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Railcard for 16 to 25s and students over 25

If you're aged between 16 to 25 (or over 25 and a full-time student), get one-third off many standard rail journeys.


Do you qualify?

To qualify for a 16 to 25 Railcard you must be:

  • aged between 16 and 25 years old; or
  • a mature student (over 25) who goes to university or college for more than 15 hours a week, at least 20 weeks a year.

The costs and the benefits

The railcard costs £30 for one year, or £70 for three years.

A mature student can only get a one year card.

It gives you one-third off a wide range of train tickets across Britain, including:

  • standard anytime and anytime day singles and returns
  • standard off-peak and off-peak day singles and returns
  • standard super off-peak and super off-peak day singles and returns
  • standard and first class advance
  • most rail rovers fares

There is normally a minimum £12 fare to use this railcard on journeys made between 4.30am and 10am, Monday to Friday.

There’s no minimum outside these times, weekends, bank holidays, and any time in July and August.


Buy a railcard

The easiest way to buy a railcard is online.

You'll need:
- a passport or driving licence
- a digital passport-style photo
- a debit or credit card.

If you're a mature student, you'll also need:

  • a signed mature student declaration section of the 16 to 25 Railcard application form. Download an application form.
  • a digital version of your student photocard

Buy a 16 to 25 Railcard online on the 16 to 25 Railcard website.

You can also buy a one year railcard at a railway station ticket office, or over the phone. You cannot buy a three year 16 to 25 Railcard link this.

Find out where you can buy a 16 to 25 Railcard

Keep your electronic or paper receipt in case you lose your card.


Renew your railcard

Renew your 16 to 25 Railcard one month before it is due to expire on the 16 to 25 Railcard website


If you lose your railcard

If you still have your original electronic or paper receipt, take it to any staffed train station to get a new card. It costs £10 to replace.

If you have lost the receipt, you will need to buy a new card at the full price.