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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.

Please note that due to the ongoing pandemic, tickets may not be available up to to 12 weeks in advance.

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 23:59 the day before travel
Off Peak Within Off Peak times
Season Railcard discount not applicable 14 days before the start date
Anytime
Duo Railcard discount not applicable Specified train only
Flexi-Season Railcard discount not applicable

 

Advance

 

Why Purchase: The best value fare available.


Available: Up to 12 weeks in advance and until 23:59 on the day before travel on selected routes.
 

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Anytime

 

Why Purchase: The most flexible ticket available.


Available: Up to 12 weeks in advance including the day of travel.
 

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Off-Peak

 

Why Purchase: Better value than Anytime, more flexible than Advance.

Available: Up to 12 weeks in advance including the day of travel.
 

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Duo

 

Why Purchase: Save 25% when you travel with someone else.

Available: Up to 12 weeks in advance including the day of travel on selected routes.
 

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Season Ticket

 

Why Purchase: Best value ticket if you travel 3-4 days a week.

Available: 14 days before the start date.

 

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Family Travelcard

 

Why Purchase: Great value family ticket.


Available: Up to 12 weeks in advance including the day of travel.
 

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Flexi Season Ticket

 

Why Purchase: 8 days of travel in 28 days - any time between 2 stations.

Available: 21st June for travel from 28th June.

 

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Plusbus

 

Why Purchase: Discount bus fare when you purchase a train ticket.

Available: When you purchase your train ticket.

 

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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.

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