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View the Spring / Summer 2013 issue of the Northern customer magazine

Advance tickets

Get the best available fare by buying your tickets in advance

By purchasing an Advance ticket, you're able to choose the best time to travel at the lowest available fare and reserve yourself a seat (on selected trains).

Tickets are available for purchase from 12 weeks before travel, and can be booked up until 1800 the day before travel (although please allow seven days if you are purchasing online to allow for postage).

Why book in 'Advance'?

  • you have the power to choose the lowest available price for each leg of your journey;
  • you book to travel at your specified time;
  • it's cost effective;
  • Railcard and Child discounts apply to all Advance fares;
  • get the best deal, book well in advance and travel at off-peak times;
  • for most services, a free seat reservation is included.

Check details and book early as Advance tickets are subject to limited availability and Advance fares will not be available on every train.

Please note Advance tickets are only valid for the date and train they are booked for and these tickets are non-refundable but can be amended before departure.

Visit the full terms and conditions for further details on Advance tickets.

How to buy your Advance ticket online

Simply enter your journey details into the 'Train tickets and times' search engine on the right of this page to find the cheapest Advance fares available.

You can receive your tickets by First Class post (please allow seven days for delivery); collect your pre-paid tickets from ticket vending machines (TVMs) at participating stations.

From station ticket offices

You can buy the full range of tickets from staffed ticket offices. Our ticket offices will accept all major credit/debit cards, cash, National Rail vouchers and rail warrants.

Contact us

If you're having any trouble booking tickets visit our contact us page for further details on how to get in touch - our trained staff can always find the best ticket for you.