A new railcard will be launched this year to let 16 and 17-year-olds buy half-price train tickets, the Government has announced.
The new 16 & 17 Railcard will go on sale on Monday 2 September, in time for the next academic year.
The railcard will allow 16 and 17-year-olds to buy train tickets at child prices – which are 50% of adult fares – until their 18th birthdays.
Currently, under-fives are generally allowed to travel for free with a paying adult, those aged five to 15 get a 50% discount on most fares, while those who are 16 and above may be eligible for the 16-25 Railcard, which gives a third off most fares.
How will the new railcard work?
16 and 17-year-olds who buy the railcard will be able to get 50% off …
Saving money while you travel. That is music to everyone’s ears. I was recently introduced to GoEuro.co.uk, a travel website (and app) that compares coach, rail and air travel across 11 countries in Europe.
The smart algorithm behind GoEuro will churn out results that range from the cheapest ticket prices to the smartest or fastest travel times, and offer you all the available modes of transport whilst taking into account waiting times at airports.
Naren Shaam, the founder of GoEuro, started the company three years ago, and since then has been steadily adding providers, new locations and countries to the GoEuro database in order to build a comprehensive search engine. He came up with the idea of GoEuro when navigating his way around Europe that “ground transportation in Europe is superior to the rest of …
Today I’ve applied for a free 2-month Family Railcard (and code for £10 off (valid 14 July – 14 August) a year’s card, which is normally £30).
As there seems to be a lot of demand after applying, I got this message: “we will endeavour to get your Railcard (aka Family & Friends Railcard) to you by 31st May 2014.” The card will be valid until 31st July and allows you to save a third on adult fares and 60% on child fares.
So who is eligible and some facts
If you are travelling with a child who is aged 5 -15, get applying! Up to four adults and four kids can travel on one Railcard – and they don’t even need to be related.
I have my name and Mr BH’s as you can …
On 3 March, the Two Together Railcard was officially launched.
Now I am a fan as I was one of the people who trialled it when it was being tested a year or so ago in the Midlands.
Basically you and one other person (can be anyone) have to both have your photograph on the card to get the discount on most travel after 9.30 am and on weekends/weekends….even on advance fares.
The card’s benefits made travelling to London cheaper for me definitely. However, since the trial and the official launch, there was a lull of about a year, so I went on the hunt for an alternative.
As most of my travel to work is to London, the Network Rail Card has proved very useful. From Banbury onwards, I get a discount. I did …
So I travel by train a lot especially to London. The fares have rocketed over the last few years, with a return going up £17. This increase really irks me.
I’ve found a number of ways to cut the cost of rail travel and keep journey costs down:
- Book your ticket in advance – advance can mean as late as 11.59 pm the day before travel. Advance tickets are not as flexible, and if you miss the train you could end up paying for a single fare home but if you know meeting times, this is a great option. Seats become available twelve weeks before travel for the cheapest fares….which is useful if you are doing regular journeys.
- Buy two singles – sometimes it can be cheaper than a return, since you may travel one