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If you’re looking to buy a Senior Railcard, then you’re in the right place. Also referred to as the over 60 Railcard, the Senior Citizens Railcard and the OAP Railcard, it’s a great way to save 1/3 on your train travels. Read on below and find full information on how to buy one, what services they’re applicable on, and how to use your Senior Railcard when buying train tickets with us.

What is a Senior Railcard?

The Senior Railcard is an annual card available to people aged 60 and over, which gives discounts on certain types of railway tickets across the UK. The Railcard has been in existence in various forms since 1975, proving hugely popular with seniors. The Railcard is particularly useful if you're able to travel during off-peak times, as this is how you'll be able to make the most savings.

How much is a Senior Railcard?

The Senior Railcard costs just £30, saving you a third on most train tickets – so after a few trips, it’ll have paid for itself! Over a year, you could stand to save an average of £120* – money you can spend on much better things than trains. On top of that, it's also possible to buy a three-year Senior Railcard, which is priced at £70, saving you an additional £30 compared to buying three one-year Railcards (the three-year Railcard can only be bought online).

*Average savings data from the official Senior Railcards website, based on the years 2018/19.

How to buy a Senior Railcard

You can easily buy a Senior Railcard online – the only things you’ll need to do this are:

  • Your passport number (passport must be valid) or UK driving licence
  • A debit or credit card

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.

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

Your other options are to order by a phone call from the Railcards company on 0345 3000 250 or to visit a staffed ticket station to pick one up in person – see below for details.

Senior Railcard restrictions

Senior Railcard discounts can be applied to the majority of train tickets throughout the UK, so it’s easier to tell you where they’re not applicable.

You can’t use your Senior Railcard on the following services:

  • Journeys within London and the South East (the Network Railcard area) during the morning peak hours.
  • Season Tickets, as Season Tickets provide such a great discount already on your rail travel, you're not able to use a Railcard to further the discount, unfortunately!
  • Eurostar tickets (UK Railcard discounts are not applicable to Eurostar services)
  • London Underground and DLR tickets (most routes, unless you’re using an Oyster Card with pay as you go).

Find out more about peak and off-peak train times.

Railcards for over 50s

Unfortunately, there aren’t any nationwide Railcards for over 50s. However, certain train companies (such as Greater Anglia and ScotRail) feature in our Railcard dropdown with their ‘Club 50’ discounts. The discounted ticket prices might not save you as much as a regular Railcard, but it might be worth looking in to if you travel with either service.

People of any age can purchase a Network Railcard, Family & Friends Railcard or Two Together Railcard, so it’s best to weigh up your options before going for a Club 50 discount. Don’t forget, there’s a ton of other ways to get cheap train tickets – useful whether you do or don’t already have a Railcard!

Frequently asked questions

Can I buy a Senior Railcard at the station?

Yes, you can. You’ll need to take a filled out application form with you, which you can print out from this Railcards page. You’ll also need to bring any one of these items with you:

  • UK driving licence
  • Your birth certificate
  • Passport (any nationality)

How do I renew a Senior Railcard?

You can renew your Senior Railcard either online or at the station. If you prefer to renew your Railcard in person, you'll need to fill in the application form again and bring along your existing Railcard. Don't worry about taking a passport or driving licence with you – your old Railcard will be accepted as proof of your age.

How to buy train tickets with your Senior Railcard

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 'Senior 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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