Important refund information
If you have purchased your tickets or have a season ticket purchased at anytime on or after 7th September, please see our refunds process here.
If you have purchased your tickets on or before 6th September (excluding season tickets), please see our refunds process below.
Ticket refunds and exchanges
To help our customers during the pandemic we have made a number of temporary refund changes for when travel plans unexpectedly changed due to Coronavirus. Now that the vast majority of our services are running again and lockdown-related refunds have been processed, these temporary changes are coming to an end. Below are details of the changes, and when they will occur.
- Unexpired Season Tickets can be refunded at any time. We will calculate how much is refunded based on the value left on your ticket on the day you submit your Season Ticket for refund. This refund can also be backdated with evidence that illness prevented you from travelling but we will no longer be able to back date them to a maximum of 56 days if you have chosen not to travel. For more information, including if you require a refund due to sickness that prevented you from using a Season Ticket, see the Season Ticket Conditions page
All other tickets purchased on or before Sunday 6 September 2020:
- If you have an Off-Peak or Anytime ticket, you can get a full refund and we have waived the £10 admin fee
- Advance tickets are normally non-refundable but you can now also get a full, fee-free refund if your Advance ticket was booked before 23 March 2020
- If you have Carnet tickets, we have increased the flexibility by allowing part-refunds on any unused Carnet tickets
- With the exception of Season Tickets, we We have doubled the time people can apply for ticket refunds – up from 4 weeks to 8 weeks from the last day that the ticket was valid. Refunds are now being processed within 4 weeks, provided all details provided at time of application
- If the train you intended to use has been cancelled in the reduced timetable you can get a full, fee-free refund.
All other tickets purchased on or after Monday 7 September 2020
The following rules will apply:
- If you have an Off-Peak or Anytime ticket, you can get a full refund and an admin fee may apply
- Advance tickets:
- These tickets are non-refundable, therefore please consider carefully whether this is the right ticket for you
- Working with the Department for Transport, we want to ensure you can rearrange your travel plans if you have bought an Advance ticket prior to COVID related local restriction changes taking place in different parts of the country.
We understand extra restrictions may result in you being unable to use your ticket and you may wish to change your plans or no longer travel.
We will provide full details of how these arrangements will work shortly, but in the meantime please ensure you retain your tickets.
- For more flexibility we still recommend choosing one of our flexible tickets (Anytime, Off-Peak, and Super Off-Peak tickets) giving you that added peace of mind, should your plans need to change
- If you have a complete book of unused Carnet tickets, you can get a full refund and an admin fee may apply
- You can apply for a ticket refund up to 4 weeks from the last day that the ticket was valid
How do I calculate the refund I will receive for my season ticket?
Season ticket refund calculator
For refund requests submitted on or after Monday 7 September, season ticket refunds will be calculated based on the value of the ticket on the date of submission. Please see our refunds process here.
The information below does not apply to season tickets or to other tickets purchased on or after Monday 7 September. Please refer to our refunds page for information.
Our revised arrangements make it as easy as possible for you to change or cancel your travel plans.
If you bought your ticket from Gatwick Express, Great Northern, Southern or Thameslink, enhanced arrangements for refunds and exchange are detailed below.
If you bought your ticket from another train company or a booking agent, please contact them for information on their refund policy.
|Ticket type||Refund exchange policy|
|Anytime, Off-Peak, and Super Off-Peak tickets||A full refund is available for unused tickets with no fees applied. You have up to 56 days from the date you intended to travel to apply for this refund, however refunds will be processed in the order they are received.|
|Advance purchase tickets (tickets for a specific, timed service)||
We will only be able to offer a refund if the service you have booked for is disrupted or cancelled after the time of booking.
|Rover tickets||A full refund is available before the period of validity starts with no fees applied. Tickets cannot be refunded once the period of validity has started.|
|Daysave tickets||These tickets are not refundable. Please only purchase them if you are certain you will travel.|
|Carnet tickets||A full refund is available on all unused Carnet tickets based on the face value of each ticket. Each individual unused ticket must be submitted.|
|Oyster / Contactless||Please contact Transport for London (tfl.gov.uk) for any refunds for tickets purchased on Oyster or Contactless.|
If you purchased your ticket online:
- as an e-ticket
- as a “ticket on departure” that you have not yet collected
it is easiest to manage your refund or exchange is through your online account in most cases:
- Login to your account at Gatwick Express, Great Northern, Southern or Thameslink and go to ‘Manage my tickets / refund’ section..
- If you purchased your ticket as a Guest, please refer to your booking confirmation email for details of how to ‘Link your order to an account’
- For Smart tickets please use the online Key Smartcard refund form
If you have the paper tickets or you are unable to process a refund via your on-line account, you should apply for a refund remotely using our Paper Ticket Refunds form at Thameslink, Southern, or Great Northern.
We have worked hard to process an unprecedented number of refund requests over the past two months and aim to process most of them within 28 days.
We understand that receiving your refund is important and it will be processed as quickly as possible. If you have not heard from us within 28 days of submitting a refund application, please get in touch and we will investigate your enquiry. If you applied at a ticket office, please provide as much information as you can, including a copy of any paperwork issued by the ticket office. If you applied using the web form, or other online service, please quote your reference number.
After careful consideration, the government has confirmed to us that Railcards will remain non-refundable and will not be extended. Primarily as this would come at a significant cost to the taxpayer. We continue to focus on keeping our services running for our customers, in order to support the country’s recovery from the pandemic
If you will not be using your car park season ticket for some time, you can request a refund by following the normal refund process. You can backdate your refund claim to the day after you last used it, up to a maximum of 56 days from the date the refund is submitted.
Unfortunately it is not possible to pause and restart your season ticket.
If you would like to refund your electronic season ticket please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org including the confirmation number, your vehicle registration number, and location. If you have been issued with a permit for your windscreen, please include a picture of the permit in your email.