National Railcards

Railcards offer value for money if you travel by train, saving you at least 1/3 on most rail fares. You must carry your Railcard with you at all times during the journey in order to qualify for the discount.

You can buy 16-17 Saver*, 16-25, 26-30*, Disabled Persons*, Veterans*, Family & Friends, Senior, Two Together and Network Railcards online. Simply click on the 'Buy Now' link below the Railcard you are eligible for. Alternatively you can call your preferred Telesales line or visit your local station to apply.

*16-17 Saver, 26-30, Veterans, and Disabled Persons Railcards are not available at National Rail stations 

Comments, Complaints & Issues

If you have a comment or complaint about a Railcard, use the links below to visit the dedicated Railcard site. 

     

A 16-17 Saver gives 50% off Standard Anytime, Advance, Off-Peak and Season tickets (excluding travel on ScotRail and Caledonian Sleeper services). Please see 16-17saver.co.uk/validity for the latest benefits and discounts available.

To be eligible for the 16-17 Saver you must be 16 or 17 years old. The 16-17 Saver is valid for one year or until your 18th birthday, whichever comes first. Please see the 16-17 Saver eligibility criteria for more information.

Please visit the 16-17 Saver website for more information.

A 16-25 Railcard gives 1/3 off rail fares throughout Great Britain for a whole year, including Standard and First Class Advance fares. Please see 16-25railcard.co.uk/benefits for the latest benefits and discount available.

To be eligible for a 16-25 Railcard you must be 16 to 25 years old, or a mature student – 26 years or older and in full-time study. Please see the 16-25 Railcard eligibility criteria for more information.

Please visit the 16-25 Railcard website for more information.

A 26-30 Railcard gives 1/3 off rail fares throughout Great Britain for the whole year, including Standard and First Class Advance Fares. Please see 26-30railcard.co.uk/benefits for the latest benefits and discount available.

To be eligible for the 26-30 Railcard you must be between 26 and 30 years old. You can buy a 26-30 Railcard any time before your 31st birthday and keep using it for a whole year, until its expiry date.

The 26-30 Railcard is available to buy online, in digital format only.

Please visit 26-30 Railcard website for more information.

     

A Disabled Person’s Railcard gives the cardholder and an adult companion 1/3 off Standard and First Class rail fares throughout Great Britain for a whole year, so you can save money for a friend or a family member when they travel with you. Please see disabledpersons-railcard.co.uk/benefits for the latest benefits and discount available.

You may qualify for a Disabled Persons Railcard if you have: a visual impairment, a hearing impairment, epilepsy, or are in receipt of a disability-related benefit. Please see the Disabled Persons Railcard eligibility criteria for more information.

Please visit the Disabled Persons Railcard website for more information

A Family & Friends Railcard gives 1/3 off rail fares for up to four adults and 60% off for up to four children aged 5 to 15 years. Plus, you can have two adults named on one card, so when one cardholder isn’t using it the other can, as long as they are travelling with at least one child aged 5 to 15 years. Please see familyandfriends-railcard.co.uk/benefits for the latest benefits and discount available.

The Family & Friends Railcard is not valid when travelling during morning peak period, Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays) when journeys are made wholly within the London and South East area. Please see familyandfriends-railcard.co.uk/travel-time-ticket

Please visit Family & Friends website for more information.

A Network Railcard gives 1/3 off Standard Class rail fares throughout the Network Railcard area for a whole year for up to four Adults and Four children when travelling together.  

The Network Railcard is available to buy from any National Rail staffed station ticket office in the Network Railcard area and online and you can travel anytime on weekends and public holidays or from 10:00am Monday to Friday.  

A minimum fare of £13 applies for all tickets Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays). The minimum discounted child fare payable is £1 at all times.

Please visit the Network Railcard website for more information.

Two Together Raicard Veterans Railcard logo
     

A Senior Railcard gives anyone 60 years or over 1/3 off Standard and First Class, Anytime, Off-Peak and Advance fares. Please see senior railcard.co.uk/benefits for the latest benefits and discount available.

The 1-year Senior Railcard is available to buy online and at any National Rail staffed station ticket office. The 3-year Senior Railcard is available to buy online only.

The Senior Railcard is not valid when travelling during morning peak period, Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays) when journeys are made wholly within the London and South East area.

Please visit the Senior Railcard website for more information.

To be eligible for a Two Together Railcard you'll need to be aged 16 years or over. You don’t need to be in a couple so you can get one with a best friend, or one of the family and together you can save on everyday journeys, fun day trips or exciting weekend breaks. The discount does not apply before 09:30am Monday to Friday excluding public holidays.

The Two Together Railcard is available to buy from any National Rail staffed station ticket office and online. You will need to provide digital passport-style photos of the two named adults on the Railcard.

Please visit the Two Together Railcard website for more information.

A Veterans Railcard gives 1/3 off rail travel for the card holder and 60% off each child fare for up to four children aged 5 to 15 years travelling together. To be eligible for the Veterans Railcard, you need to have served for at least one day in Her Majesty’s Armed Forces (Regular or Reserve) or have been a Merchant Mariner and seen duty on legally defined military operations. Please see the Veteran Railcard eligibility criteria for more information.

If you travel between 04:30am and 09:59am Monday to Friday (excluding Advance tickets and public holidays), a minimum fare of £12 will apply. Please see veterans-railcard.co.uk/validity for minimum fares and time restrictions.

Please visit the veterans-railcard website for more information.

   
 

£21 for one year

The HM Forces Railcard costs £21 and it will save you 1/3 on most rail fares throughout Great Britain for a whole year. That works out to under £2 a month for huge savings.

You are eligible if you are a member of the Armed Forces, certain reservists and in most cases, a spouse or partner of a member or a dependent. Service personnel can obtain an application form from their Unit Personnel/Administration Office.
Please note: A minimum fare of £12.00 applies if you travel between 04:30 and 09:59 Monday – Friday (excluding Advance tickets, public holidays and journeys in July and August).

Finding Railcard discounted fares is easy!

When planning a journey with our Journey Planner, select the number and type of Railcards that you will be travelling with and click 'Add' after each selection.

How to add a Railcard discount in the Journey Planner

When the fares are displayed, click on one of the prices to see how much money you have saved by using your Railcard!

If you are travelling in a group and some members of your party have Railcards, you can now select and add more than one Railcard.

When selecting different Railcards, choose the type from the drop down list in the 'Number of Railcards and Passengers' section, select the number of passengers holding that particular Railcard to be used and then click 'Add another' after each selection.

Your total journey cost will take into account the correct discounts for each of the Railcards and numbers of passengers entered.

Issues with Railcards

If you experience any problems with a Railcard, you need to contact the original retailer.

For Railcards purchased online or via phone Use links above to visit the Railcard website for contact information and FAQs
For Railcards purchased at a National Rail station Contact the original retailer. The Train Operating Companies page provides contact details for all Train Operating Companies

 

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Last updated:   24 November 2021