Train fares

Train fares

At Grand Central, tickets are flexible, easy to buy, simple to understand and offer great value for money.

You should book in advance to get the best deals on train tickets - but there are three main categories of fares - Anytime, Off-peak and Advance. These categories apply to single and return fares in Standard and First Class.

Our Fair Fares policy means you’ll never pay more than our usual flexible Off-Peak or Anytime rates – even if you buy on-board on the day of travel.

Remember - Grand Central Off-Peak and Anytime fares are flexible and refundable in most cases (please see our Passenger Charter)

Cheap Advance train tickets

Like many train companies, we offer our passengers cheaper tickets if they can plan and buy in advance. Grand Central Advance train tickets are available between London, Yorkshire and the North East so customers have an even bigger choice of great value tickets. These fares are only available in advance of travel and there are a limited number for each service available, so make sure you book early to get the best deal.

Customers can still buy on-board at our flexible usual walk-up price, so those who are unable to buy in advance are not penalised.

How to buy your ticket

  • Buy online before you travel using the 'Find your train' panel - Print Your Own ticket so you avoid queues at the station, collect your ticket from a fast ticket machine at the station of your choice* or have it sent in the post
  • By phone on 0344 811 0071
  • At the Ticket Office* at a Railway station or a Travel Centre
  • Buy your ticket on-board without paying a premium.  

*Check before you travel - some stations do not have fast ticket machines or Ticket Offices.