Save 1/3 off rail fares all year round
Use at Peak travel times
(£12 minimum fare applies)
Travel First Class for less
The 26-30 Railcard saves you 1/3 on eligible train tickets in Great Britain for a whole year and costs just £30. Often called ‘The Millennial Railcard’ or the ‘under-30 Railcard,’ a National Rail 26-30 Railcard is a discount card that makes train travel cheaper for anyone aged 26-30.
Railcard holders can enjoy 1/3 off Standard Anytime, Off-Peak, Super Off-Peak Single and Return tickets, as well as Standard Class and First Class Advance tickets throughout Britain. You can also link your 26-30 Railcard with an Oyster Card to get 1/3 off Off-Peak rail travel around London.
The 26-30 Railcard will only cost you £30 a year, but that pretty much pays itself off once you use it on a few train journeys.
Anyone aged 26-30 can use a 26-30 Railcard.
A 26-30 Railcard can be used at any time for Peak and Off-Peak travel. For journeys made between 04:30 and 10:00 Monday to Friday, a minimum fare of £12 is payable. There is no minimum fare when you travel at weekends or on Public Holidays.
You'll need to have iOS 13.4 and above or Lollipop on Android to get your digital 26-30 Railcard on your phone. Don’t have our app yet? Download it now and follow these easy steps to buy your 26-30 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 26-30 Railcard at the moment.
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.
Did you know if you're aged 26-30 years old and you're in full-time study, you can still qualify for a 26-30 Railcard? If you're studying at a 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 26-30 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 26-30 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
The 26-30 Railcard is the first digital-only Railcard and you can buy it online with Trainline. The Railcard will be stored in your Trainline app, meaning your tickets and Railcards are all in one place.
You can buy a 26-30 Railcard as soon as you turn 26 years old. If you want to save 1/3 on train tickets for an extra year, you can also buy a 1-year 26-30 Railcard up to the day before your 31st birthday.
No, the 26-30 Railcard is only available for 1-year periods.
To buy a 26-30 Railcard, you'll need a digital passport-style photo saved to your mobile device, a valid passport or UK driving licence to verify your identity, a debit or credit card and the Trainline App.
No. You can't buy a 26-30 Railcard when you're 31. However, if you buy it just before your 31st birthday, you can still use it until its expiry date.
26-30 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.
No, the 26-30 Railcard is not valid on Season Tickets. If you often travel by train during Peak hours and your usual journey is under £12 it may be worth using our Season Ticket Calculator to see whether you could make better savings that way. Although, if you still make plenty of leisure journeys by train as well then why not have both?
I was so glad when the 26-30 Railcard launched! I used to use my 16-25 Railcard all the time to save money on train travel for work and weekends away, so it’s great that I get to save 1/3 on certain tickets for a few more years. As I commute in from Ware to London Liverpool Street, the minimum fare that applies to travel at Peak hours really makes my train travel cheaper and saves me around £7 a day – which adds up quickly!
It was quick and easy to buy my 26-30 Railcard with Trainline – I just entered a few details, uploaded a photo, then downloaded the pass onto my app – simple!
If you’re travelling by train for work, or just take the train for weekends away or day trips out, I’d recommend a 26-30 Railcard to help save the pennies.
Jorja is one of our trusted, hand-picked travel writers. The information for this article was recorded first-hand, based on her own genuine experience of the journey.
It isn’t just your commute a 26-30 Railcard can help you save on. That 1/3 off Railcard discount can also help with cheaper days out or weekends away by train. Our UK travel inspiration hub is full of great ideas for day trips or longer getaways and how to get there by train.
*To use the discount code, you must have, or create a Trainline account. Please note, discount codes cannot be used in conjunction with any other Trainline offer and can only be used to purchase one UK Railcard. Train tickets for travel with UK and non-UK train carriers and UK and non-UK coach companies are excluded. Digital Railcards require an updated version of the Trainline app (on iOS 13.4 and above or Lollipop on Android). This Discount Code Offer is subject to availability and will end on the earlier of (i) 400,000 Railcards being sold under this Discount Code Offer; or (ii) 31 August 2022. We reserve the right to refuse the issue of any Discount Code Offer at any time and to vary any and all elements of each offer at any time without notice. To see the full conditions and restrictions that apply to this Discount Code Offer, take a look at our Terms and Conditions.
‡Applies to selected train fares. See Trainline's Railcard terms for full details of each railcard, eligible tickets and travel times.