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01) How do I purchase train tickets?

Please ensure you always have a valid ticket for your entire journey. 
There are a number of ways to purchase tickets for our trains.

Buying tickets: 


02) What are the different types of tickets available?

Advance: These tickets are bought in advance of travel (subject to availability). Advance tickets are Single (one-way) fares offering great value for money on longer distance journeys.

Off-Peak: These cheaper tickets are valid on services that arrive into London Marylebone after 10:00. They are also not valid on trains out of London between 0630am and 0900am for stations Bicester and south. For Stations Banbury and North Off Peak tickets are still valid during this time.

Super Off-Peak: These are the cheapest tickets you can buy on the day and are available from all stations between Kidderminster and Bicester North for travel into London Marylebone. Weekdays: They are not valid on trains departing London Marylebone between 06:30 and 09:00 or between 16:00 and 19:00. They also cannot be used on trains arriving into London Marylebone before 11:30. Weekends: There are no restrictions on these tickets at weekends.

Anytime: There are no restrictions on these tickets. An Anytime ticket is valid for return travel on any train for up to one calendar month. These are the most flexible walk-up fares: there are no time restrictions at all and are suited to people who need complete flexibility.

The above restrictions apply to Chiltern Railways and other operators have different restrictions and prices.

03) What are the benefits of a Smartcard?

Smartcards are more secure, durable and flexible than their paper equivalents.  

  • Secure. If your Smartcard is lost or stolen, you can block it so that no one else can use it. You can do this yourself through your online account or by calling us on 03456 005 165.
  • Durable. You will no longer have to queue up to change their tickets when they fade or when the magnetic stripe wears out.
  • Flexible. You can purchase tickets online or via the Chiltern App.  
  • Convenient. You can store more than one ticket on your card at a time – a Smartcard can hold up to 5 tickets. One card – many journeys. 
04) What tickets are available on Smartcards?

Season tickets including Travelcards, plus  some singles and daily returns are available for Smartcard holders. During 2019, more journey and ticket types will become available, so please check back on this website for the latest options. 

05) When I buy my ticket online, where do I collect it from?

When you buy your ticket online you will be asked to select the station at the start of your journey. To collect your ticket at the station, simply touch your card on the yellow gate reader. Your ticket will be loaded onto your Smartcard and you are ready to travel. Please wait 2 hours from the time of purchase.

06) How do I check my season ticket on the move?

You can download the Chiltern app onto an NFC enabled smartphone and check your Smartcard at any time. 

07) Do I need to carry photo ID?

A revenue inspector may from time to time ask you for photo ID. This can be a National Rail photocard (available from any of our ticket offices), or you may prefer to show your driving licence or other official photo ID instead. 

08) What do I do if I lose my Smartcard?

Report the loss to us as soon as you can. Visit our website to cancel your card or call our customer relations team on 03456 005 165.

09) Do I need a new Smartcard when my season ticket expires?

No. Your Smartcard is reusable. When your season ticket expires, you can log in to your online account to purchase a new one. Your expired ticket will be removed from your card next time you touch the gate readee.

10) Can I break my journey between stations where my season ticket is valid?

Yes. You can break your journey at any station along the route that your season ticket is valid.  

11) What is card clash?

If you touch your purse or wallet containing more than one contactless card on a reader, the reader will not know which card to read, and if you are inside London, it could also take payment from a card you did not intend to pay with. This is called card clash. To avoid card clash, only touch the card you want to use for your journey on the card reader. 

12) What do I do if I experience a problem with my ticket or Smartcard at the station?

If you have any queries about your Smartcard or ticket, please ask a member of station staff or contact the number on the back of your Smartcard.  

13) Is it possible to reserve a seat?

We do not offer seat reservations on our trains.

When booking tickets for other train companies, if seat reservations are available, you will be given the option to choose any preferences you may have, such as table, power points and direction of travel. These preferences can be saved in your booking profile.

Only when the booking is placed will confirmation be made that your seat reservation has been successful.

On some routes especially over bank holidays it is compulsory to reserve a seat and you cannot join the train without a reservation.

Seats may be reserved for children, but for a child under 5 a reservation can only be made if a suitable child ticket has been purchased.

Onboard trains, seat reservations are either shown in an overhead display or as paper seat reservation in the back of the seat.

14) Can I amend my ticket when I've bought it?

This depends on the terms and conditions of the ticket you have purchased.

If your ticket is a First or Standard Advance you can change it online via My Account if it is before the day of travel. Please note this will incur a £10 charge per ticket.

If your ticket is an Anytime, Off-Peak or Super Off-Peak fare and you wish to change we advise you to cancel and obtain a refund and re-book.

15) How do I receive/collect my train tickets?

Tickets that have been purchased in advance will either be posted to you, printed from our ticket vending machines, or you can print them at home. If youc are collecting tickets from a ticket vending machine, you will need to have the card you booked the ticekts with, to collect them. Please note, you will be notified of which collection method is relevant for your ticket upon purchasing.

16) Can I collect my tickets from any station?

If your tickets have been booked through our website then yes you can collect your tickets from any ticket machine at a Chiltern Railways station. Please note, other ticket providers may have a different policy.

17) What should I do if my tickets are lost in the post?

If your tickets are lost in the post prior to your date of travel,  for a 1st Class or Special Delivery ticket, please call our customer service team on 03456 005 165 (option 1, option 2)

18) If a specific name is on a ‘print at home’ ticket, can another person use the ticket?

Yes, another person can use the ticket, or one person can buy multiple tickets on behalf of a group, individual passenger names do not have to be on tickets. Please note, this applies to tickets bought through Chiltern Railways, other companies policy for this may differ.

19) Which stations have self-service ticket machines

You don't need to pick up your tickets from the station you selected when making a booking - You can collect from an enabled machine at any one of over 1700 stations in the list below.

Below is the list of available stations :

20) Can I transfer my tickets to another train company?

If you have bought train tickets for any route these can be used with other train companies. If you have bought tickets that are for a specific train company such as Chiltern Railways it is not possible to transfer train tickets. You will need to cancel your original tickets and rebook for a different journey.

21) Can I use my ticket on a different train/ day / operator?

Tickets are only valid on the dates permitted as printed on your ticket.

Tickets that have been purchased with an “any available route” option can be used with any train company that operates between the stations you wish to travel.

Any time tickets are the most flexible and can be used on any train on the chosen day of departure for the journey you have booked. An anytime ticket allows you to return on any train within the dates displayed on your ticket.

Advance tickets are the best value tickets available but can only be used for your chosen train on the specific date and time. They are non-refundable and if you miss your train, you will need to buy a new ticket to travel.

If you have purchased an Anytime, Off Peak or Super Off Peak ticket then you will need to travel within the times as per the terms and conditions. Please see question “What is the difference between Anytime, Off Peak and Super Off Peak” for further information.

22) Can I use my ticket with a different train company?

Tickets that have been purchased with an “any available route” option can be used with any train company that operates between the stations you wish to travel.

23) How do I contact another train operating company?

A list of all train operating companies and their contact details is available from National Rail Enquiries.  

24) What are the age restrictions on train tickets?

Children under the age of 5 travel for free, ages 5-15 can travel using a Child’s ticket, 16+ must pay a full adult fare.

25) What are the different types of season ticket available?

Weekly, Monthly, Monthly+ (between one month and one year), Annual.

26) Can I buy a season ticket online?

Yes, click here to go to our online season ticket shop.

27) Does my season ticket entitle me to free weekend travel?

Yes, if you buy a season ticket originating from a Chiltern Railways station worth £150 or more a month (£1500 or more a year) you are entitled to free travel across our network (on Chiltern Railways services only) on weekends and bank holidays. You must buy your season ticket from Chiltern Railways to benefit from this offer.

28) Do you offer part-time season tickets?

No, but we do offer Carnet tickets which we recommend for passengers wanting a part-time season ticket, see below for information on these.

29) What other discounts do I get if my season ticket is a Gold Card?

Being a Gold Card holder means you are entitled to many discounts such as 1/3 off other fares within the annual Gold Card area. For full details, see NRE’s section on Gold Cards.

30) What is a Carnet ticket?

We offer Carnet tickets which offer passengers 10 open return journeys to London Marylebone for the price of 9 and these are anytime tickets valid for 3 months from the date of purchase.

All you have to do is fill in the date of travel on the ticket before boarding the train when you make a journey.

For more detail read the Carnet - terms and conditions page

31) Can I purchase a Network West Midlands travelcard from Chiltern Railways stations?

Yes, these can be purchased at Chiltern Railways stations within the Network West Midlands travel zones.

32) What rail ranger/rover tickets are available?

We offer rail ranger/rover tickets that allow for unlimited travel in a designated area. These are:

Shakespeare Explorer Rover: Valid from London Marylebone to Leamington Spa, Warwick, Warwick Parkway, and all intermediate stations to Stratford-upon-Avon.

Bicester Village Day Ranger: Entitles the holder to a day-return to Bicester North station with the shuttle bus to Bicester Village included as well.

West Midlands Day Ranger: Valid in the Network West Midlands area and surrounding areas.

33) How can I use my Oyster Card on Chiltern Railways trains?

Oyster Cards can be used in 2 ways:

  1. A Travelcard season ticket can be purchased that is valid for one or more of the London fare zones. You can use your Oyster Travelcard on our services between Amersham and London Marylebone and between West Ruislip and London Marylebone inclusive (and all intermediate stations) provided it is valid for the zones you wish to travel in/between.
  2. Oyster Cards can also be used on a pay-as-you-go basis. On Chiltern Railways pay-as-you-go can be used between Amersham and London Marylebone and between West Ruislip and London Marylebone inclusive (and all intermediate stations).

Oyster Pay As You Go can NOT be used to pay for any other journeys on Chiltern Railways.

34) Where and when is a Freedom Pass valid?

If you are a Freedom Pass holder then you may travel for free on certain parts of our network after 09:30. Freedom Passes are valid between: London Marylebone and Amersham, and London Marylebone and West Ruislip.

35) Do Chiltern work with other businesses to offer discounts on days out at attractions?

Yes, see our special offers section for a list of great deals you can get when you travel with us 2for1 attractions.

36) What are the different types of London Travelcard available?

London Travelcards provide unlimited travel on London Underground, Docklands Light Railway (DLR), Croydon Tramlink, National Rail services, within the period of validity of the ticket and within the zones for which the travelcard covers, and on all London Buses.

Anytime Day Travelcard: This gives you a same day return to London Marylebone, which includes the benefits of travel on London's transport network.

Off Peak Day Travelcard: Valid on trains scheduled to arrive into London Marylebone after 10:00 (Mondays to Fridays).  There are no time restrictions at weekends. For journeys wholly within the London Fare Zones area, Off Peak Day Travelcards can be used from 09:30 on Mondays to Fridays and at any time on Saturdays and Sundays. A GroupSave Travelcard allows groups of 3 or 4 to travel for the price of 2!

Travelcard Season Tickets: Travelcard season tickets can be purchased for 7 days, or for any length of time between 1 month to 1 year. For more information, see also Season Tickets.

Weekend Travelcard: The Weekend Travelcard gives you 2 consecutive days' return travel to London Marylebone and unlimited travel on London's transport network within the London Fare Zones. Our Weekend Travelcard is only available from Aylesbury, Stoke Mandeville, Wendover or Great Missenden to London. The ticket is valid on Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays.

Family Off Peak Travelcard: Like the Off Peak Day Travelcard, it also offers big savings for groups of up to 2 adults and 4 children (and you do not have to be related!).

37) What group travel discounts do Chiltern Railways offer?

We offer competitive group discount rates when tickets are purchased from booking offices at our stations.

2 Pay 4 Travel: This is our small group discount where up to 4 people can travel to London for the price of 2 adults. On top of this offer, an additional 4 more children can travel for just £1 each. This offer applies to off-peak tickets only.

34% off all groups of 3 to 9 adults with GroupSave for all other journeys.

Groups of 10 or more: A number of different discounts apply to groups of 10 or more people travelling together on Chiltern Railways services. Our specialist team will advise on the best value ticket for your group and help you make your travel arrangements. These tickets need to be booked at least 7 days in advance.

For a quotation and advice, please download the Group Travel PDF and complete the details, scan and email to and we will get back you.

Please note, group travel tickets are only valid on Chiltern Railways services, and are not available when there is an amended timetable in operation e.g. due to Wembley Stadium events.

38) Why do I have to put my tickets through barriers at stations?

We operate ticket barriers at some of our stations to ensure that passengers are travelling with the correct and genuine tickets and we are not losing money that could be being invested back into your railway.

39) Why do you check tickets on board?

Our revenue protection policy is designed to prevent fare evasion by ensuring all passengers have the correct ticket for the journey they are undertaking.

When passengers travel without the correct ticket, it can result in significant financial loss to the rail industry.

This can affect the price of tickets for other rail users and have an impact on reinvestment programmes to upgrade facilities. For more information, see our revenue protection and prosecution policy