Public, Community & School Transport

Rail Travel Discounts

Senior Railcard

If you are aged 60 or over, you are eligible for a Senior Railcard, which entitles you to a third off the price of most standard, first class and advance fares. The card costs £30 and is valid for one year. Application Forms are available from your local rail station, or you can purchase this online . Completed forms need to be handed in at the rail station with proof of age (birth certificate, passport or driving licence) and a passport-sized photograph. Cards can be purchased or renewed over the phone.

The Railcard Team
PO BOX 547

Tel: 08448 714036

Disabled Person's Railcard

If you have a disability that makes travelling by train difficult you might qualify for the Disabled Persons Railcard. A Disabled Person's Railcard costs £20 and is valid for one year or £54 for a three year Railcard. The Railcard entitles you to a third off the price of most rail fares in Great Britain and if you travelling with an adult companion, they can also travel at the same discounted fare.

You need to give proof that you are eligible for a Railcard. You might qualify if at least one of the following applies:

  • you have a visual impairment or a hearing impairment

  • you have epilepsy and continue to suffer from attacks despite medication

  • you are in receipt of a disability-related benefit.

The Disabled Persons Railcard can be bought online. Alternatively application forms are available from rail stations and main post offices and can also be downloaded. Send your completed form with your proof of entitlement and £20 or £54 to:

Disabled Persons Railcard Office
PO Box 6613
DD11 9AN

Please make cheques payable to 'Disabled Persons Railcard' and allow 10 working days for your card to arrive. Railcards may be renewed over the phone or using the online form.

For further details and an application form contact:

Tel: 0345 605 0525
textphone: 0345 601 0132

Non-railcard holders

If you use a wheelchair and wish to remain in it for a rail journey, you will be offered:

  • Single - 34% off

  • First Class or Standard Day Return - 50%

  • First Class or Standard Open Return - 34%

A companion may also travel with you at the same discounted fare.If you are registered blind or partially sighted, you can get discounted fares, but only if you are travelling with a companion. In this situation, you will both be offered:

  • Single - 34%

  • First Class or Standard Day Return - 50%

  • First Class or Standard Open Return - 34%

You will need to show proof of your impairment when you buy you ticket. Guide dogs travel free of charge.

Other discounted tickets such as 'savers' and 'cheap day returns' may offer better value to you in some cases. You should ask about these when you buy your ticket. If you are a regular traveller, you may be better off applying for a Disabled Person's Railcard.