Off-Peak and Super Off-Peak Tickets
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If you’re planning to travel during quieter times of day then one of our range of Off-Peak or Super Off-Peak tickets can offer great savings over our Anytime tickets. If you're travelling in a group of three to nine people, our GroupSave discount makes these tickets even cheaper!
Choose the ticket that suits you best
Off-Peak tickets are available across the Greater Anglia network. They are issued in 'Off-Peak' and 'Off-Peak Day' versions. Off-Peak Singles and Day Singles, and Off-Peak Day Returns, are valid on the date shown. Off-Peak Returns are valid on the date shown on the outward journey and for one month for the return journey. To allow completion of late-evening journeys, the day of validity is extended to 04:30 the following morning.
For many journeys, both Off-Peak Day Returns and Off-Peak Returns are available. For very short journeys, only Off-Peak Day Returns can be bought, and for the longest journeys only Off-Peak Returns are available.
As Off-Peak tickets are cheaper than Anytime tickets, time restrictions apply. These are shown in the table below. Evening peak restrictions from London apply in certain cases, as set out below, but these are lifted during school holidays and half-term weeks. We take school holiday dates from the Suffolk County Council website. School holidays in other counties are generally the same but they may not correspond exactly to the dates that we use.
First Class Off-Peak tickets are also available for many journeys. They have the same time restrictions as the equivalent Standard Class ticket.
Super Off-Peak tickets are our best-value tickets for on-the-day travel. They are available for many journeys in the area south of Manningtree and Cambridge. As they are great value, they have more time restrictions than Off-Peak tickets. Please see the table below.
A Day Travelcard from outside Greater London offers you a day return to London combined with unlimited use of the transport network in Greater London. This covers the London Underground, London Overground, almost all National Rail services, all scheduled London Buses, the London Tramlink system in south London and the DLR (Docklands Light Railway).
Day Travelcards come in Off-Peak and Super Off-Peak versions. Super Off-Peak Travelcards are available from stations south of Manningtree/Harwich and Cambridge inclusive.
Off-Peak Family Travelcards, for adults and children travelling together, are also available from stations south of Manningtree/Harwich and Cambridge.
The table below gives details of time restrictions.
When are Off-Peak and Super Off-Peak tickets valid?
Off-peak, Off-Peak Day and Super Off-Peak Day tickets (including First Class versions and Day/Family Travelcards) to and from London* are valid at the following times:
|Times||Arriving into London*||Departing from London*||Exceptions|
|Morning (Monday - Friday)||
Off-Peak and Off-Peak Day:
Super Off-Peak Day:
Super Off-Peak Day:
Off-Peak and Off-Peak Day:
From London: Valid on the following services:
09:28 to Cambridge (to Cheshunt and beyond).
To London: Valid on the following services:
08:11 from Clacton-on-Sea and intermediate stations to Wivenhoe, including the 08:00 from Walton-on-the-Naze by changing at Thorpe-le-Soken.
|Evening (Monday - Friday)||No restrictions||
Super Off-Peak Day:
During school holidays** and half-term weeks, including the Christmas and New Year period, evening restrictions on all Off-Peak tickets departing London are lifted. Restrictions remain in force on Super Off-Peak Day tickets.
**Suffolk school holiday dates are used.
Off-Peak period returns are also valid at all times on the following services from Liverpool St:
16:30, 16:32 and 18:30 (to stations on the Felixstowe branch only. Includes Off-Peak Day Travelcards and Off-Peak Singles).
|Weekends and Bank Holidays||No restrictions||No restrictions||None|
*Please note that ‘London’ includes Liverpool Street, Stratford, Seven Sisters, Tottenham Hale and intermediate stations such as Hackney Downs. Unless specified, restrictions from stations other than Liverpool Street are determined by when the service arrives at or departs from Liverpool Street (or Stratford where trains start and finish there).
Tickets which do not involve travel to, from or via central London are generally restricted in the morning period only. Typically, Off-Peak and Off-Peak Day tickets are valid after 08:45 or 09:00 outside Greater London, and after 09:30 for journeys outwards from the London suburbs, and Super Off-Peak Day tickets are valid after 12:00. Please enquire as to the restrictions applying to the journey you wish to make.
Off-Peak and Super Off-Peak tickets for long-distance journeys via London have various restrictions depending on the journey being made. The time restrictions in the table may not apply, especially for tickets from south of Manningtree/Harwich and Ely/Cambridge to destinations outside the London and South-East area. Please check our online booking engine or ask ticket office staff.
If you’re unsure about the time restrictions that apply to your journey, it’s always recommended to check with the ticket office or the Greater Anglia Contact Centre on 0345 600 7245.
Buy your Off-Peak or Super Off-Peak train ticket now
Simply enter your journey details into the ‘buy tickets’ search engine to find available Off-Peak fares.
You can receive your tickets by First Class post (please allow five days for delivery) or collect your tickets from ticket machines at many stations.
From ticket machines at participating stations
The ticket machines sell a range of tickets for popular destinations for immediate use and accept most credit/debit cards as well as cash. Check your journey times and individual ticket restrictions when purchasing your ticket to be sure that it is valid for your planned train.
From station ticket offices
You can buy the full range of tickets from staffed ticket offices. Our ticket offices accept all major credit/debit cards, cash, National Rail vouchers and rail warrants.
Greater Anglia operate a number of paytrain services, where tickets have to be bought from the conductor on board the train.
These are generally on local services around Norwich and Ipswich, also the lines from Sudbury to Marks Tey, Manningtree to Harwich and Wickford to Southminster.
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 can always find the best ticket for you.
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