Know when you want to travel? Plan ahead and take advantage of our cheapest fares, available on longer distance routes.
What is an Advance ticket?
- Advance tickets are for single journeys, helping you mix and match with other single tickets to get the best price for your trip
- You’ll need to travel on a specific train at a specific time
- Railcard discounts apply, making it even cheaper
- Advance First tickets are available for first class travel, but don’t worry if you can’t get one - at weekends you can upgrade on-board for just £15 return
- Advance tickets are released every week, up to 12 weeks ahead
- The earlier you book the more likely you’ll get the best deal, but it’s worth checking the night before - they’re available until 23.59 the day prior to travel
- Advance tickets are limited, so when they’re gone, they’re gone!
- Advance tickets are non-refundable.
- There is no refund value on any Advance ticket but, if the train you purchased a ticket for is cancelled or delayed by more than 60 minutes, special arrangements will be made to accommodate you on another train (although a seat cannot be guaranteed). If, as a result, you decide not to travel, a refund will be offered on completely unused tickets and you will not be charged an administration fee.
- Store mobile tickets on your device and present at station barriers and on-board. With e-tickets you’ll also get a PDF as a back up if you prefer to have something you can print
- Collect pre-purchased tickets within 15 minutes from the self-service machines at the station - you’ll need your booking reference and a credit card
- First class post - please allow five working days
- Collect from a staffed ticket office with your booking reference and proof of identification
To make it easy and often cheaper for you, we work with other transport companies to provide connecting travel tickets; including:
Advance fares now on sale for dates up to and including:
|Day of booking||Booking Advance fares until||Routes|
|Monday to Friday||09 April 2021||All|
|Saturday||28 March 2021||All|
|Sunday||28 March 2021||All|
Last updated: 26/2/2021
Please note that we are currently closed for services routed via Northampton between Monday 15 March and Friday 26 March, as a result of further engineering work alterations now being planned for these dates. We intend to reopen sales for these routes as soon as the respective revised timetables have been confirmed by Network Rail.
Similarly, we are currently closed between Friday 02 April and Monday 05 April, as we are awaiting confirmation of the engineering work timetable alterations for the Easter Bank Holiday weekend.
We are not open beyond Friday 09 April as we are awaiting confirmation of the future timetables that will be in operation for these dates.
At present, we hope to make Advance Purchase fares available where possible on a rolling weekly basis, as soon as the relevant timetables have been uploaded into the rail industry retail systems.
It remains our intention to make Advance Purchase fares available for future dates, covering longer booking horizons, just as soon as it becomes possible to do so.
Our best fares to London
- Birmingham to London from £7.00
- Coventry to London from £7.00
- Northampton to London from £9.50
- Lichfield to London from £8.00
- Stafford to London from £8.00
- Stoke-on-Trent to London from £8.00
- Crewe to London from £9.00
- Liverpool to London from £12.00
Our best fares to Birmingham
- London to Birmingham from £7.00
- Milton Keynes to Birmingham from £6.00
- Liverpool to Birmingham from £9.50
- Crewe to Birmingham from £7.50
- Stafford to Birmingham from £12.10 (return)
Our best fares to Liverpool
- Birmingham to Liverpool from £9.90
- Coventry to Liverpool from £9.90
- Wolverhampton to Liverpool from £9.90
- Stafford to Liverpool from £9.50
- Crewe to Liverpool from £12.30 (return)