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16-25 Railcard

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16-25 Railcard

There’s every reason to be happy if you’re aged 16 to 25, because with this Railcard you’ll enjoy 1/3 off rail fares when you go by train. You can also apply for one if you’re a mature student in full time study, as long as you’re eligible. 

Note: You can buy your 3-year Railcard up until the day before your 24th Birthday

  • The Railcard costs just £30. So after three or four trips, the card will have paid for itself. And over a year, you could save an average of £199.
  • Your 16-25 Railcard will save you 1/3 off a wide range of tickets.
  • Your Railcard doesn't just save you money on travel. It can also save you money on days out, restaurants, hotels and more. 



Getting ready to apply

This process should take no longer than 10 minutes to complete. The following information may be required, depending on your application:

  • A valid debit or credit card

  • If you are aged 16 or 17, you may want to consider a 16-17 Saver instead, which can get you 50% off rail travel. 
    (not valid on ScotRail or Caledonian Sleeper services)
  • Proof of eligibility (UK Driving License, Passport, Identity card)
  • A passport-style photo (it can even be taken with your phone)
  • If you are a mature student - complete the mature student application form and have it ready to upload with your application.
  • If buying for someone else - the Railcard holder's details, including their email address


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