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Northern are working with a number of schools on our network to provide an under 16 annual season ticket with savings of up to 50%. Every parent worries about getting the correct fare together every morning. They have concerns about their child losing the money or spending it on something else and being left short for the journey home. Our educational season ticket helps to calm those worries and what’s more, if your child loses their season ticket we’ll replace it. The season ticket carries no restrictions, which means that your child can travel worry free during evenings and weekend too. If your child is 16 and over there are a number of national railcards that can be purchased including the 16-17 saver.

Following the confirmation of schools returning on 8 March, Northern will recommence the sale of educational seasons on 3 March 2021

  • Summer Term Ticket - valid from 19 April to 23 July 2021 - on sale from 12 April 2021
  • Full Annual passes for 2021/22 Academic Year will be on sale from the 1 August 2021

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Please check timetables before you apply for a ticket






Educational Season Tickets FAQs

The discount for the Under 16 scheme is 50% off a child fare for an annual season ticket and 40% for term time tickets. Savings are based on purchasing tickets daily. This pass can be purchased from 1 August 2021 until 30 September 2021

Click here for a list of participating schools

If a passenger gets on a train without a ticket or promise to pay notice at a station where ticket buying facilities are available, they may be liable to pay a Penalty Fare. The penalty is the greater of £20 or twice the full single from the station where they got on the train to the next station at which the train stops. If the passenger wants to travel beyond the next station, they must also pay the relevant fare from that station to their destination. If you refuse to pay the Penalty Fare, then you may be prosecuted under criminal law. Full details about Penalty Fares can be found here.  

A duplicate season ticket can be administered at a cost of £10. Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

The photo ID for your child will work in conjunction with the ticket that we provide. This will allow us to check that the ticket is valid and being used correctly. You must have a rail network photo ID to be able to travel.  If you already have one then input the number in the online form - this will have 3 letters and 4 numbers (this is not the smart card number and cannot be used instead)  If you don't have a photo ID please upload a photo on the form and the team will send one out with your ticket.

Please allow 2-5 working days for delivery.  If you haven’t received your ticket after this time, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Summer Term Ticket – 19 April until 23 July 2021

Yes - please download the form and take to the station. Please note that the discount will be lower than purchasing the ticket online.

The pass will expire 3 months after their 16th birthday so dependent on when their birthday is it may be advisable to buy a termly pass and then change to a 16-17 saver.

To take up this offer click through to the application page. If you are eligible complete the application form and make payment. You can also download the PDF form and take to your local ticket office where they will administer your ticket for you there and then.

Terms and Conditions

Tickets are valid at weekends and evenings.

Educational season tickets are offered on condition that the users of the tickets agree to abide by the National Rail conditions of travel and the railway Byelaws. Any repeated breach of these conditions may result in withdrawal of the ticket.

To purchase an Under 16 educational season ticket, you will need to provide some personal information. For more details about how we manage your personal information, please see our privacy policy

Online applications for the Summer Term must be submitted before the 19 April 2021. Should you have any queries regarding the discounted season ticket offer, please contact our customer experience centre on 0800 200 60 60 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Avoiding the payment of a fare is a very serious matter. Any person without a valid ticket having had an opportunity to purchase one risks prosecution for fare avoidance. Penalty Fares are now in operation across the Northern network.


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