1/3 OFF rail fares with the Senior Railcard. Turning 60 has never felt better, now with up to 1/3 off train travel anywhere in the UK. If you’re 60 or over the Senior Railcard is there for you to save on your trips.
Simply show your railcard when purchasing tickets at a booking office, mention it over the phone, or select the option when booking online and start enjoying great savings on your rail travel.
Save on the big things, like weekends away, trips to see friends in the Highlands and shopping trips to the capital. Or save every day on the little things – a quick trip into town for some shopping, a trip to the cinema, a cuppa with a change of scenery, or an evening out.
The railcard also opens up a world of savings on other things such as entry to attractions, discounted theatre tickets, meals out, and even holidays.
Find out more or apply for the Senior Railcard here
Frequently asked questions about the Senior Railcard
I’ll be 60 soon, can I buy one?
Yes, as long as you’re turning 60 within two weeks of ordering your card online. You won’t be able to use it until the day you turn 60. If you’re buying the Senior Railcard from a booking office, you’ll need to wait until your birthday.
How much does it cost?
The Senior Railcard costs £30 for 1 year, or £70 for 3 years.
When can I use it?
You can save money when you use your railcard to buy Standard and First Class Anytime, Off-Peak and Advance tickets.
Do I need to carry the railcard with me?
Yes, you need to be able to show the railcard whenever you buy tickets at the booking office or at a ticket check. If you don’t have your railcard with you, you will be charged the full price fare.
How do I apply for a Senior Railcard?
The easiest and quickest way to apply for a Senior Railcard is online , but you can also apply in any staffed station ticket office.
How do I apply for a Senior Railcard online?
When buying online, click ‘buy now’ on the Senior Railcard page , and follow the instructions given. You must provide a valid passport, UK driving licence or National Identity number to verify your date of birth, as well as a passport-style photo if you’re selecting ‘digital’ as the type of railcard you would like.
With the digital railcard option, a download code will be sent to your registered email address, as well as instructions on how to download your railcard.
Can I get a Senior Railcard at the station?
You can apply in person, by visiting any staffed station ticket office and providing a valid passport, UK driving licence or National Identity Card number, to prove your date of birth.
You will only be able to travel on discounted tickets once you have your railcard. Also note that you cannot buy railcards in advance of your 60th birthday in person at rail stations.
How long does it take my Senior Railcard to arrive?
If you are ordering a plastic Senior Railcard, allow five working days for delivery. You can instead choose to pay for ‘Special Delivery’, which will deliver your railcard within two days (Monday-Thursday) or three days (Friday-Sunday) as long as the order is placed before 15:45pm.
When can I apply for my Senior Railcard?
As long as you are within two weeks of your 60th birthday, you can apply and be ready to use the railcard from your birthday onwards.
You will not be able to travel on discounted tickets until you have your railcard, and your railcard cannot be used until your 60th birthday.
What can I save with my Senior Railcard?
Senior Railcards provide you with 1/3 off when you buy Standard and First Class Anytime, Off-Peak and Advance tickets.
The railcard costs just £30, so after just a few trips the card can pay for itself. Customers who use the Senior Railcard save an average of £98* a year, so why not use our journey planner to see how much you will save on your upcoming trips?
* Average saving is based on those made by Senior Railcard holders between March 2019 and February 2020, excluding price of railcard. Source https://www.senior-railcard.co.uk/
Can I save on special offers with my Senior Railcard?
Yes, your Senior Railcard can help you save on more than just train tickets. View offers and get more information about Railcard Rewards here .
How do I use my digital Senior Railcard?
Digital railcards will be stored within the Railcard app on your smartphone or device, so you don’t have to carry a plastic card with you. They don’t need to be sent in the post, so can be used more quickly if you need it for an upcoming trip.
Note that digital railcards can be stored on up to two devices.
You will need your download code to add your purchased digital Railcard to the ScotRail app on your smartphone or device - this should be found within the email confirmation you will have received after your application is approved.Click here for more information on digital railcards.
How do I renew my Senior Railcard?
When your Senior Railcard is within 30 days of its expiry date, you can renew it using these simple steps:
- Log into your Senior Railcard account
- Select ‘renew’ next to the railcard that you want to renew
- Check that the details are correct
- Pay, and your railcard will be updated
If you have registered your email address with your account, you will be sent a reminder that your railcard is due for renewal. However it is your responsibility to check that your railcard is in date and eligible before buying or using discounted tickets.
You can also update any of your details, by clicking the ‘edit’ button on the review page.
Can you get a refund on railcards?
No, unfortunately once a railcard has been bought it is non-refundable.
What happens if my Railcard is lost or damaged?
You can replace your lost or damaged railcard, with the administration cost of £10. If you bought your railcard online, go to ‘manage my railcard ’, and log in to apply for a replacement. Once logged in, go to ‘Details’ under your current Senior Railcard, and select ‘replace railcard (Lost or stolen)’. Select lost or damaged, and follow the further instructions on the screen.
Note that you can only apply for a replacement railcard 5 days after the date of the original purchase, and you can only have one replacement issued in a 12-month period.