Saves you 1/3 on most rail fares throughout Great Britain for a whole year. 
Type of offer
Ordinary Promotion 
Nearest stations

By buying the HM Forces Railcard you can save 1/3 on most rail fares. 

The Railcard is available to all members of the regular armed forces, certain reservists, and in most cases the partners and dependent children of eligible members.

The Railcard also lets you take up to four children, under 16 years, for less with 60% off normal child fares, subject to a £1 minimum fare, anywhere in the country.

With the HM Forces Railcard the cardholder can receive the following discounts:

  • 34% discount - Anytime, Anytime Day, Off-Peak, Off-Peak Day, Super Off-Peak, Super Off-Peak Day, Advance, Off Peak Travelcard, Anytime Day Travelcard, Oyster Off-Peak pay as you go single fares, Oyster Off-Peak Daily Price Cap fares, Weekender, European First, European Standard and European Saver.
  • 10% discount – Caledonian Sleeper First Open and Standard Open.

Ticket types are subject to change/withdrawal. . For more information on ticket types available for discounts please go to Ticket Types.

You may use discounted and child tickets in Sleeper accommodation provided each ticket holder pays the appropriate Sleeper supplement. 

Participating train companies
Greater AngliaArriva Trains Walesc2cCaledonian SleeperChiltern RailwaysCrossCountryEast Midlands TrainsGreat Western RailwayHull TrainsTransPennine ExpressGatwick ExpressGrand CentralGreat NorthernHeathrow ConnectHeathrow ExpressIsland LineLondon MidlandLondon OvergroundMerseyrailNorthernScotRailSouth Western RailwaySoutheasternSouthernStansted ExpressTfL RailThameslinkVirgin TrainsVirgin Trains East Coast;  



£19 valid for 12 months

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Area of validity
Further Information

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For journeys made between 04:30 and 09:59 Monday to Friday, a minimum fare of £12 applies (except in July or August, or on public holidays). This applies to all Anytime, Off-Peak and Super Off-Peak tickets.

There are no minimum fares for all Advance tickets.

Off-Peak Day Travelcard

A minimum fare applies on adult Off-Peak Day Travelcards at all times (including July and August). The minimum fare is £8.00. The minimum fare also applies to a discounted Zones 1-6 'Inboundary' Off-Peak Day Travelcard. Note - Railcard discounts are not available on any other zonal combinations of Day Travelcards.

Anytime Day Travelcard

Railcard discounts are available on Anytime Day Travelcards from stations outside the London Fare Zones 1-9 area. These are subject to the normal rules applicable to the Railcard, but in addition an adult minimum fare also applies at all times (including July and August). The minimum fare is currently £17.20.
No discounts are available on Anytime Day Travelcards issued for journeys wholly within Zones 1-9.

The Railcard is not valid:

  • For regular travel to place of employment, duty or education.
  • On any shipping or ferry services (except to/from the Isle of Wight).
  • On London underground services except for Zones 1-6 Off Peak day Travelcards and through train journeys across London on tickets routed 'Via London'.
Period of availability
28/10/2008 - Until further notice


Available to purchase
28/10/2008 - Until further notice
Buying your tickets

To apply for your Railcard please see your Unit HR admin staff.

HM Forces Railcards cannot be purchased at National Rail stations.

PLEASE NOTE: When planning a journey with our Journey Planner, in the Passengers and Railcards section simply select the number and type of Railcards that you will be travelling with and click 'Add' after each selection. When the fares are displayed, click on one of the prices to see how much money you've saved by using your Railcard!

Booking conditions

Tickets for your journey should be purchased before boarding the train. You must have your Railcard (and Photocard/Permit to travel without Photocard if applicable) with you on your journey and always show the valid Railcard and ticket to rail staff at their request. If you do not show both the Railcard and the ticket, you will be required to pay the full price Standard Single fare for your journey as if no ticket was purchased before starting the journey. In some cases a penalty fare may be payable. This does not apply if there was no ticket office at the station at which you began your journey or if the ticket office was closed and there was no ticket machine from which you could buy a discounted ticket.

Minimum fares and time restrictions apply as detailed here.

In the case of some low price tickets the actual discount with a Railcard may be slightly lower than that advertised.

The right is reserved to revise these Conditions and availability of the tickets mentioned here. The Train Companies will endeavour to give three months' notice of any changes before they are due to come into effect.

Tickets issued to the holder of the Railcard are issued subject to the National Rail Conditions of Travel and the Conditions listed here.

Copies of the National Rail Conditions of Travel are available from any staffed station ticket office or online at