Aged 16-25 or a full time student aged 26 or over? Save 1/3 off most standard class rail fares throughout Great Britain with a 16-25 Railcard. 
Type of offer
Ordinary Promotion 
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A 16-25 Railcard costs £30 and it'll save you 1/3 on rail fares throughout Great Britain for a whole year, including all Standard and First Class Advance fares. Take a look at all the ticket types you can make savings on with a 16-25 Railcard.

You are eligible if you're aged 16-25, or over the age of 26 and in full-time education. Please see our eligibility criteria for more information.

There are plenty of ways you can use your Railcard, for both long and short trips. Better still you can use it anytime on weekends, public holidays and during the week. The only restriction is that if you travel between 04:30 and 09:59 Monday to Friday (except during July and August) a minimum fare of £12 will apply. See minimum fares for more details.

Please visit the 16-25 Railcard website for more information or click here to buy now.

Participating train companies
Transport for Walesc2cCaledonian SleeperChiltern RailwaysCrossCountryEast Midlands RailwayGatwick ExpressGrand CentralGreat NorthernGreat Western RailwayGreater AngliaHeathrow ExpressHull TrainsIsland LineLondon Northwestern RailwayLondon OvergroundMerseyrailNorthernScotRailSouth Western RailwaySoutheasternSouthernStansted ExpressElizabeth LineThameslinkTransPennine ExpressAvanti West CoastLNERWest Midlands Railway;  

Last updated: 17 August 2021



£30.00 for a 1 year

£70.00 for 3 years

Discounts available with these products

Last updated: 20 July 2016


Area of validity
Further Information

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Period of availability
18/05/2008 - Until further notice

Last updated: 08 February 2019


Available to purchase
25/06/2008 - Until further notice
Buying your tickets

To buy online, you will need a valid UK driving licence or passport number to prove you are eligible, and have a digital passport style photo saved on your computer. For more information on buying online, please see our FAQ’s.

Please note online purchase is currently not available for mature students. You will need your educational establishment to sign and stamp your Railcard application form to verify you are a full-time student, so must apply at a station. Pick up a leaflet from any staffed station ticket office.

You can also buy a 16-25 Railcard at a staffed station ticket office or by calling your nearest train company telesales number. For train company telesales numbers, please contact National Rail Enquiries on: 03457 48 49 50 (calls are charged at local rate).

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

1. 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 and in some cases a penalty fare. 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.

2. Minimum fare applies to both outward and return journeys between 04:30 and 09:59 Mondays to Fridays (except Public Holidays and in July and August). The minimum fare is £12.

3. Discounts are not available in First Class, except with a First Class Advance ticket or in Weekend First accommodation on some train companies, on payment of the appropriate supplement..

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

5. 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.

6. 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 

View the full terms and conditions.

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