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  • 50% off annual (digital) railcards

    50% off annual (digital) railcards

    Via the TrainPal app


    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, 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.