Save money on your travel by buying a Season Ticket for your regular journeys and use our contactless smartcard, The Key.
Save money on your regular journeys
If you make the same journey regularly – for example to get to and from work - you could save a lot of money on your train travel by buying a Season Ticket.
You don’t have to travel daily to start saving - it’s worth buying a Season Ticket if you make the same journey three times a week or more..
Choose the term that suits you – from seven days, to any period between one month and one year.
Season tickets are priced on a five day, Monday to Friday, working week with Saturdays and Sundays added on at no further charge.
Find out how much you could save on your journey with the National Rail Season Ticket calculator.
Travel safely with our contactless smartcard, The Key
The Key is our contactless smartcard which means you can buy and download your season ticket at home, fast-track through the station and avoid the queues.
If your Key is lost or stolen, we’ll block it so you won’t lose out, plus we will replace it for free. Should you need to get a refund, simply log into your account and follow the easy steps. The money will be refunded directly to you. Plus, if your journey is delayed by 15 minutes or more it is easy to claim compensation under our Delay Repay scheme.
If you already hold a paper Season Ticket, it’s easy to transfer to The Key by entering the identification number on your Season Ticket when prompted with the option to transfer to The Key.
Buy an annual Season Ticket – it's also called a Gold Card – and you’ll save 23% on your fare compared to buying a year’s worth of weekly passes. You can buy Annual Season Tickets online or from any ticket office but they are not available from ticket vending machines. You can also add your Annual Gold Card discount to your Oyster card. For further information please see the Transport for London website.
If you buy an annual pass you’ll also get lots of added benefits:
- 1/3 off standard and first class Anytime and Off-Peak Tickets anywhere on the Gold Card area map*
- 1/3 off standard and first class anytime and Off-Peak Tickets for up to three adults travelling with you*
- 60% off child fares for up to four children travelling with you (with a minimum fare of £1)*
- Great deals and offers every month with our [rewards scheme] if you buy your ticket directly from Southeastern**
- A one year Railcard for you or a friend for just £10***
* These discounts are available from 9.30am onwards Monday – Friday and all day on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays
** Terms and conditions apply to our rewards scheme
***This discount is available for the following Railcards: 16-25, Two Together, Family & Friends, Disabled Persons, Senior and Network. Disabled Persons Railcards are only available from the Railcard website
You will save even more by buying a monthly Season Ticket. It doesn’t have to be just one month – choose how long you want the Season Ticket to last, from one month to one year and anything in between.
You can buy monthly passes online or from any of our ticket vending machines and ticket offices.
With a weekly season pass, you can travel at any time for seven consecutive days. Savings will vary depending on the journey but in most cases will be cheaper than buying 5 daily peak returns, sometimes even less than 3 or 4.
You can buy weekly passes from any of our ticket vending machines or ticket offices. You can also buy them online.
Our Early Bird Season Tickets are ideal for early morning commuters travelling into London from Kent. They offer a preferential rate in standard class on the following routes:
- Between Gravesend and London Charing Cross / London Cannon Street / City Thameslink
- Between Meopham and London Victoria/Elephant & Castle/Blackfriars
Unlike other Season Tickets, Early Bird passes are valid only for journeys that start or finish at Gravesend or Meopham so you won’t be able to use this pass to enter or exit from another station on your route – unless you are changing at Bromley South to travel to Elephant & Castle or Blackfriars. They’re also not available to use on any high speed services.
Please note it isn't currently possible to buy Early Bird Season Tickets on The Key.
Early Bird passes can only be used on services into London, departing Monday to Friday before 7.00am.
You can make your return journey at any time of the day and use any permitted route and train from London, apart from high speed services.
Child-rate Season Tickets are available for anyone under 16 for which a child rate photocard, obtainable from any National Rail ticket office upon proof of date of birth, will be required. A child-rate Season Ticket can expire up to a maximum of 4 months after their 16th birthday.
Buying a Season Ticket
Buying a Season Ticket will save you time queueing up at the station and if you book online you won’t pay any booking or credit fees.
You will need to carry a Season Ticket photocard with you on every journey you make using your Season Ticket.
Please view the below table to see what you get if you book a monthly, custom length or annual pass.
|Online Season Ticket purchase||Monthly custom length||Annual Gold Cards|
|First purchase available online (must have a photocard)||✓||✓|
|Buy online between 7 and 14 days in advance||✓
|Buy on the day||✘||✘|
|Available with Inner London travel (TFL services)*||✓||✓|
|Available Standard and First Class*||✓||✓|
|Available with high speed validity*||✓
|No credit and or booking fees||✓||✓|
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