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Senior Railcard

What is a Senior Railcard?

A Senior Railcard entitles you to one third off the rates of many types of tickets, including Standard and First Class Anytime, Off-Peak, and Advance fares. There are also many offers available, which you can use your Senior Railcard for to claim discounts. It is estimated that, on average, a Senior Railcard can save you up to an average of £120 per year.

There are no limits to the amount of times you can use your Senior Railcard.

How much does it cost?

A one year Railcard is £30 or alternatively you can buy a three year card for £70. You can buy a one year card online, at a station or by phone, but a three year card can only be purchased online.

Am I eligible for a Senior Railcard?

To be eligible for a Senior Railcard, you need to be 60 years of age or older. You can buy one up to two weeks before your 60th birthday if you buy online, but it will only be valid from the date of your birthday onwards, not the date you buy it. If you buy from a station, you will have to be 60 or over on the day you purchase it. 

To buy online, you will need either a valid passport number or a valid UK driving license, and a debit or credit card for the transaction. The Railcard will then be posted within one working day, and will be sent free of charge, First Class. To buy at a rail station, you will need a valid passport (all nationalities accepted), a valid UK driving license, or your birth certificate, to prove your identity. Once you’ve bought your card, you can register it online, which will make it easier to renew or buy other cards online.

When renewing your Railcard, you can do this online if registered, or renew it at the station. If you renew at the station, you’ll need to complete an application form and provide your existing Railcard, which will be accepted as proof of your age.

Alternatively, you can purchase over the phone (0345 3000 250), where your details will be checked against the electoral roll to confirm your eligibility.

Last reviewed: 20/10/2017