Railcard FAQs

What discounts do I get?
A Network Railcard gives you 1/3 off most standard adult rail fares for travel in the Network Railcard area.

The added benefit is that up to three adults can travel with you and they will also get 1/3 off their rail fare. Plus, you can take up to four children (aged 5 to 15 years) with you and save 60% on each child fare.

How much does it cost?
The Network Railcard costs £30 and is valid for 12 months.

What tickets can I get a Network Railcard discount on?
A Network Railcard gives discounts on the following tickets for travel in the Network Railcard area, subject to the appropriate minimum fare and the 10.00am Monday to Friday time restriction:

  • Anytime tickets
  • Off-Peak tickets
  • Off-Peak Day Travelcards (Zones 1-6)
  • Anytime Day Travelcard (when bought as part of your ticket to London from outside London Zones 1-9)

You can also save on inclusive train and bus 'PLUSBUS' tickets, and journeys to the Isle of Wight using Wightlink or Red Funnel (Ferries or ‘Red Jet’) services.

Minimum fares and child supplement fares for journeys to the Isle of Wight also apply, so check for details at your local staffed station before planning your journey.

Please note:

- Some tickets may have conditions or restrictions that will apply, such as time restrictions for return travel from central London.

- Not every ticket type is available for every journey that you may wish to make.

What tickets can’t I get a discount on?
A Network Railcard will not give you discounts on Advance tickets, Season Tickets, First Class tickets, Oyster pay as you go, Eurostar tickets, special excursions or charter trains, or in conjunction with some Train Company special offers.

Network Railcard discounts are not always available on bus links, especially those to airports e.g. Railair Links. You cannot buy discounted tickets for journeys wholly on the London Underground and Docklands Light Railway, or Travelcards valid for more than one day.

If you travel outside the Network Railcard area you can only use the Network Railcard to the boundary and will have to buy full price tickets for the journey outside the area. You must purchase these tickets before you cross the boundary and the train you are travelling on must stop at the boundary station.

Is there a Minimum Fare?
Yes, the minimum discounted adult fare payable is £13 on all journeys Monday to Friday. The minimum fare does not apply at weekends or on Public Holidays.

The minimum discounted child fare payable is £1 at all times.

The minimum fare payable for Anytime Day Travelcards is £17.00 at all times.

Minimum fares apply to each individual travelling, not to the total value of tickets purchased.

Where is the network Railcard area?
The Network Railcard area is shown on the map attached. All discounted journeys must be within this area.
Network Railcard Area Map.

Can I use my Network Railcard before 10.00am Monday to Friday?
Generally Network Railcards are NOT valid for use before 10.00am if you are travelling between Monday to Friday. However some train companies may allow Network Railcard holders to start their journey a little earlier than 10.00hrs Monday – Friday on certain services. See Current easements on the Network Railcard time restrictions section. View time restrictions.

I have an Annual Gold Card or Annual Gold Travelcard and I have heard that I can buy a Network Railcard for another adult for £10.
Yes, one of the benefits of having an Annual Gold Card is that holders can buy a Network Railcard for another adult for just £10. Unfortunately it is not currently possible to buy this online although Annual Gold Card holders can purchase it from any staffed ticket office at a National Rail station within the Network Railcard area.