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Carnet tickets

When you buy a Carnet you get a book of pre-paid single tickets for a certain journey. It’s cheaper than buying the same tickets on the day you travel.

About Carnet tickets

Save 10% when you buy a book of five or 10 Carnet tickets with us. 

If you regularly use the same route but don’t know exactly when you’ll need to travel – for example, if you occasionally work in a different office – you could save money by buying a book of Carnet tickets in advance.

Carnet tickets are:

  • sold in books of five or 10
  • available on a range of routes between National Rail stations (not Underground*)
  • valid for three months
  • standard class
  • singles, not returns: if you’re making a regular round trip, you buy a book of Carnets for each direction

Buy Carnet tickets

St Albans City to London

Carnet Peak 10

Buy tickets from £93.00

Luton to London

Carnet Off-Peak 5

Buy tickets from £35.50

Bedford to London

Carnet Peak 5

Buy tickets from £95.00

Anytime Carnet tickets

Buy a book of Anytime tickets if you want to travel at any time, including the rush hour.

Off-Peak Carnet tickets

Buy Off-Peak Carnet tickets if you want to avoid the rush hour during the week. You can use your Off-Peak Carnet ticket if you:

  • Arrive in London after 10:00, Monday to Friday
  • Leave London after 09:30, Monday to Friday
  • Travel before 16:30 and after 19:01, Monday to Friday
  • Travel on public holidays

On weekends and Bank Holidays you can travel Off-Peak at any time.

Thameslink stations where you can use Carnet tickets

You can use Carnet tickets for travel from these stations:

Bedford Cambridge Harpenden
Hatfield* Hertford North Hitchin*
Huntingdon Leagrave Letchworth Garden City*
Luton  Luton Airport Parkway Potters Bar*
Royston St Albans City St Neots
Stevenage* Welwyn Garden City*

Why doesn't my carnet ticket go through the barriers anymore?

Our Carnet tickets offer extremely good value to customers who make regular journeys but don’t travel frequently enough to benefit from a season ticket. Unfortunately these tickets have been subject to misuse, something which over time results in increased cost of travel for all. To better control the use of these tickets, our barriers are sometimes programmed not to accept Carnet tickets and customers will need to present their ticket to a member of staff at the gates. We regret any inconvenience this causes and our staff will continue to help you on your way as quickly as possible.

Why don’t you come up with a better format for Carnet?

The way in which Carnet works where peak and off peak tickets may be used interchangeably and the tickets are valid for use flexibly for a 3 month period means that the ticket itself is set up in a very specific way. Our plan ultimately is to move Carnet to the Key Smartcard but this is not possible in the short term.

Carnet tickets terms and conditions

For more details on how you can use Carnet tickets, read our terms and conditions.

*Using Carnet tickets on the London Underground

Between Finsbury Park and Highbury & Islington

Train tickets for this route can be used on the London Underground on the Victoria Line only between Finsbury Park and Highbury & Islington.

Between Finsbury Park and London stations

Train tickets for journeys between Finsbury Park and Kings Cross / St Pancras International can be used on the Victoria Line and Piccadilly Line.
You can break your journey at Highbury & Islington only.

Train tickets for journeys between Kings Cross / St Pancras International and Moorgate can be used on the Circle, Metropolitan, Hammersmith & City and Northern Lines.
You can break your journey at Old Street only.

Between West Hampstead or Kentish Town and London stations

Train tickets can be used on the London Underground via any reasonable route for journeys between the stations listed below*:

From To 

West Hampstead

Kentish Town

Kings Cross / St Pancras International



London Bridge

Elephant & Castle

Please note you can not break your journey at any intermediate stations on any routes.

*Tickets with ‘THAMESLINK ONLY’, ‘LDN NOT UNDERGROUND’, 'VIA CITY THAMESLINK' or ‘NOT UNDERGROUND’ printed on them are not valid to be used on the London Underground.

Book Carnet tickets

For books of 5 or 10 tickets, 10% savings and a 3 month period to travel over.