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Taking your children on the train is a real adventure for the whole family. Witnessing their excitement, their wonder, expressed in ways that only youngsters can, is an uplifting experience - and that’s just getting on the train!

Showing your children the beauty of the English countryside, adventures beyond their own small world, is easy when you go by train. Our charming villages, and vibrant towns, the awe-inspiring coastline, and castles that reach to the sky are all there for your children to experience.

At what age do children start paying on trains?

Northern appreciate that raising a family can be expensive, so the fares are as budget-friendly as possible. Under 5s can travel absolutely free, and for children aged between 5 and 15, tickets are usually around 50% of the adult fare.

Once your child reaches the age of 16, adult tickets should be purchased; however, the 16 -17 Saver Railcard or 16 -25 Railcard offer big savings on the regular fares.

With a Family and Friends Railcard, you can save even more money. For just £30 per year, you can benefit from ⅓ off rail fares for up to 4 adults, and up to 4 children aged 5 - 15, a huge 60% off. Travel together whenever you like, and having two adults named on the Railcard allows one cardholder to travel when the other is busy.

The UK has limitless options for family days out, so why not start planning your adventure now?

At 16 years old you’ll have to pay the full adult fare unless you have a 16 - 25 Railcard. Another useful railcard for families travelling with younger children is the Friends and Family railcard which offers 60% off fares on up to four children between the ages of 5 and 15 travelling together with an adult. At least one child must travel with one of the two named adults to be eligible for the discount. For more information about the 16 - 25 Railcard and the Friends and Family railcard please visit the Railcards page.