About the Railcard

If you’ve ever seen someone else buy a train ticket for the exact same journey as you but pay less because they had a Railcard you might have been left wondering ‘what is a Railcard?’ and ‘how can I get one?’ It doesn’t matter if you’re going for a night out or heading somewhere nice for the weekend, no one likes to pay more than they have to.

What are the different Railcards?

The Railcards available -include:

16-25 Railcard, Two Together Railcard, Family & Friends Railcard, Senior Railcard, Disabled Persons Railcard and  Network Railcard. 

All types of Railcards allow you to purchase a train ticket at a reduced rate, typically 1/3 off the price of an adult fare and 60% off a kid’s fare (for Family & Friends Railcard only). However, different Railcards have different eligibility criteria so you’ll have to check whether you qualify before you apply. Some Railcards can be used anytime but others can only be used outside of peak times.

How much do Railcards cost?

1-year Railcards are priced between £20 – £30 and 3-year Railcards are priced between £54 - £70. These work out cheaper than buying a 1-year Railcard for three consecutive years.

There’s no limit to the number of times you can use your Railcard, which is great news if you’re a frequent traveller. Some Railcards will only give yourself a discounted fare, others will also cover the people travelling with you – so that you can all save.

Most Railcards can be purchased online or at your local staffed station ticket office, but it’s worth checking. You can book your train tickets online or in person, but in order to qualify for a reduced rate ticket you must be able to present your Railcard during your journey. Failing to do this will invalidate your train ticket.