Ticket terms & conditions

The following terms and conditions apply to this type of ticket. Please note that some tickets have restrictions on the days or times you can travel. Please check before you travel.

Ticket name

Off-Peak Return

Description

Off-Peak fares are cheaper tickets for travelling on trains that are less busy. You may need to travel at specific times of the day, days of the week and sometimes on specific routes or operators.

The times when you may use your Off-Peak ticket will depend on the journey you are making and you will be advised when buying your ticket. The National Rail Journey Planner will automatically work out which tickets are valid for your journey.

Ticket Code

SVR

Class

STANDARD

Single or return

RETURN

Train Operator

London Overground, Northern, London Underground, Hull Trains, Heathrow Express, Southeastern, Merseyrail, Southern, Grand Central Railway, ScotRail, c2c, Island Line, South Western Railway, Chiltern Railways, Great Northern, East Midlands Railway, CrossCountry, London North Eastern Railway, Great Western Railway, Gatwick Express, Transport for Wales, Thameslink, Lumo, Greater Anglia, Elizabeth line, TransPennine Express, Avanti West Coast

Booking Deadlines

None.

Discounts
Child Yes

Children (aged 5 to 15 inclusive) are offered a 50% discount.

Up to two children aged under 5 can travel free with each fare paying passenger.

Railcard Yes A 34% discount is available to holders of the following Railcards: Disabled Persons Railcard, Veterans Railcard, Family & Friends Railcard, HM Forces Railcard, Senior Railcard, Two Together Railcard, 16-25 Railcard, or 26-30 Railcard. 50% discount for 16-17 Saver. See terms & conditions of individual Railcard for time restrictions.
Group No
Refunds

Your ticket is refundable. If you decide not to use your ticket to make all or part of your intended journey then you can get a refund by returning your unused ticket to the ticket office or place of purchase (for tickets bought via websites, telesales or travel agents) within 28 days of the ticket expiry date.

You may be required to pay an administration fee (up to a maximum of £10 per ticket). The refund amount will normally take into account any use you have made of the ticket and in some circumstances no refund will be paid.

Break of Journey
Outward Return

A break of journey is permitted on the outward portion off an Off-Peak Return unless otherwise indicated by a restriction shown against the ticket's Restriction Code.

Overnight break of journey - if the journey cannot be completed in this time, the ticket may be used to continue the journey on the following day. Unless otherwise indicated in the relevant restriction code, time restrictions apply as from the initial origin station on both days. The appropriate restrictions for the actual day on which travel is being undertaken apply (for example, it may be that if day 1 is on Sunday, no restrictions apply, but on day 2, the Monday-Friday restrictions apply). All travel must be completed by 04:29 in the morning after this second day.


A break of journey is permitted on the return portion off an Off-Peak Return unless otherwise indicated by a restriction shown against the ticket's Restriction Code. 

Availability
  • Purchase location
  • Ticket offices and travel centres, self-service ticket machines at stations, rail-appointed travel agents, online at most train company websites or through other online retailers or train company telesales offices.

  • Purchase availability
  • Tickets can be bought in advance or immediately before travel. 

  • Pre-booking requirement
  • None.
  • Reservations compulsory
  • No, but you can reserve a seat on many longer distance services and reservations are recommended on busy services. Please note that some train services are designated as reservation only, regardless of ticket held.
Validity
Outward validity Return validity
Day

Off-Peak Return tickets are valid for outward travel on the date shown on the ticket and until 04:29 the following day.

If you cannot complete your journey on the same day you will be allowed to finish it the following day - see 'Break of journey' below. 


Off-Peak Return tickets are valid for return travel within one calendar month from the start date shown on the ticket and until 04:29 after last day of validity.


Time

The National Rail Journey Planner will automatically work out which tickets are valid for your journey. 

The times when you may use your Off-Peak ticket are indicated by a Restriction Code applicable to the journey you are making. This can be viewed by clicking the link from the Journey Planner ticket terms and conditions page once you have made your selection.

The Restriction Code is a two character (alpha-numeric) code. This is shown on most tickets and the meaning can be found by going to www.nationalrail.co.uk/XX [where 'XX' is the two character code].

You will also be advised of the restriction when buying your ticket. 

The National Rail Journey Planner will automatically work out which tickets are valid for your journey. 

The times when you may use your Off-Peak ticket are indicated by a Restriction Code applicable to the journey you are making. This can be viewed by clicking the link from the Journey Planner ticket terms and conditions page once you have made your selection.

The Restriction Code is a two character (alpha-numeric) code. This is shown on most tickets and the meaning can be found by going to www.nationalrail.co.uk/XX [where 'XX' is the two character code].

You will also be advised of the restriction when buying your ticket.