Is it time to renew your Railcard? Why not buy a new one with us. Whilst you can't renew existing Railcards bought elsewhere with us, you can switch to Trainline and have a new digital Railcard ready to use in minutes. All you need to get started is a valid form of ID and our app downloaded on your phone.
Age-based Railcards are great for students, young professionals, and seniors. If you've just come to the end of a 16-17 Saver, it's time for a digital 16-25 Railcard, and after that the 26-30 Railcard.
Group-based Railcards are great for couples, friends and families. You don't need to be related or in a relationship to use them. If you're aged 31-59 and don't qualify for an age-based Railcard, these are a good option.
Region-based Railcards apply to specific areas in Britain. If you live in one of 16 counties across the South-East of England, including London, the digital Network Railcard is for you.
Most Railcards can be renewed no matter how old you are. However, some Railcards are dependent on your age, so you may no longer be able to renew them. Keep reading for more details.
You can renew your 16-17 Saver Railcard if you’re still 17 – your Railcard will be valid until the day before your 18th birthday. However, if you’ll be 18 soon, we recommend you buy a 16-25 Railcard as you’ll get 1/3 off rail travel for a longer period of time.
You can renew your 16-25 Railcard before you turn 26 only if it’s due to expire within 30 days. You can buy a 3-year 16-25 Railcard up until the day before your 24th birthday, or a 1-year 16-25 Railcard up until the day before your 26th birthday, meaning your Railcard expiry date would be the day before your 27th birthday.
If your current Railcard is due to expire after your 26th birthday, you won’t be able to renew your 16-25 Railcard, unless you’re a mature student. If you’re not a mature student, we recommend you buy a 26-30 Railcard – it’ll only cost you £30 a year and you’ll keep saving 1/3 on rail travel.
You can renew your 26-30 Railcard before you turn 31 only if it’s due to expire within 30 days. Unfortunately, you won’t be able to renew your 26-30 Railcard early if it’ll expire after your 31st birthday. Don’t worry though, there are plenty of other Railcards you can buy – use our Railcard recommender to find the right digital Railcard for you.
When buying a new Railcard with us, your Railcard will become valid from the date of purchase onwards. As such, you can renew at any point before your current one expires, but it means there could be a period of overlap between your current Railcard and new Railcard. If you want to maximise value, make sure you renew as close to the date of expiry as possible.
Yes, absolutely. It doesn’t matter whether your old one was purchased at a station or online – you can buy a new digital Railcard with us at any point after your old one expires. For age-restricted Railcards such as the 16-25 Railcard, just make sure you're within the valid age range before renewing.
It's super-easy to renew your Railcard online. You can do it from the palm of your hand – all you need to get started is a valid form of ID, such as a passport or UK Driving License, and our app. Don't worry if you haven't got an account with us, you can create one mid-way through the process.
When you buy with Trainline, your Railcard will live in our app, on your phone, as a digital Railcard. That means no paper, no fuss! Please note that the minimum Operating System (OS) required to renew your Senior Railcard is iOS 13.4 and above or Lollipop on Android.
When you buy a new Railcard with us, your Railcard will be digital, meaning it’ll live on your phone, in our app. That means no more fishing around in your wallet for a paper copy, and no more forgetting it at home. Plus, you won’t have to go all the way to the station and fill out a form to renew your Railcard – you can do it from the palm of your hand.
No, unfortunately Railcards do not renew automatically. You need to make sure that your Railcard is renewed if you don’t want to be charged a penalty fare for travelling with an expired Railcard.
We’ll ask you for a digital photo during the purchasing process, so you can upload your favourite snap of yourself! Just make sure your entire face is visible in the photo, making it easy for the inspector to identify you. You'll also have to provide photos for any other named cardholders for the Two Together and Family & Friends Railcards.
Yes, when you buy with us, your Railcard must be linked to a Trainline account. Don’t worry if you don’t have one – you can create an account mid-way through the booking process (it doesn’t take long!) Don’t have our app yet? Download it now.
Unfortunately not. Railcards bought with Trainline become valid from the day of purchase onwards. We’re currently working on a solution, and we'll update this page as soon as this feature is available.
Yes, you can renew your Railcard at a staffed station ticket office, provided it’s not a 16-17 Saver, 26-30, Disabled Persons or Veterans Railcard – unfortunately, these are only available to buy/renew online.
Planning your next trip but not sure where to go? Check out our travel hub for some of the best inspirational days out you can take by train using your Railcard. Get 1/3 off rail travel and enjoy exploring the UK!