Why should you get a digital Railcard?

Railcard savings add up

Get 1/3 off the price of your train tickets, by adding your Railcard discount to your booking. After a few journeys, your digital Railcard could have paid for itself!

There's lots to choose from

Whether you travel regularly with family, partners or friends, or you fit into a specific age group or region, there's a Railcard discount for you.

Railcards and tickets in one place

Digital Railcards live alongside your tickets in our app. Use your digital Railcard on tickets bought anywhere (not just with us).

What is a Railcard?

A Railcard is a discount card that allows you to save up to 1/3 off the price of eligible train tickets, making it a great way to secure cheap fares.

Railcard types 

There are nine main types of UK Railcards available. These are:

  • Network Railcard
  • 16-17 Saver
  • 16-25 Railcard
  • 26-30 Railcard
  • Family & Friends Railcard
  • Two Together Railcard
  • Senior Railcard
  • Disabled Persons Railcard
  • Veterans Railcard

As an official retailer of Railcards from National Rail, you can buy seven of these in a digital format with us.

Please note that the Disabled Persons Railcard and Veterans Railcard are not available to buy with us at the moment.

How much is a Railcard?

All new Railcards cost £30 for the whole year, except for the Disabled Persons Railcard, which costs just £20. Once you have a Railcard, you can get 1/3 off the price of your rail travel, making it a great way to secure cheap fares. Some Railcards are also available as a three-year option for £70, giving you even greater value for money (therefore costing around £23 per year).

When can I use a Railcard?

Again this depends on the type of Railcard you have. Generally, all Railcards can be used for discounted train fares during Off-Peak times, weekends, and public holidays. Some, like the age-related Railcards, can be used during Peak times with a minimum fare, and the Disabled Persons Railcard can be used at any time.

Railcard prices

Type 1-year Railcard price 3-year Railcard price
Network Railcard £30 Not available
16-17 Saver £30 Not available
16-25 Railcard £30 £70
(Save £20)
26-30 Railcard £30 Not available
Family & Friends Railcard £30 £70
(Save £20)
Two Together Railcard £30 Not available
Senior Railcard £30 £70
(Save £20)
Disabled Persons Railcard £20 £54
(Save £6)
Veterans Railcard £30 £70
(Save £20)

‡ Savings based on the full price of three 1-year Railcards over a three year period

 

Which tickets can you save money on?

It varies depending on the type of Railcard you have, as some are valid for use during Peak times, but generally, as a Railcard holder you can save money on Advance tickets, Off-Peak, Standard, and First Class tickets.

Which is the right Railcard for you?

Each Railcard offers a similar discount – 1/3 off the price of an adult fare, as well as some great discounts for children too. Choosing the right one for you depends on things like your age, where you live, and how you like to travel.

Railcards by age

Age-based Railcards are great for students, young professionals and seniors. Don't fall into these age brackets? Choose one from the other Railcard options – by group or by region – below.

16-25
Railcard

For ages 16-25
Get 1/3 off train travel across Great Britain. Minimum fare applies

Great for:
Teenagers, students, graduates, and young professionals

1- or 3-year validity available
Save £20 with a 3-year Railcard

Digital only
Railcards live in your account in the Trainline app so you can use them on any of your compatible devices. No download codes are needed!

You must be aged 16-23 to buy the 3-year Railcard

26-30
Railcard

1 year
£30

For ages 26-30
Get 1/3 off train travel across Great Britain. Minimum fare applies

Great for:
Millennials, graduates, and young professionals

Digital only
Railcards live in your account in the Trainline app so you can use them on any of your compatible devices. No download codes are needed!

Senior
Railcard

For ages 60+
Get 1/3 off train travel across Great Britain. Conditions apply

Great for:
Seniors, grandparents, and retirees

1- or 3-year validity available
Save £20 with a 3-year Railcard

Digital only
Your digital Railcard lives on your phone in the account section of the Trainline app. Because it's digital only, you won't need a paper copy of it to use your discount! You can use your Railcard on any of your compatible devices. No download codes are needed.

16-17
Saver

For ages 16-17
Passengers get 50% discount on most tickets, including seasons

Great for:
School and college students

Digital only
Railcards live in your account in the Trainline app so you can use them on any of your compatible devices. No download codes are needed!

Railcards by group

Group-based Railcards are great for friends, couples and family members. You don't need to be related or in a relationship to use them. They're a good option for anyone aged 31-59 who doesn't qualify for an age-based Railcard and also offer discounts on child fares.

Two Together
Railcard

1 year
£30

Must travel together
1/3 off train travel for you and a friend/companion when travelling together. Conditions apply

For ages 16+

Great for:
Friends, couples, flatmates, or colleagues who regularly travel together

Digital only
Railcards live in your account in the Trainline app so you can use them on any of your compatible devices. No download codes are needed!

Family & Friends
Railcard

For up to four adults and four children (5-15 years old)
Adults get 1/3 off, children get a 60% discount. At least 1 adult and 1 child must travel together. Conditions apply

Great for:
Anyone who travels in groups with children – no relation necessary

1- or 3-year validity available
Save £20 with a 3-year Railcard

Digital only
Railcards live in your account in the Trainline app so you can use them on any of your compatible devices. No download codes are needed!

Railcards by region

Region-based Railcards apply to specific areas in Britain. Currently, only the Network Railcard is offered as a digital Railcard. It lets you explore the Network Railcard area 16 counties across the South East, including London for 1/3 less.

Network
Railcard

1 year
£30

For travellers in the South-East of England
Get 1/3 off travel after 10:00 am (and any time on weekends and public holidays). Applies only to journeys starting and ending in the South-East Network Railcard zone.

For up to four adults and four children aged 5-15
Children get 60% off

Great for:
Commuters and Londoners

Digital only
Railcards live in your account in the Trainline app so you can use them on any of your compatible devices. No download codes are needed!

Other Railcards

Disabled Persons
Railcard

1 year
£20

Save 1/3 on all train travel
Travelling with another adult? They will also get 1/3 off their rail fare

Great for:
People with a disability that makes travelling by train difficult. Proof of eligibility applies

Not available to buy with Trainline. To buy a Disabled Persons Railcard, you can apply online here.

Veterans
Railcard

Save 1/3 on all train travel
Travelling with another person? A named adult will also get 1/3 off their rail fare, with 60% of child fares for up to 4 children

1- or 3-year validity available
Save £20 with a 3-year Railcard

Great for:
UK Veterans and Merchant Mariners. Proof of eligibility applies

Not available to buy with Trainline. To buy a Veterans Railcard, you can apply online here.

How to buy and use your digital Railcard

1

Choose and register your Railcard

2

Upload a photo for your Railcard

3

Sign in to your Trainline account on the app

4

Apply your Railcard for 1/3 off ticket purchases!

Why a digital Railcard?

Never forget your Railcard again. With the Trainline app, your tickets and Railcards are all in one place. No more switching between apps or digging around for your paper Railcard. There's no need to queue at the ticket office of your local station to purchase one either, simply follow the steps in our app.

 

Railcards secure
on all your devices

Digital Railcards are added to your Trainline account, so you can access them on any compatible device you travel with. Please be aware that the minimum Operating System (OS) your Railcard would be available on is iOS 13.4 and above or Lollipop on Android. There are no device limits or download codes needed.

Stress-free travel

With Trainline, you know you have everything you need to travel. See the ticket inspector coming? Don't stress, your digital Railcard is right where it needs to be, one tap from your ticket*.​ Sound good? If the expiry date on your current Railcard is coming up, why not renew your Railcard with us and start enjoying stress-free train travel today.

Frequently asked questions

There are seven UK Railcards available to buy from Trainline online. These are:

  • Network Railcard
  • 16-25 Railcard
  • 26-30 Railcard
  • Family & Friends Railcard
  • Senior Railcard
  • Two Together Railcard
  • 16-17 Saver

The Railcards available to you differ depending on your age and your circumstances. For example, everybody is eligible for a Network Railcard, regardless of their age or health – though a Network Railcard only covers London and the South-East, so it may not be useful to you if you live elsewhere. If you’re between the ages of 16-30, you have a choice of three Railcards – the 16-17 Saver, the 16-25 or the 26-30. If you’re over 60, you’ll be able to get the Senior Railcard.

If you're a Season Ticket holder in the South-East of England you might be eligible for a free Annual Gold Card, which will give you similar discounts to the Network Railcard.

Yes, nearly all of the main railcards are available to buy digitally. These include the 16-17 Saver, 16-25, 26-30, Network, Senior, Two Together and the Family and Friends Railcard. You can now buy all 7 digital Railcards with Trainline.

All Railcards, except for the Network Railcard, can be used during Peak times to some extent. However, the fixed-price minimum fares, area restrictions and times may differ for each Railcard.

Yes, you can use your Railcard to buy tickets online. When booking a train ticket using our Journey Planner, simply hit ‘Add Railcard’ on the drop-down that appears when clicking to update passenger details.

Yes. Although your Railcard will live in your Trainline App, it can still be used with tickets bought elsewhere.

When you buy a digital Railcard with us, it’s stored on your Trainline account, so you can access it on whichever device you travel with, there’s no limit.

Yes, you can apply your 16-25, 26-30 or Senior Railcard discount to your Oyster card to save 1/3 on the price of your Single Off-Peak pay as you go fares across the London Underground and on the DLR.

Additionally, Railcards allow you to bag 1/3 off for Off-Peak Day Travelcards within London zones 1-6, as well as for Anytime Day Travelcards which are purchased as part of a journey into London from outside of zones 1-9.

You can still travel, but unfortunately, you’ll have to pay the full fare if you don’t have your Railcard with you. The best thing to do is to order a replacement ASAP.

You can use a Railcard to buy a discounted train ticket from onboard staff – but only if the station you arrived at had no ticketing facilities or the ticket machines are broken.

You can also use a Railcard on all passenger train services in Great Britain, excluding Eurostar. Sleeper train services are also valid.

Yes, you can. Just make sure to bring a completed Railcard application form with you, you can find them online on the Railcards website. You’ll also need a photo of yourself.

As soon as your digital Railcard shows in the Trainline app, you can start using it to save up to 1/3 on train tickets.

Digital Railcards will only work on iPhones using iOS 13.4 and above. As such, some older iPhone models running iOS versions below iOS 13.4 may not be able to support Railcards bought through Trainline. Make sure you check which software version your iPhone is running before purchasing a Railcard.

I save 1/3 on my train tickets with my 26-30 Digital Railcard

From September, I've been commuting from Chelmsford three times a week since the office opened. Having that in mind during summer, I knew that I had to find a way to save on my travel expenses. The easiest way to do that was to buy the one-year 26-30 digital Railcard.

The last two months I have saved 1/3 out of every train journey I took. Also, I forgot to mention that because I love English nature, I always find time to travel somewhere with my friends and family during the weekends. With that in mind, I think getting a digital railcard was a very smart idea for me and my wallet.

Last but certainly not least for me is that having a digital railcard is very useful as I am not going to forget it, since it is always with me!

About Menelaos

Menelaos is one of our trusted, hand-picked travel writers. The information for this article was recorded first-hand, based on his own genuine experience of the journey.

*Applies to tickets in the Trainline app only.

§Applies to selected train fares. See Trainline's Railcard terms for full details of each railcard, eligible tickets and travel times.