Renew your digital Railcard online

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.

Renewing your digital Railcard by age

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.

16-25
Railcard

For ages 16-25
Get 1/3 off train travel across Great Britain. Minimum fare applies

Great for:
Teenagers, students, graduates, and young professionals

1- or 3-year validity available
Save £20 with a 3-year Railcard

Digital only
Railcards live in your account in the Trainline app so you can use them on any of your compatible devices. No download codes are needed!

You must be aged 16-23 to buy the 3-year Railcard

26-30
Railcard

1 year
£30

For ages 26-30
Get 1/3 off train travel across Great Britain. Minimum fare applies

Great for:
Millennials, graduates, and young professionals

Digital only
Railcards live in your account in the Trainline app so you can use them on any of your compatible devices. No download codes are needed!

Senior
Railcard

For ages 60+
Get 1/3 off train travel across Great Britain. Conditions apply

Great for:
Seniors, grandparents, and retirees

1- or 3-year validity available
Save £20 with a 3-year Railcard

Digital only
Your digital Railcard lives on your phone in the account section of the Trainline app. Because it's digital only, you won't need a paper copy of it to use your discount! You can use your Railcard on any of your compatible devices. No download codes are needed.

Renewing your digital Railcard by group

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.

 

 

Two Together
Railcard

1 year
£30

Must travel together
1/3 off train travel for you and a friend/companion when travelling together. Conditions apply

For ages 16+

Great for:
Friends, couples, flatmates, or colleagues who regularly travel together

Digital only
Railcards live in your account in the Trainline app so you can use them on any of your compatible devices. No download codes are needed!

Family & Friends
Railcard

For up to four adults and four children (5-15 years old)
Adults get 1/3 off, children get a 60% discount. At least 1 adult and 1 child must travel together. Conditions apply

Great for:
Anyone who travels in groups with children – no relation necessary

1- or 3-year validity available
Save £20 with a 3-year Railcard

Digital only
Railcards live in your account in the Trainline app so you can use them on any of your compatible devices. No download codes are needed!

Renewing your digital Railcard by region

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.

Network
Railcard

1 year
£30

For travellers in the South-East of England
Get 1/3 off travel after 10:00 am (and any time on weekends and public holidays). Applies only to journeys starting and ending in the South-East Network Railcard zone.

For up to four adults and four children aged 5-15
Children get 60% off

Great for:
Commuters and Londoners

Digital only
Railcards live in your account in the Trainline app so you can use them on any of your compatible devices. No download codes are needed!

 

Am I eligible to renew my Railcard?

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.

Renewing your 16-17 Saver before you turn 18

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.

Renewing your 16-25 Railcard before you turn 26

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.

Renewing your 26-30 Railcard before you turn 31

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.

 

How far in advance can I renew my Railcard?

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.

 

Can I renew my Railcard after it expires?

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.

 

How do I renew my Railcard online?

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.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the benefits of renewing with Trainline?

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.

Do Railcards renew automatically?

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.

Do I need a new photo to renew my Railcard online?

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.

Do I need a Trainline account to renew my Railcard online?

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.

Can I renew my Railcard to begin at a future date?

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.

Can I renew my Railcard at a station?

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.

Renew your Railcard and save 1/3 on rail travel in the UK

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!