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16-25? Make big savings!
Young Persons Railcard
Member Name: coventry123
Young Persons Railcard
Advantages: Great savings, easy to use
I first heard about the 16-25 railcard at a Freshers fair that I attended prior to going to university. I pre-empted that I'd be spending £30-£40 each time I wanted to travel home and was willing to sacrifice going home or budget properly for this added expense so when I was alerted of the savings I could make on rail fares I did some research.
**Who can apply?**
Anyone aged 16-25 can apply for a railcard, if you are over 26 and in full time education you may also be eligible for a railcard.
**How to apply**
You can either apply online or at any rail station. You will need a driving licence or passport in order to prove your age and a passport photograph whether you apply online or at the rail station these items are essential. An additional item is needed if you are applying at the rail station- a 16-25 application form which can be found in the foyer of all train stations.
**How much does it cost?**
It costs £28 for 12 months or £65 for 3 years. The price might seem a little steep especially if you are buying a costly price ticket at the same time but I have been so surprised with the savings and have saved over £28 on just one rail ticket before making it well worth the initial sum of money. I even use it on very short distances cutting off 30p-£1.00 a time but it is well worth it and the savings do add up. Please note that the 3 year rail card deal is only available online!
**What do I get for my money?**
You get an ID pack which contains a photo card and another card with additional information such as your name, date of birth and expiry dates. You must carry all of this information with you when travelling on trains even if you have pre-purchased your tickets the train inspectors still need to see you railcard when checking your ticket. The 1/3 off discount applies to standard and first class train tickets so now you may be able to travel in style! In association with your railcard you also get exclusive access to competitions and offers which can be found at www.16-25railcard.co.uk.
To first purchase my railcard it was so simple I filled out the leaflet that I picked up from the freshers fair and took it with my ID and a passport photograph to my local train station. They gave me my railcard there and then which took a matter of minutes. The renewal is where I first encountered problems as I tried to renew at one of the bigger stations (Birmingham New Street) and was passed from person to person until eventually I found the right person to renew my railcard but this was the only problem that I had. I always keep my railcard in my bag so if I decide to jump on a train I can always use it.
Overall, the savings I have made from using my railcard have been surprisingly great and is an essential for all students living away from home!
Summary: Save 1/3 on all rail fares
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