We run the UK’s only high speed train line. Our 140mph Javelin trains travel at high speeds from London St Pancras International to Ebbsfleet International and Ashford International, that go on to call at many stations across Kent – including Canterbury, Margate, Ramsgate, Dover and the Medway towns. So you can get where you need to be, faster.
To travel on our high speed service you can either buy a walk-on ticket or buy a supplement to upgrade an existing ticket:
You can buy a supplement and upgrade to high speed services if you have:
You can buy daily high speed upgrades from ticket offices or self-service ticket machines. If you don’t have a valid existing ticket and you want to use the high speed line you should buy a high speed ticket instead.
You will be able to travel on a high speed service if your ticket has one of the following descriptions:
You can't use a ticket on the high speed route that says on it ‘Not Valid on HS1' unless you've bought a supplement as well.
You can get a discount on our high speed services if you have one of the following railcards:
If you use a Railcard to get a discount, normal minimum fare rules will still apply.
Tickets bought with a Jobcentreplus Travel Discount Card are not valid for travel on high speed services - even if an upgrade ticket is purchased.
You can save time on your commute and skip the ticket machine by using Oyster pay as you go and Contactless payments to travel on high speed services between London St Pancras International and Stratford International.
The Oyster/Contactless fares between these stations will be the same as or lower than the standard high speed ticket prices. Remember though, separate high speed pay as you go rates apply. This new fare is not included within daily or weekly capping.
Note that London Travelcards are not accepted on high speed train services.
For full details on Oyster and Contactless payment visit tfl.gov.uk/fares-and-payments