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Advance train tickets

Plan ahead and save up to 50%* with CrossCountry Standard Advance train tickets

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If you book before you arrive at the station, you can save plenty of your time.

What are Advance train tickets?

An Advance train ticket is a fare which goes on sale before the day of travel – up to 12 weeks. They’re non-flexible Single tickets for an A to B journey, which means you’ll need to book another ticket if you’re returning.

Usually this ticket type is non-refundable, but at CrossCountry we recognise that plans can easily change. That’s why we offer free changes to Advance tickets booked online – you can find out more about that here.

Because they can be booked well before a journey departs, Advance tickets are the best way to organise your travel.

How far in advance can I book?


Advance booking dates

Whilst tickets can be bought up to three months prior to travel, seat reservations are not available until closer to the journey date. The table below provides the latest date that you can reserve seat reservations on our services. We apologise for any inconvenience caused, please check back for updates.

Popular Routes Monday - Friday Saturday Sunday
Edinburgh - Plymouth

05 July 2024

29 June 2024

30 June 2024

Newcastle - Reading

05 July 2024 

 29 June 2024

30 June 2024

Manchester Piccadilly - Bournemouth

05 July 2024

29 June 2024

30 June 2024

Manchester Piccadilly - Bristol TM

05 July 2024

29 June 2024

30 June 2024
Nottingham - Cardiff Central

05 July 2024

29 June 2024

30 June 2024

Birmingham New Street - Stansted Airport 05 July 2024

29 June 2024

30 June 2024

(Last updated: Friday 12 April 2024).

How to book Advance tickets

Booking an Advance train ticket is simple.

  1. Click the ‘Buy tickets’ button above or find your destination using the route finder below
  2. Alternatively, use the CrossCountry mobile app
  3. Select your destination and departure stations
  4. Choose your date of departure. Add your return date if you’re making the journey back, too
  5. Add the number of people travelling, railcards, route preferences, or any promotions you might have
  6. Now for us to do the work. We’ll present you with all the available tickets, with Standard to the left and First Class to the right
  7. When you select a Standard or First-Class ticket, you will be shown if an Advance ticket option is available. It’s recommended you book well before your departure date to ensure you can purchase an Advance ticket
  8. Once your ticket has been selected, click Continue to purchase

Once you’ve booked your Advance train ticket, the only thing left to do is make the journey.

The benefits of Advance train tickets

  • You can plan ahead and save up to 50%* with CrossCountry Standard Advance train tickets!
  • You will be reserved on a specific train and get a reserved seat, reducing the stress of departure.
  • Available for journeys in both Standard & First Class, meaning you can benefit from Advance tickets even when you're upgrading to First Class.
  • Available as an e-Ticket to save you queuing up at a station.
  • You can apply your Railcard to an Advance ticket.
  • You can travel all around the UK. If you're looking for inspiration, our most popular routes include Glasgow to EdinburghManchester to BirminghamBristol to Cardiff, Newcastle to Edinburgh, and Leeds to York.

*Savings can vary, comparing the price of a Standard Class CrossCountry Advance single ticket, for 4,792 journeys on CrossCountry services only, to the price of a flexible Anytime single ticket valid on the same service and may be valid on other CrossCountry services or services operated by another train company.

Applies to CrossCountry Advance train ticket for journeys on CrossCountry services only, CrossCountry Advance tickets are available up to 12 weeks before departure and are subject to availability, see the latest booking horizon. See Advance ticket terms and conditions. Anytime single tickets can also be purchased in advance of the day of travel, see Anytime ticket terms and conditions.

Date checked on 27 March 2024.

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