Ticket Options

Advance Tickets


Buy in advance, travel on a specific train


Our East Coast Advance tickets offer great value for money and are the perfect option if you can be flexible about your travel times.   Advance tickets must be purchased in advance of travel, subject to availability, and are not available for sale on the day of travel. 

As these tickets are sold as single (one-way) fares you can search for the best deal for the outward and return legs of your journey.

You can buy Advance tickets for First Class and Standard.  In fact, you can even mix and match your tickets, for example, using a Standard Advance fare for the outward leg of your journey, and then travelling on a First Advance ticket when you return.

When you book an Advance ticket, we'll automatically reserve you a seat on your chosen service, so you won't be left standing.

What you need to know

We'd hate to leave without you, so please leave plenty of time to get to the departure station shown on your ticket, to catch your train.  Remember that some stations have ticket barriers and train doors may also be closed and locked up to two minutes before departure.  Advance tickets are not transferrable, so if you miss your train, you'll need to buy a new ticket.

If delays occur after your journey has started you will be allowed to take the next available train(s) to complete your journey.

Please view Ticket Sales Terms and Conditions for ticket terms and restrictions.

Use of First Class Lounges

Holders of East Coast First Advance tickets are permitted to use any of our First Class Lounges with the exception of London King’s Cross where a £5 supplement must be paid.

The supplement for using the Lounge at King’s Cross will be issued as an additional ticket which you present on arrival at the Lounge along with your First Advance ticket.

Take advantage of all the facilities in the First Class Lounge including the full range of complimentary items such as tea, coffee and orange juice. Stay connected with free Wi-Fi, or sit back and relax with a newspaper or magazine.

Please view the First Class Lounge supplement terms and conditions before use.