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16-25 Railcard offers great savings if you're travelling by train, and can save you at least 1/3 off the price of your train ticket. All the key information about 16-25 railcards is available: benefits, discounts, prices, eligibility, how to buy ect.

16-25 Railcard discount

The 16-25 Railcard give you 1/3 off on a wide range of train ticket across Great Britain for £30 for 1 year. You can save more money and buy a 3 year Railcard for £70 (instead of £90), so saving you £20 over the cost of three one year railcards.

With this Railcard you can travel on short and long journey train throughout the United Kingdom and use it to save 1/3 on Standard Class and First Class advance ticket fares. Moreover having a Railcard 16-25 allows you to get offers on days out, hotels and restaurants thanks to 16-25 promotional code.

And if you travel between 04.30 AM and 10.00 AM on Monday to Friday, a £12 minimum fare will apply. There is no minimum fare does to Advance fares, or travel at weekends, public holidays or any day in July and August.

Are you eligible to have a 16-25 Railcard? To buy this Railcard you must be between 16-25 years old or be in a full time education. The 16-25 railcard is like a student railcard, because it allows students to receive discounts on their train tickets. You can buy a student railcard or 16-25 railcard up until the day before your 24th birthday.

How to buy a 16-25 railcard ?

Three different ways exist to buy a 16-25 railcard in United Kingdom to get discounts on train tickets:

You can go on the Railcard website and purchase online. To get your 16-25 Railcard, you will just need to have with you:

  • A valid passport or UK driving licence to confirm your identity
  • A digital passport photo
  • A debit or credit card

Then you will receive your 16-25 Railcard by post within 2-5 working days.

You can also buy your railcard at a staffed station ticket office in the station. Don't forget to bring with you:

  • Your birth certificate or your passport or your UK driving licence or your National identity card to verify your identity and age
  • A passport photo

The last option to buy the 16-25 Railcard is to call the Railcard services on 0345 3000 250 (open from 07:00 to 22:00, except on Christmas Day). To get you Railcard, you just need:

  • A valid passport or UK driving licence to confirm your identity
  • Passport photo
  • A debit or credit card

16-25 railcard renewal

To renew your Railcard 16-25 you will need to:

  • Fill in an application form
  • Take you existing Railcard
  • Take a passport photo

If you have an online Railcard and want to renew it at a station you must have a proof of age as above. If you bought your Railcard at a station, you can register it online to make the renewing easier. As you can see renewing your 16-25 railcard is very easy.

16-25 Railcard savings

How much will you save with a 16-25 Railcard? By taking top journeys we wanted to know how many return trips you have to do to cover the cost of your Railcard. So, we took several examples of journeys and compared the price with a 16-25 Railcard and without the Railcard. In conclusion, with a 16-25 Railcard you will save a lot of money, after around 1.6 return trips the cost of the Railcard is covered.

Top journeys 16-25 railcard savings
Price of a single journey(1) Savings(2) Number of return trips needed to cover the cost of the Railcard
Without 16-25 Railcard With 16-25 Railcard
London - Brighton £27.98 £18.47 £9.51 3.15
London - Edinburgh £99.93 £65.95 £33.98 0.88
London - Manchester £74.27 £49.02 £25.25 1.19
Birmingham - London £51.28 £33.85 £17.44 1.72
Glasgow - London £83.31 £54.99 £28.33 1.06

(1)Average price observed over the last 6 months for one way.

(2)Price calculated with an average reduction 1/3 off on train ticket fares.

Other Railcards available in the United Kingdom

There are 5 other railcards available in the United Kingdom, each offering great savings allowing you to travel with cheap train tickets:

For your information railcards are only applicable for internal routes in the United-Kingdom, that is to say you cannot use a railcard to buy Eurostar train tickets.