We're the official retailer of Railcards by National Rail. Buy a digital 16-25 Railcard online with us – it's stored directly in the Trainline app, so you can use it right away to get 1/3 off eligible journeys for a whole year.
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Save 1/3 off train travel all year round
Use at Peak travel times
(£12 minimum applies)
Travel First Class for less
The 16-25 Railcard (also known as the Student Railcard or Young Persons Railcard) is a discount card giving you 1/3 off eligible train tickets in Great Britain. Students and young adults can use the 16-25 Railcard on Standard Anytime, Off-Peak, Super Off-Peak Single and Return tickets, as well as Standard Class and First Class Advance tickets. You can also link your 16-25 Railcard with an Oyster Card to get 1/3 off Off-Peak travel around London.
A 16-25 Railcard costs £30 for one year or £70 for three years. It's one of the only Railcards that can be used at Peak times, meaning you have endless rail travel savings ahead of you.
Eligibility for this one is simple. Anyone aged 16-25 can use a 16-25 Railcard. It's a particularly popular Railcard to buy cheap student train tickets with.
You'll need to have iOS 13.4 and above or Lollipop on Android to get your digital 16-25 Railcard on your phone. Don’t have our app yet? Download it now and follow these easy steps to buy your 16-25 Railcard today with us.
Tap 'Buy 1-year for £30' or 'Buy 3-year for £70' (if applicable) to get the Railcard you want on your phone
Enter your first and last name (and date of birth if you need to prove your age)
Upload a digital passport-style photo for your Railcard from your phone
Sign in to your Trainline account on the app and buy your digital Railcard
You’ll find your new Railcard under 'Railcards' in the Account tab of the app. Please make sure you're signed into the app with the same account you used to buy your Railcard
Enter your departure and arrival station, select the start date of your ticket and the number of people travelling, then select your new Railcard from the drop-down menu – the 1/3 savings will be applied automatically to your booking.
Check out some of the most popular rail journeys our customers are booking with a 16-25 Railcard at the moment.
Anytime Day Single
£1.80‡ with a Railcard
You save £1
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.
You can enjoy even better savings if you opt for a 3-year 16-25 Railcard (the perfect option if you're just starting Uni and you know you'll need a definite 3 years' worth of travel discounts). The 3-year option costs just £70, meaning you save £20 on the cost of three individual Railcards.
One great thing about the 3-year Railcard is that you can buy it right up until the day before your 24th birthday, meaning you won't have to worry about renewing to a 26-30 Railcard. You can also do the same thing and buy a 1-year Railcard just before your 26th birthday.
Did you know if you've over 25 and you're in full-time study, you can still qualify for a 16-25 Railcard? If you're studying at university or college for 15 hours or more a week for at least 20 weeks a year, you're eligible to apply.
You'll need to fill out a Mature Student application form, and get it signed by either a tutor, head of department or administration staff at your place of full-time education. You'll also need either an NUS card or a university/college photo ID card to prove you're in the current academic year of study.
Unfortunately, mature students can't apply for the 16-25 Railcard with Trainline at this time.
Absolutely. In fact, having more than one Railcard can help you save even more. You can store and manage multiple Railcards easily in our app.
The 16-25 Railcard goes well with a Two Together Railcard
Great for: Anyone who travels in groups with children - no relation necessary
Great for: People with a disability that makes travelling by train difficult
A 16-25 Railcard costs £30 for a 1-year Railcard or £70 for a 3-year Railcard. That means if you purchase a 3-year 16-25 Railcard you can save £20 compared to buying 3 1-year Railcard.
You can buy the digital 16-25 Railcard online with Trainline. The Railcard will be stored in your Trainline app, meaning your tickets and Railcards are all in one place.
Yes, to buy a 16-25 Railcard you must provide a photograph to upload or send off as part of your application.
16-25 Railcards bought through Trainline 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. Make sure you check which software version your iPhone is running before purchasing a Railcard.
Yes. Although your Railcard will live in your Trainline App, it can still be used with tickets bought elsewhere.
Your 16-25 Railcard will be valid for either 1 year or 3 years from the date you purchased it. This means the Railcard does not expire as soon as you turn 26. You can buy a 3-year 16-25 Railcard up until the day before your 24th birthday, or a 1-year Railcard up until the day before your 26th birthday, meaning the expiry date would be the day before your 27th birthday.
Yes, you can use your 16-25 Railcard during Peak hours. However, please bear in mind that between the hours of 04:30 and 10:00 from Monday to Friday a minimum fare of £12 applies (apart from during August and July, where the minimum fare isn't in action!)
Yes, you can. Although if your journey is made before 09:00 Monday to Friday, you’ll pay a minimum fare of £12. If you’re travelling at weekends on bank holidays or during July or August, no minimum fare applies.
Yes, you can. You need to take your Oyster card and your National Rail discount card to an Underground ticket office, Overground ticket office or certain National Rail ticket offices. You then need to ask the clerk to add your discount entitlement to your Oyster card – which will be valid until the expiry of the railcard.
As a young professional living outside of London, I commute into the city centre every day. I was looking into how I could save some money and stumbled across the 16-25 Railcard. I can’t believe I didn’t know about it before!
I used to pay up to £50 to get to the office each day. But with my new 16-25 Railcard, I now save over £16 on each fare. Also, I don’t just use my railcard for commuting – I use it at the weekend to visit friends and family in Birmingham, Brighton and Edinburgh too.
It’s really simple to buy a railcard with Trainline – I did it all on my phone. All you have to do is input some details, upload a photo, download the pass and start saving money!
If you’re commuting to work, school or university – the 16-25 Railcard is essential!
Charlie 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.
A Student Railcard isn’t just handy for travelling to and from uni, school or work. Take full advantage of getting 1/3 off train travel and use it for exploring the UK as well! Our travel hub is full of inspirational days out you can take by train using your 16-25 Railcard.
* Average savings based on the difference between all fares booked by Trainline customers with a Railcard over the period of a year and those same fares without the Railcard discount applied.
‡Applies to selected train fares. See Trainline's Railcard terms for full details of each railcard, eligible tickets and travel times.