If you travel by train - or are put off by the cost - you may be interested in getting a Railcard.

There are different types of Railcard for different types of traveller.  You make a one-off annual payment for your Railcard, which then entitles you to a third off most adult train fares.  Some railcards get you 60% off a child's fare, or a third off a friend's fare, too.

Types of Railcard

There are five different types of Railcard.  You can apply online (as long as you can upload a photo of yourself) or at a local train station.

  • The 16-25 Railcard is for people aged between 16 and 25 years old, or for anyone in full-time education.  This Railcard gets you a third off train fares, as well as discounts at hotels and attractions.  It costs £30 for one year or £70 for three years.  The three-year railcard is only available if you apply online.
  • The Disabled Persons Railcard is for people who have a disability which can make train travel difficult.  This Railcard gets you one third off your train fares.  If you travel with another adult, they will get a third off their fare, too!  You will also be entitled to special offers and discounts on other products and services.  The Disabled Persons Railcard costs £20 for one year, or £54 for three years.  When applying for your Disabled Persons Railcard, you must be able to prove that you are eligible.  Visit the Disabled Persons Railcard website for more information.
  • The Family and Friends Railcard is for any adult travelling with at least one child aged 5-15 years.  The Railcard gets you one third off adult fares and 60% off children's fares.  One Family and Friends Railcard covers up to 4 adults and 4 children - and they don't have to be related!  The Railcard also gets you discounts on hotels and days out.  It costs £30 for one year or £70 for three years.  The three-year Railcard is only available to buy online.  You can find out more about applying for a Family and Friends Railcard on the Railcard website.
  • The Senior Railcard is for people aged 60 years or over.  The Railcard gets you a third off your train fare, as well as special offers at hotels, restaurants and attractions.  The Senior Railcard costs £30 for one year or £70 for a three-year Railcard.  The three-year Railcard is only available if you apply online.