Official retailer of Railcards by National Rail. Buy a digital Network 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.
Save 1/3 off train travel in London and the South-East of England
Up to 4 adults travel together with up to 4 kids for less
Get 60% off kids' fares
A Network Railcard is a discount card that makes train travel cheaper for anyone in the Network Railcard area (London and the South-East of England) for a whole year.
A Network Railcard holder can enjoy 1/3 off on adult Standard Anytime and Off-Peak fares, including Anytime Day Travelcards (when bought as part of your ticket to London from outside London Zones 1-9) around London and the South East.
The Network Railcard costs £30 and is valid for 12 months.
The Network Railcard is valid for one adult aged 16+. You can travel with up to three adults and they'll get the same 1/3 off. You can also bring up to four children aged 5-15, with 60% off on child fares.
You can use a Network Railcard only to travel within the Network Railcard area – it covers all the stations inside the white area on our Network Railcard map. Some of the most popular stations in the Network Railcard area include Cambridge, Brighton, Oxford, Richmond, Portsmouth and Southsea, Southampton Central, Reading, Gatwick Airport, Windsor and Eton, and Winchester, to name a few. Your Network Railcard will be valid on all highlighted routes, which are run by the following train companies:
c2c, Chiltern Railways, CrossCountry, East Midland Railway, Gatwick Express, Great Northern, Great Western Railway, Greater Anglia, Heathrow Connect, Heathrow Express, London Northwestern Railway, LNER, London Overground, Southeastern, Southern, South Western Railway, Stansted Express, TfL Rail, Thameslink, Avanti West Coast.
Please note that certain journeys with these train companies may not be covered with the Network Railcard, for example journeys that end up outside the Network Railcard area – see our Network Railcard map for more details.
Want to check if a station you're travelling to or from is in the Network Railcard area? Take a look through our list of stations below.
You'll need to have iOS 13.4 and above or Lollipop on Android to get your digital Network Railcard on your phone. Don’t have our app yet? Download it now and follow these easy steps to buy your Network 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 Network Railcard at the moment.
Your Digital Network Railcard is added to your Trainline account, so you can access it on any compatible device you travel with. Please be aware that the minimum Operating System (OS) your Network Railcard would be available on is iOS 13.4 and above or Lollipop on Android. There are no device limits or download codes needed.
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 Network 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
You can buy your digital Network Railcard online with Trainline. The Railcard will be stored in your Trainline app, meaning your tickets and Railcard are all in one place.
Yes, to buy a Network Railcard you must provide a photograph to upload or send off as part of your application.
Network 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 Network Railcard.
Yes. Although your Network Railcard will live in your Trainline App, it can still be used with tickets bought elsewhere.
Yes. You can buy a Network Railcard at any staffed station located in the Network Railcard area. You'll need to fill in an application form at the station, so we recommend you buy a digital Network Railcard online with us in order to save time.
On weekends and Public Holidays, you can use your Network Railcard to get discounted tickets at any time during the day. However, during normal working days from Monday to Friday, you won't be able to use your Network Railcard until after 10:00**, subject to a minimum fare of £13.
**Some train companies may allow for earlier travel, please check with them directly or at the station.
Up to four adults can travel on a single Network Railcard, and they'll also save 1/3 on the price of their train tickets.
The Network Railcard area covers London and the South East of England. Some of the most popular stations in the Network Railcard area include: Cambridge, Brighton, Oxford, Richmond, Portsmouth and Southsea, Southampton Central, Reading, Gatwick Airport, Windsor and Eton, and Winchester. Check out our Network Railcard map for more details.
No, unfortunately a Network Railcard will not give you a discount on Season Tickets, including Travelcard Season Tickets.
You can buy tickets for yourself and up to three adults travelling with you and they will also get up to 1/3 off their rail fare. Plus, you can take up to four children (aged 5 to 15) with you and save 60% on each child fare.
Please note that all passengers who want to make use of the Network Railcard discount must travel with the Railcard holder throughout the entire journey.
Having family and friends living in London and the South East of England, I was looking for a way to save money on my train journey when visiting them. Luckily, I’ve found the Network Railcard – paying just £30, I can use my Railcard for one year to get 1/3 off most rail fares for journeys in the Network Railcard area, which includes even Exeter and Kings Lynn!
For example, I used to pay up to £30 for a return ticket when travelling to Canterbury, I can now save up to £10 with my Network Railcard. I don’t just use my Railcard to save on rail travel though – I use it to get discounts on bus travel to and from the station, as well as ferries to the Isle of Wight, what’s not to like?
Buying a Railcard with Trainline is super simple too. You just need to provide your first and last name and a passport-style photo, then you can download your Railcard to the Trainline app to use it straightaway – no paper, no fuss!
If you’re travelling frequently to London and the South East area, a Network Railcard is definitely worth it!
Paola 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.
From quintessential coastal towns in Kent to iconic landmarks in London, there’s a wide range of beautiful places in the UK to discover by train. With a Network Railcard, which takes 1/3 off rail travel, your journey becomes even more enjoyable and affordable! Learn more about where your Network Railcard discount can take you and check out our travel hub to find plenty of ideas for days out.
*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.