Newest Review: ... travel within the network rail area. When I first heard about the card I thought the area it served must be tiny, but no! It covers a hug... more
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Member Name: Helrobs
Advantages: cheap, easy to use, money saving
Disadvantages: The price restrictions can be frustrating
The network rail card is one of the best things I have ever bought! At only £30 it is worth every penny and has saved me a fortune in rail travel. I would recommend it as an essential purchase for anyone who uses trains and lives in the south of England.
The network rail card is a card which entitles the user to 1/3 off rail travel within the network rail area. When I first heard about the card I thought the area it served must be tiny, but no! It covers a huge area from Cambridge in the north east of the area, aacross to Exeter in the south west and covering many areas in between. The card does have restrictions on Times, it can only be used after 10am, and on price, the original fare needs to exceed £13. However, at weekend's these restrictions don't apply. The other really good thing about the card which is different to other forms of rail card is that up to 4 adults can travel at the discounted rate using the same card. The card also covers travel into and around London, it really is one of the most precious things in my wallet!
How to buy:
You can buy the card from any national rail ticket office (excluding London Underground and Heathrow airport) The card is also available to buy online from national rail. It lasts for one year from the issuing date and unlike other rail cards you so not need a photo to attach to the card.
This really is an essential purchase for anyone who uses the train. It's particularly useful If you are someone who uses the train a lot at weekend's for day trips etc as there are no restrictions on use so far as Times and prices. A bargain! I learnt my money back in less than two months!
Summary: a small card which is worth ten times it's weight in gold