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Get ahead of the game and save up to 50% on train tickets with the new 16-17 Railcard. Officially known as the 16-17 Saver – it’s a great new way to save on travel for young students and professionals. Whether you’re heading to school/work, or heading out on new adventures with friends, don’t miss out on these fantastic savings! Read on to find out how much one costs, how to buy one and how to use it to book cheap train tickets with us.

*Please note that your 16-17 Saver discount won't be applicable until the official start date - Monday 2nd of September 2019.

What is a 16-17 Railcard?

The 16-17 Railcard is the latest type of Railcard to offer better train ticket discounts specifically to 16 and 17-year-olds. It extends the 50% off child ticket discount for two more years, which, if you take the train a lot, could amount to some very tidy savings!

You can have the 16-17 Railcard as an app on your phone, or you can request for a paper copy of the Railcard to be sent to you. If you’re 16 or 17 years old and you just bought a 16-25 Railcard during the months of July and August 2019, then you can get a £5 discount on the 16-17 Railcard, meaning the cost would be £25.

How much is a 16-17 Railcard?

A 16-17 Railcard costs just £30 for one year (or up until your 18th birthday – where the card becomes invalid). So, if you don’t have long to go until your 18th birthday, consider buying the 16-25 Railcard instead.

If you know what kind of schedule you have ahead of you, and how many times you'll need to take a train, then you can use our Journey Planner to figure out whether it will be worth it to buy a 16-17 Railcard on the lead up to your 18th birthday.

How to get a 16-17 Railcard

You can apply for a 16-17 Railcard here. All you need to have to apply is:

  • Your ID (either a passport or provisional/full driving license) and a clear photograph of your face
  • A valid payment card

And that’s it! Simply choose which type of Railcard (phone or paper) you’d prefer. If you choose to keep your Railcard on your phone, you can start using it today to buy half-price tickets. Find out how to use it below.

How to use your Railcard to buy cheap train tickets with us

When buying your train tickets with us, follow these simple steps to claim your discount.

  1. Put in your origin and destination as normal
  2. Click on the drop-down menu on the tab that says '1 adult - no railcards'
  3. From here, click on 'Add railcard' followed by 'Select a railcard'
  4. Scroll down to ’16-17 Saver', select this then click on the 'Done' button and after that, the 'Get times & tickets' prompt

At this stage, you should see the discount applied, and you should be able to follow the booking flow to the checkout page. You can also use your Railcard to buy tickets with the Trainline app.

Which types of tickets can you save on?

With a 16-17 Railcard, you can save on the following Standard ticket types:

Advance train tickets

Anytime train tickets

Off-Peak train tickets

Season Tickets

You won’t be able to use your 16-17 Railcard on the following:

First Class train tickets

ScotRail tickets

Caledonian Sleeper services

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