FLEXIBLE TRAVELLING WITH OPEN RETURNS

Keep your return travel options open with an Open Return ticket. Simply specify your outward journey date and time and have the flexibility on when you return back to your origin station without having to select your return date or time of travel. The different types of Open Return tickets include:


Choose an Off Peak Day Return and travel back on an Off Peak service later that day, or enjoy more flexibility with an Anytime Return ticket and return back anytime within one calendar month using the Open Return search option. Using the Open Return search feature is especially handy if you haven't decided on the date or time of your return travel.

To book an Open Return, make a search and ensure you switch to "Open return". When you search, you won't need to select your return service.
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What is an Open Return Ticket?

An Open Return is a train ticket that allows you to decide when you want to make your return travel without specifying it at the time of booking. It is a really flexible travel option allowing you to return within one calendar month (depending on the validity of the ticket).

There is also the option of an Open Day Return which will allow you to return on a later service that same day without selecting a specific service (providing the service you travel back on is Off Peak).

Open Returns do not come with seat reservations due to the flexibility so this ticket is perfect for those who don't need to travel on specific services and can keep their travel options open.

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Types of Open Return Tickets

• Anytime Return: completely flexible and can be used across all services, depending on if your ticket is operator specific or "any permitted".
• Off Peak Day Return: perfect for day trips, with more flexibility on when you return, providing it is an Off Peak service.
Off Peak Return: travel on Off Peak services.
Super Off Peak Return: travel on Super Off Peak services.
Long Weekender Return: travel on a Friday and return on a Monday on Off Peak services.
Hull Leisure Return: travel at anytime on any Hull Trains service.

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How to buy Open Return Tickets?

Open Return tickets can be purchased online via the Hull Trains website or app, or at a station ticket office. Tickets can be bought in advance or immediately prior to travel.

You can also apply a railcard to obtain a discount on this ticket type. 

If you are buying your ticket online via the Hull Trains website, switch to the "Open return" tab when making your search and you won't need to select a return service.

Advantages of Open Return train tickets

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Flexible Travel

Open Returns allow you to travel with more flexibility as you don't need to specify your return journey. Travel with less restrictions, depending on your ticket type.

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Choose Standard or First Class

Most open return tickets are available in both Standard Class and First Class, perfect for whatever your travel plans may be.

Other Ticket Types

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Advance Tickets

Single, one-way train tickets for travel on a specific service of your choice, that come with a seat reservation.

Advance Ticket Information
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Off Peak Tickets

Valid for travel on Off Peak services only, offering a more flexible way to travel compared to Advance tickets.

Off Peak Ticket Information
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Super Off Peak Tickets

Travel outside of peak times with a Super Off Peak train ticket.

Super Off Peak Ticket Information
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Other Ticket Types

View our helpful guide to other train ticket types and choose the right one for you and your journey needs.

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Open Return Ticket FAQS

An "open return" isn't an official ticket type, it is just a way of purchasing a flexible ticket. There are multiple different ticket types that can be purchased as an open return.

An open return allows you to travel more flexibly without having to specify your return service. If you choose a day return ticket type, you can travel on any valid return service that same day. Other ticket types allow return travel within one calendar month of your outward journey.
Open return tickets can be purchased online via the Hull Trains website or app. Alternatively, you can buy tickets at the station in the ticket office or at a ticket machine.

If you are making your booking with Hull Trains, ensure you use the "Open return" option to view valid ticket types.
Open returns offer a much more flexible way of travelling, allowing you to purchase a train ticket without needing to specify your return journey.

There are various ticket types that offer the open return option with differing validity including: Anytime Return, Off Peak Day Return, Off Peak Return, Super Off Peak Return, Long Weekender Return, Hull Leisure Return
To put it simply, "open return" is just a method of purchasing a train ticket without having to specify your return date/time. It can make it a quicker booking experience as you will only select your outward service and your ticket type.

Some ticket types allow you to return within one calendar month so if you are unsure of when you will need to travel back to your origin station, an open return search is ideal.

The same ticket types are available no matter if you're making a regular return search or an open return search. If you want to see your return journey options on a date of your choice, you can use the normal return search.
The below tickets can be purchased as an open return - see validity information below:

Anytime Return: Return anytime within one calendar month of the date specified on the ticket
Anytime Day Return: Return anytime on the date specified on the ticket
Off Peak Day Return: Return on an off peak service on the date specified on the ticket
Off Peak Return: Return on an off peak service within one calendar month of the date specified on the ticket
Super Off Peak Return: Return on a super off peak service within one calendar month of the date specified on the ticket
Long Weekender Return: Return on an off peak Monday service within one calendar month of the date specified on the ticket
Hull Leisure Return: Return anytime within one calendar month of the date specified on the ticket
Purchasing a train ticket as an Open Return will not give you the option of reserving a seat as you will not be prompted to select your return journey.

You may be able to reserve a seat for your outward journey when you select the service you wish to travel on.

If you do wish to reserve a seat for your journey, please get in touch to request one via X/Twitter or email.
Yes, you can apply a railcard on your Open Return booking. Railcard holders can save a third on the total cost of the ticket. Don't forget to bring your railcard with you to validate the discount.

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