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Buy a Network Railcard and enjoy discounted travel across 16 counties in the South East, even including the whole of London! Also known as the ‘Adult Railcard’, the Network Railcard is a great option for anyone who doesn’t fall into any of the other Railcard categories, as people of any age can hold one.

On this page, you can find everything you’ll need to know about the Railcard, including how to buy one, where you can use the card and the answers to some other frequently asked questions.

What is a Network Railcard?

The Network Railcard is a type of rail discount card that's only applicable in London and some surrounding South Eastern areas. It's one of the only Railcards that doesn't require you to be a certain age or to travel with other people. Once you're 16, you can buy a Network Railcard, although the 16-25 Railcard may be the better option overall if you fall into that age bracket.

The card is intended to encourage leisure travel by rail by offering discounts for adults and accompanying children on a wide range of off-peak fares. (Please note that children under five can travel for free!)

Network Railcard map

Here, you can find a map of the Network Railcard area. Your Railcard will be valid on all highlighted routes, which are run by the following train companies:

c2c, Chiltern Railways, CrossCountry, East Midland Trains, 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 (such as journeys that end up outside the Network Railcard area – see map).

How much is a Network Railcard?

The Network Railcard costs £30 and is valid for 12 months. A Network Railcard gives you up to 1/3 off most rail fares for journeys in the Network Railcard area. If you're interested in what other National Railcards are available, you can find more information on our Railcards page.


Popular Network Railcard destinations

How do I get a Network Railcard?

You can easily buy one from the Network Railcard website – the only things you'll need to do this are:

  • A debit or credit card
  • Your address and basic details

If you buy one online, you'll have the option to receive it as a Digital Railcard or get a physical Railcard sent to you by mail.

The great thing about the digital Railcard option is that you can start using it immediately. Just bear in mind that you'll need to have a smartphone with the Railcard app installed. You can find this by navigating to the app store on your phone (the Railcard app is free to download). Once you've purchased your Railcard online, you'll be sent a code that you can then use on the Railcard app, and your Railcard will be downloaded automatically once you've added the code.

For a physical Railcard, you'll have to wait between one to five days for it to arrive.

You can also buy a Network Railcard at any staffed station ticket office, but you'll need to take a filled out application form with you, which you can find on the official Network Railcard website.

How to use your Railcard to buy tickets with us

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 'Network 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 should be able to follow the booking flow to the checkout page.

Frequently asked questions

When can I use my Network Railcard?

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 Railcard until after 10:00*.

*Some train companies may allow for earlier travel, please check with them directly or at a station.

How to renew your Network Railcard

You can renew your Network Railcard if it's within 30 days of its expiry date, simply by logging in on the Network Railcard website and selecting 'renewal'. You can then pay and your Railcard will be delivered in the way of your choice.

What happens if I lose my Network Railcard?

Through the Network Railcard website, you can apply for a replacement which will cost £10, and you can only replace your Railcard once per year, so take good care of it. If you bought your Railcard from a ticket station, take the receipt back and ask for a replacement, (which will cost £10 as well).

If you've lost your phone or you're worried about it getting damaged, you can always sign in to the Network Railcards website and add it to a second mobile phone or device. If you lost the phone it was downloaded to, you can remove it from that phone on the same page.

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