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There are a number of price bracket fares offered for many rail routes in the UK, but what do all the different tickets mean?
What are the main train tickets?
There are a number of ticket types offered by train companies:
- Anytime – These are fully flexible tickets that can be used anytime on the day and route shown
- Off-peak – These are semi-flexible tickets that may have time and/or date restrictions
- Super off-peak – They offer the same flexibility as off-peak but with further time restrictions
- Advance – Book your ticket in advance for travel on a specific service
- Season tickets – Can be used for travel on the same route on a regular basis
What are off-peak train tickets?
Off-peak tickets, which used to be known as saver tickets, are usually cheaper than anytime tickets as they are valid for times that are less busy.
You will have some restrictions on your travel date or time of day, and sometimes on specific routes or companies you can use.
The trains you can catch with off-peak tickets vary considerably depending on the journey being made.
To find out when you can use your train ticket, you can use the Journey Planner at nationalrail.co.uk.
What are super off-peak train tickets?
Super off-peak tickets, which used to be called super saver tickets, will be issued for the quietest times of the day.
These will vary depending on the route, so again, you must check when you can take advantage of your ticket.
Usually this will be stated on the ticket, or you can check online for the times your ticket is applicable.
What is an anytime train ticket?
Anytime train fares are fully flexible with no time restrictions, so can be used to board a train at any point on the day shown on the ticket.
You may have to use a specific train company or route, but the ticket will often specify this.
You are allowed to break up your journey so you don’t have to complete your journey all at once.
For example, if your ticket is from London to Brighton, you could stop off at East Croyden on the way and then continue your journey later in the day.
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