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1.1.2 Off-Peak Tickets

Listed below are the four common types of Off-Peak Tickets, showing the period of time that each one is valid for along with details of Break of Journey restrictions. Each Off-Peak ticket type has a corresponding Super Off-Peak type, which has more stringent validity restrictions but is otherwise very similar.
  • Off-Peak Single (and Super Off-Peak Single)

    Not always valid at all times (although an Off-Peak Single sometimes might be) and break of journey may be restricted – check individual ticket restrictions.

    Valid for 2 days, however the journey must be commenced on the first day. An overnight stay en-route is allowed as follows:
    • If the individual ticket restrictions allow break of journey
      Overnight stay anywhere en-route allowed if the passenger so wishes; it is his/her decision alone.
    • If the individual ticket restrictions prohibit break of journey
      Overnight stay only allowed if the journey cannot reasonably be completed in one day - although it is still the passenger's decision where to stop off; it does not necessarily involve travelling as far as possible before services stop for the night.
    In both cases the journey may be resumed at any time (taking account of any validity restrictions) on the second day.*
  • Off-Peak Day Single (and Super Off-Peak Day Single)

    Not valid at all times and break of journey may be restricted (although usually isn't) – check individual ticket restrictions.

    Valid for 1 day.
  • Off-Peak Return (and Super Off-Peak Return)

    Not always valid at all times (although an Off-Peak Return sometimes might be; check individual ticket restrictions).

    Outward portion is valid for 2 days (although the journey must be commenced on the first day) and break of journey may be restricted; see individual ticket restrictions for details. An overnight stay en-route is allowed as follows:
    • If the individual ticket restrictions allow break of journey
      Overnight stay anywhere en-route allowed if the passenger so wishes; it is his/her decision alone.
    • If the individual ticket restrictions prohibit break of journey
      Overnight stay only allowed if the journey cannot reasonably be completed in one day - although it is still the passenger's decision where to stop off; it does not necessarily involve travelling as far as possible before services stop for the night.
    In both cases the journey may be resumed at any time (taking account of any validity restrictions) on the second day.*

    Return portion is valid for 1 calendar month and has no restriction on break of journey, allowing multiple overnight stays en-route if desired.
  • Off-Peak Day Return (and Super Off-Peak Day Return)

    Not valid at all times and break of journey may be restricted on either portion (although usually isn't) – check individual ticket restrictions.

    Valid for 1 day; outward and return journeys must both be completed on this day.

* The official rule in documents available to rail industry retail staff is currently Travel the next day is governed by the same restrictions from the origin station as on day 1, unless the restriction code specifies day 2 validity. For the (common) case where the restriction code does not specify any additional rules for day 2 validity, the meaning of this rule is unclear. Very few restriction codes refer to validity in terms of the departure time from specified origin stations; by far the majority refer to validity in terms of the trains they are valid on. A typical restriction code will prohibit travel either on specific trains for their entire journey (this is especially common for long-distance trains to and from London), or on all trains departing any station within a barred timeframe. See Section 1.3.3 below for more information on Off-Peak (i.e. time-based) validity restrictions.

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