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16 - 25 Railcard

Save 1/3 on most rail fares with a 16-25 Railcard

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What is the 16-25 Railcard?

If you are aged between 16 and 25, you could be saving money on a huge range of train tickets. The 16-25 Railcard (also known as the Student Railcard, or Young Persons Railcard) provides you with discounts on most rail tickets across the country. Read on to learn more about the benefits of a 16-25 Railcard, including how to know if you are eligible, how much they cost, and how to apply.

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What are the benefits of a 16-25 Railcard?

If you’re wondering if a 16-25 railcard is worth it, the answer is yes!

It’s not just train journeys you can save money on. Once you have a railcard, you can access great deals and discounts, from exciting experiences to gym memberships and dinner deals. You could save money on:

  • Going home to visit your family
  • Commuting to work
  • Heading to a festival
  • Travelling to University
  • Enjoying a day out with friends

If you know you will be travelling a lot, a Railcard is a perfect way to save money.

We feature a range of articles about fun and exciting things to do around the country, so you will never be short of inspiration.

How much does a 16-25 Railcard cost?

  • A 1-year 16-25 Railcard is only £30. With 1/3 off rail fares, you will be saving money fast.
  • A 3-year 16-25 Railcard costs £70. That’s an additional £20 saving over buying three one-year railcards.

Am I eligible for a 16-25 Railcard?

To be eligible for a 16-25 Railcard you must be:

  • Aged 16 to 25
  • A student in full-time education, those aged 26 or older may apply for a 1-year Railcard

If you are not eligible for this railcard, you can apply for the 26-30 Railcard instead.

Note that you can buy a 1-year railcard at any time before your 26th birthday. You can even buy a 3-year railcard any time before your 24th birthday to extend your savings.

What do I need to apply for a 16-25 Railcard?

You can apply for a 16-25 Railcard online, or in person at any staffed ticket office. A benefit of buying your Railcard in person is that you can do it on the day you travel.

What do you need when applying online?

It only takes a few minutes to complete the application online and all you need is:

  • Valid ID you can use to apply including passport or UK driving licence
  • A digital passport-style photo saved to your computer, tablet or mobile phone
  • A debit or credit card

What do you need when applying in person?

You can buy a 16-25 Railcard at any staffed station ticket office or National Rail-licensed Travel Agent. If you're applying at a station for the first time you'll need to complete an application form (you can pick this up at the station) and bring either of the following:

  • Your birth certificate
  • Passport (all nationalities accepted)
  • UK driving licence
  • National identity card
  • A passport-size photo
  • Proof of eligibility if applying as a mature student

What are my options if I am not eligible for a 16-25 Railcard?

It's still possible to save money on CrossCountry trains even if you are not eligible for this Railcard.

Two Together Railcard

Family & Friends Railcard

16-17 Saver Railcard

26-30 Railcard

You can see all the CrossCountry Railcard options here.


Buy your 16-25 Railcard today

There's no better time to start saving on your rail journeys than right now. It only takes a few minutes to apply, and you could save up to 1/3 on your rail fares immediately.

If you buy a three-year Railcard you can save even more. What are you waiting for?


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