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Railcard logo11% off 16-25 railcards with NUS ExtraRailcard gets you a third off train travel

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If you're an NUS Extra card holder (cards cost £12 a year) you can get 11% off a 16-25 railcard online

Railcards can save you a third off train travel if you're eligible - that means if you're spending over £90, even on a one-off trip, it's worth getting one. 

For more train tricks including how to split tickets to slash costs see the Cheap Trains guide.

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Tesco logoFamily, 16-25 and Senior Railcards £15 in Tesco pts*Get 50% off annual railcards by converting Tesco Clubcard points

£15 = £30
Get a 16-25, Family & Friends or Senior railcard via Tesco Rewards* for £15 instead of the usual £30. You'll be sent a code that can be used on the Railcard.

What discounts do the railcards get you?

16-25: A third off fares if you're over 16 and under 26.
Family & Friends: A third off adult and 60% off child fares, a minimum of one adult and one child, up to four adults and four children (age 5-15) can travel using one card.
Senior: Those 60 and over get a third off rail fares.

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While worth 1p in store, Clubcard points values are up to quadrupled when converted to Tesco Rewards*, which include days out, magazine subscriptions, holidays etc; eg, Alton Towers ticket for £11.50 of points, or a year's Company mag subscription for £8.

Other deals can be better value than the railcards but if you're buying them anyway, and don't need any other deals, it's a good conversion. Read more in the Loyalty Points Boosting guide. Also, check the railcard site for restrictions and to ensure you're eligible before exchanging your vouchers.

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Railcard logoFamily & Friends Railcard £20 (norm £30)Use online code to get £10 off the annual railcard

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Train fares are expensive but using a Railcard puts you on the right track for a decent saving. They normally cost £30 but if you go to the Family & Friends Railcard website and enter the code HALFTERM10 before 11.59pm on Sun 22 Feb, you can get an annual railcard for £20 - £10 off.

This is a stonking buy for almost every family - even if you don’t use the train that often - as just one decent-length rail trip costing £60+ can save you more than the £20 cost, as adults will get 1/3 off most off-peak rail fares and children 60% off.

Family & Friends Railcard key terms and conditions

  • Valid for up to four adults when travelling together with up to four children aged 5-15 (at least one adult and one child must be travelling).
  • Not available on tickets for morning peak period services Monday-Friday.
  • Two adults can be named on the card and one of the people named must be travelling
  • You don't need to be related
  • Tickets must be bought in advance of boarding the train and the Railcard must be shown

For the full terms, see Family & Friends Railcard.

There's an unlimited number of codes for the offer so as long as you enter the code by Sun 22 Feb, you'll pay £20.

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The offer’s online only and not available at stations or other retail outlets. Railcards are sent via First Class post, but do allow up to five working days for delivery. An extra week is added to the validity of the card when buying online (to take account of delivery) so you will get a full year to use your card.

Railcard logo3-year Railcard for £6516-25, Family and Friends and Senior Railcards

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Railcards can save you a third off train travel if you're eligible - that means if you're spending over £90 a year, even on a one-off trip, it's worth getting one. And until Wed 31 Dec, you can get £5 off selected 3-year railcards (normally £70) when you enter the code 3YEAR online at the Railcard checkout.

This deal is only for the following railcards:

The Disabled Persons and Two Together railcards are not part of this offer.

How good is this deal?

A one year railcard normally costs £30 a year (£90 for three years), so with the 3-year railcard and code you could be saving £25 if you were planning on buying the railcard in 3 lots.

We often see railcard deals that bring railcards down to £27 for a year. But if you consider this deal brings it down to just under £22 a year, even if you used a different code for one year at a time, we suspect you’d be better off using this code for a 3-year railcard.

For more train tricks including how to split tickets to slash costs, see the Cheap Trains guide.

MSE Frederika says:

Although £65 seems like a big whack of money, it's seriously worth it. I saved a fortune on trips back to Hull from university. Now I'm living in London I continue to save money by pairing the railcard with my Oyster card. I can get a third off all off-peak tube journeys too.

Railcard logo£18 instead of £30 16-25 railcard*Special MSE code gets you the sale a day early

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National Rail usually charges £30 for its 16-25 railcards – which gives holders 1/3 off most rail fares. Starting this week there’s a short-term promo that gets you it for just £18. The cheapest we’ve ever seen.

How do I get it?

Officially this promo starts on Fri 10 and lasts until Tue 14 Oct – but we’ve blagged our own code that starts a day earlier. Just log onto Railcard* from Thu 9 Oct and enter the code 40YEARS.

Railcards can give you huge savings and this deal makes it even better, so if you’re aged 16-25 or over 25 and studying full-time and spending more than £54 – even on a one-off trip - it’s well worth climbing aboard.

For more train tricks, including how to split tickets to slash costs, see the Cheap Trains guide.

MSE Frederika says:

Although £18 might seem to be a big whack of money on top of your train ticket, it's seriously worth it. I saved a fortune on trips back to Hull from university. Now I'm living in London I continue to save money by pairing the railcard with my Oyster card, I can get a third off all off-peak tube journeys too.

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