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    Save up to 40% with Advance tickets and travel more often to what’s important to you.

    When buying an Arriva Trains Wales Advance train ticket, you can choose the best time to travel at the lowest available fare. Advance tickets are available on selected routes across the Arriva Trains Wales network.

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    Get the best deal, book well in advance and travel at off-peak times
    Railcard and Child discounts apply to all Advance fares.

    You can buy them fee free on our website, any time!    

    You can also buy and use Advance tickets on your mobile.

    With our app you can buy, store securely and use selected Advanced tickets on your smartphone and tablet.

    Download the FREE ATW Tickets app, visit:
    or text ATW to 86688
    or search ‘ATW Tickets’ in your app store.

    What are Advance tickets?

    Advance tickets are great value Single (one-way) tickets offering savings on many longer distance journeys.

    You must book by at least 6pm before the day of travel and fares are limited in availability, so they can sell out quickly. To take advantage of these great value tickets you must book ahead - Advance tickets are available to buy up to 12 weeks ahead of travel.

    Ticket types and prices are displayed with the timetables on our website and our app, so you can find Advance fares quickly. 

    Remember, Advance tickets are Singles so if you want to book tickets for a Return journey, just mix and match two Single Advance tickets.

    Advance tickets are valid only on the date and train they are booked for. These tickets are non-refundable but can be amended before the booked departure. You must travel on the train stated on your booked ticket, but if your train journey is delayed – it will be valid on the following service. 

    How to buy your Advance ticket online and through our app

    Just enter and search for your journey to find the cheapest Advance fares available. If using our app and Advance m-tickets are available, your ticket will be stored within the app on your device. If you choose paper tickets, you can collect your pre-paid tickets from ticket vending machines (TVMs) at participating stations or receive your tickets free of charge by First Class post (please allow 7 days for delivery). 

    From station ticket offices

    You can buy the full range of tickets from staffed ticket offices. Our ticket offices will accept all major credit/debit cards, cash, National Rail vouchers and rail warrants.

    Contact us

    If you're having any trouble booking tickets visit our contact us page for further details on how to get in touch.

  • Terms and Conditions

    Advance ticket terms and conditions

    Advance tickets are single (one-way) tickets for selected journeys available in First Class and Standard Class, offering the best available price for each journey.

    Tickets must be purchased in advance of travel. They are sold in limited numbers and so subject to availability. In general, the further ahead you book, the cheaper the Advance fare will be.


    • Standard Class: Child discounts, 16-25, Family & Friends, Senior, HM Forces and Disabled Persons Railcards discounts apply.
    • First Class: Child discounts, 16-25, Senior, HM Forces and Disabled Persons Railcards discounts apply. 

    When and where the ticket can be used

    • Tickets are valid ONLY on the date and train service(s) shown on the ticket(s).
    • Where applicable, you must travel in the Class and reserved seat(s) shown on the ticket(s).
    • Tickets may only be used on the services of the Train Company (or geographic route where applicable) shown next to 'Route' on the ticket.
    • If the 'Route' also states 'and Connections', travel is allowed on appropriate connecting trains where shown on the ticket(s) or other valid travel itinerary.
    • If the route is prefixed with a +, the ticket includes the cost of travelling across London on London Underground, Docklands Light Railway or Thameslink services as appropriate to the journey.

    Conditions of use

    • You must be at the departure station shown on your ticket in good time to catch the train.  If you miss the first train on which you are booked for any reason, a new ticket must be purchased.
    • If delays occur while travelling, you will be allowed to take the next available train(s) to complete your journey.
    • Railcard holders travelling on a discounted ticket must carry their Railcard when they travel. If a Railcard holder fails to produce a valid Railcard with their ticket, a new ticket must be purchased as if no Railcard and/or no ticket were held.
    • First Class Advance tickets do not always grant access to First Class Lounges at stations. Please check with the train company you are travelling with to confirm policy at specific stations.

    Break of journey
    You may not start, break and resume, or end your journey at any intermediate station except to change to/from connecting trains as shown on the ticket(s) or other valid travel itinerary.

    Changing the time or date of travel

    • Changes to time or date of travel must be arranged before departure of the first reserved train printed on the ticket, after which the ticket has no value and a new one must be purchased. You will need to present the ticket(s) and reservation(s) when you request a change.
    • Changes to tickets cannot be made on-board the train. If you board a train without a ticket and reservation for that service, a new ticket must be purchased. Depending on the Train Company you are travelling with, you may be liable to a Penalty Fare if you board the train with an invalid ticket.
    • The origin, destination and Train Company or route shown on the ticket(s) must remain the same.
    • The difference between the price paid and cost of the next suitable fare for your journey is payable, plus an administration fee of up to £10 per person, per single ticket for each change to a journey. If you change to a train on which a cheaper fare is available, the difference will not be refunded.


    • Your ticket is non-refundable. However, if the train you purchased a ticket for is cancelled or delayed and as a result you decide not to travel a refund will be offered on completely unused tickets and you will not be charged an administration fee.
    • Whilst there are no refunds on Advance tickets in most cases you can change your journey prior to travel (up to departure) for a £10 fee plus any difference in the fare payable. However, please note that if you choose (where offered) to print your tickets at home or download them to your mobile device, different rules apply and you may not be able to subsequently change your ticket. The relevant conditions will be made clear when buying your ticket.
    • There may be rare occasions where the cheaper Advance fare becomes available closer to the time of travel, for example if a group booking is cancelled and extra seats become available. Please note that in these circumstances Advance tickets that have already been bought cannot be refunded in part or in full.
    • If the train you purchased a ticket for is cancelled or is delayed and you still decide to travel, special arrangements will be made to accommodate you on another train (although a seat cannot be guaranteed).