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Veterans Railcard

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What is a Veterans Railcard?

If you are a Veteran, you could benefit from great savings on many train tickets with a Veterans Railcard. This will give you 1/3 off rail fares on journeys across the UK. So if you want to go for a weekend by the seaside or visit many well-known UK destinations, this Railcard is for you.

What are the benefits of a Veterans / HM Forces Railcard?

If you’re wondering if a Veterans 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! You could save money on,

  • Visiting your family
  • Reconnecting with old friends
  • Exploring the countryside
  • Discounts on restaurants and experiences

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

Can I share the benefits of my Veterans Railcard?

Yes! When you apply for your Railcard, you can name one adult companion who can receive the same discount as you as long as you are travelling together.

When you book your tickets, you can also include up to four children, so you can really spread the savings.

Who is it for?

A Veterans Railcard is for anyone who has served a minimum of one day in Her Majesty’s Armed Forces (Regular or Reserve) or Merchant Mariners and has seen duty on legally defined military operations. You will need to provide evidence of your eligibility at the time of purchase, more detail on this is within the sections below.

How much does a Veterans Railcard cost?

  • Available as a 1-year product for £30 
  • Available as a 3-year product for £70 

How can I get the Veterans Railcard?

There are two ways to purchase your Veterans Railcard:

        1. Online

You will need the following to be able to apply for your Veterans Railcard online:

    • Evidence of your eligibility as a Veteran. More information can be found here.
    • A good quality digital passport-style photo which you have ready to upload
    • A debit or credit card

      2. By post

Alternatively, if you did not want to apply for your Veterans Railcard online, you can do this in three easy steps:

  1. Download & complete your application form, which can be found at
  2. Send a photocopy of your evidence of eligibility as a Veteran. More information can be found here.
  3. Have a passport-style photo ready of yourself & your named companion (if applicable)

For more information, including where to send your postal application, please follow the link below.

What happens next?

Whether you apply for your Veterans Railcard online or via a postal application, this product is available digitally (fulfilled on the ‘Railcard’ app on iOS and Android services), or as a physical card that is posted to you.

Digital Railcard: if you opt for a digital Railcard, you’ll be sent a download code once your application has been approved (which can take up to 5 working days). Once you download the Railcard app and upload the card onto your phone, you can start using it straight away.

Physical Railcard: your Railcard will usually be dispatched within one working day of being approved (which can take up to five working days). But, it is probably best to allow up to five working days for your Railcard to arrive. It’ll be sent out free of charge by First Class post, but if you prefer, you have the option to pay for Special Delivery.

You’ll need to have your Railcard with you to be able to get a discount on your rail ticket, so be sure to leave enough time before your journey for the Railcard to reach you.

Where and when can I use this Railcard?

The Veterans Railcard gets you a 1/3 off Standard, First Class Anytime, Off-Peak, Super Off-Peak and Advance Fares across the UK. You will be able to specify a named companion at the time of purchasing this Railcard, they will also receive a 1/3 off, but only when travelling with you.

You can use it when buying a train ticket from outside London which includes a Travelcard. If you have an Oyster card registered in your name, you can add your Railcard discount too, and benefit from 1/3 off single off-peak pay-as-you-go fares.

There are time restrictions and minimum fares, so we advise that you read all the details before you purchase. Please follow the below link for more information.


What are my options if I am not eligible for a Veterans 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

Senior Railcard

Disabled Persons Railcard

You can see all the CrossCountry Railcard options here.

Buy your Veterans 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.

Buy a Veterans Railcard



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