UK Senior Railcard: How Much Can Pensioners Save on Rail Travel?

If you travel by train – either regularly or even just a few times a year – then you might find that a Senior Railcard could save you some cash. This scheme helps the over 60s get discounted rail fares across the UK network. How much can you save and what will it cost you?

You buy Senior Railcards either annually (£28 a year) or as a three-year deal (£65). So, this will cost you some set-up money – it’s advisable to check out the kinds of discount savings you’ll typically make before buying a card to make sure you’ll end up saving enough to make the investment worth your while.

You’ll save a third on your journeys across our rail network. This can be applied to First, Second and Standard Class and is also valid on the Gatwick Express and Advance fares. As an added bonus your card could save you extra on partner deals such as hotel bookings, eating out at certain restaurants and days out (often as 2 for 1 deals or 50% off offers).

There are some restrictions you need to know about. You can’t always use the card to travel whenever you like – there may be time restrictions depending on when you’re travelling and who with. Generally, you’ll be good to go during weekends and Bank Holidays – restrictions tend to apply to busier commuting times especially if you live in London or the South East.

Finally, you need to be 60+ to get a card. You can buy one at stations or online by debit or credit card. Remember to take along some ID – you can use your passport or driving licence number online or your passport, driving licence or birth certificate if you buy at a station. If you are planning a trip to Europe and will be travelling by train then you may also qualify for an InterRail Senior Discount.

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