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What is an Open Return ticket?

Open Returns are designed for optimum flexibility on your part, as you don’t need to specify the time and date you’d like to make your return journey.

All you need to do is make your return journey by the date specified, which is typically a month after the outward journey.

There are three kinds of Open Return ticket available, each with varying flexibility and price. They are:

Anytime – no restriction on return travel
Off-Peak – return travel permitted on Off-Peak trains only
Super Off-Peak – return travel restricted to some Off-Peak trains.
What types of tickets are there?
Fare names across the national rail network fall into one of four ticket types. The names best describe when you can buy or use a ticket, making it easier for you to purchase the best value ticket for your journey.

Simple fares explained
FAQ
Ticket names

ADVANCE
ANYTIME
OFF-PEAK
SUPER OFF-PEAK
When can I buy my ticket?
Booked up until the day before travel
Booked in advance or purchased on the day of travel
Booked in advance or purchased on the day of travel
Booked in advance or purchased on the day of travel
Class of ticket offered?
Standard or First Class
Standard or First Class
Standard only
Standard only
Single and Return available?
Single only (combine two Singles for a Return trip)
Yes
Yes
Yes
When can I use this ticket?
Must travel on date and time specified on ticket
Outward journey must be on the date specified, and you must return within one calendar month.*
Outward journey must be on off-peak trains on the date specified, and you must return on off-peak trains within one calendar month.
Outward journey must be on off-peak trains on the date specified, and you must return on off-peak trains within one calendar month.
Which trains can I use this ticket on?
On the train specified on the ticket
Any train on the permitted route
Any off-peak train on the permitted route
Any Super off-peak train on the permitted route
Is the ticket refundable?
No
Yes (minus admin fee)
Yes (minus admin fee)
Yes (minus admin fee)
Can date/time of ticket be changed?
Yes (minus admin fee)
Yes (minus admin fee)
Yes (minus admin fee)
Yes (minus admin fee)
Discounts
Yes – child and railcard
Yes – child and railcard**
Yes – child and railcard**
Yes – child and railcard**
* From the 16 March 2009, the validity of Anytime Return tickets has changed. The outward journey does not have to be on the day of travel, but can now be made within five days (including the date on the ticket). For instance, if the date on the ticket is 20 March, outward travel is valid until 24 March inclusive. The return portion will remain valid for one month from the date on the outward portion. ** Restrictions may apply at certain times of the day and/or on First class products.

Fare simplification across the National Rail network

New names for rail fares have been introduced across the network; they combine commonly-used Single and Return fares into three categories.

The names describe when you can buy or use a ticket, making it easier for you to buy the best value ticket for your journey. Take a look below for the information you require:
Anytime tickets
Buy any time, travel any time – Anytime fares are fully flexible tickets, with no restriction on when you can travel, meaning they’re perfect for people who need complete flexibility.
Off-Peak tickets
Buy any time, travel off-peak – Off-Peak fares are cheaper tickets for those who don’t mind travelling on trains outside of busy periods – for example, during ‘rush hour’.

Advance tickets

Buy in advance, subject to availability – these are Single (one-way) fares offering great value for money on a range of longer journeys. These tickets are only available on a quota basis; you must book in advance before 18.00 the day before travel and make your journey on a specific train service.

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