Save money on your trip by booking ahead
Advance tickets for money saving travel
Our Advance Tickets offer great savings on single tickets for specific trains on selected routes when you book in advance. You can mix and match Advance Tickets and times to suit you and if you're making a return journey, make sure you buy a ticket for each direction.
You can save even more and get another 1/3 off the Advance Ticket price with most railcards.
Advance Ticket numbers are limited so be quick, the earlier you book, the cheaper the fare.
Advance Tickets are valid for travel on the specific date and time of the train selected when you book. If you need to change your journey time, see our FAQs below.
Buy your Advance Ticket at home via our Southeastern app, online or from a station ticket office right up to 6pm the day before you travel, subject to availability.
Network Rail has made temporary changes to how far in advance it confirms rail timetables. This is a national issue, and the majority of journeys are unaffected. More detailed information is available here.
In some cases the timetable will not be confirmed until less than the usual 12-weeks before travel. Wherever possible, we've highlighted those journeys yet to be confirmed in our journey planner.
Find out how much you can save by booking in advance
|Tunbridge Wells to London||£6.30||£15.90|
|Canterbury to London
£12.80 inc. high speed
£35.60 inc. high speed
|Maidstone to London
£9.10 inc. high speed
£23.30 inc. high speed
|London to Battle
London to Folkestone
£14.00 inc. high speed
|London to Ashford International||
Fares correct at last date of publication 11/05/2021
You can check the full terms and conditions for Advance fares at National Rail Enquiries.
- Weekday bookings for Advance tickets are available up to Friday 10th December. (Please note: journeys are bookable a maximum of 84 days in advance.)
- Weekend bookings for Advance tickets are available until Saturday 23th October.
After making your booking, please recheck your travel times a few days prior to travel.
Details last updated 24th September 2021
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.
The rail industry has introduced a temporary amendment to Advance ticket terms & conditions to help customers gain confidence travelling by rail again.
From Monday 21 June 2021 until December 2021, 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 temporary amendment to Advance ticket terms & conditions to help customers gain confidence travelling by rail again. From Monday 21 June 2021 until December 2021, 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 a voucher exchange on your Advance Ticket, please visit our contact us page and fill out the online form, attaching either a copy of your printed Advance Ticket, or if you haven’t printed your ticket, please include your order reference number.
Requests must be made, and can only be accepted, by 6pm the day before travel.
- All Advance Ticket types are limited in number and require a place to be reserved
- For some journeys, this will be in the form of an allocated seat. Southeastern do not offer a reservation with a specific seat, instead the reservation is in the form of a counted place.
- Please note: in either instance your ticket will only be valid for the specific train chosen
Details updated 24th November 2020
Advance fares are valid only on the date and the train shown on the ticket.
Weekday Advance fares are available on selected routes, primarily Off-Peak services.
Any day of the week with more choice 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.
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