Family and Friends Railcard offers great savings if you're travelling by rail; you can save at least 1/3 off train fares. Find all most important information about Family and Friends Railcards like: benefits, discounts, prices, eligibility, how to buy …
The Family and Friends Railcard allows you to save 1/3 off on adults' fares and 60% off on children's fare on most of train tickets throughout Great Britain for £30 for 1 year. If you want, you can save more money and buy a 3 year Railcard for £70 (instead of £90).
You can travel on short and long journeys by train throughout the United Kingdom and use the Friends and Family Railcard to save money on Standard Class fares and on children's fares. Four adults and four children can travel on one card, and they don't even need to be related.
Moreover you can get offers on days out, hotels and restaurants with a Family & Friends Railcard thanks to family railcard promotional code. You can access to a lot of railcard offers and discount if you subscribe to this card.
Are you eligible to have a Family and Friends Railcard? To be eligible for a Family and Friends Railcard you must travel with at least 1 child who must be between 5-15 years old (children under 5 years old travels free). And on the Railcard you can have two adults' names, allowing either adult to carry the card and get a discount.
To buy a Family and Friends Railcard you have three different options:
If you bought your Railcard at a station, you can register it online to make the renewing easier.
To renew your Family and Friends Railcard you will need to :
How much will you save with a Family and Friends Railcard? This railcard costs just £30 a year and you can save 1/3 on adult' fares and 60% on kids' fares, but how many trips you have to make to save money with your railcard? We wanted to know how many return trips you have to make to save money with your Family and Friends Railcard. We took several example journeys and compared the price with Railcard and without Railcard. In conclusion, with a Family and Friends Railcard you will save a lot of money and get cheap train tickets. After around 0.4 return trips the cost of your Railcard is covered.
|Top journeys||Family & Friends railcard savings|
|Price of a single journey(1) for 2 adults and 2 child||Savings(2)||Number of return trips needed to cover the cost of the Railcard|
|Without Family & Friends Railcard||With Family & Friends Railcard|
|London - Brighton||£97.11||£51.47||£45.64||0.66|
|London - Edinburgh||£248.79||£131.86||£116.93||0.26|
|London - Manchester||£189.85||£100.62||£89.23||0.34|
|Birmingham - London||£122.07||£64.70||£57.37||0.52|
|Glasgow - London||£317.01||£168.02||£149.00||0.2|
(1)Average price observed over the last 6 months for one way, for two adults and two children.
(2)Price calculated with an average reduction 1/3 off on adult train ticket fares, and 60% off on child train ticket fares.
Other Railcards available in the United Kingdom
There are 5 other railcards available in United Kingdom, each offering great savings:
For your information railcards are only applicable for internal routes in United-Kingdom, that is to say you cannot use a Family railcard to buy an Eurostar ticket to visit Europe.