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Ticket types & fares

We know rail fare information can be overwhelming, with lots of train ticket types to choose from. Our handy guide explains the differences between them, and helps you find the right ticket type for you.

All our tickets are available to buy online, from our app or from your nearest ticket office. You can also make further savings on your ticket when you use a railcard. Visit our Railcards and Travelcards page for further information.

Summary of differences between ticket types:

Ticket type Refunds Use with railcards Travel on any train Book on day
 Advance Non-refundable Specified train only Up to 1800 the day before travel
Off Peak Within Off Peak times
Super Off Peak Within Super Off Peak times
Anytime

 

Advance

These are quite simply our best value fares. A limited number of Single Advance tickets are released up to 12 weeks ahead of travel and as a rule of thumb, the earlier you book the cheaper the fare.

These type of tickets are perfect if you want to plan ahead and are happy to stick to a particular date and time. Advance fares are available on most longer distance journeys on our trains. This ticket is not refundable but may be amendable upon payment of a £10.00 fee and any difference in price. For more information on Advance fares, including terms and conditions, click here

Anytime

Anytime fares are great for flexibility. They don’t need to be booked in advance (you can purchase just before you travel) and you aren’t fixed to a particular train time.

You can buy an Anytime Day Single, which enables you to travel out at any time on the date you have chosen, an Anytime Day Return which enables you to travel back at any time on the date you have chosen, or an Anytime Return, which allows you to travel back at any time within a month

These tickets are refundable and amendable up to the date of departure, subject to an administration fee.

For more information on Anytime fares, including terms and conditions, click here.

Off Peak

Looking to travel outside of the peak? Off Peak tickets are a great compromise between an Advance and an Anytime fare – you aren’t tied to a specific train but you’ll still get a great price as you’ll be avoiding the busiest periods.

For Off Peak Day Return tickets, you can travel back at anytime outside the peak period that day, while for Off Peak Return tickets, you can travel back at anytime outside the peak period within a month of the outward journeys.

For journeys to and from London, the typical commuter times that Off Peak tickets are not valid on our services are:

  • Trains which are timed to arrive into London Marylebone before 1000 on weekdays
  • Trains which are timed to leave London Marylebone between 0630 and 0830 for stations Bicester North/Village and south on weekdays.
    For journeys between London and stations Banbury and north, Off Peak tickets are still valid during this time.

Please note that Off Peak tickets to Oxford (only) are not valid on weekday departures from Marylebone before 0900 . This is because the fare is set and controlled by Great Western Railways.

These tickets are refundable and amendable up to the date of departure, subject to an administration fee.

For more information on Off Peak fares, including terms and conditions, click here.

Super Off Peak

Super Off Peak tickets avoid morning and evening commuter times – and are even cheaper than Off Peak fares. If you’re travelling for leisure but still want some flexibility, Super-Off-Peak could be ‘just the ticket’.

Super Off Peak Singles are valid for one journey on the date printed on the ticket, whereas Super Off Peak Returns are valid for a return journey within a month of the outward journey.Super Off Peak tickets are available on most longer distance journeys on our trains.

For journeys to and from London, the typical commuter times that Super Off Peak tickets are not valid on our services are:

  • Trains which are timed to arrive into London Marylebone before 1130 on weekdays
  • Trains which are timed to leave London Marylebone between 0630 and 0830 and between 1600 and 1900 on weekdays.

These tickets are refundable and amendable up to the date of departure, subject to an administration fee.

For more information on Super Off Peak fares, including terms and conditions, click here.

 

Other ticket types:

Family Travelcard

Taking the kids to London? With a Family Travelcard you’ll get discounted same-day return travel to London and as many rides as you like on London's tubes, buses and trains.

Valid on all trains except those timed to be arriving into London Marylebone before 1000 on weekdays, it’s available for groups of between 1 adult and 1 child and up to 2 adults and 4 children.

These tickets are refundable and amendable up to the date of departure, subject to an administration fee. And don’t forget – travel by train and get 2FOR1 admission to London’s top attractions.

Season Ticket

Season tickets offer the best value if you are a commuter or regular traveller. You can purchase a weekly season ticket, or one for any period between a month and a year.

They are available for all journeys on our line, and can include a Travelcard for unlimited travel within the London zones.

For more information on Season tickets, including terms and conditions, click here.All tickets are sold subject to the National Rail Conditions of Travel


PLUSBUS

PLUSBUS is a discounted bus pass that you buy with your train ticket. It gives you unlimited bus travel (on participating operators’ services) to and from the rail station and around the whole urban area of the town or city.  For more information on PLUSBUS click here.

 

National Rail - Travel with Confidence

You can review and confirm the conditions for the type of ticket you have bought by re entering the ticket details into the National Rail travel with confidence website. This will confirm which trains the ticket is valid for.

National Rail - Travel with Confidence


Ticket Vending Machine Price Guarantee

In the unlikely event that you purchase a ticket from one of Chiltern Railways’ ticket vending machines (TVMs) and discover you could have bought a cheaper product for the identical journey, you will be entitled to a refund to the value of the difference in cost. Please contact our customer relations team to discuss this further. Please ensure that you retain any tickets that you have purchased.