Concessionary discounts for disabled people who do not hold a Disabled Persons Railcard

Blind or visually-impaired customers travelling with a companion

England & Wales

If you are registered as blind or visually-impaired and are travelling with another person, the concessionary discounts shown below apply for both you and your companion. You cannot get the discount if you are travelling on your own. Discount applies to adult fares only.

Please take evidence of your visual impairment such as a document from a recognised institution such as Social Services, your Local Authority, The Royal National Institute for the Blind (RNIB) or St Dunstans when buying your ticket and making your journey. Tickets can be purchased from staffed National Rail station ticket offices.

Customers who stay in their own wheelchair during a rail journey 

If you need to stay in your own wheelchair during your rail journey the concessionary discounts shown below apply. Discounts are available on adult and child fares. The discounts below apply if you are travelling alone. They are also available to one adult travelling with you. Tickets can be purchased from staffed National Rail station ticket offices.

Discounts available on adult fares

First Class / Standard Anytime Single or Return         34% off

First Class / Standard Anytime Day Single                   34% off

First Class / Standard Anytime Day Return                  50% off

Please note, that sometimes it may be cheaper to buy an undiscounted Off-Peak or Advance ticket.

Season tickets for blind or visually-impaired customers

If you are blind or visually impaired, you can buy one adult Season ticket that enables a companion to travel with you on National Rail services only at no extra cost. It doesn't have to be the same person travelling with you on every journey.

Please take evidence of your visual impairment such as a document from a recognised institution such as Social Services, your Local Authority, The Royal National Institute for the Blind (RNIB) or St Dunstans when buying your ticket and making your journey.

These tickets can be bought from staffed National Rail station ticket offices.

Scotland

Scotland has a National Entitlement Card, allowing free and discounted travel within Scotland to Cardholders who are visually impaired or blind.

Cardholders may travel free of charge in Standard Class accommodation (no ticket to be issued) on the following services at any time:-

All train services between stations within Scotland and as far as Carlisle and Berwick upon Tweed, by all operators.

Aberdeenshire Council issue a small number of "Blind Taxicards" to persons who are both blind and physically disabled. These cards will be valid for both local and national journeys.)

Companions

Generally companions are NOT included in this scheme.

However, where a Local Scheme as shown in the following pages includes arrangements for companions this will continue within the area described for each local scheme.

The local authorities who have Companion Schemes are:-

  • West Lothian – Flat Fare or 50% discount.
  • Fife – 50% discount
  • Strathclyde – 50% discount

Companions of East Lothian Council Blind Persons cardholders are entitled to travel within the scheme area at a discounted rate.

Companions of Highland Council Blind Persons cardholders will be entitled to travel at a discounted rate both within Highland and from Highland stations to/from Aberdeen, Glasgow and Edinburgh.

Further Information

Speak to staff at a local railway station or call national Rail Enquiries on 03457 48 49 50