What is a Railcard?
A Railcard is a personalised pass that gives you discounts on your train travel. When buying tickets at the station or on the train, you show the pass to the seller and your discount will be applied. If you’re buying online or over the phone, you’ll just need to share your card details to get the discount. You can download a digital card too, which is a kind of pass that sits in your Avanti app, so you can’t lose it. Even if you break or lose your phone, you’ll be able to re-install it when you get a new one.
Why should I get a Railcard?
The simplest reason is that you save money! For a one-off fee, you’ll get discounts for every valid journey. Most cards cost £30 per year and save you one third off the fare, so you could break even after buying two tickets worth £45 as you’d save £15 each time – any journeys after that and you’ll start saving money. They’re available for young people, over-59s, certain groups, HM forces, disabled people, students and jobseekers, so millions of people qualify.
Which Railcard is right for you?
Millions of people in the UK qualify for a Railcard, and if you travel a lot by train, it’s almost certain that it’ll help you save money. That’s because it gives you discounts on travel all year round, and for some people, that’s as much as 50% off!
Some Railcards are available to people of certain ages (16–17, 16–25, 26–30 and 60+), while other people qualify because of disability, being in HM Forces (or being their spouse), or being on Jobseekers Allowance or Universal Credit. There are also regional Railcards for various parts of England, Scotland and Wales.
Buy your Railcard and start saving today!
Get your Railcard as a digital download and you can start saving money on your train travel right away.
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How to buy and use a digital Railcard
It couldn’t be easier to buy your Railcard, and if you choose to have it delivered as a digital download you can start using it to book trains and make great savings straightaway. You just need to choose what type of Railcard you’d like and enter your details. You’ll need a passport-style photo to use, and you may be required to verify your identity.
Once you’ve bought your Railcard, you can use the digital version straightaway. When booking tickets, just add your Railcard to see prices with your discount applied. Remember to keep your Railcard on you when you travel, otherwise your ticket will become invalid.