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 16 July 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:

21 August

Sunday service:

22 August

Monday to Friday service:

14 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:

Closed on Monday 30 August.

Caledonian Sleeper

 

These can be booked 12 months in advance.

Chiltern Railways - between Birmingham and London Marylebone

 

Saturday service:

2 October

Sunday service:

3 October

Monday to Friday service:

15 October

Latest time of reservation:

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

Notes:

Closed on 17 July, 21 / 28 / 29 / 30 August and on 18 / 19 / 26 September and 12 October.

Chiltern Railways - between Oxford and London Marylebone

 

Saturday service:

2 October

Sunday service:

3 October

Monday to Friday service:

15 October

Latest time of reservation:

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

Notes:

Closed on 17 July, 21 / 28 / 29 / 30 August and on 18 / 19 / 26 September and 12 October.

CrossCountry - East to West routes

 

Routes: 

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

Saturday service:

4 September

Sunday service:

5 September

Monday to Friday service:

1 October

Latest time of reservation:

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

Notes:

Bookings on the Birmingham - Stansted route are closed for dates after 17 September.

CrossCountry - North to South routes

 

Routes:

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

Saturday service:

11 September

Sunday service:

12 September

Monday to Friday service:

24 September

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​​​​​​​:

The following routes are closed on Sunday 12 September - Birmingham to Manchester / Reading and Reading to Southampton / Bournemouth.

The following routes will be closed from Monday 20 - Friday 24 September - Birmingham to Manchester / Reading and Reading to Southampton / Bournemouth.

East Midlands Railway - Between Liverpool and Norwich

 

Saturday service:

28 August

Sunday service:

29 August

Monday to Friday service:

1 October

Latest time of reservation:

Up to 23:59 the day before travel.

Notes:

Closed on Monday 30 August.

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

East Midlands Railway - London route

 

Saturday service:

21 August

Sunday service:

22 August

Monday to Friday service:

24 September

Notes:

Reservations for Monday 30 August are currently closed.

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.

Grand Central

 

Saturday service:

11 December

Sunday service:

5 December

Monday to Friday service:

10 December

Latest time of reservation:

Up to 4 hours before departing origin point.

Great Western Railway

 

Saturday service:

11 September

Sunday service:

12 September

Monday to Friday service:

15 October

Latest time of reservation:

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

Notes:

Services on the London – Bath - Bristol Temple Meads route are closed from Saturday 28 August until Friday 3 September inclusive.

Services on the Cardiff / Bristol – Portsmouth / Brighton route are closed from Saturday 28 August until Friday 3 September inclusive, and also on Saturday 11 September.

Services on the Cardiff / Bristol – Taunton / Weymouth routes are closed from Saturday 28 August until Friday 3 September inclusive.

Greater Anglia / Stansted Express

 

Saturday service:

25 September

Sunday service:

26 September

Monday to Friday service:

1 October

Latest time of reservation:

Up to 23:59 the day before travel. 

Notes:

 

Hull Trains

 

Saturday service:

17 July

Sunday service:

18 July

Monday to Friday service:

20 July

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:

9 October

Sunday service:

10 October

Monday to Friday service:

15 October

Notes:

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:

28 August

Sunday service:

29 August

Monday to Friday service:

3 September

Latest time of reservation:

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

Notes:

Northern are partially closed on some routes, as revised timetables are finalised.

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:

11 September

Sunday service:

12 September

Monday to Friday service:

17 September

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:

On the following dates, these routes will not be open for reservations, as a result of industrial action:

Industrial Action

20 / 27 June and 4 / 11 / 18 / 25 July 2021

Glasgow – Fort William / Mallaig

Glasgow – Oban

Glasgow / Edinburgh – Aberdeen

Glasgow / Edinburgh – Perth / Dundee / Arbroath

Glasgow / Edinburgh – Inverness

Inverness – Aberdeen

Engineering Work

4 July

Glasgow – Fort William / Mallaig

Glasgow – Oban

28 / 29 August

Inverness - Aberdeen

Southeastern

 

Saturday service:

28 August

Sunday service:

29 August

Monday to Friday service:

10 September

Latest time of reservation:

Up to 18:00 the day before.

Notes:

Reservations are required for all journeys on 14 - 18 July (inclusive) on High Speed services departing London St Pancras International before 11:00.

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:

14 August

Sunday service:

15 August

Monday to Friday service:

15 October

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.

Advance tickets will not be available on the Arun Valley and West Coastway routes for travel between Saturday 14th and Sunday 22nd August 2021 inclusive, because of engineering work in the Horsham area.

South Western Railway - Between London Waterloo and Weymouth

 

Saturday service:

2 October

Sunday service:

19 September

Monday to Friday service:

8 October

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  5 / 12 / 25 September.

South Western Railway - West of England

 

Saturday service:

2 October

Sunday service:

19 September

Monday to Friday service:

1 October

Latest time of reservation:

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

Notes:

Reservations are closed to / from Bristol from 14 August - 3 September, and on all West of England services on 5 / 11 / 12 / 25 / 26 September.

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

South Western Railway - Portsmouth route, Isle of Wight

 

Saturday service:

2 October

Sunday service:

19 September

Monday to Friday service:

8 October

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 5 / 11 September.

TransPennine Express

 

Saturday service:

11 December

Sunday service:

5 December

Monday to Friday service:

10 December

Latest time of reservation:

Up to 23:59 the day before travel.

Notes:

North Route: currently closed 7 - 15 August Inclusive, 22 August and the 4 / 5 / 12 / 18 / 19 / 25 / 26 September, 2 / 3 / 9 / 10 / 23 / 30 / 31 October and 7 / 13 / 14 / 15 November.

Anglo Scottish Route: No reservations or advance tickets are available for First Class on this route until further notice.

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:

21 August

Sunday service:

22 August

Monday to Friday service:

27 August

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:   16 July 2021