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Got a question about Southeastern train tickets or season tickets? Find the answers here…

Do I need a ticket to travel?

Yes, you must have a valid ticket or permit to travel for your journey.
 
If you travel without a valid train ticket, we may ask you to pay the full single or return fare, or a penalty fare for your journey.

What type of tickets do you sell?

We sell tickets for rail journeys throughout Great Britain. You can buy regular tickets, saver train tickets and Southeastern season tickets. We often have special deals too.

See our full range of tickets

How do I buy tickets?

You can buy train tickets from any staffed ticket office or Ticket Vending Machine, or buy a train ticket online.
 
You can choose to travel to almost anywhere in Great Britain, with free delivery and no booking fees on your tickets.

What time do station ticket offices open?

It varies. Tell us your local station and we’ll give you the ticket office opening hours and other useful information. Check a station.

How long could I have to queue to buy a ticket at the station?

Ideally you’ll be served within three minutes, or five minutes at peak times.

Waits may be a bit longer at busy times, such as the beginning of the week. There’s a poster in every staffed station showing the times to avoid if you can, so you don’t have to queue for long.

The fastest way may be to use the Ticket Vending Machines or buy your train tickets online.

You can renew Season Tickets online too.

Could a Season Ticket save me money?

Yes, if you make the same peak time journey three times a week or more. How much will a Season Ticket save me?

You can choose from a Weekly, Monthly or Annual Season Ticket. Annual Ticket holders get extra rewards and discounts too with a Gold Card. Find out more about Southeastern Season Tickets.

At what age does a child have to pay the adult fare?

From their 16th birthday children start paying the adult fare. If you’re under 16 but you look older, you may want to carry some proof of age in case you’re asked. 
 
If your child is over 16 and still at school or college, your local authority may offer a concessionary travel scheme with reduced fares.
 
If you’re in full-time education, the 16-25 Railcard is a great way to save money on your train fares.
 

Can I use my Oyster Card on your network?

Yes, you can use Oyster Season Tickets on our network for journeys within the valid zones. You can also use Oyster pay as you go (PAYG) within the London Travelcard zone area.
 

Can I get money off train tickets with a Railcard?

Yes, Railcards give you at least a third off Standard train fares. See the benefits and the full range of Railcards.
 
You can buy a Railcard online or from any of our staffed ticket offices.
 

How do I claim a refund for leaving my railcard at home?

If you have forgotten to travel with your railcard and were unable to get the discount on your ticket, then you can apply for a refund on at least the first occasion. Please send copies of your rail tickets and your railcard to our Customer Services team and they will be able to help you. They can be contacted at:
 
Southeastern Customer Services
PO Box 10422
Ashby-de-la-Zouch
LE65 9EL
 
Find out how you can get in touch with us.

Can I reserve a seat on one of your trains?

 We use the reservation system to allocate "counted places" thereby enabling us to offer our cheaper Advance Tickets, however we are not able to reserve specific seats on any of our services.
 
If part of your journey is with another train company who do offer seat reservations, we can arrange it when you buy your ticket (subject to availability, of course).

Can I use my Freedom Pass on your network?

With a Freedom Pass you can travel free on:
  • National Rail routes within London after 9.30am on weekdays, and at weekends and public holidays
  • Most Transport for London (TfL) services at all times
You can’t use your Freedom Passes on our high speed services though.
 
Travelling through London to a destination outside the capital? You’ll need a ticket from the last London boundary to your final destination. Show your Freedom Pass before you travel.
 

Can I use the 60+ London Oyster photocard on your network?

You can use the 60+ Oyster only on the Southeastern service between Denmark Hill and Peckham Rye.

You can travel at any time. The card is only available to people who live in London. 

Can I buy a Season Ticket with a company cheque?

Yes, if you work for a PLC or Limited company.

If your employer is providing a Season Ticket loan, ask them to make the cheque payable to “Southeastern” and write "for and on behalf of "(name of company). The company name must end with PLC, Limited, Ltd, LLC, LP, or LLP.

Buying a Season Ticket with a company cheque for the first time? Bring the following with you:

  • Proof of identification, such as a utility bill or your driving licence
  • A letter of authority from your employer, such as a letter on headed paper or a payslip showing they have issued the cheque for your Season Ticket

Although we don’t accept customer cheques, we still accept:

  • Banker’s drafts
  • Payment from non-limited organisations, charities and societies
  • Cheques pre-printed with the words ‘trading as’, ‘TA’ or similar

Can I get a refund on my Season Ticket?

If you bought your Season Ticket directly from us, we can generally give you a refund if there is:

  • Seven weeks (or more) left on an annual Season Ticket
  • Seven days (or more) left on a Season Ticket valid between one and ten months
  • Three days (or more) left on a weekly ticket

For your refund, come along to a staffed ticket office or apply to Customer Services.  Refunds are made in the same way you paid.  We can only arrange refunds on tickets that were originally bought from a Southeastern outlet. If you bought it somewhere else, then you should go directly to the supplier for the refund.

You won’t get a complete refund for the period of time left on your ticket. Refunds are calculated from the first to the last date of travel and is the difference between what you originally paid and what you would have paid for a Season Ticket (or combination of tickets) covering that period. Refunds are NOT calculated on a pro rata basis, this is to make it fair on everyone and to discourage people from buying Season Tickets they don’t intend to use. 

We can’t give you a refund if you don’t use your Season Ticket for a period of time then start using it again, unless you have been ill. 

What if I’ve been too ill to travel regularly on my Season Ticket?

We’ll consider a refund if you’ve been unable to travel due to illness for a minimum of four continuous unbroken weeks. We’ll calculate your refund by multiplying half the weekly Season Ticket cost by the number of weeks you were unable to travel – known as an intermediate period of sickness.

An intermediate period of sickness can be refunded if it started after your Season Ticket began and ended before your Season Ticket expired. During this time you need to keep hold of your ticket. 

If you know you won’t need your Season Ticket again, we can give you a refund on the length of time remaining.

If you’re able to, you can always call in at your local Southeastern station for advice or call Customer Services on 0345 322 7021.

What can I do if my Season Ticket is lost, stolen or damaged?

For stolen or lost Season Tickets, please come along to a staffed Southeastern ticket office as soon as possible. If your ticket was stolen, please also let the police know.

We don’t offer duplicates for weekly tickets.

We’ll replace faded or damaged Season Tickets free of charge. If it's valid on Southeastern services, just bring it to any staffed Southeastern ticket office.

See our Code of Practice for dealing with duplicate Season Tickets.

How far in advance can I buy a Season Ticket?

You can buy a new monthly or annual Season Ticket from 12pm the day before you want it to start. If you want your ticket to start on a Sunday or Monday, you can buy it from 12pm on the previous Friday.

You can buy a weekly Season Ticket on the first day of travel.

Renewing an existing monthly or annual Season Ticket? You can do this up to seven days before it runs out.

Find out more about Southeastern Season Tickets

Can I change my Season Ticket to cover a different journey?

You can change the origin and/or destination station(s) on your monthly or annual Season ticket if there’s at least a week left on it. Come and see us a few days in advance if possible, so we can sort it all out.
 
If there’s a difference in price, we’ll either give you a refund, or ask you to pay the extra. The date we do the exchange is when your new ticket becomes valid. Any refund will be calculated from this date, and will not be backdated.  
 
In some cases it might be easier to cancel your existing Season Ticket and get a new one. Just ask at your local ticket office for advice.
 

What are the National Conditions of Travel?

The National Rail Conditions of Travel are the agreement or contract between us and you when you buy a ticket to travel.

Find out more from the National Rail website.

I need help with a ticket I’ve bought online, who do I contact?

If you need help, give us a call on 0345 322 7021. We’re here 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Can I use my ticket on one of your high speed trains if there is major disruption?

Yes, in certain circumstances you can use a high speed service with a non-high speed ticket. We’ll let you know which tickets will be accepted and for how long.

Examples of when this might apply:

  • All services are suspended, or there is a line closure on the Chatham mainline between Faversham and either Victoria, or Charing Cross and Cannon Street in either direction
  • All services are suspended, or there is a line closure on one of the Ashford mainlines, affecting trains via Tonbridge or Maidstone East in either direction
  • There is severe disruption to our network because of flooding, heavy snow, landslips, etc.

Can I buy tickets in advance using your website?

Yes, on our website you can buy train tickets for travel across the UK, with no booking fee.  
 
We offer free delivery, or you can collect your tickets at any of our station Ticket Vending Machines. If you’re buying a Season Ticket you may wish to consider recorded or special delivery. See delivery options FAQ for more details.
 
You can now buy Advance Tickets exclusively on our website up to 12 weeks in advance. These Standard Class Single (one way) tickets can save you money. 

 

 
 

What are the delivery options for Season Tickets bought online?

When you buy a Southeastern Season Ticket online you have two delivery options:

  • Recorded delivery (£2) offers proof of postage, signature on delivery and online confirmation of delivery. It doesn’t guarantee next day delivery.
  • Special delivery (£6 or £8) guarantees next day delivery* before 13:00. Your tickets must be signed for when they arrive.

If your ticket is worth between £500 and £2,499, special delivery costs £6 and you’ll be insured up to £500.

If your ticket is worth over £2,500, special delivery costs £8 and you’ll be insured up to £2,500.

Please remember, once we’ve posted your ticket we’re not obliged to change, cancel, replace or refund it.

*Remote areas and Islands of Scotland will take longer to reach. If you order over the weekend, your tickets will be dispatched on Monday and delivered on Tuesday; if you order on a bank holiday Monday, your tickets will be dispatched on Tuesday and delivered on Wednesday.

Buy or renew a Southeastern Season Ticket online

Track your tickets online

My ticket hasn't arrived, what should I do?

If your ticket hasn’t arrived, give us a call on 0345 322 7021 so we can find out what’s happened.

Just a note before you call – the only way to guarantee delivery is to choose recorded or special delivery when you check out. We can’t guarantee delivery if you choose 1st Class post. Once we’ve posted your ticket we’re not obliged to change, cancel, replace or refund it.

Track your tickets online

My ticket has arrived too late for my journey, what should I do?

If your train ticket hasn’t arrived by your date of travel please buy another ticket, then send us:

  • a copy of your confirmation email
  • receipt or proof of purchase for your new ticket
  • your contact details

Send this information to:
Southeastern Customer Services
PO Box 10422
Unit 16 Coalfield Way
Ashby de la Zouch
LE65 9EL

We may be able to refund your original tickets, as long as you ordered them to arrive in time.

Just a note before you get in touch – the only way to guarantee delivery is to choose recorded or special delivery when you check out. We can’t guarantee delivery if you choose 1st Class post for your tickets.

What is PLUSBUS?

PLUSBUS is a discounted ticket that gives you unlimited bus travel at the start and/or end of your train journey.

PLUSBUS stations on our network include:

  • Ashford
  • Canterbury
  • Deal & Sandwich
  • Dover
  • Folkestone
  • Hastings & Bexhill
  • Margate & Ramsgate
  • Reigate
  • Tonbridge
  • Tunbridge Wells

Find out more about PLUSBUS

How much does PLUSBUS cost?

PLUSBUS costs around £2 a day (often less) and this is added to the price of your train ticket.

Children (age 5-15) pay half price on PLUSBUS. If you have a railcard, you get a third off too.

How does PLUSBUS work?

When you buy your train ticket, ask for PLUSBUS for unlimited bus travel around town (on all participating services). You can use it at the start and/or end of your train journey.

PLUSBUS can be added to:

  • Single Tickets
  • Day Return Tickets
  • Period Return Tickets (just tell us your return date to get PLUSBUS on the return part of your journey)
  • Season Tickets (for set periods, to match your Season Ticket duration)

You can change between train and bus services at over 270 train stations in Britain.

Find out more about PLUSBUS

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