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Save 1/3 on rail journeys across the United Kingdom !!
Young Persons Railcard
Member Name: jdrockstar
Young Persons Railcard
Advantages: Great discounts on train travel
Disadvantages: some restrictions
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.
Summary: Well worth it and i have saved a lot of money