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Updated 30th June 2021

If you're considering claiming a refund on your season ticket, please be aware that we are no longer able to back date season ticket refunds and refunds will revert to our usual terms and conditions. Please see paragraph 40 of the National Rail Conditions of travel for more information.

We aim to respond within 10 working days for refund enquiries. The average duration for a refund to be processed is 9 days.

Season ticket refund update

To qualify for a refund, Season Tickets valid for one month or more must have at least seven days’ remaining validity. Please note that Annual season tickets generally have no refund value if there is less than seven weeks of validity remaining. Any refund to which you are entitled will be calculated from the date the Season Ticket refund request is received. 

The amount of a season ticket refund will be based on the price paid for your Season Ticket less the cost of any Season Ticket(s) and additional Tickets required to cover one return journey for each weekday that your Season Ticket was actually held for (or the agreed backdated date), and an administration charge of £10. For more information and to see how much you could get back from your Season Ticket, visit the National Rail website and use the Season Ticket Refund Calculator.

If you have any queries please contact customer services on 03456 005 165.

Refunds

  • How do I apply for a refund for a ticket bought online?
      • With an Online Account

        If you have an online account, please login, most tickets will be suitable for a self-service refund.

        Please access your account and request a self-service refund for each ticket that you no longer need.

        Please Note however, this will not be the case for Advance tickets:

        Advance tickets that have been collected 

      • Fill out the form on the contact us page.

        1. Write ‘COVID-19 Refund’ on the ticket using a blue or black marker pen or Biro 
        2. Take a photo of the ticket(s) cut in half diagonally and attach this photo to the web form
        3. Once you have submitted your refund request, we will review it and contact you for further details.
        4. Due to current government advice, we will not initially require the physical copy of the refund form or ticket in order to process your refund. Once it is safe to do so, we require you to post the refund form and ticket. Please send this along with a printed refunds form to:

          Chiltern Web Refunds
          PO BOX 6615
          Arbroath
          DD11 9AQ


          If you don’t have access to a printer, simply provide a cover note, including all the information contained on this form.
           

          Advance tickets that have NOT been collected or Advance tickets issued by us as an e-ticket or PDF

          For all online/App purchases please complete the same Contact Us form and quote the Chiltern Booking Reference [B-CHILTERN-xxxxxxxxx] in the ‘Provide Detail’ box. If you have multiple tickets in the same booking reference which all need to be refunded, only one request is needed, but please ensure that the booking reference is shown in the ‘Provide Detail’ box and that your requirements are clearly stated.

        If you have not collected the tickets, please use the Contact Us form at the bottom of the page.

      • Without an Online account
      • Fill out the form at the bottom of the page.

        1. Write ‘COVID-19 Refund’ on the ticket using a blue or black marker pen or Biro 
        2. Take a photo of the ticket(s) cut in half diagonally and attach this photo to the web form
        3. Once you have submitted your refund request, we will review it and contact you for further details.
        4. Due to current government advice, we will not initially require the physical copy of the refund form or ticket in order to process your refund. Once it is safe to do so, we require you to post the refund form and ticket. Please send this along with a printed refunds form to:

          Chiltern Web Refunds
          PO BOX 6615
          Arbroath
          DD11 9AQ


          If you don’t have access to a printer, simply provide a cover note, including all the information contained on this form.

          If you have not collected the tickets, please use the ‘Contact Us’ form at the bottom of the page.
           
  • How do I apply for a refund for a ticket bought at the ticket office or ticket machine?
    • For all ticket types, fill out the form at the bottom of the page.

      1. You can return a paper season ticket(s) or Smartcard(s) to a station ticket office in order to process your refund. If you can not get to a ticket office then please follow the steps below.
      2. Write ‘COVID-19 Refund’ on the ticket using a blue or black marker pen or Biro (this is not required for Smartcard refunds)
      3. Take a photo of the ticket(s) or Smartcard(s) cut in half diagonally and attach this photo to the web form. Please ensure the photo includes the Smartcard number.
      4. Once you have submitted your refund request, we will review it and contact you for further details.
      5. Due to current government advice, we will not initially require the physical copy of the refund form or ticket in order to process your refund. Once it is safe to do so, we require you to post the refund form and ticket/Smartcard. Please send this along with a printed refunds form to:

        Freepost – Chiltern Railways.

        If you don’t have access to a printer, simply provide a cover note, including all the information contained on this form.
  • How long will it take for my refund to come through?
    • We aim to respond within 10 working days for refund enquiries. The average duration for a refund to be processed is 9 days.

Please see below the refund policy for each ticket.

  • Off Peak, Super Off-Peak and Anytime Tickets
    • Customers holding tickets to travel are allowed to change their journey to travel at a time not permitted by the ticket held either by paying the difference in fare (excess) to the correct ticket, or by the retailers refund & rebook process, as allowed by the terms & conditions of those tickets. There is no charge to change existing tickets other than the difference in fare. Changes should be made before the journey has begun.

      Outside of these dates, people using an Off-Peak, Super Off-Peak or Anytime ticket can apply for a refund on an unused ticket and the usual £10 admin fee will apply. Alternatively, free of charge, you can change your ticket to travel at a later date.
  • Season Tickets
    • The normal Season Ticket refund conditions and calculations apply. A refund fee of £10 is payable.

      Refunds are not calculated pro-rata. As Season tickets are heavily reduced, we will calculate the cost for the period of time used and deduct this from the cost of your Season ticket, along with a £10 admin fee. Any remaining value will be refunded.

      Season tickets can only be backdated if a person has proof of an illness which prevented them from using their ticket.

      Please note, annual Season Tickets have no refund value after approximately 10 months and 13 days, however, you are still able to use the ticket to travel until it expires.

  • Advance Tickets
    • Changes to advance tickets

      Advance ticket bookings between 21st June and 31st December 2021 can be exchanged to travel at a different time or date fee-free.

      • Fee-free Change of Journey – Customers will still be required to pay any fare difference, and changes must be made by 18:00 the day before travel; original origin and destination must remain the same, but customers are permitted to change the date and time to travel on another service or day, or
      • Advance tickets purchased can be surrendered back to the original retailer for an E-Rail Travel Voucher or Rail Travel Voucher for use purchasing a future ticket. Vouchers are valid for 12 months from the date of issue. Request must be made by 18:00 the day before travel.

      All requests for Changes or for Rail Travel Vouchers should be made to the original retailer.

  • Carnet Tickets
    • Any unused Carnet tickets that would have been valid for travel on services operated by Chiltern Railways up to 23rd March 2020 (and which had not expired before 17th March 2020) will have their period of validity extended up to and including 31st September 2021. Part used packs of Carnet tickets remain non-refundable. Staff have been briefed on the extension of these tickets. Customers must continue to date Carnet tickets before use and should note that extended tickets will not operate ticket barriers at stations.
  • Tickets purchased through a third party
    • Tickets that have been purchased through a third party such as Trainline or through a different train company, please follow their refund policy.
  • Car Park Season Tickets
    • If you require a refund on your car park season ticket, please follow the instructions in the Contact us web form and enter your vehicle registration when prompted to do so. We do not require a physical ticket as your vehicle registration will be on record.
  • National Rail cards and rail vouchers
    • Any National Rail Travel Voucher that has an expiry date between 20 October 2020 and 30 June 2021, may be accepted for a maximum of 6 months after the original expiry date, for example a National Rail Travel Voucher that expires on 30 June 2021, may continue to be used up to and including 30 December 2021.

       

Refund applications for unused Anytime, Off-Peak and Super Off-Peak tickets purchased from Chiltern Railways must be received within 28 days of the original date of travel.

If you hold a season ticket, please see the above section for details of refund arrangements. Please note that season ticket refund applications should be made as quickly as possible, as for most people the value of any refund will reduce each day.

As of 30th September the government has confirmed that Railcards will remain non-refundable and will not be extended.

If you have any questions, want to claim a refund or compensation, would like to make a complaint or have any comments, fill in the form at the bottom of this page.  If you prefer you can phone or write to us, our contact details are shown below. 

We aim to respond within 10 working days, but given the current circumstances it may take longer than this.

For more information on our service standards and how we put your needs first, take a look at our Passenger Charter, speak  to our managers at the Meet the Managers events or tweet us

Compensation for delays

If you are delayed on a Chiltern Railways journey and the cause of the delay was within the control of the railway industry you can claim compensation. Chiltern Railways offers passengers the right to claim for delays using our own delay compensation scheme. Click here for further information on Delay Compensation.

You do not have to claim using this scheme, but if you do you must make a claim within 28 days of the relevant journey. You may also be entitled to claim for other losses caused by Chiltern Railways and further guidance is available in the National Conditions of Travel and in our Passenger Charter.

If the initial cause of your delay occurred while travelling with another train company, your claim should be submitted directly to that train operator. Please visit their website for more information.

To make a claim simply fill out the form at the bottom of this page and attach a photo of your ticket, cut in half diagonally. (See the example below).

If you are travelling on a single or return ticket, please do not put it through the ticket barrier at the end of your journey as you will need to submit it to make a claim.

For more information on compensation click here.

If you currently hold a Season Ticket then please attach a photo but there is no need to cut your ticket, only if you are applying for delay compensation, not refunds. For instructions on refunds, see the information at the top of the page.

 

If you wish to apply for a refund, please use the form below:

PERSONAL DETAILS

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ENQUIRY DETAILS

Please let us know how we can help

Please only use this menu if you are applying for compensation, not refunds.
You might have a statutory right to receive
compensation via the method you paid.
Should an acceptable method not be listed
above then please call 03456 005 165
  • If applying for a refund, please provide the payment method you used to purchase the ticket. If you purchased with a credit/debit please state the type of card. (eg. Visa/Mastercard)
  • If you also need to apply for a car park season ticket refund, please enter the vehicle registration.
  • If you are applying for a season ticket refund, you must provide the date (dd/mm/yyyy) you last used your ticket.
  • DO NOT enter your credit/debit card details on this form.
  • If your season ticket was purchased by company cheque please add the company name to this field.
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CONTACT DETAILS

Customer Services (Mon-Fri 08.30 to 17.30)

Customer Services
Banbury ICC
Merton Street
Banbury
Oxfordshire
OX16 4RN

Phone: 03456 005 165
Fax: 01926 729 914

For Compensation claims use:
FREEPOST Chiltern Railways

Lost Property (Mon-Fri 12.00 to 20.00)

Chiltern Railways Lost Property
Marylebone Station
London
NW1 6JJ

Phone: 03456 005 165

Car Parking 

APCOA Parking (UK) Limited

PO Box 222
Lowton Way
Sheffield
S98 1NX

web: www.apcoa.co.uk/

online agent: www.apcoa.co.uk/contact/

Ticket Enquiries (Mon-Sun 07.00 to 22.00)

Phone: 03456 005 165
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Press Office (Mon-Fri 09.00 to 17.30)

For press information or interviews, please contact the Chiltern Railways Press Office:

email: [email protected]

Filming Office (Mon-Fri 09.00 to 17.00)

For filming enquiries please contact our filming team:

web: www.chilternrailways.co.uk/filming

Charity Collections

To find out about collecting at our stations, please visit our Charity Collections page

National Rail Enquiries

Tel:03457 484950

Visit www.nationalrail.co.uk


Complaints Handling Procedure

Our complaints handling procedure is available here 

If you're not happy with how a complaint has been handled we have further guidance here


Registered Office Address

1 Admiral Way
Doxford International Business Park
Sunderland
SR3 3XP

 

 

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