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We're the official retailer of Railcards by National Rail. Buy a digital 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.
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Get 1/3 off the price of your train tickets by adding your Railcard discount to your booking. After a few journeys, your digital Railcard could have paid for itself!
Whether you travel regularly with family, partners or friends, or you fit into a specific age group or region, there's a Railcard discount for you.
Digital Railcards live alongside your tickets in our app. Use your digital Railcard on tickets bought anywhere (not just with us).
A Railcard is a discount card that allows you to save up to 1/3 off the price of eligible train tickets, making it a great way to secure cheap fares.
There are nine main types of UK Railcards available. These are:
As an official retailer of Railcards from National Rail, you can buy seven of these in a digital format with us.
Please note that the Disabled Persons Railcard and Veterans Railcard are not available to buy with us. We are currently working on the ability to verify eligibility.
All new Railcards cost £30 for the whole year, except for the Disabled Persons Railcard, which costs just £20. Once you have a Railcard, you can get 1/3 off the price of your rail travel, making it a great way to secure cheap fares. Some Railcards are also available as a three-year option for £70, giving you even greater value for money (therefore costing around £23 per year).
Again, this depends on the type of Railcard you have. Generally, all Railcards can be used for discounted train fares during Off-Peak times, weekends, and public holidays. Some, like the age-related Railcards, can be used during Peak times with a minimum fare, and the Disabled Persons Railcard can be used at any time.
It varies depending on the type of Railcard you have, as some are valid for use during Peak times, but generally, as a Railcard holder you can save money on Advance tickets, Off-Peak, Standard, and First Class tickets.
|Type||Discount||1-year Railcard price||3-year Railcard price|
|Network Railcard||1/3 off adult fares and 60% off kids' fares in London and the South East of England||£30||Not available|
|16-17 Saver||50% off adult rail fares||£30||Not available|
|16-25 Railcard||1/3 off rail fares||£30||£70|
|26-30 Railcard||1/3 off rail fares||£30||Not available|
|Family & Friends Railcard||1/3 off adult fares and 60% kids' fares||£30||£70|
|Two Together Railcard||1/3 off adult fares for two named people travelling together||£30||Not available|
|Senior Railcard||1/3 off adult rail fares||£30||£70|
|Disabled Persons Railcard||1/3 off rail fares for you and the person travelling with you||£20||£54|
|Veterans Railcard||1/3 off rail fares for you and a named companion and 60% off kids' fares||£30||£70|
‡ Savings based on the full price of three 1-year Railcards over a three year period
Take a look at some of the most popular journeys our customers are saving money on with their Railcards at the moment.
You'll need to have iOS 13.4 and above or Lollipop on Android to get your digital Railcard on your phone. Don’t have our app yet? Download it now and follow these easy steps to buy your 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.
Each Railcard offers a similar discount – 1/3 off the price of an adult fare, as well as some great discounts for children too. Choosing the right one for you depends on things like your age, where you live, and how you like to travel.
Age-based Railcards are great for students, young professionals and seniors. Don't fall into these age brackets? Choose one from the other Railcard options – by group or by region – below.
Group-based Railcards are great for friends, couples and family members. You don't need to be related or in a relationship to use them. They're a good option for anyone aged 31-59 who doesn't qualify for an age-based Railcard and also offer discounts on child fares.
Region-based Railcards apply to specific areas in Britain. Currently, only the Network Railcard is offered as a digital Railcard. It lets you explore the Network Railcard area — 16 counties across the South East, including London — for 1/3 less.
You can enjoy even better savings if you opt for a 3-year Railcard, especially if you plan to do a lot of travelling over the next 3 years. Plus, you won’t have to worry about renewing your Railcard every year after it expires.
The 16-25, Senior, Family & Friends and Veterans Railcards are available as a three-year option for £70, meaning you can save £20 on the cost of three individual Railcards. The Disabled Persons Railcard also has a three-year option but it’s cheaper and costs just £54.
Digital Railcards are stored within the Trainline app on your smartphone or tablet, meaning there's no need to carry the physical card around with you. They can be stored on any compatible device you travel with – there’s no limit on the number of devices you can have your digital Railcard on – and they can be used quicker than paper Railcards as they do not need to be sent in the post.
The minimum Operating System (OS) your Railcard would be available on is iOS 13.4 and above or Lollipop on Android. There are no device limits or download codes needed.
Digital Railcards can be bought online only – use our Railcard recommender at the top of the page to find the best type of Railcard that suits your needs. Once you have chosen your Railcard, simply tap the ‘Buy’ button and follow the instructions on the screen to get your digital Railcard.
Your digital Railcard will automatically appear in your app straight after you have bought it. All you need to do is sign into your app to view your Railcard.
Once you’ve bought a digital Railcard online with us, follow these easy steps to use it:
Never forget your Railcard again. With the Trainline app, your tickets and Railcards are all in one place. No more switching between apps or digging around for your paper Railcard. There's no need to queue at the ticket office of your local station to purchase one either, simply follow the steps in our app.
Digital Railcards are added to your Trainline account, so you can access them on any compatible device you travel with. Please be aware that the minimum Operating System (OS) your Railcard would be available on is iOS 13.4 and above or Lollipop on Android. There are no device limits or download codes needed.
With Trainline, you know you have everything you need to travel. See the ticket inspector coming? Don't stress, your digital Railcard is right where it needs to be, one tap from your ticket*. Sound good? If the expiry date on your current Railcard is coming up, why not renew your Railcard with us and start enjoying stress-free train travel today.
There are seven UK Railcards available to buy from Trainline online. These are:
The Railcards available to you differ depending on your age and your circumstances. For example, everybody is eligible for a Network Railcard, regardless of their age or health – though a Network Railcard only covers London and the South-East, so it may not be useful to you if you live elsewhere. If you’re between the ages of 16-30, you have a choice of three Railcards – the 16-17 Saver, the 16-25 or the 26-30. If you’re over 60, you’ll be able to get the Senior Railcard.
Most Railcards cost £30 for one year, except for the Disabled Persons Railcard, which costs just £20. The 16-25, Senior, and Family & Friends Railcards are also available as a three-year option for £70, meaning you can save £20 on the cost of three individual Railcards. The Disabled Persons Railcard also has a three-year option but it’s cheaper and costs just £54.
Yes, you can. Just make sure to bring a completed Railcard application form with you, you can find them online on the Railcards website. You’ll also need a photo of yourself.
You can still travel, but unfortunately, you’ll have to pay the full fare if you don’t have your Railcard with you. The best thing to do is to order a replacement ASAP.
Yes. If you’re travelling in a group and some members of your party have Railcards, you can select and add more than one Railcard when booking your tickets. Simply select the number of passengers that will be travelling together and add the type of Railcard for each one of them from the drop-down list. Your total journey cost will be based on the correct discounts for each of the Railcards and numbers of passengers entered.
Most Railcards can get you 1/3 off eligible adult rail fares. The Network, Family & Friends and Veterans Railcards can also get you 60% off kids’ fares, while the 16-17 Saver offers a 50% discount on adult fares.
Yes, nearly all the main Railcards are available to buy digitally. These include the 16-17 Saver, 16-25, 26-30, Network, Senior, Two Together and the Family and Friends Railcard. You can now buy all 7 digital Railcards with Trainline.
When you buy a digital Railcard with us, it’s stored on your Trainline account, so you can access it on whichever device you travel with, there’s no limit.
Digital Railcards 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 bought through Trainline. Make sure you check which software version your iPhone is running before purchasing a Railcard.
As soon as your digital Railcard shows in the Trainline app, you can start using it to save up to 1/3 on train tickets.
All Railcards, except for the Network Railcard, can be used during Peak times to some extent. However, the fixed-price minimum fares, area restrictions and times may differ for each Railcard.
Yes, you can use your Railcard to buy tickets online. When booking a train ticket using our Journey Planner, simply hit ‘Add Railcard’ on the drop-down that appears when clicking to update passenger details.
Yes, you can apply your 16-25, 26-30 or Senior Railcard discount to your Oyster card to save 1/3 on the price of your Single Off-Peak pay as you go fares across the London Underground and on the DLR.
Additionally, Railcards allow you to bag 1/3 off for Off-Peak Day Travelcards within London zones 1-6, as well as for Anytime Day Travelcards which are purchased as part of a journey into London from outside of zones 1-9.
You can use a Railcard to buy a discounted train ticket from onboard staff – but only if the station you arrived at had no ticketing facilities or the ticket machines are broken.
You can also use a Railcard on all passenger train services in Great Britain, excluding Eurostar. Sleeper train services are also valid.
Yes. Although your Railcard will live in your Trainline App, it can still be used with tickets bought elsewhere.
No, unfortunately Railcards do not give discounts on Season Tickets, as buying a Season Ticket means you’ll already be saving money on travel compared to buying tickets every day.
From September, I've been commuting from Chelmsford three times a week since the office opened. Having that in mind during summer, I knew that I had to find a way to save on my travel expenses. The easiest way to do that was to buy the one-year 26-30 digital Railcard.
The last two months I have saved 1/3 out of every train journey I took. Also, I forgot to mention that because I love English nature, I always find time to travel somewhere with my friends and family during the weekends. With that in mind, I think getting a digital railcard was a very smart idea for me and my wallet.
Last but certainly not least for me is that having a digital railcard is very useful as I am not going to forget it, since it is always with me!
Menelaos is one of our trusted, hand-picked travel writers. The information for this article was recorded first-hand, based on his own genuine experience of the journey.
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