Plane tickets are often booked in advance with the hope of securing the best seats at competitive prices. However, when it comes to buying train tickets, most people opt to buy their tickets on the day they are travelling. As a result, they end up paying more, especially for long-distance or country trains. Many independent train ticket companies grant customers the option of buying ‘Advance’, ‘Off-peak’ or ‘Anytime’ tickets. Advance tickets are single (one-way) tickets that offer great value for fare on most long-distance journeys.
Advance tickets are usually available up to 12 weeks in advance. All you require is to determine when you plan to travel and buy your ticket the earliest time possible. However, they are not available on all routes and often sell out quickly. The earlier you buy your ticket, the better the deal- you could save up to £83.00.
· When & where Advance ticket(s) is used
Advance tickets are valid on the train indicated on the ticket and date of travel. Nevertheless, changes to the date or time of travel can be facilitated before departure of the reserved train, with differences in fare and administration fees paid. Where applicable, passengers are expected to travel in the reserved class and seat(s) indicated on the ticket(s). Furthermore, the tickets can only be utilized on the services of the operator or geographical route.
· Conditions of use
Passengers are often advised to get to the station in time, in order to catch their train. In the event of missing the train that you had booked, you will be required to buy a new ticket to board the train that follows next. If delays arise while travelling, many of the train operators can their passengers to take any other available train to complete their trip. Generally, breaking of journey is not allowed, which means passengers cannot start, break & resume or end their trip at any intermediate train station apart from changing to/from connecting trains shown on their ticket(s).
· Refunds & amendments
Trains in the city offer refunds for ‘Off-peak’ and ‘Anytime’ tickets, but not for ‘Advance’ fares. Nonetheless, if necessary, Advance tickets can be amended, provided passengers are willing to pay the applicable amendment and admin fees. Furthermore, passengers should apply for amendment before 6 pm on the day prior to the original date of travel booked. They can make changes to their travel date and travel time, but cannot amend their journey origin, journey route and journey destination.