What’s an Annual Season train ticket?

An Annual Season train ticket gives you unlimited travel for a whole year between the same 2 stations (and all the stations in between)! If you travel regularly between these stations, you’ll get the best savings by buying this ticket type.

You can use your yearly train ticket at any time of the day, including in the evenings and on weekends.

How much is an Annual Season train ticket?

On average, an Annual Season train ticket costs the same as 40 weekly tickets, which means you get 12 weeks’ worth of train tickets for free in the year, saving you 20%.

If you only need unlimited travel for a short length of time you may be better off with a weekly, monthly, or monthly plus season ticket. Use our season ticket calculator to find out which ticket type will save you the most money based on your travel needs, and then make your purchase.

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How do I buy or renew Annual Season train tickets?

You can buy and renew an adult or child Annual Season ticket online, or at a ticket office.

It’s worth noting you’ll need a photocard for your Annual Season train ticket so take a recent passport-sized photo of yourself to your local ticket office and they’ll make you a photocard for free. If you’re getting a photocard for your children, you’ll need to bring a passport or birth certificate for proof of age.

Once you have your photocard, you can buy or renew a Standard or First Class Annual Season ticket.

Buying a digital Annual Season train ticket

If you have our free, contactless  SWR Touch Smartcard, you can plan ahead and avoid queues by buying and renewing your Annual Season ticket online up to 14 days in advance.

Buying paper Annual Season train tickets

You can also buy paper Annual Season tickets from your local ticket office or online. If you buy online, check our postal delivery options to make sure it arrives in time and covers the value of the ticket.

If you're renewing your season ticket with no break in continuity, you can do this 7 days in advance.

If you're buying a new Annual Season ticket or renewing a season ticket with a break in continuity, you’ll need to bear a couple of things in mind:

  • If the start date on the ticket is on a Saturday, Sunday, Monday or Tuesday after a public holiday, your season ticket can be issued the Friday before from 12:00
  • If the start date is on any other day, your ticket can be issued from 12:00 the day before

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Can I apply a Railcard to my Annual Season ticket?

You can’t use a Railcard with most Annual Season tickets as season ticket savings are already applied. However, children (aged 5-15 inclusive) get a 50% discount on Standard and First Class season tickets including London Travelcards. If your child's Annual Season ticket starts before their 16th birthday, the 50% off travel will still apply until the ticket expires or up to four months after their 16th birthday, whichever comes first. Once they've turned 16, they can buy a 16-17 Saver to continue getting 50% off train travel.

Annual Gold Card

When you buy an Annual Season ticket or Annual Travelcard, you’ll automatically get a free Annual Gold Card if your season ticket is issued on smartcard or Oyster card. With this card, you can enjoy discounts on travel within the Gold Card area from 9:30 am on weekdays and anytime on weekends and public holidays. Read the  Annual Gold Card terms and conditions.

What discounts do I get with a Gold Card?

  • 1/3 off Standard and First Class Anytime, Off-Peak and Super Off-Peak train tickets for yourself and up to three adults travelling with you
  • 1/3 off Oyster Off-Peak pay as you go single fares and daily cap on National Rail, London Underground and Docklands Light Railway journeys
  • 1/3 off Off-Peak Day Travelcard zones 1 - 6
  • 1/3 off Anytime Day Travelcards when you buy train tickets to London from outside London Zones 1-9 (subject to time restrictions and a £17 minimum fare)
  • 1/3 off PlusBus Day ticket in the Network Railcard area
  • Save up to 60% off child tickets for up to four children aged between 5 and 15 years old, subject to minimum £1 fare
  • £20 off a one-year 16-25, Family & Friends, Senior, Two Together, Disabled Persons or Network Railcard for you or a friend
  • Discounts on Wightlink, Red Funnel and HoverTravel services to and from the Isle of Wight when you buy a combined train and ferry ticket

If you have any queries, please contact our customer service centre customerrelations@swrailway.com

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Terms and conditions

Annual Gold Card terms and conditions
Season ticket terms and conditions

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