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  • Getting a railcard could put you on the right track for some decent savings, especially if you take the train often, as these cards get you one-third off most rail fares. If you want to get on board for some more discounts, you can get 34% off the cost of a digital railcard (which means the railcard is stored on your phone) when you purchase via third-party booking site Trip.com.

    To get this offer, you'll need to be new to Trip.com and also buy a train ticket via its app or website. Buying the train ticket will activate your digital railcard, and you'll need to do it within 30 days of your railcard being issued. So only use this offer if you're happy to buy a train ticket from Trip.com (there's no minimum spend so you could just search for the cheapest possible fare) or if you already had a train trip planned in the next month.

    How the offer works 

    Railcards normally cost £30 for one year (or £70 for three years on some cards), but enter the code RCD001 when selecting your digital railcard at Trip.com to get it for £19.80 for one year (or £46.20 for three, where available). The offer ends at 11.59pm on Tuesday 31 December 2024. The code is limited to one digital railcard, and remember you need to be new to Trip.com.

    Here's how to use the code:

    • Sign up for a free account at Trip.com. If you're given the option to enter the code while signing up, you can – enter RCD001 in the 'Promo code (optional)' box.
    • Once you're signed in to Trip.com, select the account/member icon and then 'Promo Codes'. Or in the app, go to the 'Account' tab and tap 'Vouchers & Promo Code'.
    • If you entered the code while signing up, your 34% off voucher will appear here. If you didn't, enter RCD001 in the 'Enter promo code' box ('Enter code' in the app). The voucher will then be added to this section.
    • Go to the 'Railcards' section (the 'Buy Tickets' tab, then the 'Get Railcards' button in the app) and choose the railcard you want. The discount should be automatically applied.
    • To activate your digital railcard, you'll need to buy any train ticket through Trip.com within 30 days of the railcard being issued. Trip.com says it doesn't charge a booking fee. If you don't activate your railcard, you'll be issued an automatic refund.

    The code can only be used to buy one of the following digital railcards: 16-17 Saver, 16-25 Railcard, 26-30 Railcard, Family & Friends' Railcard, Network Railcard, Senior Railcard and Two Together Railcard. The offer excludes the Disabled Person's Railcard and Veterans' Railcard.

    How to maximise the discount

    Newbies to Trip.com can also get 5% off their first UK train ticket purchase with the code TRIP555 – so you could use this code when buying the train ticket needed to activate your railcard.

    You don't have to purchase a railcard if you want to use this 5% off code. It is open to all newbies to Trip.com making their first UK train ticket purchase until 11.59pm on Tuesday 31 December.

    See our cheap train tickets guide for more ways to save on rail fares.

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  • Get a 16-25, Family & Friends, Senior or Two Together Railcard via Tesco Clubcard* for £15 in Clubcard vouchers instead of the usual £30. You'll be sent a code that can be used on the Railcard* site.

    What discounts do the railcards get you?

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

    • While worth 1p in store, Clubcard points values are doubled when converted to Tesco Rewards*, which include days out, magazine subscriptions, holidays etc. See our Tesco Clubcard boosting guide.

      Also, check the railcard site for restrictions and to ensure you're eligible before exchanging your vouchers.

  • If your train season ticket is an annual gold card (or comes with one), you can get extra discounts you don’t get with a standard season ticket. One of the biggest perks is being able to buy a railcard for just £10 (up to 66% off the normal price) for yourself or someone else.

    This discount only works for those in parts of the UK where gold cards are issued (most of the south of England and West Midlands). But if that’s you, it can be a winner. Railcards usually give a third off most fares – see full info on what each railcard gets you.

    How do I get a gold card?

    To do this, you'll need to have an annual gold card – this will either be your actual season ticket or come with it. You should have been given one automatically if you’ve bought a year's season ticket or Travelcard (not weekly or monthly) from one of 600+ stations on this annual gold card area map, and at least one of the stations on your ticket falls within the same area.

    This won’t work in much of the UK, but the gold card area includes a large part of the south of England and West Midlands – including Bournemouth, Brighton, Coventry, Norwich and London stations. 

    Which railcards can I get for £10?

    You can choose from most of the major national railcards – 16-25, Family & Friends, Two Together, Senior, Network Railcard for London and the south of England (all normally £30) and Disabled Person's Railcard (normally £20). These cards get you a third off most journeys – see all railcard types.

    You can get one annual railcard for £10 at any time during the validity of your annual gold card.

    Don't have a gold card? You can still get a £10 railcard

    The person buying the railcard doesn’t have to be the person who ends up using it.

    So if a friend or family member who commutes has a gold card, just ask them to buy the £10 railcard for you if they don't need it, and they can follow the steps below. Check the Railcard* website to make sure you're eligible beforehand, and provide the gold card holder with any photos or evidence of eligibility required.

    You can only buy the £10 railcard from a station

    If you bought your annual season ticket from a train station, you'll need to purchase your railcard from that particular station. If you bought it online, then you can go to your nearest station. The only exception is if you're getting a Disabled Person's Railcard – see 'More info' below.

    Let the staff member know you want to purchase a £10 railcard with your gold card and fill in the application they give you. Some railcards such as 16-25 and Senior require photos and evidence of eligibility so have that with you, and you'll need to show your gold card.

    If you're buying a railcard for someone else, Railcard says the person you're buying the railcard for doesn't need to be present.

    Another way to get a discount on railcards

    • If you have a Tesco Clubcard with enough points, you could use your Clubcard vouchers to get a one-year railcard for £10 in vouchers (£7 for the Disabled Person's Railcard). See National Railcards for £15 in Tesco points.
    • What other discounts does an annual gold card get?

      As long as you're travelling within the annual gold card area, your gold card essentially gives you most of the same discounts on rail fares as all the major railcards combined, as in addition to being your season ticket for commuting, it gets you:

      • 34% off standard and first class off-peak train fares for you and up to three people travelling with you.
      • 60% off for up to four kids (5-15 years old) travelling with you.
      • One-third off Oyster pay-as-you-go, Anytime Day Travelcards, and PLUSBUS day tickets within the Network Railcard area.


      These discounts can't be used before 9.30am Monday to Friday (excluding bank holidays). See full terms and conditions.

      What about the Disabled Person's Railcard?

      You can't get a £10 Disabled Person's Railcard at a station. You'll need to either call the Disabled Person's Railcard office on 0345 605 0525 or post a completed application form, evidence of eligibility, and a copy of the front and back of your gold card to: Disabled Persons Railcard office, PO Box 6613, Arbroath DD11 9AN. See Disabled Person's Railcard for full info on this card.

  • If you have a disability that makes travelling by train difficult, you may qualify for a Disabled Person's Railcard (see 'Are you eligible?' below).

    It costs £20 for one year, or £54 for three years (equivalent to £18 per year), and gets you one-third off most train travel. That means if you spend over £60 on eligible rail fares in a year (or £55 if you have a three year card), then it's worth getting one as the savings beat the cost of the card.

    Unlike most other railcards, there are no time restrictions for when the Disabled Person's Railcard can be used, although it won't work on season tickets. What's more, if you travel with another adult, they'll also get one-third off. The accompanying adult does not have to have a disability, but does need to travel the whole duration of the journey with the card holder to qualify.  

    Are you eligible?

    You should qualify for a Disabled Person's Railcard if...

    • You are registered as deaf or use a hearing aid.
    • You are registered as having a visual impairment.
    • You receive personal independence payments (PIP) or adult disability payments (ADP).
    • You receive disability living allowance (DLA) at either the higher or lower rate for the mobility component, or the higher or middle rate for the care component.
    • You have epilepsy and have repeated attacks, even though you receive drug treatment, or are currently prohibited from driving because of epilepsy.
    • You receive attendance allowance, severe disablement allowance, or pension age disability payment.
    • You receive war pensioner's mobility supplement.
    • You receive war or service disablement pension for 80% or more disability.
    • You buy or lease a vehicle through the motability scheme.

    You'll need to provide evidence of your eligibility when applying – see the Disabled Person's Railcard site for a list of accepted proof.

    The railcard can't be bought at station ticket offices, but you can pick up an application form which you'll need to complete and post – or you can apply for either a physical or digital card online.

    Can children get this railcard?

    If your child (aged 5-15) has one of the eligible disabilities, you can apply for a Disabled Person's Railcard on their behalf. They won't get discounted child fares, but the card will allow one adult travelling with them to get one-third off.

    • You need to have your railcard with you when travelling. If opting for a physical card, it'll be sent via First Class post, but you're best allowing up to five working days for delivery.

      Railcards are not valid in Northern Ireland.

Latest Expired Deals

  • 50% off annual (digital) railcards

    50% off annual (digital) railcards

    Via the TrainPal app

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    If you spend £90 a year or more on train travel, a railcard is a no brainer as they cut a third off the cost of most fares.

    And this Black Friday (24 November), you can save even more by getting 50% off the cost of a digital railcard via the TrainPal app.

    The offer can be used to buy the following railcards: 16-17 Saver, 16-25 Railcard, 26-30 Railcard, Family & Friends' Railcard, Network Railcard, Senior Railcard and Two Together Railcard. The offers exclude the Disabled Person's Railcard and Veterans' Railcard, as TrainPal does not currently sell these.

    For more info on the discounts, eligibilty and restrictions that apply to each card, see Railcard types.

    How the deal works

    Railcards usually cost £30 for one year (or £70 for three years too on some), but by using the TrainPal app (on a smartphone or tablet, this link will take you to the app if you've already downloaded it, or the Apple App Store or Google Play Store if not) to claim a 50% off voucher, you can get a one-year railcard for £15 (or a three-year card for £35, where available).

    Please note: This offer only applies to digital railcards, which you'll only be able to access via the TrainPal app. To take advantage of it you'll need a smartphone or tablet running Apple iOS 13 or later, or Google Android 6.0 (also known as 'Marshmallow') or later.

    How to get the deal

    1. TrainPal will release 5,000 50% off 'vouchers' at 8pm on Thursday 23 November, and another 5,000 at midnight (12am) on Friday 24 November. You will find these in the 'Black Friday sale' section of the app, for which there will be a black banner on display when you open the app.

    2. To claim your voucher, simply tap on it. Then tap on the 'My voucher pocket' button, which will take you to the 'Vouchers & Promo Code' section of the app, where the voucher will be stored. (You can also access this section of the app by going to the 'Account' tab, then tapping 'Vouchers & Promo Code'.)

    3. Once claimed, the voucher is valid for seven days and can be used to buy one digital railcard. To redeem it, tap the 'Use' button, choose your railcard and then the 50% off will automatically be applied on the next screen.

    4. After buying your railcard, TrainPal requires you to 'activate' it by purchasing train tickets via it within 30 days. If you don't do this, your railcard will be cancelled and you'll automatically be refunded the full amount you paid. Once it's activated, you can use it with any train-booking site, not just TrainPal.

    Got a Tesco Clubcard? If you've got enough points, you could get a one-year 16-25, Family & Friends', Senior or Two Together Railcard for £15 in Clubcard vouchers. For full details, see National Railcards for £15 in Tesco points.

    Got an annual gold card, or know someone who has? You can use it to get a one-year 16-25, Disabled Person's, Family & Friends', Network, Senior or Two Together Railcard for £10. For full details, see How to get a £10 railcard.

    Got your railcard? Then check out other ways to get cheap train tickets.

    • TrainPal* is a train ticket-booking website and app operated by Trip.com, one of the world's largest online travel agencies, which is based in China and also operates flight comparison website Skyscanner. TrainPal is rated 'excellent' on Trustpilot, with a score of 4.5 stars out of five from 1,654 reviews at the time of writing.

      The TrainPal app has a rating of 4.7 stars out of five from 10,700 ratings on the Apple App Store and 4.3 stars out of five from 13,000 reviews on the Google Play Store.

  • 30% off digital railcards via Trainline

    30% off digital railcards via Trainline

    Code gets a one-year railcard for £21 (normally £30) or three-year for £49 (normally £70)

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    Getting a railcard could put you on the right track for some decent savings, especially if you take the train often. These cards get you one-third off most rail fares (50% off for the 16-17 Saver), and right now you can save even more by grabbing 30% off the cost of a digital railcard (which means it's stored on your phone) via a code for ticket booking site Trainline*.

    How the offer works

    Railcards normally cost £30 for one year (or £70 for three years on some cards), but enter the code ilovetrains at the Trainline* checkout to get one for £21 for a year (or £49 for three, where applicable). The code's valid until 11.50pm on Thursday 30 November, or until it's been used 125,000 times, whichever's first.

    You need to buy the railcard via Trainline's desktop/mobile website, however the railcard will be stored within the free Trainline app* – you'll need to show it in the app if requested when you travel.

    The discount code can be used on the following digital railcards:

    • 16-17 Saver - gets 50% off adult fares
    • 16-25 Railcard
    • 26-30 Railcard
    • Network Railcard - for London and South East England
    • Two Together Railcard - any named pair
    • Senior Railcard - for over-60s
    • Family & Friends Railcard - up to four adults aged 16+ travelling with up to four kids aged 5-15. Important: Trainline says the Family & Friends Railcard can only be viewed in the Trainline account of the person who bought the railcard, so the account holder will always need to be travelling (this is different to a Family & Friends Railcard purchased directly from Railcard, where a second named cardholder can use it irrespective of whether they travel with the first cardholder), so bear this in mind before buying this particular digital railcard from Trainline.


    The offer excludes the Disabled Person's Railcard and Veteran's Railcard, as they're not available via Trainline.

    Have a Tesco Clubcard? If you've got one with enough points, you could use your Clubcard vouchers to get a one-year railcard for £15 in vouchers. See National Railcards for £15 in Tesco points.

    Got your railcard? Check out other ways to get cheap train tickets