Child train tickets offer fantastic discounts for kids aged between 5 and 15 travelling on the UK rail network. This page will take you through how to book train tickets for children (it's really easy), the various discounts available if you're travelling with kids, plus a few other ways to save money as a family. You can also discover top destinations, travel tips, money-saving ideas and much more in our summer train travel guide.
View train times and book tickets using our Journey Planner, or read on for useful information on how to get the best deals on child train tickets.
Kids aged 5-15 benefit from a 50% discount on the price of a full adult ticket.
Children aged 5 to 15 inclusive get half-price fares for most tickets across the UK rail network. If your child is 4 or under, they can travel for free alongside a fare-paying parent or guardian.
If it’s a service with seat reservations, a child with a discounted ticket is eligible to reserve a ticket, just like any ticket holder. Kids aged under 5 can only occupy a seat if it is not required by a fee-paying passenger. If all spaces are occupied, they’ll have to sit on your lap.
The 50% discount for children applies equally to single and return tickets. For children who look 16 or older, it’s wise to bring along a form of ID to avoid any embarrassing conversations with the ticket inspector – they may want to verify that the child is eligible for discounted travel.
Buying child tickets on Trainline is super-simple.
We’ve made it really easy to add children to your booking, or book stand-alone child tickets. Here’s how you do it:
As well as discounted child tickets, some train companies offer heavily discounted fares for families. Read on for more details or check out our dedicated page to family train tickets. These can often work out cheaper than buying separate child and adult tickets, and the prices are fixed, meaning they’re the same on the day as a month in advance. We will automatically display these fares where available, so you won't have to go searching for them!
For journeys between popular GWR stations and London.
For West Coast Mainline journeys to or from London.
Several train companies offer £1 (or Kids for a Quid) fares and £2 tickets for kids when travelling with an adult on an Off-Peak service – brilliant value! Have a look at our curated list of £1 and £2 kids ticket offers.
For Off-Peak travel on any Southeastern route not wholly within Zones 1-9.
For Off-Peak travel on any Thameslink route not wholly within Zones 1-9.
For Off-Peak travel on any Southern route not wholly within Zones 1-9.
For Off-Peak travel on any Great Nothern route not wholly within Zones 1-9.
For Off-Peak travel on any London Northwestern route into London Zones 1-6.
If you're travelling with children aged 5-15, it's not child train tickets you can save on. The Family & Friends and Network Railcards allow you to get 1/3 off adult train tickets when you travel with 1-4 children.
If you’re 16 or over, you can still save up to 50% on train travel with a Railcard.
The 16-17 Saver Railcard is a great option for if you have just turned 16, meaning the savings don’t stop at your 16th birthday. It costs just £30 and offers 50% off on train travel for a year.
You can buy Railcards directly through Trainline and store them in our app, meaning there’s no fumbling around for your paper railcard when the ticket inspector walks by! And once it expires, move on to a 16-25 Railcard for a third off rail travel until your 26th birthday.
Buggies and prams are welcome on board trains in the UK. While there aren’t dedicated storage space for buggies, you can fold them up and place them in the overhead luggage storage. Train company staff will be on hand on the platform to help you load your buggy on to the train. Some train companies allow buggies to be stored in empty wheelchair spaces, but wheelchair users will always take priority. Be sure to check with staff on the train that you’re allowed to do so on your service.
Most train toilets have baby-changing facilities, as do train stations. Newer trains, such as LNER’s Azuma fleet, have nappy changing facilities in all the toilets, whereas older trains may have one or two toilets with appropriate facilities.
You can check in advance whether a station has baby changing facilities on our Stations information pages.
Answers to some of our customers’ frequently asked questions about train tickets for children.
Children between 5 and 15 inclusive are eligible for child fares, which offer a 50% discount on full-price tickets. Children aged 4 or under travel for free with an accompanying adult.
Railcards for young people begin at the 16-17 Saver Railcard, which offers 50% off train travel for a year. Children aged 15 and below already benefit from heavily discounted tickets, so unfortunately, they aren’t eligible for Railcards yet!
Yes, certain train companies – such as LNER and Avanti West Coast – offer discounted fixed-price family fares for adults travelling with kids. Southeastern run a ‘Kids for a Quid’ offer on selected routes, while Thameslink, Southern and Great Northern offer £2 child tickets when travelling with an adult.