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Off-peak train times vary by operator, route and service, and may also be origin/destination specific. Travel restrictions will usually apply to both outward and return journeys, setting a time boundary to avoid the morning and/or evening peak travel periods.*

CrossCountry follow a more simplified approach to off-peak ticket restrictions for use on our services. In general, if travelling on CrossCountry before 09.30 ⁺, customers will likely need an ‘Anytime’ ticket to complete their journey. Tickets may also be restricted between 15:30 and 18:15 ⁺ in the evening. Nevertheless, there are many off-peak tickets which do permit travel on CrossCountry services during these times; customers are therefore advised to check full details of the specific ticket restrictions before travelling.

Customers may come across different types of Off-Peak tickets. Some of the more common ones are listed below:
Off-Peak -> Generally includes morning travel restrictions.
Off-Peak Day -> Generally includes morning and evening travel restrictions.
Super Off-Peak -> Generally includes more restrictive morning travel conditions, and possibly evening restrictions too.

To check for the full restriction details applicable to your journey, simply click here and search for the relevant 2-digit code, as printed on your ticket. See example below:

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* Morning and evening peak travel periods are defined differently by the different Train Operating Companies. Please see individual restrictions for full details.
⁺ Restrictions do not generally apply at weekends or on bank holidays unless specifically stated.

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Ticket properties Off-Peak Day Single
Outward journey Any off-peak train on date shown on ticket
Journey breaks Break of journey is allowed unless otherwise indicated by a restriction shown against the ticket’s validity
Trains and routes Any off-peak train, subject to route of ticket
Limited availability No
Booking deadline Day of travel
Seat reservations Advisable
Railcard discounts Yes
Amending tickets If you wish to change the date of travel, or the origin or destination of your ticket, it may be necessary to buy a new ticket and apply for a refund on your existing ticket.
Refund availability Yes, less the administration fee
Where to buy Any outlet
Ticket properties Off-Peak Return Off-Peak Day Return Off-Peak First Return
Outward journey Any off-peak train on date shown on ticket Any off-peak train on date shown on ticket Any off-peak train on date shown on ticket
Journey breaks Break of journey is allowed unless otherwise indicated by a restriction shown against the ticket’s validity Break of journey is allowed unless otherwise indicated by a restriction shown against the ticket’s validity Break of journey is allowed unless otherwise indicated by a restriction shown against the ticket’s validity
Trains and routes Any off-peak train, subject to route of ticket Any off-peak train, subject to route of ticket Any off-peak train, subject to route of ticket
Limited availability No No No
Booking deadline Day of travel Day of travel Day of travel
Seat reservations Advisable Advisable Advisable
Railcard discounts Yes Yes Yes, except Young Persons and Family & Friends
Amending tickets If you wish to change the date of travel, or the origin or destination of your ticket, it may be necessary to buy a new ticket and apply for a refund on your existing ticket. If you wish to change the date of travel, or the origin or destination of your ticket, it may be necessary to buy a new ticket and apply for a refund on your existing ticket. If you wish to change the date of travel, or the origin or destination of your ticket, it may be necessary to buy a new ticket and apply for a refund on your existing ticket.
Refund availability Yes, less the administration fee Yes, less the administration fee Yes, less the administration fee
Where to buy Any outlet Any outlet Any outlet

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