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Our guide to booking senior citizen train tickets will provide you with all the information you need to make your next day out by train a breeze. From easy ways to save money on train tickets to senior discounts cards, we’ve got you covered. So, first things first...

At what age can you buy senior train tickets?

Whilst there’s no such thing as an official senior citizen train ticket, there are plenty of discount cards you can sign up to when you reach a certain age.

Most senior citizen discounts cards are available to people aged 60 and over, although some start from age 50.

How to get cheap train tickets for senior citizens

Buy a Senior Railcard

For just £30 a year, anyone aged 60+ can get 1/3 off train travel in Britain with a Senior Railcard. You can also buy a 3-year Senior Railcard for just £70.

Enjoy discounts on Standard and First Class Anytime, Off-Peak and Advance tickets, and link your Senior Railcard with an Oyster Card to get 1/3 off Off-Peak travel around London too. Keep scrolling to buy your Senior Railcard with us today. 

Travel Off-Peak

If you’re flexible on when you can travel, taking a train during Off-Peak train times (in most cases, anything outside of Monday to Friday rush hours) is usually cheaper and a lot less busy! When booking with us, we show journey as either Peak, Off-Peak or Super Off-Peak when you search for tickets, so just look for either Off-Peak or Super Off-Peak for cheaper prices.

Book in advance

If you know when you want to travel ahead of time, booking in advance means tickets are likely to be available at a cheaper price compared to booking on the day. Train companies in the UK usually release Advance tickets 12 weeks before the departure date. If you know when you’d like to travel and it’s more than 12 weeks away, sign up for our Ticket Alert service and we’ll email you when your tickets go sale.

Buy a Senior Railcard online today

⅓ off train tickets for anyone aged 60+

The Senior Railcard costs just £30 for one year or £70 for three years and gets you 1/3 off Standard and First Class Anytime, Off-Peak and Advance tickets around the UK.


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.

Buying train tickets with a Senior Railcard

If you’ve already got a Senior Railcard, or are thinking about getting one, buying your Senior Railcard with us makes it easy to buy cheaper train tickets as they are all on one place – our app! You can buy train tickets with a Senior Railcard on our website too, simply follow these steps:

  1. Enter the city or station you're travelling to or from
  2. Add the date and time you'd like to travel (and return if you're making a round trip)
  3. On the passenger selector, tap 'Add a Railcard' and scroll until your see Senior Railcard
  4. Select Senior Railcard then start your search for tickets
  5. You'll see your Senior Railcard savings applied in the price

Other travel discounts for over 50s in the UK

It’s not just a Senior Railcard you can use to save money on train tickets. Some train companies or regions have their own discount cards or train passes available to people over a certain age. These include:

Club 50 Greater Anglia

If you’re 50 or over, you can enjoy between 10-20% on Off-Peak and Advance fares on Greater Anglia or Stansted Express services. Club 50 Greater Anglia costs just £20 a year.

Valleys Senior Railcard

If you’re 60 or over, you can enjoy 50% off Standard Class Off-Peak Day Returns or Anytime Day Returns on Cardiff local routes and the Valley Lines network in South Wales. The Valleys Senior Railcard costs just £12.50 a year.

Club 50 ScotRail

If you’re 50 or over, you can enjoy between 10-20% off Off-Peak and Advance fares on ScotRail services. Club 50 ScotRail costs just £15 a year.

Travel South Yorkshire Senior Pass

If you live in South Yorkshire and you’re of an eligible age (equivalent to the female state pensionable age), you can enjoy 50% off Northern trains services between stations in the South Yorkshire rail network at selected times. The Travel South Yorkshire Senior Pass is free!

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