Advance Tickets

Book early for the cheapest train fares.

By purchasing an Advance ticket, you’re able to choose the best time to travel at the lowest available fare.

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Advance tickets are released for booking around three months in advance of travel. To be alerted when tickets are first on sale for a particular date, sign up for our alerts now

Where are Advance tickets available?

Advance tickets are available on the following Greater Anglia routes:

  • London to Ipswich and Norwich
  • London to Sheringham, Great Yarmouth, Felixstowe, Bury St Edmunds and Lowestoft (by changing trains at Ipswich or Norwich)
  • London to Colchester and Clacton-on-Sea
  • London to Audley End and Cambridge
  • London to Ely and King's Lynn (Greater Anglia through trains - weekday peak times only)
  • Many other intermediate journeys.

Advance tickets are also available on many through journeys to other parts of the country.

Plan ahead for a great value day out

Why travel with Advance tickets?

  • Tickets are priced as single leg fares so you can choose the lowest available price for each leg of your journey (out and back)
  • You book to travel at your specified time
  • It’s cost effective with fares starting at £9 single between London and Norwich and £6 single between London and Cambridge (depending on availability and time of travel)
  • Railcard and Child discounts apply to all Advance fares (see Railcard Discounts below for details on which Railcards are valid)
  • You can check out our First Class Advance fares - they are often cheaper than you might expect
  • Get the best deal - book well in advance and travel at off-peak times
  • On the London to Norwich main line, a free seat reservation is included, except for the last three services each evening from London, which have free seating.

Check details and book early as Advance tickets are subject to limited availability and may not be available on every train.

Advance tickets are normally released 12 weeks before the departure date of the train.

You must travel on your booked service or the ticket will not be valid.

However, if you have arrived on a flight at either Norwich Airport or Southend Airport, and your flight was delayed, your Advance ticket will be valid on the next available Greater Anglia service. See Advance ticket terms and conditions for full details.

Changes to Advance tickets are possible before the departure of the first reserved train. An administration fee is payable.

Onward travel

It’s possible to buy additional tickets for your onward travel. For travel around London, you can buy a One Day Travelcard or use an Oyster Card or contactless payment card. For full details please see the TfL website

With PlusBus you can add unlimited bus travel within your destination town. You can also buy a PlusBus ticket for the town where you are starting your journey. PlusBus is available in hundreds of towns and cities in the UK. For details see the PlusBus website

Railcard discounts

16-25, Senior, Two Together, HM Forces and Disabled Persons Railcard holders can save 1/3 on First and Standard Class Advance tickets. Family and Friends Railcard holders can save 1/3 on all Standard Class Advance tickets.

How to buy your Advance ticket

Online

To find the cheapest Advance fares available simply enter your journey details into the ‘buy tickets’ search engine

Buy tickets online

You can receive your tickets by First Class post (please allow five working days for delivery) or collect your pre-paid tickets from ticket machines at participating stations.

Greater Anglia Advance tickets are also available as Print Your Own and Mobile tickets, so you don't need to wait for them to be posted or have to collect them at stations!

To ensure you are getting the best ticket, see our tips for getting the best deals on Advance tickets

This section also explains how to search for tickets at weekends if there is engineering work, when sometimes trains offering Advance tickets are not shown in the initial search results.

Over the phone

Booking tickets over the phone couldn’t be easier. Simply call the Greater Anglia Contact Centre on 0345 600 7245.

Via our app

You can now book tickets on one of our apps. Some routes where Advance tickets are available will also allow your ticket to be sent to your phone.

Download our app

Contact us

If you’re having any trouble booking tickets visit our contact us page for further details on how to get in touch - our trained staff will always find the best ticket for you.

Please see Advance ticket terms and conditions