If you make the same journey three times a week or more, a season ticket will usually cost you less than the equivalent Anytime fare.
Do you commute regularly by train? Then why not save money with a train season ticket? Not only are they more cost effective, they will also save you time and the hassle of buying tickets daily.
What type of rail Season ticket do I need?
There are a few different types of rail season tickets for you to choose from. No matter which you choose, every train season ticket gives you unlimited travel between the stations on your route, so you can hop on and off at your leisure. Want to find out what season ticket is right for you? Check out our season ticket calculator.
Weekly Train Ticket
Our weekly train tickets are cheaper than five Anytime Day returns, so a great choice for those commuting into London. Plus, weekends are included too, so you can head into the city for a show or some retail therapy for no extra cost. If you buy online you can collect your weekly pass at the station, so it can start the next day.
Monthly Train Ticket
Want the perfect balance between flexibility and price? Then a monthly train pass is a great option. These will cost you less than four weekly train tickets, so great for regular commuters. If you buy online, allow five working days for delivery.
Annual Train Ticket
Looking for the cheapest way to travel on your route? Annual train tickets mean you only pay for 40 weeks and get 12 weeks for free. That will save you 23% of the cost of a weekly season ticket. Remember, if you buy online, you need to start using your ticket within two weeks of the date you buy it. Your new yearly train ticket will arrive within five working days.
Plus, when you buy an annual train ticket for travel within the Thameslink network, you will also receive an Annual Gold Card. This gives you a fantastic range of benefits including:
- 1/3 off Anytime and Off-Peak tickets for you and three adults
- 1/3 off all Off-Peak Day Travelcards for unlimited use within London Zones 1-6
- 1/3 off Anytime Day Travelcards when bought with a ticket to London from outside Zones 1-9
- 60% off child fares for up to four children aged 5-15
- Free travel for up to two children aged under 5
- A one-year Railcard for £10 for a person of your choice, including a 16-25, Family & Friends, Senior, Two Together, Disabled Persons or Network Railcard
Flexi Season Ticket
The new national Flexi Season Ticket on Smartcard gives you 8 passes to use over 28 days between 2 destinations – so you can make 8 anytime/peak return journeys, any days you choose. Buy your Flexi Season Tickets online or at any of our ticket offices, load it onto your Key Smartcard, and travel when it suits you. Find out more.
Custom Train Ticket
Do you want to make a regular journey for more than a month, but less than a year? Then a custom season ticket is the perfect option. Simply enter the dates you want to travel, and we’ll calculate the right price.
No matter which train season ticket you choose, remember to bring a valid photocard with you when you travel.
How do I buy rail Season tickets?
Buying a rail season ticket is easy. You can buy or renew your train season ticket in the following ways:
- Online – make sure you tick the right box for weekly, monthly, annual or custom passes
- On The Key Smartcard (your ticket can start just two hours after you buy!)
- On paper. Weekly tickets can be collected at our stations. Monthly and longer paper season tickets will be sent First Class. Please allow 5 days for delivery
- At your local ticket office
- At a station ticket machine (this applies for weekly passes, or monthly if you’re already registered online)
How does my train Season ticket work?
There are a couple of different formats for our rail season tickets.
You can buy your rail season ticket on The Key Smartcard. This looks a bit like an Oyster card. You can buy or renew tickets online, then tap in and out of stations. Easy. Lost your card? No worries, we’ll block it and replace it for free Alternatively a paper train season ticket cleverly stores your information on the magnetic strip on the back, so you can get through the ticket barriers at stations.
This does mean that you must keep it away from other magnetic items like your bank cards, oyster card and phone to avoid wiping any information. If this does happen and you can’t get through the barriers, don’t worry! Just nip into a ticket office to get your ticket re-issued.
You can’t use a personal cheque to pay at ticket offices – but you can use a debit or credit card or cash.
Company cheques for annual season tickets
Company cheques are only accepted at Ticket Offices in payment for Annual season tickets only and only in the following circumstances:
If the ticket is a new issue (first purchase) the customer must produce two forms of ID:
- Photo ID such as a driving licence or passport
- A seperate ID from those detailed above which verifies the customers home address
If the ticket is a renewal of an existing Annual season ticket paid for by cheque, it can be issued without further verification.
The cheque should be made payable to Govia Thameslink Railway Limited.