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Advance tickets for money saving travel

Our Advance Tickets offer great savings on single tickets for specific trains and routes when you book in advance. If you're making a return journey, make sure you buy a ticket for each direction. You can mix and match Advance Tickets and times to suit you. 

Plus, you can get another 1/3 off the price if you're a railcard holder.

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.

Network Rail has made a temporary change 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

Advance single

Off-Peak single

Tunbridge Wells to London  £6.30 £15.90
Canterbury to London
£10.40
£12.80
 inc. high speed
£26.50
£35.60 inc. high speed
Maidstone to London
£8.10
£9.10
 inc. high speed
£20.70
£23.30 inc. high speed
London to Battle
£10.50
£26.70

London to Folkestone

£11.20
£14.00
 inc. high speed

£28.60
£35.60 inc. high speed

London to Ashford International

£11.50
£13.70 
inc. high speed

£29.20
£35.10 
inc. high speed

Fares correct at last date of publication 11/05/2021


Buy Advance Tickets

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

  • Bookings for Advance tickets are available during weekdays until Friday 10th September.
  • Advance tickets for weekend travel are available until Saturday 28th August.
  • Advance tickets for weekend travel are available until Sunday 29th August.

After making your booking, please recheck your travel times a few days prior to travel.

Details last updated 20th July 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.

National Railcard holders get 1/3 off all Standard Class Advance fares.
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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