Save an average of 52%* when you book in advance.
An Advance ticket is a single ticket for a specific train that you book in advance. There's a limited number of these tickets on any given train and the earlier you book, the cheaper the tickets will be!
*Saving on all Advance tickets booked on our website vs buying an Anytime ticket.
What are the advantages?
- They’re usually our cheapest fares*
- You can combine different types of single tickets to save money
- You get an automatic seat reservation
- You can book up to 12 weeks before you travel for most dates and routes (see current exclusions)
- Or you can buy Advance tickets up to 40 minutes before the train starts its journey, meaning you can bag a bargain on the day.
*Prices normally increase closer to travel, however, occasionally prices may go down, for a variety of reasons. An example of this is if there is a seat sale.
When can you use an Advance ticket?
- Your ticket is only valid for travel on the specific date, time and train you select when you book
- Advance tickets can’t be transferred, unfortunately, so if you miss your train you'll need to buy a new ticket
- If there’s a delay and you miss your connection, you can take the next available train.
Are Advance tickets refundable?
No, Advance tickets are non-refundable.
Can I change my travel plans?
Yes, you can change the time and date of your tickets, but there’s a £10 charge per ticket, and you must pay any difference between old and new tickets. All changes must be made before the original travel date. Find out how to change your ticket.
Do I need to book in advance?
Yes - you need to book at least 40 minutes before the train starts its journey. So if you’re going from Doncaster to London, but your train starts its own journey in Edinburgh, you need to buy your Advance ticket at least 40 minutes before the train leaves Edinburgh.
Can I break my journey?
No. You have to travel on the trains you chose when you booked.
Can I get a discount with a Railcard?
Yes, you can save up to a third of the ticket price with a Railcard. Find out more about Railcards.
Are there discounts for children?
Yes, there is a 50% discount for children aged 5-15 inclusive, and under 5s travel free. Read more about travelling with children.
Can I reserve a seat?
Yes, you’ll automatically be reserved a seat when you book any Advance ticket.
Is it possible to book a First Class Advance ticket?
Yes it is, subject to availability. If travelling by LNER, First Advance tickets also let you use any of our First Class lounges for free.
What happens if disruption affects my travel plans?
If you decide not to travel due to disruption, you can claim a refund on any unused tickets without needing to pay an administration fee.
Terms & conditions
In order to provide great priced fares, we have to attach a small number of conditions in addition to those in the National Rail Conditions of Travel booklet (also available at stations).
Please read these terms and conditions carefully, as you may be charged the full fare if you haven’t purchased the correct ticket for your journey:
- Advance tickets must be purchased at least 40 minutes before travel, subject to availability.
- Your ticket(s) are only valid for the date and time shown for LNER train(s) plus any connecting train companies.
- If your ticket shows a route "LNER and Connections", you will be reserved on to all necessary LNER trains and connecting trains of other companies at the time of booking. Please note that if you take connecting trains other than those shown on your ticket, your ticket won't be valid.
- Changes to travel plans:
a. These are permitted up until the time of departure of the first reserved train shown on your ticket(s). After this time, your ticket has no value and a new ticket must be purchased.
If you have chosen an eTicket as your delivery method, then your ticket(s) can only be changed via your LNER account online or in-app, up until 18.00 the day before the date of departure of the first reserved train shown on your ticket(s). You cannot amend eTickets at a station or onboard the train. If you have chosen any other delivery method, then your ticket(s) can be changed online via your LNER account, up until 17.00 the day before the date of departure of the first reserved train shown on your ticket(s), or at the station up until the time of departure of the first reserved train shown on your ticket(s). Note that when making amendments online Tickets on Departure (TOD) is not available as a delivery method for your new tickets. eTickets can be printed at home and postal options will be available where possible. If there is not enough time for your amended tickets to reach you in time for your new journey date / time, then no delivery options will be available online and you will need to amend your ticket(s) at a LNER station, up until the time of departure of the first reserved train shown on your ticket(s).
b. Changes to tickets cannot be made on board our trains. A new ticket must be purchased if you board a LNER train without a ticket and reservation for that train service.
c. Changes to tickets can be made by logging in to "Your Account", or at most staffed stations. A change is allowed provided the origin and destination are the same and travel is still by LNER for all or part of the journey. Changes can be brought forward by any number of weeks, or put back as far ahead as the Advance tickets are on sale (normally around 12 weeks before travel).
d. For each change that you make, you will have to pay an additional charge, up to the appropriate fare for your new journey, plus an administration fee of £10 per single ticket. If you change onto a train where a cheaper fare is available, the difference will not be refunded and you will still have to pay the £10 fee. Please remember that you will need to present your original ticket(s) and reservation(s) as well as the new ones when you travel. The original tickets need to be kept once delivered or collected from the ticket machines in stations, within 28 days after the return date or before the revised date of travel, whichever is sooner.
e. You must travel with LNER for the main part of your journey. Your ticket cannot be changed to travel on any other Train Company’s services for this part of the journey.
- You may not start, break and resume, or end your journey at an intermediate station except to change to/from appropriate connecting trains where these are shown on your ticket(s) or other official itinerary.
- Your ticket is non-refundable, should you decide not to use it. If the LNER train on which you are reserved is cancelled or delayed, special arrangements will be made to accommodate you on another train (although a seat cannot be guaranteed), or to refund your ticket provided your journey has not yet commenced.
- Railcard discounts can be used on Advance fares but not in conjunction with any other offers, unless specifically stated.
- There may be rare occasions where the cost of a journey may go down after reservations have opened. We regret that Advance tickets that have already been bought will not be refunded in part or in whole if this happens.