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Great Western Railway logoGWR 50% off train tickets for young personsDiscount on advance fares with a 16-25 Railcard. Book online

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If you have a 16-25 Railcard you can get 50% off advance single fares on Great Western Railway (formerly First Great Western) trains when booking online until 11.59pm on Sat 31 Dec – though you can book travel up to 31 Jan 2017.

A 16-25 Railcard gets 34% off most fares if you're under 26 (or over 26 and in full-time education), so this is an extra 16% boost to the usual discount.

Advance single fares are available on selected trains – these are marked with a red asterisk and 'online discount' (*online discount) at the train selection stage. These fares can be booked up to 6pm the day before travel, and are non-refundable.

You can only get this offer online via the link above, not at the station.

On Thu 27 Oct, we found these cheap fares using the offer:

  • Oxford to London Paddington, 10.01am on Sat 17 Dec – £2.95 (£5 without discount)
  • Exeter Central to Penzance, 11.52am on Fri 2 Dec – £4.20 (£8.50 without discount)
  • London Paddington to Bath Spa, 11.00am on Thu 8 Dec – £7.15 (£14.50 without discount)
  • London Paddington to Bristol Temple Meads, 7.58am on Sun 6 Nov – £9.90 (£20 without discount)

What if you don't have a 16-25 Railcard?

The 16-25 Railcard normally costs £30 for one year or £70 for three years, but occasionally it has codes to get it cheaper. If you have enough Tesco Clubcard points, you can exchange them to get 50% off a 16-25 Railcard, and NUS cardholders can get 12% off an annual card. See our Railcard deals page.

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