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Carnet tickets

When you buy a Carnet you get a book of pre-paid single tickets for a certain journey. It’s cheaper than buying the same tickets on the day you travel.

About Carnet tickets

Save 10% when you buy a book of five or 10 Carnet tickets with us. 

If you regularly use the same route but don’t know exactly when you’ll need to travel – for example, if you occasionally work in a different office – you could save money by buying a book of Carnet tickets in advance.

Carnet tickets are:

  • sold in books of five or 10
  • available on a range of routes between National Rail stations (not Underground)
  • valid for three months
  • standard class
  • singles, not returns: if you’re making a regular round trip, you buy a book of Carnets for each direction

Buy Carnet tickets

St Albans City to London

Carnet Peak 10

Buy tickets from £93.00

Luton to London

Carnet Off-Peak 5

Buy tickets from £35.50

Bedford to London

Carnet Peak 5

Buy tickets from £95.00

Anytime Carnet tickets

Buy a book of Anytime tickets if you want to travel at any time, including the rush hour.

Off-Peak Carnet tickets

Buy Off-Peak Carnet tickets if you want to avoid the rush hour during the week. You can use your Off-Peak Carnet ticket if you:

  • Arrive in London after 10:00, Monday to Friday
  • Leave London after 09:30, Monday to Friday
  • Travel before 16:30 and after 19:01, Monday to Friday
  • Travel on public holidays

On weekends and Bank Holidays you can travel Off-Peak at any time.

Thameslink stations where you can use Carnet tickets

You can use Carnet tickets for travel from these Thameslink stations:

Bedford Luton 
Harpenden Luton Airport Parkway
Leagrave St Albans City

Carnet tickets terms and conditions

For more details on how you can use Carnet tickets, read our terms and conditions.

Why doesn't my carnet ticket go through the barriers anymore?

Our Carnet tickets offer extremely good value to customers who make regular journeys but don’t travel frequently enough to benefit from a season ticket. Unfortunately these tickets have been subject to misuse, something which over time results in increased cost of travel for all. To better control the use of these tickets, our barriers are sometimes programmed not to accept Carnet tickets and customers will need to present their ticket to a member of staff at the gates. We regret any inconvenience this causes and our staff will continue to help you on your way as quickly as possible.

Why don’t you come up with a better format for Carnet?

The way in which Carnet works where peak and off peak tickets may be used interchangeably and the tickets are valid for use flexibly for a 3 month period means that the ticket itself is set up in a very specific way. Our plan ultimately is to move Carnet to the Key Smartcard but this is not possible in the short term.

Book Carnet tickets

For books of 5 or 10 tickets, 10% savings and a 3 month period to travel over.