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advance fares 2014

Advance train tickets from £10

Book now for the cheapest fares

A Christmas full of sparkle is only a short trip away with our great discounted train fares when you buy your ticket in advance on many longer distance routes to and from London. With one-way fares starting from £10 Standard Class and £16 First Class, if you're planning a Christmas trip home to visit friends and family or a day trip to London during the festive period, we may have an Advance rail fare for you!

Just remember: the earlier you book, the less you're likely to pay. So if you're planning a weekend away to visit friends or just day trip, we may have an Advance rail fare for you! Just remember: the earlier you book, the less you're likely to pay.

You can find out how far ahead you can book Advance tickets at the bottom of this page.

Check our Advance fares map to see how little you can pay!

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Christmas markets

The countdown to Christmas has begun with stockings to fill and presents to buy! We have put together a list of Christmas markets around our network so you can start crossing off your gift list.

Hop on a train and head to one of the Christmas markets on our network:

Bristol: 7 November – 22 December 2014

Nearest station: Bristol Temple Meads

Welcome to the sixth German Christmas Market in Broadmead part of Bristol Shopping Quarter!

The 38 traditional chalets decorated with festive greenery and colourful lights, the Christmas nativity Pyramid, giant advent calendar and beer gardens combine to create a festive atmosphere in the heart of the city centre shopping area.

Visitors are invited to wander around and will find traditional German Christmas decorations, lights, nativity scenes and gifts, including wooden toys, baskets, soaps, lamps and amber jewellery. Delicious festive food and drink is on offer including the now famous gluhvein, bratwurst, waffles, liquorice and stollen.

Travel to Bristol from London with our Advance fares for just £12 Standard Class and £20 First Class, one way, when you book early.

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Southbank Centre: 11 November – 4 January 2015

Nearest station: London Waterloo

Head to London this festive period to experience a true German Christmas Market on the Southbank; with 80 traditional wooden chalets, seasonal culinary specialities, Christmas carousel rides and twinkling colourful lights, the Southbank Centre have created a unique continental style atmosphere.

Wander around the different chalets and hunt down Christmas presents for your loved ones from hand crafted toys to unique Christmas tree decorations, whilst enjoying the relaxed Christmas atmosphere and traditional German music. Don’t forget to try the typical German treats from gingerbread to mulled wine.

The Christmas market will be situated between the Southbank Centre and the London Eye along Queen’s Way.

Travel to London with our Advance fares from just £10 Standard Class and £16 First Class, one way, when you book early.

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Exeter: 20 November – 20 December 2014

Nearest station: Exeter St Davids

The Cathedral Green, at the heart of the city centre, will be brought to life by the Christmas Market, with stalls offering unique, handmade and unusual gifts, decorations and food items – everything needed for a perfect Christmas celebration and to create a real Christmas buzz at the heart of the city.

The Exeter Christmas Market will represent the best of what Britain, the South West and the rest of Europe has to offer – with a mix of great food, excellent crafts, unique gifts and decorations.

Travel to Exeter from London with our Advance fares for just £14 Standard Class and £22 First Class, one way, when you book early.

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Bath: 27 November – 14 December 2014

Nearest station: Bath Spa

Families will find plenty to keep everyone happy over the Christmas period with Bath’s Christmas market set to be their biggest yet!

Wander around the traditional stalls laden with seasonal food and the perfect gifts for all the family. Browsing or buying there is lots to see at the Christmas capital of the West!

Travel to Bath from London with our Advance fares for just £12 Standard Class and £20 First Class, one way, when you book early.

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A ticket to adventure from £10.

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Christchurch
Dorchester

Take a trip to the seaside from £11.

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Weymouth

Soak up some history and culture from £12.

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How to buy

Why not save time and buy your tickets online? You can check which fares are available at the times you want to travel. We offer discounts on child tickets and to Railcard holders.

Here are some points to help you find the lowest fare:

• Tickets go on sale up to 12 weeks before travel
• You can buy Advance tickets up to 23:59 the day before travel
• Tickets are subject to availability, so the sooner you book, the less you're likely to pay
• Advance tickets are for single journeys so you can mix price levels, class of travel and ticket types to suit your needs
• If you have a Railcard, don't forget you can save 34% on our Advance fares (no discount for Network Railcards or Gold Cards)
• Discounts are also available on child tickets, with or without a railcard

Advance tickets are the lowest fares we offer for our longer distance journeys and we attach some conditions to these tickets. They are only valid on your booked train(s) and you must travel between the origin and destination stations on your ticket. If your journey plans change, you can make changes to your Advance ticket before you start your journey (the change will cost a minimum of £10). Advance tickets are not refundable. Full conditions for Advance tickets is available here.

Advance ticket availability

Our Advance tickets are on sale for travel up to:

Weekdays: 19 February 2015
Saturdays: 20 February 2015
Sundays: 21 February 2015


Last updated: 19 November 2014