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Choose an Advance ticket for money saving travel

We have added MORE Advance tickets to MORE destinations giving you MORE chances to save and travel on selected routes across Kent, London and East Sussex for less. Book early for cheaper fares, plus there are no booking fees when you book direct with Southeastern.  

Advance Tickets are a great way to save – you can book your trip for a cheaper price than if you were to buy your ticket on the day you are travelling. So, with a little bit of advance planning and by choosing a specific time to travel, you can save money.

Numbers of Advance Tickets are limited and the earlier you book, the cheaper the fare. You can also book an Advance Ticket right up to 23.59* the day before you travel. 

Plus, you could save even more and get another 1/3 off the Advance Ticket price with selected railcards.^
Advance tickets are only available as single tickets at specific times and on selected routes, but you can mix and match Advance Tickets and times to suit you. Don't forget if you're making a return journey, you will need to buy a ticket for each direction. 

Buy your Advance Ticket at home via our Southeastern app, through our website or from a station ticket office.

Please note: Network Rail has made temporary changes to how far in advance rail timetables are confirmed. In some cases, it may be less than the usual 12-weeks before travel, this is a national issue but many train journeys are unaffected. Wherever possible, we've highlighted journeys yet to be confirmed in our journey planner to help.

*Subject to availability. Terms and conditions apply.
^Terms and conditions apply. Check the terms of your railcard here.

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Find out how much you can save by booking in advance

Don’t forget, Advance tickets are only available as single tickets at specific times and on selected routes.

Journey Advance single from

Super Off-Peak single from

Off-Peak single from

Tunbridge Wells to London  £6.30 £16.50 £22.80
Canterbury to London
 inc. high speed
Maidstone to London
 inc. high speed
Sittingbourne to Stratford Intl £10.60 inc. high speed £27.90 £30.30
London to Hastings
£33.30 £38.30

London to Folkestone

 inc. high speed


London to Ashford International

inc. high speed


Bromley South to Faversham £7.00 n/a £23.30

Fares correct at last date of publication 01/03/2022

You can check the full terms and conditions for Advance fares at National Rail Enquiries.

If you need to change your journey time, see our FAQs below.

  • Weekday bookings for Advance tickets are available until Wednesday 10 August (except Monday 25 - Friday 29 July, due to planned engineering works).
  • Weekend bookings for Advance tickets are available until Sunday 10 July.

Details last updated 18 May 2022

Advance Tickets are available on selected routes including some high-speed services.

Unfortunately, Advance Tickets are not available for journeys entirely within the London Travelcard area (Zones 1-6), or from selected stations close to London.

Advance tickets can be purchased online, through our app and at our station ticket offices.

Currently, Advance tickets are not available to purchase at ticket vending machines or on our contactless smartcard, The Key.

The rail industry has introduced a temporary amendment to Advance ticket terms & conditions to help customers gain confidence travelling by rail again.

Until 30th September 2022, you can request a fee-free change of journey on an Advance ticket. You will still be required to pay any fare difference, and changes must be made by 6pm the day before travel; original origin and destination must remain the same, but you are permitted to change the date and time to travel on another service or day. 

If you have an online account with us, you can log in and amend the date and time on your Advance ticket.

Alternatively, if you have printed your Advance ticket, you can take this to your local Southeastern ticket office, and our staff will amend this for you.

The rail industry has introduced a 'Book with Confidence' amendment to Advance ticket terms & conditions to help customers gain confidence travelling by rail again. Until 30th September 2022, Advance tickets can be surrendered back to the original retailer for an eVoucher, for use purchasing a future ticket. Vouchers are valid for 12 months from the date of issue.

To apply for your voucher exchange, If your ticket was purchased online and hasn’t been printed/collected, please visit our contact us page and fill out the online form, quoting your order reference number. 

If your ticket was purchased online or at a station and it has been printed, we would ask that you post them to our Customer Services team at the address below:

PO Box 10422,
LE65 9EL

Requests must be made, and can only be accepted, by 6pm the day before travel.

Unfortunately, it is not possible to reserve a specific seat on our trains. Instead, with your Advance ticket you will be able to sit anywhere on the train you have been booked on.

Advance tickets are only valid for travel on the specific date and time of the train selected when booked. Your ticket is not valid on other trains and you may be required to buy a new ticket. 

Advance tickets are available on selected routes. 

Advance tickets are available to buy for selected trains and routes every day of the week with more choice of trains and routes on Saturdays, Sundays, and Bank Holidays. 

Child discounts apply for all Advance fares, and you can combine adult Advance fares with Kids for a Quid.

Discounts are available with selected railcards, please check the terms and conditions for your railcard.

Unfortunately, Group Discounts are not available.

At weekends, due to engineering work, Advance fares may be withdrawn or reservations opened less than 12 weeks ahead.

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