A smarter way to save on train travel

What is a National Railcard?

National Railcards get you a 1/3 off your rail fares. Options include 16-25, Two Together, Family & Friends, and Senior Railcards and can deliver massive savings for frequent train travellers.

How much do Railcards cost?

A 12-month National Railcard costs just £30 and can save you on average £147 per year. That’s enough to buy a Eurostar ticket, with enough left over for a croissant and coffee. You can even buy one online to make things easier — it’s the gift that keeps on giving!

When can you use a Railcard?

National Railcards can be used on Standard and First Class Anytime, Off-Peak and Advance fares on train services throughout Great Britain, when you travel after peak periods (after 9:30am) Monday to Friday, and any time at weekends and on Public Holidays. If you are traveling during July or August travel any time, restriction free!

We don’t sell Railcards ourselves – just follow the links below to buy or apply for one. Once you’ve signed up, remember to use your Railcard when buying tickets with us, and we’ll knock a third off your travel price. Nice!

Watch the video to find out how you can start saving today.

The most popular National Railcards

Check out the top five National Railcards, pick the one that’s right for you, and start racking up the savings.

16-25 Railcard

16-25 Railcard

Make the most of student travel


  • 1/3 off rail fares, Only £30 a year
  • Digital Railcards now available
  • For 16-25 year olds and full-time students over 25
More info
Two Together Railcard

Two Together Railcard

Perfect for travel BFFs


  • 1/3 off rail fares
  • Only £30 a year
  • Two named people travelling together aged 16 or over
More info
Family & Friends Railcard

Family & Friends Railcard

Great for groups


  • 1/3 off rail fares and 60% off kids fares
  • Only £30 a year
  • Up to 4 adults when travelling with up to 4 children aged 5-15
More info
Senior

Senior Railcard

Ideal for mature adventure-seekers


  • 1/3 off rail fares
  • Only £30 a year
  • Only available to people aged 60+
More info
Disabled Persons Railcard

Disabled Persons Railcard

A helping hand with your travel


  • 1/3 off rail fares
  • Only £20 a year
  • Only available for people whose disabilities make train travel 
More info

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Other popular Railcards

HM Forces Railcard

If you're a member of the Regular Forces, Volunteer Reserves or a spouse/civil partner of a member.


  • 1/3 off adult rail fares
  • 60% off child rail fares
  • Only £19 a year
  • HM Forces Railcard is valid for 12 months

Find out more

Jobcentre Plus Travel Discount

Travel more cheaply if you’re on Jobseekers Allowance, Incapacity Benefit, Employment and Support Allowance or Income Support.


  • Jobcentre Plus Travel Discount is applied to your Oyster card
  • Half adult-rate pay as you go fares
  • Child-rate 7 Day, Monthly or longer period (up to three months) Travelcard, or Bus & Tram Passes

To find out more pop in to your local Jobcentre Plus or visit the government website.

Virgin Trains other regional railcards

Regional Railcards

Regional Railcards

Get the most out of your neighbourhood with our regional Railcards. You’ll save a packet on travel within one area and get around in style, too.

South of England


Cotswold line Railcard

Saves you: 34% off selected tickets between Worcester Foregate Street & Oxford.

Railcard costs: £7.50

Find out more


Devon & Cornwall Railcard

Saves you 1/3 off most Standard Off-Peak and Off-Peak Day train tickets across Devon and Cornwall.

Railcard costs: £7.50

Find out more



North of England


Esk Valley Railcard

Saves you: 1/3 off Adult train fares on Esk Valley Railway between Whitby and Middlesbrough.

Railcard costs: £10

Find out more


Dales Railcard

Saves you: 1/3 off single and day return tickets, if you live in selected postcode areas around the Settle-Carlisle line or the Skipton & Carnforth, Carlisle & Brampton or Clitheroe/Whalley areas.

Railcard costs: £13

Find out more



Scotland


Highland Railcard

Saves you: 50% off local travel for Highland residents in selected postcodes, travelling on selected routes.

Railcard costs: £8.80

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Scottish Youth Railcard

Saves you: 1/3 off most rail fares and 50% off weekly or monthly tickets, if you’re aged 16-18. Please note, a Young Scot National Entitlement Card now replaces the Scottish Youth Railcard.

Find out more

  • Wales


    Cambrian Railcard

    Saves you: at least 1/3 off most Standard tickets on the Cambrian Line.

    Railcard costs: £5

    Find out more


    Valley Lines Senior Railcard

    Saves you 50% off Cheap Day Return Standard fares on the Valley Lines in South Wales, if you’re aged 60 or over.

    Railcard costs: £5

    Find out more


    Valley Student Railcard

    Saves you: up to 26% off all day tickets and 10% off season tickets for students travelling on select routes on Arriva Trains services in Wales.

    Railcard costs: £9

    Find out more


    Heart of Wales Line Railcard

    Saves you: at least 34% off all individual fares on the line.

    Railcard costs: £5

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    Pembroke Railcard

    Saves you: 34% off local rail travel, if you’re a local resident of Pembrokeshire.

    Railcard costs: £5

    Find out more