Save money on your trip by booking ahead
Choose an Advance ticket for money saving travel
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, you can save money.
Plus, if you have a railcard, you could save even more and get another 1/3 off the Advance Ticket price.
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, to buy a ticket for each direction.
Advance Ticket numbers are limited so the earlier you book, the cheaper the fare. You can book an Advance Ticket right up to 23.59* the day before you travel, giving you more flexibility.
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
Find out how much you can save by booking in advance
|Advance single from
||Super Off-Peak single from
||Off-Peak single from
|Tunbridge Wells to London||£6.30||£15.90||£22.00|
|Canterbury to London
£12.80 inc. high speed
£35.60 inc. high speed
£40.80 inc. high speed
|Maidstone to London
£9.10 inc. high speed
£23.30 inc. high speed
£28.60 inc. high speed
|London to Battle
London to Folkestone
£14.00 inc. high speed
£44.90 inc. high speed
|London to Ashford International||
£39.50 inc. high speed
Fares correct at last date of publication 15/11/2021
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 2nd February.
- Weekend bookings for Advance tickets are available until Sunday 19th December.
- Please note: Advance bookings are currently unavailable between Saturday 25th December – Sunday 9th January (inclusive), until the timetable for these dates has been confirmed.
Details last updated 10th November 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.
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 23.59 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.
Advance tickets are only valid for travel on the specific date and time of the train selected when booked.
Advance tickets are available on selected routes.
Advance tickets are available every 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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