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Advance tickets

If you know when you’ll be travelling, buying an Advance ticket up to 12 weeks before your journey will save you money compared to buying a full price ticket on the day. 

Southeastern Advance tickets are low cost, standard class, single tickets that are sold for travel on specific trains between London and a range of stations in Kent and East Sussex. There are only a limited number of places allocated and can sell out before the deadline of 18:00 the day before travel.

You can buy Advance tickets online and at our ticket offices. 

During the current Covid 19 crisis Advance tickets for travel on Southeastern will be made available once the timetable has been confirmed. This means they may not be available until 2 – 5 days before the date of travel. For bookings made more than 3 weeks ahead please recheck times before travel a day or two before the date of travel.  

Find out how much you can save by booking in advance

Advance single

Super Off-Peak single

Tunbridge Wells to London  £6.10 £15.50
Canterbury to London
for high speed
£34.70 plus high speed
Maidstone to London
plus high speed
£22.70 plus high speed
London to Battle

London to Folkestone

plus high speed

£34.70 plus high speed

London to Rye


plus high speed

Fares correct at last date of publication 6/04/2020


Advance Tickets Terms and Conditions

What else should I know about Advance Tickets?

  • Our best value* Advance Tickets are available online and can be collected from Ticket Vending Machines or ticket offices at our stations or delivered by post. They can also be bought from ticket offices
  • Tickets are subject to availability and can be booked up to 12 weeks ahead of the date of travel
  • The deadline for buying these tickets is 6pm the day before travel
  • They are sold as Single fares but you can mix and match Advance Tickets for a return journey
  • They’re available on many regular and high speed services but not for journeys entirely within the London Travelcard area, or from certain other stations close to London
  • You can change your Advance Ticket at any National Rail ticket office and you’ll have to pay any difference between the price paid and the price of the next suitable fare for your journey.
  • Advance tickets are non-refundable

When can I use an Advance Ticket?

  • Advance fares are valid only on the date and the train shown on the ticket
  • Weekdays Advance fares are available on most journeys;
    • to London after 9.45am
    • from London between 10am and 4pm and after 7pm
  • Saturday, Sunday and bank holidays Advance fares are available on most journeys all day
  • At weekends, due to engineering work, Advance fares may be withdrawn or reservations opened less than 12 weeks ahead

What discounts are available?

  • Child discounts apply for all Advance fares, and you can combine Adult Advance fares with Kids for a Quid
  • National Railcard holders get 1/3 off all Standard Class Advance fares
  • Group discounts are not available
You can check the full terms and conditions for Advance fares at National Rail Enquiries.
Best value is based on the cost of an online Southeastern Advance ticket to/from or via London, compared to a full-price train ticket on the day.

Availability of Advance fares

Advance tickets are currently on sale up to and including the dates below - 

 Day Route  Opened until  Notes 
Weekdays   All routes 24 July
Saturdays  All routes 25 July  Open but subject to change
Sundays All routes

26 July 

Open but subject to change

You won’t get a reserved seat, but you will still have to travel on the train you have chosen. 

Details last updated 10 July 2020 

You can sign up for alerts to find out when advance tickets come on sale at National Rail

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