to 15 minutes before customers board the train when booked through CrossCountry's website or app, and at a select number of online retailers / travel agents.

East Midlands Railway - Between Liverpool and Norwich

 

Saturday service:

27 March

Sunday service:

14 March

Monday to Friday service:

16 April

Latest time of reservation:

Up to 23:59 the day before travel.

Notes:

Train times will be amended at short notice as a result of the current Covid-19 outbreak, please check train times before travelling.

Reservations are closed for the following dates: 7 March and 5 April

East Midlands Railway - London route

 

Saturday service:

27 March

Sunday service:

28 February

Monday to Friday service:

16 April

Notes:

Train times will be amended at short notice as a result of the current Covid-19 outbreak, please check train times before travelling.

Reservations can be made up to 23:59 the day before travel.

Reservations are closed for 2 and 5 April.

Grand Central

 

Saturday service:

10 April

Sunday service:

4 April

Monday to Friday service:

9 April

Latest time of reservation:

Up to 4 hours before departing origin point.

Notes:

Grand Central services have been suspended until 28 February

Grand Central services are closed 6 / 7, 13 / 14 and 20 / 21 March. 

Great Western Railway

 

Saturday service:

27 February

Sunday service:

28 February

Monday to Friday service:

12 March

Latest time of reservation:

Up until 18:00 the day before travel. 

Notes:

Greater Anglia / Stansted Express

 

Saturday service:

27 February

Sunday service:

28 February

Monday to Friday service:

5 March

Latest time of reservation:

Up to 23:59 the day before travel. 

Notes:

Closed on the Norwich route on  1 to 3 Jan and 9 / 10 / 16 / 17 / 23 / 24 / 30 / 31 January and 6 / 7 / 13 / 14 February.

Closed on the Clacton route on  1 to 3 Jan and 9 / 10 / 16 / 17 / 23 / 24 / 30 / 31 January and 6 / 7 / 13 / 14 February.

Hull Trains

 

Saturday service:

23 January

Sunday service:

7 February

Monday to Friday service:

25 February

Latest time of reservation:

Up to 15:00 day before travel for early morning services.

Other services up to 4 hours before departing point of origin.

LNER

 

Saturday service:

6 February

Sunday service:

7 February

Monday to Friday service:

25 February

Notes:

Reservations are closed for the following dates:

Latest time of reservation:

Up to 23:59 day before travel for some early morning trains.

Up to 40 minutes before departing point of origin.

Tickets are available further in advance for most weekday journeys between London and the stations north of York, including Newcastle and Edinburgh. Subject to exceptions, such as Bank Holiday periods.

Northern

 

Saturday service:

6 March

Sunday service:

7 March

Monday to Friday service:

12 March

Latest time of reservation:

Advance tickets are available up to 23:59 the day before travel. 

Notes:

Northern do not offer seat reservations but have quota controlled advance purchase products.

Due to alterations made because of Covid19, some routes are not currently available to book.

ScotRail

 

Saturday service:

30 January

Sunday service:

31 January

Monday to Friday service:

29 January

Latest time of reservation:

Up to 23:59 day before travel for some early morning trains.

Up to 2 hours before departing point of origin.

Notes:

Southeastern

 

Saturday service:

6 February

Sunday service:

7 February

Monday to Friday service:

5 February

Latest time of reservation:

Up to 18:00 the day before.

Notes:

Southeastern do not offer a specific seat allocation but use quota controls for controlling Advance tickets.

Weekend services will only be opened once train times have been confirmed.

Southern

 

Saturday service:

20 February

Sunday service:

21 February

Monday to Friday service:

16 April

Latest time of reservation:

Advance tickets are available up to 18:00 the day before travel. 

Notes:

Southern do not offer seat reservations but have quota controlled advance purchase products.

For Saturdays and Sundays, advance fares for Southern services will be released approximately seven days after the amended timetable has been uploaded to journey planners. Details of when the amended timetables will be uploaded are available here.

South Western Railway - Between London Waterloo and Weymouth

 

Saturday service:

27 February

Sunday service:

28 February

Monday to Friday service:

16 April

Latest time of reservation:

Advance tickets are available up to 23:59 the day before travel. 

Notes:

South Western Railway do not offer seat reservations but have quota controlled advance purchase products.

Reservations are closed for 2 / 5 April.

South Western Railway - West of England

 

Saturday service:

27 February

Sunday service:

28 February

Monday to Friday service:

16 April

Latest time of reservation:

Advance tickets are available up to 23:59 the day before travel. 

Notes:

South Western Railway do not offer seat reservations but have quota controlled advance purchase products.

Reservations are closed for 2 / 5 April.

South Western Railway - Portsmouth route, Isle of Wight

 

Saturday service:

27 February

Sunday service:

28 February

Monday to Friday service:

16 April

Latest time of reservation:

Advance tickets are available up to 23:59 the day before travel. 

Notes:

South Western Railway do not offer seat reservations but have quota controlled advance purchase products.

Reservations are closed on 2 / 5 April.

TransPennine Express

 

Saturday service:

20 March

Sunday service:

21 March

Monday to Friday service:

19 March

Latest time of reservation:

Up to 23:59 the day before travel. 

Notes:

North Route:

Liverpool – Manchester – Leeds – York – Newcastle
Manchester Airport – Manchester – Leeds – York – Middlesbrough – Redcar Central
York – Scarborough
Manchester – Leeds – Hull
Stopping services between Manchester & Huddersfield, Huddersfield & Leeds

• Sunday 31 January 2021. All North route services currently unavailable due to engineering work taking place at multiple locations across the route.
• Sunday 7 February 2021. Manchester – Hull services currently unavailable due to engineering work between Leeds and Selby & Manchester and Stalybridge.
• Sunday 21 February 2021. Services to / from Manchester Airport via Manchester Oxford Road currently unavailable due to engineering work between Manchester Oxford Road and Manchester Piccadilly.
• Sunday 7 and 14 March 2021. Services to / from Newcastle / Middlesbrough awaiting engineering updates.

Anglo Scottish Route:

Manchester Airport – Manchester – Preston – Carlisle – Edinburgh / Glasgow
Liverpool – Preston – Carlisle - Glasgow

Please note TPE are not currently taking reservations or selling Advance tickets for First Class on the Anglo Scottish route until further notice.

• Sunday 31 January 2021. Services currently unavailable due to engineering work in the Bolton area.
• Sunday 21 February 2021. Services to / from Manchester Airport via Manchester Oxford Road currently unavailable due to engineering work between Manchester Oxford Road and Manchester Piccadilly.

South Route:

Manchester Airport – Manchester – Sheffield – Doncaster – Cleethorpes

• Sundays from 10 -  24 January 2021. Services currently unavailable due to engineering work between Manchester and Sheffield.

Transport for Wales

 

Transport for Wales advance tickets are available 7 days in advance of travel.

Latest time of reservation:

Up to 19:00 day before travel for some early morning trains.

Other services up to 4 hours before departure point of origin.

Notes:

Ferry services to / from Ireland are open for reservations, however customers should be aware that sailings are subject to Covid-19 restrictions, full details can be found for Irish Ferries here, and for Stena Line here.

West Midlands Trains

 

Saturday service:

27 February

Sunday service:

28 February

Monday to Friday service:

5 March

Latest time of reservation:

Information will be added when available.

Notes:

Special Events

Please note: NO trains will operate on Christmas Day. On Boxing Day some Train Operating Companies will run a very limited service.

The availability of Advance tickets could be affected by special events taking place along the route of the journey. Please check before travelling.