Buying an Off-Peak train ticket gives you the option of travelling in peace and quiet, avoiding the busy rush hour times. Offering flexibility, they can be purchased right up until the day of travel if necessary. These Off-Peak deals may only be available on certain days, times or routes, but we’ll let you know if any restrictions apply to you when you book.

Avoiding the rush hours gives you a quieter, more relaxing journey, allowing you to plan your day ahead with no distractions.

Why travel off-peak?

  • Save money
  • Quieter trains
  • Available to purchase up to and including the day you wish to travel
  • Further 50% discount for children aged 5 to 15 inclusive and up to two children aged under 5 can travel free with each fare-paying adult
  • Railcard (Two Together, Senior, 16-25, Family & Friends, Disabled Persons) holders, or members of HM Forces, receive 1/3 off all off-peak fares.
  • In addition, Railcard holders also get 1/3 off all First Class off-peak fares. Minimum fares/time restrictions may apply to tickets bought with a Railcard or other discount card.


When are Off-Peak tickets valid?

Depending on your journey, and when you wish to travel. the trains you can use your tickets on can vary.

There are four types of Off-Peak tickets to choose from:

Off-Peak Day Single/Return

  • Tickets are valid for travel anytime at the weekend and on bank holidays
  • Restrictions on travel in the morning apply for all journeys
  • Evening restrictions may also apply – please see below for more information
  • Outward and return journeys must be made on the date shown on your ticket

Off-Peak Single/Return

  • Tickets are valid for travel anytime at the weekend and on bank holidays
  • Restrictions on travel in the morning and/or evening may apply
  • Outward journeys must be made on the date shown on your ticket but you can make the return journey on any day within one calendar month of the outward journey

You will be advised of any restrictions on travel when booking your ticket online with Northern.

Off-Peak Day Single/Return evening restrictions

If you are travelling on an Off-Peak Day Single/Return ticket, the following evening restrictions apply.

Restrictions on Off-Peak Single/Return tickets can vary depending on the journey being made and/or the day of travel.


Specific Route Restrictions

Yorkshire

Greater Manchester:

Restrictions apply to journeys that start and finish on routes marked in blue from 16.01 - 18.29.

For stations/routes marked in green, evening peak restrictions apply between these stations and as listed below in both directions:

  • New Mills Central to all stations via Bredbury or Woodley to Manchester (Oxford Road, Piccadilly, Victoria), Deansgate, Salford Central and Salford Crescent
  • New Mills Newtown and Disley to all stations via Stockport to Manchester (Oxford Road, Piccadilly, Victoria), Deansgate, Salford Central and Salford Crescent
  • Alderley Edge, Wilmslow and Handforth to all stations via Stockport to Manchester (Oxford Road, Piccadilly, Victoria), Deansgate, Salford Central and Salford Crescent
  • Alderley Edge, Wilmslow and Styal via Manchester Airport to Manchester (Oxford Road, Piccadilly, Victoria), Deansgate, Salford Central and Salford Crescent
  • Warrington Central, Padgate and Birchwood via Urmston to Manchester (Oxford Road, Piccadilly, Victoria), Deansgate, Salford Central and Salford Crescent
  • Warrington Bank Quay, Earlestown and Newton-le-Willows via Eccles to Manchester (Oxford Road, Piccadilly, Victoria), Deansgate, Salford Central and Salford Crescent
  • Burscough Bridge, Hoscar, Parbold via Atherton or Westhoughton to Manchester (Oxford Road, Piccadilly, Victoria), Deansgate, Salford Central and Salford Crescent

Restrictions apply to the following ticket types:

  • Off-Peak Day Singles/Returns
  • Duo
  • GMRail Ranger
  • Daysaver TB (Train and Bus), Daysaver TM (Train and Metro) and Daysaver TBM (Train, Bus and Metro)

Greater Manchester Routes