Important notice: If you bought a Railcard online but haven’t yet received it and are due to travel shortly, you can provide the email confirmation of your Railcard purchase together with photo ID so that staff can validate your discounted ticket. If you haven’t been able to purchase a Railcard online, you can buy most 1-year Railcards at any staffed National Rail ticket office. If you’re having issues with your existing Railcard, please contact us on 0345 3000 250 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Explore for less with a Railcard

Offering up to ⅓ off most rail fares, Railcards are an excellent way to explore. Whether you’re a young person looking to broaden their horizons, wanting to take the children to the beach for a weekend break or wanting to explore the glorious Esk Valley through to Whitby, a railcard not only saves money, but opens up the way to more experiences.

 

How do I buy a Railcard?

Buying a railcard could not be simpler. Typically, only costing £30 for a whole year, they can be easily purchased from your local station. Already got a Railcard? Set off on your next adventure and start enjoying the rewards of your Railcard with Northern’s Journey Planner! Tickets can be purchased via the free downloadable app, streamlining your travel experience.

 

Types of Railcard:

There are numerous types of Railcards, and you may well be eligible for several. Here’s all you need to know:

The Veterans Railcard provides rail discounts to ex-armed forces members. If you retired from the Armed Forces and are no longer eligible for a HM Forces Railcard, this is the railcard for you. 

Anyone aged 16 or 17 can now enjoy 50% off Standard, Anytime, Off-Peak, Advance and Season tickets. Saving you money on journeys through England and Wales, travel as often as you like. Head to town for retail therapy, to the coast for a day in the sun, music festivals, or a weekend away with your friends - the choice is all yours.

For only £10 a year, you can save a ⅓ off most local rail fares. Just perfect for a day out, visiting friends and family, or a shopping trip to your nearest town.

The popular Esk Valley Railcard saves you ⅓ off the majority of local rail fares, for only £10 annually. Not only that, but you’ll also gain other benefits, including ⅓ off North Yorkshire Moors and the Esk Valley Railways.

If your disability makes train travel difficult, you may qualify for a Disabled Persons Railcard. With no time restrictions, you and a friend can travel across the country with ⅓ off all rail fares. Costing just £20 a year, you can enjoy trips out as often as you wish!

Allowing you and a friend to travel countrywide, saving ⅓ off all rail fares, as often as you wish. For just £30 a year - £15 each, you both can explore, shop, have fun, and much, much more.

If you’re aged between 16 and 25, you’ll really appreciate saving ⅓ off countrywide rail fares. Travel as frequently as you like for just £30 for the whole year. Think how quickly it’ll pay for itself - a couple of festivals, a shopping trip or two, maybe even a short weekend break, and you’ll be travelling for free!

Life just gets more exciting when you reach your 60th birthday, so with a Senior Railcard, there’ll be no stopping you. Offering ⅓ off countrywide rail fares for only £30 a year, you can travel where you like and as frequently as you wish - go and see the grandkids, take a weekend break with a loved one, or explore the beautiful, rugged coastlines around Britain - the choice is up to you.

A Family and Friends Railcard offers you multiple benefits for just £30 per year. Giving you 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.