I bought one of these when I first started university three years ago when I was 18, and I do not regret not buying one of these ever since! I paid around £27 pounds for one of these, but the prices seem to go up every year, now its around £30 which is a bit annoying but it is worth how much you pay especially if you travel by train a lot i.e. work, going to university.
The best thing about this travel card is that you can travel across any where in the UK, for cheaper prices, (but various times and travels can be more expensive than others) especially before 9:30 am when the prices are higher and you have to pay double the price, which is not great (and that's why I can't wait till I can start driving!)
Another good thing about this travel card is, you can buy one the moment you turn 16, and you will have it the day before you turn 26 (as the card is aimed at 16-25 year olds)
You can either choose whether you renew your card every year, or you can pay for three years, so you could basically pay your travel for your three years at university if you wanted to! Which will cost you around £60-65 pounds, which is just as cheap as renewing your card every year.
The only reason I renewed mine every year because I did not know at the time, how often I would use it and how much money I would have actually saved. No matter how many times I used this card, I saved such a crazy amount of money, and saved double or even triple as sometimes I used to get train tickets from London Kings Cross back to my home town in Cambridgeshire for as little as £6-10, but usually this depends on whether you book your tickets in advance or not, or whether you traveling in the week or at the weekend. Traveling in the week is more expensive than traveling at the weekend to be honest, but it depends when and where you are traveling too.
You can only get cheap train tickets if you book a week or two in advance, but even if you book them on the day you can get tickets for £10 instead of £20 or £20 instead of £30.
One of my favorite deals is if you use your rail card after 9:30am and you want to travel across London, then you can a zone 1-6 travel card meaning you can travel across London, no restrictions within zones 1-6 until 12:00 the next day! Handy and great for a day out!
So you travel by train alot and you are between the ages of 16-25, even though £30 may seem a lot but it will be worth your money and you will be amazed how much money you will save!
When you turn over the age of 16 train companies expect you to pay adult fare which is usually double the price of what you use to pay for a child ticket . For example a child day return ticket from Hastings to London Victoria costs £10.90 whereas an adult ticket costs £21.80. When i reached the age of 16 i had either the choice of risking buying child tickets hoping that i wouldn't be fined to save money or paying the full adult fare in which i couldn't really afford. However anyone aged 16-25 can apply for a Young persons railcard.
Benefits of using the Young Persons railcard:
Save 1/3 on most rail fares across Britain
Great discounts on days out, hotels and restaurants
How to apply for a Young Persons Railcard
You can either apply for the railcard by filling out a form found at most National Rail railway stations or online on the 16-25 website: http://www.16-25railcard.co.uk/ I applied for my railcard on the website and the ordering process was very straight forward. To apply for the railcard on the internet or by application form you have to fill in your details confirming your personal details. You have to be a full time student to apply and must prove proof of age either by giving details of a valid UK passport or UK driving licence. You have to download a passport style photograph on the online form or send a photograph on the non online form and the last step is to pay for the card by either by debit or credit card which is secure and safe. I applied for a three year railcard using the online application process and the card arrived within three days which was very quick.
The cost of the railcard and is it worth it?
The price of a Young Persons railcard increases slightly each year but is currently selling for £30. The railcard is valid for one year. To save money however you can apply for the same railcard which is valid for 3 years which costs £70 a saving of £20 compared to renewing it for three consecutive years. The railcard to me seems like a very small investment for the savings that it offers. I have saved one third off all my train tickets and the price in which the railcard cost has been compensated very quickly by the amount of money i have saved. I only travel by train about once a month (London-Hastings) but in a whole year i have saved well over what the railcard has actually cost me.
Restrictions of using the railcard and extra information:
Please remember that for all journeys made at or between 4.30am and 10am Monday to Friday, a £12 minimum fare applies. This means that the Railcard is not suitable for most daily commutes to work or places of study. If you travel regularly between 4.30am and 10am Monday to Friday then a weekly or monthly season ticket is likely to be the best way for you to save money. Railcards do not give discounts on season tickets.
There is NO minimum fare at weekends, on Public Holidays and during July and August.
You must take your railcard with you on all rail journeys to be eligible for cheaper fares.
It is advisable to register your railcard online as if it is lost or stolen you can log into your account and apply for a new one quickly, with details of your railcard backed up. I lost my railcard and getting a replacement was very easy as i had registered it on their website. I reported my card lost and they sent me a replacement within three days. It is important to note that there is a ten pound fee but that was better than paying for a new railcard.
I was a little hesitant at first about buying a Young Person's railcard. At £26 (at the time, might have even been £24!) for a year, I was unsure as to whether I'd really be travelling THAT much.
My boyfriend bought one too. We both attend universities in different parts of the country so travelling on the train was a definite. But it turned out he did most of the travelling and I didn't really travel much at all until I got back home.
So it turns out that I ended up losing money because the only train journeys I made were from home to the nearby city for the occasional shopping trip. However, my boyfriend ended up saving so much money as he used to take 2 trains down to see me per fortnight. I'm sure he must have saved about £100.
So if you travel on the train alot, or go on long train journeys then the card is definitely worth it. If you travel short distances occasionally, definitely NOT worth it.
Application is probably easiest online. You fill out an application, upload your photo, and proceed to payment. You can also collect paper applications from some train stations but it's probably easier to do it online. The only advantage of a paper copy is that you don't have the hassle of trying to scan a good quality photo.
The current price is £28, and I believe it goes up every year. A 3 year railcard is also available for £65, saving you £19 - a brilliant investment for anyone about to embark on their first year of university!
Having a best friend that lives in Scotland, I have travelled quite a lot each year for quite some time now. Each time I went up to visit him, it was costing me nearly £50 and that really adds up when you go a couple of times a year. The first time I bought a railcard was when I was 19, my sister had just bought one herself and told me how much she just saved on some train tickets she had booked.
== Applying for your card ==
A Young Person's Railcard is available to anyone aged 18-25. If you are 26 or over and in full time education, you are still eligible for a railcard but you must get a member of the education facility you are studying at to sign your application and stamp it to say you are actually a student.
You can apply for this railcard in two ways and both are very quick and easy and these are either online or at a train station. I have always bought my cards at a train station because I normally forget about renewing them online. You will need some proof of identity like a passport or drivers license to prove that you are the right age for this card as well as a passport sized photo. If you apply at a train station, all you need to do is fill in a quick form and hand it over with your ID and photo to a member of staff.
== About the card ==
When you have paid for your card, you will be given a blue plastic wallet which has three slots inside. In one slot will be your photo ID card which also has the railcard number on it and your name and date of birth. In the second slot will be your actual railcard which holds information such as the date it expires, your name, signature, how much you paid and at what station it was purchased. The last slot is left empty so you can put in any train tickets. The wallet folds nicely into three making it small enough to fit in your purse or wallet.
I have been buying these railcards for some years now with me being 25 and the price slowly rises each year. This year, buying a new railcard cost £28 but I don't think that this is a bad price at all. The Young Person's Railcard allows you to save 1/3 off all standard and first class tickets but you can also save a bit more than normal on advance tickets. Because of these savings, I can now get return tickets to Edinburgh for somewhere between £25 and £30 depending on when I buy the tickets. The savings on one trip alone like this nearly pays for the railcard which is an amazing thing.
Tickets being purchased with a railcard do either need to be bought either at a train station or online. Due to the new rules about buying train tickets, if you try to use your railcard on a train during your journey, you will not be given the savings as all tickets bought on trains are standard prices only. I do think that this is a bit silly especially if you are in a massive rush and might miss your train if you buy tickets from the station though. That being said, a lot of train stations now have those ticket machines so that you cannot get onto the platforms without a ticket so buying tickets beforehand shouldn't be a big problem anymore.
Overall, I have saved a lot of money over the years with my railcard. I am so glad that I am in full time education now so I will still be able to have one until I finish my degree but I will definitely miss the savings once I am too old for this. A great product and well worth the money.
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!
There is roughly three hours distance between my home town (Wolverhampton) and university (Egham, Surrey). So whenever I took a trip back home during Reading Week or at the end of term it would cost me quite a bit of money. I would have to buy advance tickets which are of course cheaper but risky for me as one delayed or busy train meant missing the reserved seat on the next, resulting in a possible hefty fine. I didn't buy a 16-25 railcard at first because I thought the initial yearly cost wouldn't compare to the amounts I could save, but with trips home and back costing upwards of £25 I gave into pressure this April as my summer loan instalment came in. Even though I've only had the railcard for about three months now it's been invaluable in saving me money on train journeys and has surely benefitted my account in the long term.
The 16-25 railcard (also known as Young Person's Railcard) can be bought by people in the aforementioned age range to save 1/3 of all train fares. It costs £28 (this year; it was £26 for me without NUS discount applied) for a year when you buy it or £65 for three years, either of which I think is good value if you use the trains often. To apply you need to fill in a form with your details and provide a passport-sized picture of yourself. There are two ways to apply:
1) Online: you fill your details on the 16-25 railcard website and upload your picture with the form, paying with a debit or credit card. This is the way I applied and is the most convenient because the railcard is sent directly to you within 1-2 working days- pretty fast!
2) Paper: Pick up a leaflet (found in any train station stand), fill the form inside and hand it with your photo and choice of payment ready to a staff member over the counter. Your railcard is supposedly processed and given to you there and then, so this is perhaps a faster method for those who want to use their railcard straight away.
The card is pretty plain in design: a mostly white background with the '16-25 railcard' logo in the top left hand corner, your photo at the right and your name at the bottom. Yet this doesn't matter when you're saving money!
Using the railcard is very simple because it works more as a form of ID for buying tickets cheaply instead of scanning it through or having to type in a certain code. Buying tickets at the station just involves showing the card to the member of staff for them to discount the fare. To buy tickets online you just enter that you have a 16-25 railcard before your search. The discount is applied for when you pay and you just show the ticket inspector the railcard with your ticket to confirm the price.
Despite the initial price I'm very pleased with the amount I've saved in three months of use. Before getting the railcard a single ticket from Egham to Wolverhampton could cost me up to £23.50 for an off-peak Advance ticket; now it will cost at most £15.50 to travel around the same time! More noticeably I took a day trip to Kensington Olympia and a return ticket from Wolverhampton cost approx. £23 as opposed to £35 for the same journey- definitely a good saving as it resulted in money that could be spent better on something else.
Train tickets in the UK are pretty extortionate especially for long-distance trips, so the 16-25 Railcard is ideal for any young person who travels often on trains. The £28 may seem like a bit too much for a third off fares but the cost is paid off and you will save money in the long-term.
I have a Young Persons Railcard and I have never regretted purchasing one - hence my two renewals!
If you are considering purchasing a Railcard I would really think about how often you are likely to use the train. The great thing about the Railcard is that when you use the Railcard enough you will actually get the £26 you pay for it. If you don't use it enough though then the whole purchase could become quite pointless.
The first Railcard I purchased was from my local railway station. I have since learned that although this way is the most convenient because you get the card on the day, in the long run it's actually more annoying; the reason being that the card from the station comes in to parts and is held together in a plastic wallet. When you order or renew your card online on the other hand, everything including your photo is printed onto one handy plastic card which can fit in your wallet or purse - This also means that it is always on you when you have your purse/wallet.
I personally have not used any but I have looked on the website http://www.railcard.co.uk/ and have seen that many other special offers are available to people that own a Young Persons Railcard.
If you are a serious rail traveller this really is a great idea to help beat those ridiculous rising ticket costs!
Occasionally if you look around online you may also find a discount code for an online purchase - Great for saving even more money!
The Young Persons Railcard is one of the best things I buy every year as I am forever commuting up and down the country with having my family in Scotland and living down in England. They do tend to go up in price ever year that I seem to buy it but it still doesn't put me off as the money I calculate in savings from this card it really does make it worth my while to keep buying it until I turn 25.
Upon buying a railcard you usually get given it in a navy blue leather pocket and the card is slotted into the clear window. You then keep this safe and you will have it kept secure, it has a photo ID and then has your date of birth as well as the expiry date on it and the rest is just other information for the rail office. It is not too big to keep hold of and is very compact, I usually keep it in my purse so that I never forget it.
When you buy the Young Persons Railcard, it really is straightforward, you just go to your local train station and ask for it then you will have to fill out a form and fill in a few details. If you are renewing it isn't so long a process. You then get the card which is stamped from a year on from when you but it and then give a passport photo over to stick into the card with your signature and the authorisation from the person serving you. Once this is done then the card is yours and you can start using.
The good thing about the railcard is that you save up to 1/3 on rail fares which is great and sometimes when you look at the difference with or without a rail card it is amazing the price difference. I have also been able to do first class a few times with this as the rates have been that much of a difference. It does make big savings on many routes and although if you leave booking too last minute it may not save you much, if you book in advance then you should do quite well with this.
I have come across a few flaws in this railcard which can be annoying. If you are commuting 9-5 then your railcard will not be valid during these times as they are peak times so for example a normal return railcard to Manchester from Liverpool is £6.55 but on rush hour times is £14 something which is a hell of a lot of money considering and there is no way round it. So, if you are young and buying a rail card to commute then really you do not save in anyway with it so should probably not buy with it.
There is an exception to this rule which I did find out last summer, that is that only in July and August does this rule become exempt and you can use your railcard to book tickets within these hours in these months and only these months. Another annoyance with railcards I also found one rail journey is that if you show your railcard to book a ticket while on a train then it will not be valid as you can only use your railcard to book a train at a station. I nearly lost it with a ticket inspector before over this as it must be very small print and I always see them catching people out with this rule.
If you cannot get near to a rail station, then you can actually buy your rail cards online now. It is fairly straight forward and you upload your own photo and follow the form right through to the end and pay for it and you can almost have one instantly if you need one. If you are over 26 and in full time education then you may also be eligible for a 16-25 railcard which you can check on the website for more detail.
The railcard is not only for discounted rail travel but you can get discounts on hotels, competitions and more which again are all listed on the website for further information. You can also buy a railcard for 3 years upfront to make a bigger saving and this way you don't have to renew it every year and will actually make a £13 saving which is good if you know you will use it.
If you do need one of these railcards then you will only have to pay £26 a year which if you are a frequent rail user really isn't that bad. Also, the way I look at it is that you will easily make the £26 back in rail savings if buying tickets so you technically aren't really paying that much for it anyway as you will make it back. It is £65 if you want to pay for it for 3 years upfront which again isn't bad if you perhaps are going to university and will be travelling from university to home a lot in those 2 years.
There is an official website at http://www.16-25railcard.co.uk/ to get more in depth information.
I bought my 16-25 railcard last August and it has already paid for itself a massive 7 times over!! It cost me £26 for the year and what you get for your £26 straight away is 1/3 off all rail journeys taken on the national rail network.
I usually commute from Newcastle to Manchester about twice a month and this would cost me £62.60 return (which ain't cheap). One flash of the railcard and this comes down to £41.73 which is saving near enough of £21. So lets work of the 24 trips a year calculation and that is massive saving of £504 a year!!!
You can also buy a 3 year railcard that costs £65.00 saving you a further £13.
The process of applying is easy as well as it can be done online at: http://www.16-25railcard.co.uk/ All you need to do is provide your personal details to confirm your identity, then attach a photo taken from a digital camera (you must stand behind a white background, you know like passport one) then a payment method. Once you have sorted that you are well on your way to making some outstanding savings.
After you have paid for the pass it usually takes 3-5days to arrive but mine arrived after 2 which I was impressed with. To use the railcard you must carry it with you on any trips made where you have stated you have a railcard (the inspectors do check)
I would definately recommend it to anyone who does anymore than 4 long distance journeys a year as the savings are there for all to see.
The general rule is that if you are aged over 18, not a student and under 60 you have to pay full price for everything. We are not eligible for shiny discounts, hence why so many of us have to supplement our income and become devout discount code hunters. One major expense when you are in your early twenties is travel, not yet able to afford to run a car often you have to rely on buses and trains. This becomes increasingly more so when your friends and family begin to spread round the country, within one year of leaving university my friendship group covered London, Edinburgh, Manchester, Leeds and Norfolk. Just because you have all moved doesn't stop you wanting to see them so you become torn between extortionate train fares or no social life.
Welcome the 16-25 young persons railcard! This is the second time I have taken advantage of this gem, some student bank accounts give the cards away when you open an account with them, I got a five year one from HSBC many years ago and it was a fantastic money saver. Now I was looking to go to London, flabbergasted at the cost of the train I absently entered in I had a railcard, the reduction in cost was over 40%. Amazed I immediately applied for a railcard and booked a discount ticket.
**Am I eligible?**
A misconception with the railcard is that you have to be a student. This is incorrect you simply have to be aged between 16 - 25. I purchased my recent card on Monday making me 25 and two months old, the card will last for a year so a common trick is to buy yourself another one just before your 26th birthday meaning you can get another year of discounted fares.
**An example of the discounts**
Running some standard journeys through thetrainline.com reveals just how much you could save:
Edinburgh - London £99.50 without railcard £66 with
Nottingham - London £26 without railcard £17.15 with
Manchester - Glasgow £81 without railcard £53.25 with
**How to apply**
The card costs £26 and as evidenced by the above you can make this back in a single train journey. There are two options to get your railcard:
1. The Station
Taking with you a passport photo, proof of address and age (driving licence or passport) and of course a method of payment. You will be given a form that you have to fill out and in most cases your card will be made up there and then.
My recent purchase of a railcard was done entirely online, I was incredibly impressed with the ease of the service and it also meant I did not need to incur extra expense or inconvenience by getting a passport photo.
To buy online you simply enter all your details, again they have to verify your age so you need to enter either your passport number or, as I did, my driving licence number. You then need to upload a photo of yourself, I cut and pasted a photo of me looking straight at the camera - how refreshing to select a shot where I wasn't looking too terrible! I then simply uploaded and paid by debit card. At this point I was expecting a two week wait for it to be delivered (free) to my house, amazed at the completion screen it stated my card would be with me in one working day.
**Anything else I need to know?**
Yes, you must carry it with you on every journey, without it your discount fare is invalid and you could be liable for a fine as well as a full price ticket.
There really is no reason to not have one of these, unless of course you don't like trains or happen to not be in the 16-25 demographic! Get involved and get your discounts!
For anyone between the ages of 16 and 25, or those above 25 in full - time education, who are inclined to regularly use trains, especially for cross-country journeys, this railcard is a God-send!
The card costs £26, which can be recovered in savings in a single journey if long and expensive enough, as it knocks a third off all rail fares. Of course, there are exceptions, but a third off is actually a hell of a lot. I actually got my railcard for free when I signed up to a Natwest student account, so I literally had nothing to lose and have saved hundreds of pounds in the process.
When booking an online ticket, simply add this railcard to your order and a third of the price is instantly reduced, just make sure you carry the railcard when on your journey. When buying a ticket at the train station, simply flash it at the individual behind the desk, and yet again, a third disappears from the total cost!
For me, I occasionally travel the length of the country to visit mates at various uni's and this has saved me bucket-loads of much-needed cash. Add this to the occasional football matches I go to and not to mention one of my mates at uni, who has saved shed-loads of money by travelling down to London every other weekend from uni to follow his beloved Charlton Athletic.
For any student, this railcard is a must and so worth the £26 it is unreal. Obtain one through opening a student account at Natwest and you are literally laughing all the way to the bank! For example, a typical saver return from Nottingham to London weighs in at around £50 but with this railcard you're picking it up for approximately £33, which is a massive saving in reality and especially in these times of economic hardship.
So while these are the pro's, the con's are few and far between, but do exist in the form of restrictions. For example, the 16-25 railcard does not give discounts on season tickets, first class fares or on most London Underground or DLR tickets. In addition, for all journeys before or at 10am, Monday to Friday, a minimum fare of £12 applies for single and return fares. However, said minimum fares do not apply in July or August, on public holidays or at weekends.
In conclusion, you would be simply mad to not get one if you are eligible; save yourself some money!
We've all done it promised a friend that we'll go and see them for their birthday only to find that the rail fares are too expensive. Yes it's true that this card only gives you a third off, but that means that if you spend £60+ a year on trainfares this card will have paid for its self.
For me I was in the unfortunate position of never having one for my first two years at uni. One of my friends had taken out the NatWest account and got a railcard for 5 years (I wish I had done that), and another had bought one. I didn't think that I would save money so kept putting it off, but I'm so glad that I did buy one as in the year that it's valid (12 months) I definatly saved over the £20, probably around £40.
So if it saves money why don't we all get one?
First you have to be eligable: 16-25 or in full time education. The former catagory is easy to prove (passport, birth cert etc). The if you fall in the later it will take some time as you need a stamped letter from your education establishment.
Secondly it's all about planning. You will need to send away for this, so expect about one week, but plan for two if buying online.
Where to get one?
Simplest way is online. http://www.railcard.co.uk/
I bought my Young Persons Railcard on the advice of my boyfriend, who I had started regularly travelling to go to see. Beforehand, I had just stuck with my student Oyster card, rarely travelling outside of London and when I did, usually by coach. However, to get to where he lives, there is no cheap coach option - so the train it had to be! The fare wasn't cheap either, bearing in mind I was visiting pretty much every weekend, my student loan is only so much, and so saving a third on the rail fare seemed a great idea. Even if it would be a few weeks before I'd effectively save my money back.
The Young Person's Railcard is available to anyone aged 16-25 or full time students over 25. At £26 a year, it's certainly a worthwhile investment for any eligible that uses trains regularly. Usually for travelling in London, I have a pre-paid Oyster travel card during University term-time, however, when I don't have this; I can get an off-peak travelcard for £5, saving £2.50 on the normal price of a zone 1-6 ticket. Not to mention saving a third off any other fare I purchase - whether it be a return to London terminals, or an open return to go visit a friend in Birmingham. All these little and big savings mean the railcard more than earns its worth throughout the year.
On the occasion where I am travelling longer distances during peak, the railcard also comes in handy, yes there's a £12 minimum fare, but then it's still a saving on the £15 I would have otherwise paid - or even more!
You can also connect your Young Persons Railcard to your Oyster card and this will allow you to save a third on the off-peak daily cap, meaning the most you'll pay for using the tube, tram, bus, DLR or London Overground for will be a third less than the normal off-peak Oyster cap - which is already 50p lower than the paper ticket price!
The Railcard can be purchased from any train station with a ticket office or from the young persons railcard website. Or, if you have a student account with NatWest - you can get one for free!
I have found my railcard extremely handy over the past year and will definitely keep renewing it as long as I can to get the most out of this very useful discount!
The Young Persons Railcard is for people aged between 16-25, or anyone aged 25+ who is in full time education. With it, you can get a 1/3 off discount on most train services, for £26 a year or £65 for three years. Recently the price has gone up (it was around £24 previously), but, since I first got mine around two years ago, I've noticed that at least once a year there'll be some discount on the card at some point - for last year's offer, the card was available with 50% off!
You can use this railcard with all train companies and on all journeys, but if you're using it before 10am a minimum fare applies. This makes it quite difficult to get your money back for anyone using this primarily for commuting to work. It's very easy to get your money's worth otherwise, though. I use my card when visiting my boyfriend and a return fare that would normally cost me £43 totals £29 with the added discount, so in little over two journeys, I've got my money back. I always appreciate this card when heading from my town into the city, costing me only £2.50 return and unfortunately whoever I'm with has to fork out over £4.
You can use this card to book online and at the ticket office - you'll be asked to present your ticket here, and when booking online it'll be checked on the train. You can only use the railcard when buying tickets on the train if the stop you got on at doesn't have a ticket office, or the ticket office was closed. I found this out the hard way!
I've had no trouble using my card. There've been no hidden rules that have meant I can't use it on certain journeys - you can even use this for travelling first class. It's well worth getting if you qualify and make regular train journeys after 10am, whether it be small, local journeys or longer journeys - you'll get your money back quite fast.
You can buy the Young Person's Railcard online via their website; www.16-25railcard.co.uk, or at the ticket office.
If you are aged between 16-25 or a mature student in full time education, and travel by train a lot, or make more than just one or two big trips a year it is quite simply madness not to get one of these. It is possible to save more then the £26 annual cost in one trip. For example I travel by train to visit my girlfriend when she is at university and a return without railcard would be in the region of £90, with a railcard it is £60. I often get it for much cheaper again by buying several weeks in advance. You always save 1/3 off the full fare.
There are a couple of problems with this card. For starters if you want to use the card before 10am monday to fridays then a £12 minimum charge applies, so if you want to use it to commute short distances to work for example, this card will be of no use. As a positive however there is no minimum charge at weekends or during july and august. It is also good that you can still save on first class advance fares and advanced fares in general so it is possible to pick up some real bargins.!
Another piece of advice i would offer is to make sure you renew before your 26th birthday, even if it is 1 day as long as you are still 25 you can still get one, and then save all that money even though you are 26 :-)