I’m pretty new to travelling on the rails, and I often times find myself booking the cheapest tickets despite them being for later travel than needed.
I’ve been doing a fair bit of research about the peak times for trains etc but I just can’t wrap my head around it. I am due to travel to Brighton on the 24th August and once again found myself booking the cheapest ticket. As it is a super off peak, I know there are restrictions around what times I can travel.
I’m wanting to leave around 8:30am however the original train I’m to get on leaves at 12:30pm which isn’t the most ideal thing. I was wondering if it would be acceptable for me to just get into the earlier train without booking the ticket or would I get into trouble for it as it’s a different peak time?
Additional information about my itinerary:
The ticket is a super off-peak return.
Valid only for travel via (changing or passing through) Havant.
My original train departs at 12:35 from Sherborne (SHE) and arrives in Brighton (BTN) at 16:21 via South Western, Great Western and Southern Railways.
The train I need to get on leaves SHE at 08:35 and arrives in BTN at 12:21 via the same companies.
Both of these trains and travel times pass through Havant.
Should I be worried? I ordered these tickets online and the price difference around £13, I’m more than willing to pay the difference but would like to know if I needed to?
Any help would be greatly appreciated.