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The 16-25 Railcard (also known as the Student Railcard, or Young Persons Railcard) is a great way for young students and professionals to save on a huge range of train tickets. Whether you're heading for those early morning A-Levels, lectures or to your new job, you can get 1/3 off on all passenger rail services within the UK!

The good news doesn't stop there though – once you have a Railcard, you can access new deals and discounts on a range of fun things, from day trips to gym memberships and dining. Ready to get yours? Read on below and follow the link, or, if you already have your Railcard, why not use it to book a ticket on this page? It's quick and easy to add a Railcard to a booking when using our Journey Planner.

What is a 16-25 Railcard?

The 16-25 Railcard is a type of annual card for young people and students (including certain mature students above the age of 26), which grants discounts of 1/3 across a wide range of railway tickets in Britain. It’s a great way to get cheap student train tickets.


How much is a 16-25 Railcard?

A 16-25 Railcard costs £30 for one year. It's one of the only Railcards that can be used at Peak times*, meaning you have endless savings ahead of you.

*Please note that there's usually a minimum requirement that your ticket costs £12 is travelling during peak hours, apart from during July and August, and on public holidays.

How to get a 16-25 Railcard

There are two ways to get your hands on a 16-25 Railcard – apply online for a digital Railcard or go to a staffed ticket station and get a physical Railcard. We recommend getting yours online, as it only takes a matter of minutes, rather than hours, to get your Railcard loaded up on your phone and ready to go.

You can also apply online but then ask for a physical Railcard to be delivered to you, but please note that this could take up to five working days.

To apply online for your Railcard, simply visit the official 16-25 Railcard website and follow the instructions.

What you'll need to be able to get a 16-25 Railcard:

  • Valid ID (either a passport or UK driving licence)
  • A digital photograph of yourself (saved to the device you're applying on)
  • payment method (credit or debit card)

Which types of tickets can you save on?

The 16-25 Railcard allows you to save money on the following rail ticket types:

  • Standard Anytime and Anytime Day Singles and Returns
  • Standard Off-Peak and Off-Peak Day Singles and Returns
  • Standard Super Off-Peak and Super Off-Peak Day Singles and Returns
  • Standard and First Class Advance*

* You must book these tickets in Advance, before the day of travel.

On top of this, you can get reduced fares on airport services such as the Gatwick Express, Stansted Express and Heathrow Express, as well as on certain Travelcards within London and pay as you go Off-Peak Oyster card fares.

These are the tickets that you can’t get discounts on with a 16-25 Railcard:

3-year 16-25 Railcard

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 three years' worth of travel discounts). The three-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 one-year Railcard just before your 25th birthday.

How to buy train tickets with your 16-25 Railcard

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. 4. Scroll down to '16-25 Railcard', 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.

Frequently asked questions

Can I use a 16-25 Railcard at peak times?

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!).

Can I add a Railcard to my Oyster card

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.

Can I get a digital version of my Railcard on my smartphone?

Absolutely, once you've bought a digital Railcard, you'll then receive a railcard code by email. Download the Railcard app and enter the code and you're good to go.

If you're after more money-saving tips for cheaper train journeys in the UK, have a look at our cheap train tickets page. You can sometimes combine your Railcard with offers like GroupSave, Advance tickets and Off-Peak fares to benefit from extra savings.

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