Find out more about our range of great value leisure tickets, and how you can make savings on your train travel with First Great Western.
Get the cheapest fares
Buy your ticket in advance and get the best value First Class and Standard Class fares. You can mix and match Advance fares for your outward and return journeys.
- Save up to 85% (generally, the earlier you book, the lower the fare, but in some instances additional lower fare Advance tickets are made available where there is capacity on specific trains).
- You can book right up until 18:00 on the day before you travel, subject to availability.
- You can mix and match Standard and First Class tickets for each direction of travel – so you choose the price you want and travel exactly when you want.
- Guaranteed seat reservation.
- Once booked, advance tickets are non-refundable, but you can change your journey or upgrade your ticket to a more flexible one on payment of the difference, plus a £10 administration fee. To find out more, read our Advance fares terms and conditions.
Save money but keep your journey flexible
Our flexible Off-Peak, Off-Peak Day, Super Off-Peak, Ranger and Rover tickets give you the freedom to choose when you travel but still offer great value. You can use them on any train at weekends, and at quieter times of day during the week. You can buy these tickets any time before the start of your journey.
Your outward journey must be made on the date shown on your ticket and the return journey must be made within one calendar month. Off-Peak Single and First Class Off-Peak Return tickets are also available for some journeys.
These tickets are available for many journeys to/from the London area, on any train at weekends and at the quieter times of day during the week. They offer even better value for money than our Off-Peak tickets. Super Off-Peak Single fares are also available at half the price of the Super Off-Peak Return, on many journeys.
Off-Peak Day tickets
Perfect for a day’s shopping or leisure trip, these tickets must be used on the date shown on the ticket. They are available for local journeys.
Ranger and Rover tickets
With these flexible tickets, you can travel around a specific area of the First Great Western network, such as the South West or the London & Thames Valley area, for a day or longer. Buy Ranger and Rover tickets online here, by calling 03457 000 125 or by visiting your nearest staffed station. To find out more information about Ranger and Rover tickets view our leaflet.
Try our Night Riviera sleeper service
Our Night Riviera Sleeper train is a fantastic way to travel overnight in comfort, from London to Devon and Cornwall. Book online, by telephone on 0345 678 6980 or at your nearest station’s ticket office.
Travel with children
Pay half fare for children aged 5 – 15, and take up to two children under five free of charge. Children under five travelling free can use a seat, provided it is not needed by a fare-paying customer.
Find out more about family travel.
Upgrade at weekends and bank holidays
Weekend First lets you upgrade from Standard to First Class on most First Great Western routes at weekends and bank holidays, for as little as £5. You’ll benefit from the extra comfort that first class accommodation offers, and any complimentary refreshments available, including hot drinks, mineral waters, biscuits and crisps.
The upgrade price depends on the number of zones you travel through - travel within one zone is £5, two zones £10, three zones £15, four or five zones £20. Download our Weekend First zonal pricing map.
Buy your Weekend First upgrade on board any First Great Western service which has First Class accommodation. Please note Weekend First is not available to purchase at ticket offices.
If you need to change onto another First Great Western train as part of your journey, you pay one fare for the whole journey, rather than one fare for each part of the journey. It is available in conjunction with all standard class tickets and passes.
A First Great Western Weekend First upgrade is not valid on services run by other train operators.
Travel as a group
First Great Western offers discounted travel for groups who are travelling together. GroupSave allows three to nine people to travel off-peak with a 34% discount off of the adult fare.
Buy GroupSave tickets online (these tickets are available off-peak and will appear automatically when you request tickets for 3 to 9 passengers), from your local station or by calling 03457 000 125.
Online fares will be displayed with a 'G' next to them to indicate that a 'GroupSave' discount has been applied.
Larger groups may be able to save money by making a Group Travel booking – please call 03457 000 125 for details.
Some dates aren't available with Groupsave. Click here to check if you can travel on your preferred dates of travel.
With PlusBus, you can add unlimited bus travel around town to your train ticket from just £1.50 a day.
Find out PlusBus prices or visit www.plusbus.info
Just ask for PlusBus when you buy your train ticket. You can buy PlusBus tickets online, by selecting the PlusBus option; at all staffed station ticket offices; at self-service ticket machines at selected stations; and by calling First Great Western on 03457 000 125.
Make sure you’ve got a valid ticket
To avoid a penalty fare, make sure you have made every effort to carry valid ticket before you board your First Great Western train. Find out more about penalty fares in your area:
West region 'Buy before you board' leaflet (167KB PDF).
Central region 'Buy before you board' leaflet (182KB PDF)
East region 'Buy before you board' leaflet (189KB PDF)