Just when we thought our cheap rail travel days were over when we turned 26, there’s a new railcard with 1/3 off fares until we turn 31. And we are here for it.
The 26 to 30 railcard costs £30 per year and is estimated to save an average of £125 per year. It can used on journeys across England, Scotland and Wales.
The card launched at noon today and the website has long concert type queues. However, with rail fares also rising by 3% today, we think it’s worth the wait.
I'm in a 56 minute online queue… What could possibly be worth waiting this long for? Gig tickets? Lastest tech? New game release?
— Ben Lolley (@bee_lolls) January 2, 2019
Unlike the trial that took place last March which saw 10,000 railcards sell out in hours and many travellers disappointed. This time the website let users know they could come back another day as the railcard is here to say. However, those who turn 31 tomorrow will need to secure their 1 year railcard before the stroke of midnight as tomorrow they will be too old and therefore ineligible.
— Jenni_Fleet (@JenniFleet) January 2, 2019
Unfortunately the railcard is less useful for those of us who commute as it cannot be used on season tickets, and there’s a minimum fare of £12 on all journeys made before 10 am. But if you do regularly travel off peak or over long distances, the new railcard could save you a packet.
How Do I Apply?
To apply for the 26-30 railcard, visit the Railcard website, but you must be between 26 and 30 years old to at the point of application. Therefore you can still apply up until the evening before your 31st birthday and travel for a full year afterwards.
You will need ID – either a driving licence or passport, and have a clear passport-style photo. The railcard must also be paid for by card.
Anything Else I Should Know?
This railcard is only available digitally so you will need to download the Railcard app. We also recommend you charge your phone before you travel as the railcard wont be valid if it cannot be read. Eeek!