Frequently asked questions

We have answered many of the questions that we are asked most often by our customers, so you may find the answers here. 

Our FAQs are organised into categories to help you find what you’re looking for.

Here are the 10 questions we are asked most often.

1. How do I buy tickets?

We sell tickets for rail journeys throughout Great Britain. As well as our regular fares and season tickets, we have railcards and special deals available.

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2. When is my station’s ticket office open?

Check your station's ticket office opening times

3. How can I plan my journey?

You can download our timetables, plan future journeys at www.nationalrail.co.uk, get automatic live alerts or download our Thameslink OnTrack app.

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4. How can I make a comment, complaint or suggestion?

You can get in touch by calling, emailing, completing an online feedback form or even by tweeting us.

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5. Will engineering work affect my journey?

You can check our engineering works section to see if planned work may affect your journey. You can also check our live running information for the latest updates.

Great Northern live running

Thameslink live running

6. Can I use my Oyster card on your trains?

You can use Oyster season tickets or Oyster pay as you go (PAYG) on our trains for journeys within the valid zones.

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7. Can I save money with a season ticket?

If you make the same peak time journey on 3 or more days a week, you can save lots with a season ticket.

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8. What can I do if my season ticket is lost, stolen or damaged?

Lost or stolen tickets can be replaced at your local ticket office - subject to terms and conditions. Damaged tickets are normally replaced free of charge.

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9. What is a penalty fare?

You must have a valid ticket (or permit to travel) for your journey. If you travel on a train without a ticket, you may have to pay a penalty fare.

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10. Why is my train so overcrowded?

We run as many trains as the rail infrastructure allows. We have produced guides to show which peak time trains are likely to have seats available.

Find a seat Thameslink

Find a seat Great Northern