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.
Annual Season Tickets are the best value option – the cost is the same as 40 weekly Season Tickets, so you’ll get 12 weeks of travel for free – plus lots of extra benefits.
Find out how much you could save on your journey with the National Rail Season Ticket calculator.
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:
|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 HS1 validity*||✓
|No credit and or booking fees||✓||✓|
You can buy Season Tickets that last for only a week or choose to travel for any length of time between one month and one year – whatever suits you best.
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.
If you buy an annual pass you’ll also get lots of added benefits:
* These discounts are available from 9.30am onwards Monday –
Friday and all day on Saturdays, Sundays and public
** 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
With a weekly season pass you can travel at any time for seven consecutive days and pay less than if you bought five daily peak returns for the same journey.
You can buy weekly passes from any of our ticket vending machines or ticket offices. You can also buy them online.
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.
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:
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.
Early Bird passes can only be used on services into London, departing Monday to Friday before 6:50am.
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.
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