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All the key information about Senior Railcards is available on this page: benefits, discounts, prices, eligibility, how to buy… Senior Railcard offers great savings if you're travelling by train, can save you at least 1/3 off the price of your train ticket.

Senior Railcard discount

Senior Railcard gives you 1/3 off train tickets across Great Britain for £30 for 1 year, which works out to around £3 a month for great savings. You can save more money and buy a 3 year Railcard for £70 (instead of £90).

With this Railcard you can travel on short and long train journeys across the United Kingdom and use it to save 1/3 on Standard Class and First Class fares. You can use your Railcard Senior for long or short trips at almost any time during the week and also during weekends.

Moreover having a Senior Railcard gives you the benefit of offers on days out, hotels and restaurants thanks to senior railcard promotional code.

Are you eligible to have a Senior Railcard? It's simple: you are eligible to buy a Senior Railcard if you are 60 years old or over.

How to buy a Senior Railcard ?

You have three possibilities to get a Senior Railcard to travel by train across the United Kingdom:

  • Online on the Railcard website: to get your Railcard, you just need a valid passport number or UK driving licence and a debit or credit card. Then you will receive your Senior Railcard by post within 2-5 working days.
  • At the station: to get your Railcard, you just need a birth certificate or a valid international passport or a UK driving licence. You can buy your railcard the day of your travel.
  • By Phone: to get your Senior Railcard, you just need to call the Railcards service 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 number or UK driving licence and a debit or credit card.

You can buy your Senior Railcard up to two weeks before your 60th birthday when you buy it online. In this case, your railcard will be only valid from your 60th birthday. In contrast, it is not possible to buy your Senior Railcard in advance at a station.

Senior railcard renewal

To renew your Senior Railcard it's very simple you just will need to :

  • Fill in an application form
  • Take your existing Railcard with you
  • A debit or credit card

If you bought your Railcard at a station, you can register it online to make the renewing easier.

Senior Railcard savings

How much will you save with a Senior Railcard?

To help you make your choice whether to buy or not a Senior Railcard, we have made a table that might be helpful. We wanted to know how many return trips you have to do to cover the cost of your Railcard. So, we took several example journeys and compared the price with a Senior Railcard and without the Railcard. As you can see in the table below, you can save money with your Senior Railcard after on average 2.46 return trips. So this railcard offers great savings, you can buy very cheap tickets to travel by train, and you save money very quickly.

Top journeys Senior railcard savings
Price of a single journey(1) Savings(2) Number of return trips needed to cover the cost of the Railcard
Without Senior Railcard With Senior Railcard
London - Brighton £18.72 £12.35 £6.36 4.71
London - Edinburgh £85.58 £56.48 £29.10 1.03
London - Manchester £55.04 £36.33 £18.71 1.6
Birmingham - London £22.53 £14.87 £7.66 3.92
Glasgow - London £86.35 £56.99 £29.36 1.02

(1)Average price observed over the last 3 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 to travel by train across the United Kingdom:

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