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Advance tickets

Visit great destinations at last year's prices 

Visit great destinations across London and Kent by booking Advance tickets - at last year's prices! 

If you know when you’ll be travelling, buying an Advance ticket up to 12 weeks before your journey will save you money compared to buying a full price ticket on the day. 

Our Advance Tickets are standard class single tickets that are sold for journeys on specific trains. They're also subject to availability, so book as early as you can to avoid disappointment and get the best deal. 

You can buy Advance tickets online and at our ticket offices. 

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Planning a journey or buying a ticket in advance? 

Network Rail has made a temporary change to how far in advance it confirms rail timetables. This is a national issue, and the majority of journeys are unaffected. More detailed information is available here

In a small number of cases the timetable will not be confirmed until less than the usual 12-weeks before travel. Wherever possible. we've highlighted those journeys yet to be confirmed in our journey planner.

You can still book tickets in advance, and our Advance fares are available up until 6pm on the day before travel. If you buy an Advance ticket for a train that is subsequently changed or cancelled, we will refund you. Check before you travel by using our journey planner, National Rail Enquiries or download our On Track app for the most up-to-date information. 

Availability of Advance fares

Advance tickets are currently on sale up to and including the dates below - 

 Day Route  Opened until  Notes 
 Weekdays   All routes  12 December  
       
 Saturdays  Charing Cross to Ramsgate via Ashford & Canterbury
 17 November  
  Charing Cross to Dover via Ashford & Folkestone
 17 November  
  Charing Cross to Tunbridge Wells & Hastings
 17 November  
       
  St Pancras to Ramsgate / Margate via Ashford & Canterbury
 17 November  
  St Pancras to Dover via Ashford & Folkestone
 17 November  
  St Pancras to Margate via Gravesend
 17 November  
       
  Victoria to Dover via Canterbury East
 17 November  
  Victoria to Margate via Rochester
 17 November  
  Victoria to Ashford via Maidstone East  17 November
     
 Sundays Charing Cross to Ramsgate via Ashford & Canterbury
 18 November 
  Charing Cross to Dover via Ashford & Folkestone
 18 November
  Charing Cross to Tunbridge Wells & Hastings
 18 November
       
  St Pancras to Ramsgate / Margate via Ashford & Canterbury
 18 November
  St Pancras to Dover via Ashford & Folkestone
 18 November
  St Pancras to Margate via Gravesend
 18 November
       
  Victoria to Dover via Canterbury East
 18 November
  Victoria to Margate via Rochester
 18 November
  Victoria to Ashford via Maidstone East  18 November  

Details last updated 13 September 2018

You can sign up for alerts to find out when advance tickets come on sale at National Rail

Find out how much you can save by booking in advance

Advance single

Super Off-Peak single

Tunbridge Wells to London  £6.10 £14.70
Canterbury to London
£10.10
£12.50
for high speed
£24.40
£32.80 plus high speed
Maidstone to London
£7.90
£8.90
plus high speed
£19.00
£21.50 plus high speed
London to Margate
£10.10
£13.80
plus high speed
£24.40
£33.20 plus high speed

London to Folkestone

£10.90
£13.60
plus high speed

£26.30
£32.80 plus high speed

London to Battle £10.20

£24.60


Fares correct at last date of publication 03/01/2018

 

Advance Tickets
Terms and Conditions

What else should I know about Advance Tickets?

  • Our best value* Advance Tickets are available online and can be collected from Ticket Vending Machines or ticket offices at our stations or delivered by post. They can also be bought from ticket offices
  • Tickets are subject to availability and can be booked up to 12 weeks ahead of the date of travel
  • The deadline for buying these tickets is 6pm the day before travel
  • They are sold as Single fares but you can mix and match Advance Tickets for a return journey
  • They’re available on many regular and high speed services but not for journeys entirely within the London Travelcard area, or from certain other stations close to London
  • Prior to the departure of the first booked train the date and/or time of an Advance Ticket can be changed at any National Rail ticket office – you will have to pay any difference between the price paid and the price of the next suitable fare for your journey. There is normally a £10 fee to change Advance Tickets however Southeastern waive this fee for Advance Tickets between London terminals or Gatwick Airport and Southeastern destinations
  • Advance tickets are non-refundable

When can I use an Advance Ticket?

  • Advance fares are valid only on the date and the train shown on the ticket
  • Weekdays Advance fares are available on most journeys;
    • to London after 9.45am
    • from London between 10am and 4pm and after 7pm
  • Saturday, Sunday and bank holidays Advance fares are available on most journeys all day
  • At weekends, due to engineering work, Advance fares may be withdrawn or reservations opened less than 12 weeks ahead

What discounts are available?

  • Child discounts apply for all Advance fares, and you can combine Adult Advance fares with Kids for a Quid
  • National Railcard holders get 1/3 off all Standard Class Advance fares
  • Group discounts are not available
You can check the full terms and conditions for Advance fares at National Rail Enquiries, but remember to book directly with Southeastern to avoid paying any admin fees.
 
Best value is based on the cost of an online Southeastern Advance ticket to/from or via London, compared to a full-price train ticket on the day.

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