Off-Peak and Super Off-Peak tickets

Quieter journeys. Cheaper fares.

Off-Peak and Super Off-Peak train tickets are available on certain routes at specific times of the week, and you can buy them right before you board. Generally, off-peak trains are much quieter.

Use our train journey planner to check when your ticket can be used – simply enter your outward and return journey times to see the trains you can travel on.

Off-Peak train tickets – the rules:

  • You can book up to 12 weeks in advance, or just before you travel
  • Only valid on the date shown on your tickets, and up until 04:29 the next day

Buy Off-Peak tickets

Here’s a quick guide to buying the best ticket for your trip to the capital.

Monday to Friday

Arriving into London

  • Off-Peak tickets are available on services arriving into London at or after 10:03
  • Super Off-Peak tickets are available on services arriving into London at or after 11:36
  • Anytime tickets cover you at all times

Going out of London

  • Off-Peak tickets cover you from 08:47 - 16:34, and from 18:47 onwards. On Fridays, your outward ticket from London is valid all day from 08:47
  • Super Off-Peak tickets cover you from 10:05 - 15:34, and from 18:47 onwards
  • Between 16:34 and 18:47, Anytime tickets are the only valid ticket. They cover you at all other times, too

Weekends

Off-Peak and Super Off-Peak tickets are valid at any time, all weekend.

Further details

You can upgrade your ticket to First Class, subject to availability, or to travel at a different time of day (from off-peak to peak for example) by paying the difference in ticket price.

If you need to make any of the following changes to your ticket, you’ll need to claim a refund on your unused ticket and buy a new one before your trip:

  • Travel date of your single or return journey
  • Your chosen route
  • Swap from First to Standard class

You could save a third off the cost of your ticket with a railcard. If you use a railcard to buy your ticket, remember to take it with you when you travel. If you forget, you will be asked to buy a new, full-price ticket. You’ll be able to claim any additional costs back the first time this happens. Find out more and buy railcards

Travelling as a group of three or more? Save money when you travel together with our range of group discounts. Find out more about Groupsave and other group travel offers.

If any leg of your journey is delayed, you can travel on the next available train(s) to complete your trip. If that’s not feasible, you can claim a refund.

If your train is delayed by more than 15 minutes you can claim compensation through our Delay Repay scheme.

Return your unused ticket to the place you bought it from within 28 days of its expiry date to claim a refund on all or part of your journey. You’ll be charged a £10 fee. Find out more about refunding your ticket.

To learn more read the full National Rail terms and conditions for Off-Peak and Super Off-Peak tickets

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