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The Disabled Persons Railcard is a type of discount card for train tickets that allows those living with disabilities to enjoy savings of up to 1/3 on their rail travel. If travelling with an adult family member, carer or friend, both individuals can get the discount, and any types of tickets can be purchased throughout the UK rail network.

On this page, you can find further details on how to order your Disabled Persons Railcard, how much one costs and other benefits/restrictions on its use. Don't forget, if you've already got a Railcard, you can use it to buy a ticket on this page using our Journey Planner!

How much is a Disabled Persons Railcard?

At just £20 for a one-year Disabled Persons Railcard, this is the best-value railcard available in the UK. Even better, a three-year Disabled Persons Railcard is available at £54. So, if you take the train a lot, this Railcard will pay off itself in no time whatsoever – even if you always travel with a companion!

How much is a Disabled Child Railcard?

There isn't a Disabled Child Railcard as such. For all children under the age of five, train travel is free while travelling with a fare-paying adult. All children aged between five and 15 years get a 50% discount on most train journeys which works out better than any Railcard reduction. A child within the same age range can apply for a standard Disabled Railcard which doesn't offer any additional discount but will grant an accompanying adult a third off their ticket as long as they travel together. Check out our family train tickets page for more information on cheap tickets for kids.

How to get a Disabled Persons Railcard

You can apply for a Disabled Persons Railcard online by visiting the official Disabled Persons Railcard website or you can apply by post. For applications made online, please make sure you have a scan or photo of your evidence of eligibility (see below for details on eligibility requirements) that you can upload with your application and your card payment details. Allow five working days for your Railcard to be delivered. You can also download and complete an application form and post it with a copy of your evidence of eligibility and payment to address below.

Disabled Persons Railcard

PO Box 6613

Arbroath

DD11 9AN

Make cheques and postal orders payable to 'Disabled Persons Railcard' and allow ten working days for your Railcard to be delivered.

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.

Who's eligible for a Disabled Persons Railcard?

You can apply for the Disabled Persons Railcard if you can prove that you –

  • Have a visual or hearing impairment
  • Have epilepsy
  • Receive either PIP (Personal Independence Payments) or DLA (Disability Living Allowance)

You're also eligible if you receive Attendance Allowance, Severe Disablement Allowance, War Pensioner's Mobility Supplement, War or Service Disablement Pension (disability of 80% or more) or if you use a vehicle through the Motability scheme.

For a full breakdown of eligibility requirements and which documents you'll need to provide as evidence, head to the official Disabled Persons Railcard eligibility page.

What types of tickets can I save on with the Disabled Persons Railcard?

Your Railcard will get you discounts on all ticket types across the UK rail network apart from the following*:

  • London Underground and DLR services, unless you're using an Oyster Card with pay as you go
  • Season Tickets and Travelcard Season Tickets
  • Eurostar
  • Certain promotional offers from train companies

*Please note that while discounts are available for most ticket types, at times, they might not actually be available for certain routes or trains. E.g. Services without First Class carriages won't offer First Class tickets.

Frequently asked questions

Can I buy a Disabled Persons Railcard at a train station?

Unfortunately, Disabled Persons Railcards aren't available to buy at any UK station – you can only apply for the Disabled Persons Railcard online. When renewing a Disabled Persons Railcard, you can either do it online, over the telephone or by post.

Can I order my Railcard over the phone?

If you'd prefer to order your Railcard over the phone from the Railcards company, please call them on 0345 605 0525. Alternatively, if you have a hearing impairment, you can call 0345 601 0132.

How do I use my Railcard when buying tickets through Trainline?

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 Disabled Persons 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.

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