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 12 August 2022

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.

Booking Horizons

Below is a summary of the farthest travel dates in the future where it's possible to reserve seats today, for those Train Companies offering seat reservations

Avanti West Coast

 

Saturday service:

3 September

Sunday service:

9 September

Monday to Friday service:

17 October

Latest time of reservation:

Customers can make a seat reservation up to 10 minutes before departure from a station on all services (subject to availability).

Notes:

 

Caledonian Sleeper

 

These can be booked 12 months in advance.

Chiltern Railways - between Birmingham and London Marylebone

 

Saturday service:

8 October

Sunday service:

9 October

Monday to Friday service:

14 October

Latest time of reservation:

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

Notes:

Closed on 29 / 30 / 31 July, 18 / 20 / 21 / 29 August and on 3 / 4 / 10 / 11 / 18 / 24 / 26 September

Chiltern Railways - between Oxford and London Marylebone

 

Saturday service:

8 October

Sunday service:

9 October

Monday to Friday service:

14 October

Latest time of reservation:

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

Notes:

Closed on 27 - 31 July, 18 / 20 / 21 / 29 August and 3 / 4 / 10 / 11 / 17 / 18 / 24 - 26 September and 1 / 2 October.

CrossCountry - East to West routes

 

Routes: 

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

Saturday service:

8 October

Sunday service:

9 October

Monday to Friday service:

14 October

Latest time of reservation:

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

Notes: 

CrossCountry - North to South routes

 

Routes:

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

Saturday service:

1 October

Sunday service:

2 October

Monday to Friday service:

7 October

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.

Notes:

Reservations for Birmingham - Manchester / Reading and Reading - Southampton / Bournemouth are closed for dates after 30 September.

East Midlands Railway - Between Liverpool and Norwich

 

Saturday service:

8 October

Sunday service:

9 October

Monday to Friday service:

4 November

Notes:

Industrial action on some dates will reduce availability of advance tickets.

Latest time of reservation:

Up to 23:59 the day before travel.

East Midlands Railway - London route

 

Saturday service:

15 October

Sunday service:

16 October

Monday to Friday service:

4 November

Notes:

Industrial action on some dates will reduce availability of advance tickets.

Latest time of reservation:

Up to 23:59 the day before travel.

Grand Central

 

Saturday service:

15 October

Sunday service:

16 October

Monday to Friday service:

9 December

Latest time of reservation:

Up to 4 hours before departing origin point.

Notes:

Reservations are closed on some routes on Saturday 24 / Sunday 25 September.

Great Western Railway

 

Saturday service:

29 October

Sunday service:

30 October

Monday to Friday service:

25 November

Latest time of reservation:

Up to 2 minutes before travel at any station on Great Western Railway routes.

Greater Anglia / Stansted Express

 

Saturday service:

8 October

Sunday service:

9 October

Monday to Friday service:

14 October

Latest time of reservation:

Up to 23:59 the day before travel. 

Notes:

Reservations are closed for some dates as a result of proposed industrial action.

Hull Trains

 

Saturday service:

22 October

Sunday service:

23 October

Monday to Friday service:

2 December

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.

Notes:​​​​​​​

Currently closed 28 August, due to engineering works.

LNER

 

Saturday service:

24 September

Sunday service:

25 September

Monday to Friday service:

4 November

Notes:

Latest time of reservation:

Reservations are closed between 1 and 10 October.

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.

Tickets will be available on the following dates only on the LNER website and app:

  • From 5 November to 9 December

Lumo

 

Saturday service:

10 December

Sunday service:

4 December

Monday to Friday service:

9 December

Notes:

Northern

 

Saturday service:

10 September

Sunday service:

11 September

Monday to Friday service:

16 September

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.

ScotRail

 

Saturday service:

1 October

Sunday service:

2 October

Monday to Friday service:

7 October

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:

Engineering work is taking place on the below dates and routes:

Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 September 2022

Glasgow – Ayr and return

Tuesday 13, Wednesday 14 & Thursday 15 September 2022 

Glasgow – Fort William and return

Glasgow – Mallaig and return

Glasgow – Oban and return

Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 September 2022

Edinburgh - North Berwick and return

Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 September 2022

Edinburgh - North Berwick and return

Saturday 1 October and Sunday 2 October 2022

Glasgow – Aberdeen and return

Glasgow – Inverness and return

Edinburgh – Inverness and return

Edinburgh – Aberdeen and return

Edinburgh - North Berwick and return

Aberdeen – Inverness and return

Sunday 2 October 2022

Glasgow – Ayr and return

 

Southeastern

 

Saturday service:

24 September

Sunday service:

25 September

Monday to Friday service:

26 October

Latest time of reservation:

Up to 18:00 the day before.

Notes:

Reservations are closed on 27 / 28 / 30 / 31 July due to proposed strike action.

Weekday tickets are only bookable maximum 84 days ahead of travel.

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:

15 October

Sunday service:

16 October

Monday to Friday service:

4 November

Latest time of reservation:

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

Notes:

Reservations are currently closed on 1 / 2 / 8 / 9 October

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:

22 October

Sunday service:

4 September

Monday to Friday service:

4 November

Latest time of reservation:

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

Notes:

Some services are closed for reservations on 28 August.

South Western Railway - West of England

 

Saturday service:

29 October

Sunday service:

30 October

Monday to Friday service:

4 November

Latest time of reservation:

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

Notes:

Some services are closed for reservations on 3 / 4 / 10 / 11 September, and from 19 September to 9 October and 15 / 16 October.

South Western Railway - Portsmouth route, Isle of Wight

 

Saturday service:

1 October

Sunday service:

21 August

Monday to Friday service:

4 November

Latest time of reservation:

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

Notes:

Some services are closed for reservations on 3 / 10 / 17 / 24 / 26 - 28 September.

Thameslink

 

Saturday service:

24 September

Sunday service:

25 September

Monday to Friday service:

4 November

Latest time of reservation:

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

Notes:

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

TransPennine Express

 

Saturday service:

10 December

Sunday service:

Closed due to possible amended timetable

Monday to Friday service:

9 December

Latest time of reservation:

Up to 23:59 the day before travel. 

Notes:

All routes: Reservations are closed 18 / 19 / 20 August due to industrial action.

Transport for Wales

 

Transport for Wales advance tickets are available 6 weeks 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:

A limited number of sailings are available up to 6 weeks in advance of travel.

West Midlands Trains

 

Saturday service:

17 September

Sunday service:

18 September

Monday to Friday service:

4 November

Notes:

Reservations are currently closed for 13 / 18 / 20 August because of proposed industrial action, and also on 24 - 28 October.

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.

 

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Last updated:   12 August 2022