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Buy tickets for any train journey in Britain. We cross more of the country than any other train company.

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How to buy train tickets

We have a range of great features on our website, to help you buy train tickets quickly and easily and to get the best deal on your train travel, including:

Start your search

Start your search at the 'Find your train' panel at the top of every page. Enter your journey details.

Use the menu items to refine your search.

Choose your train and fare

Once you have specified your journey, you should choose your train time and fare. Our easy to use results shows you train times and fares straight away.

Select your own seat on CrossCountry journeys

If you are travelling on CrossCountry services you can review and change your seating options by clicking on your specified seat and then using our seat plan to select your own seat.

You can select to sit near your luggage, near a window, at a table, near a power socket etc.

Print your tickets at home or work with no queuing!

If you're buying CrossCountry, Grand Central or Virgin Trains Advance tickets one of the delivery options you can choose is a Print your own ticket. Select this option and you can print off your own tickets at work or home, saving you time and hassle. You will receive a separate e-mail with your ticket attached. You should print out your ticket and take it with you when you travel.

Now when you select a Print your own ticket you can choose an alternative form of ID instead of only the payment card used for purchase. You now have the option of choosing another credit or debit card, photo driving license, passport or National Railcard. So, whether you're booking for yourself or someone else you can select the most appropriate method of ID. One of the forms of ID must be brought along with your printed out Print your own ticket on your journey.

Changing my journey

You are now able to change the date and time of your advanced tickets booked directly through the CrossCountry website on both desktop and mobile with no admin fee. Please note in app purchases are unable to be amended. In order to change your journey you must have bought your ticket through a registered account. In order to do this log into your account and click view my bookings and then amend journey then follow the steps to do so. 

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