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Northern offer their passengers a wide range of money saving ticket options. With each ticket type tailored towards a specific requirement, there is something to suit every budget and journey. 

What is an annual train ticket?

Often called season tickets, an annual train ticket allows you to travel regularly on the same route between two points, and is considerably cheaper than buying individual tickets for every journey. 

Northern have several types of season tickets, designed to suit a variety of customer needs. 

Corporate Season Tickets

Northern’s Corporate Season Ticket Scheme allows a company to offer their employees an interest-free loan to make the purchasing of an Annual Season Ticket easier. Free to initiate, this is an excellent incentive to attract and retain a motivated workforce. 

With easy repayments direct from their salary, staff can enjoy the benefits of three months free travel per year, train travel anytime, even at weekends, and all via our simple-to-use, hard wearing smart card. 

Find out more about our Corporate Season tickets 

11 - 16 Education Season Tickets

Do your children travel to school by train?

If so, Northern’s Education Season Ticket is well worth considering. It offers unlimited journeys on your chosen route at any time, including evenings and weekends, and when purchasing online, gives a 75% saving on the adult fare. It also eliminates that panic of having to find the fare every morning. 

Find out more about our Education Season tickets

Flexi Season Tickets

The Flexi Season Ticket is designed to make travel easier and more cost effective for hybrid staff. Offering more flexibility than a standard season ticket, you only pay for the journeys you take. Travelling anytime between your named destinations, you can enjoy 8 days of commuting spread across 28 days, without having to specify which days in advance. This provides much more freedom of choice for part-time commuters, and also saves you money.

Find out more about our Flexi Season tickets

What are the benefits of an annual train ticket?

Annual train tickets offer a number of benefits to passengers who make regular journeys. 

The most obvious advantage is that they save money on fares when compared to standard tickets. Other benefits include:

  • Unlimited travel between your named stations
  • Allows you to avoid queuing 
  • Available on a contactless smartcard
  • Easy online purchase
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Commuter perks

As a little "thank you" for travelling with Northern, we've got some great perks to brighten up your journey. Use them to learn a new skill, grab breakfast on the go or read your favourite magazines on-board. What's more, you can use our free WiFi on-board ...

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How to buy an annual train ticket

Buying a season or annual ticket couldn’t be easier. 

Mobile app

The simplest way to buy is via the Northern mobile phone app. Just download the free app to your mobile device and follow the on-screen instructions. The tickets are delivered instantly to your phone. 


Alternatively, tickets can be bought online through the website. These can be delivered to your address, or collected from a station. 


Tickets are available at our stations, either from the booking office, or from a ticket vending machine.

All major credit and debit cards are accepted, but not Electron or pre-payment cards.


Buying an annual train ticket is generally much cheaper than paying for individual journeys if you travel between two destinations regularly. 

Northern’s range of season tickets all offer differing discounts on standard fares. Check the commuter ticket tool to see how much you can save.

Northern trains call at 500 stations across the northern counties of England - that’s around 20% of the UK’s stations. By connecting cities, towns and villages, you can reach your destination quickly and easily. 

You can use your annual train ticket throughout most of Northern’s network, and more details can be found in the terms and conditions relating to each particular season ticket.

Northern App

Streamline your journey and get tickets straight to your phone. Making your journey contact-free.

Northern App

Streamline your journey and get tickets straight to your phone. Making your journey contact-free.