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Buy before you board

To qualify for the best value tickets and offers, buy your ticket in advance. Here’s how to buy before you board.


BY PHONE 03457 000 125 (0700–2200 Mon–Fri, 0800–1900 Sat–Sun)

AT THE STATION From ticket offices. Most debit and credit cards are accepted. Don’t forget to pick up a mini-timetable or download one from

Please make sure you buy your ticket before travelling.

Tickets to suit you

First class For added luxury, see if your train offers exclusive First Class carriages. First Class provides more spacious seats, complimentary refreshments and newspapers and use of dedicated First Class lounges.

Night Riviera Sleeper Arrive rested and relaxed with the GWR Sleeper service. The Sleepers offer fully air-conditioned private cabins, complimentary travel accessories, free refreshments and even a morning wake-up call.

Season Tickets Season Tickets are the best value for customers regularly  making the same journey. There’s a choice of tickets lasting seven days, one year, or any number of months in-between.

London Day Travelcard Visiting the capital for a short break? The London Day Travelcard offers unlimited travel on all forms of public transport across the whole of London.

Special offers

Great Western Railway has a range of great special offers. Check them out at

Railcards offer value for money if you travel by train, saving you one-third off most standard rail tickets (time restrictions may apply). There are different types of railcard, starting at £10, and they are valid for 12 months.

Eurostar GWR have teamed up with Eurostar to offer you the chance to buy a ticket from your UK destination through to the continent, making it easier to travel and giving you the best value for money.

Transport links from GWR train stations


PLUSBUS is a ticket that can be added to most types of train ticket. PLUSBUS gives you unlimited bus travel around town at the start, finish, or at both ends of your train journey. Together with your train ticket, it’s a great way to get directly to your chosen destination.

We support green travel and bicycles are a fantastic way to make your way from A to B, not to mention the health benefits of pedal power. Don’t forget to reserve a place for your bike on board where possible, or to take advantage of bike hire schemes or parking facilities. More >

Leave the car at home when flying from Bristol, Cardiff or Exeter International Airports, each a short bus ride away from the city’s station. Travel with us direct from Reading to Gatwick Airport by train or to Heathrow via the RailAir coach service  from Reading.

Most of our stations have pay-as-you-go car parks. Pay over the phone using our cashless payment system. To use, register your contact details, car registration, where you have parked and your card details by calling the number advertised at car parks. More >

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