Rail travel is one of the most popular forms of public transport in the UK at the moment. Whether it is commuting or for personal travel like holidays and short trips, trains can be a very quick and easy way to get where you are going.
As any commuter will know, forking out for a monthly, or even annual, ticket can prove to be extremely costly. Depending on how often you travel you will be able to work out whether investing in one of these will be cost effective for you.
One great way to reduce your travel costs is by looking at rail card options to see what kind of reductions they can offer.
There are a range of different cards depending on your age or situation so you should be able to find something that you can use.
Here are the railcards that might be able to save you money;
The 16-25 Railcard can be used by anyone that falls between these age brackets or mature students in fulltime education that are over that age.
The cost for the 16-25 Railcard is £30 or you can go online and buy a 3 year card for £70. There are other benefits including discounts on holidays, days out and the theatre and the average yearly savings are around £200.
Two Together Railcard
The Two Together card is perfect for over 16s that travel together, at only £30 per year the average saving is over £150.
This is only for people traveling in the South East and, like the 16-25 railcard, can save an average of around £200 per year for a cost of £30.
Family & Friends Railcard
For just £30 you can expect an average yearly saving of £130, discounted trips, theatre tickets and holidays and savings of up to 60% on children’s fares. As many as four adults and four children can travel on the one card.
The senior railcard is aimed at over 60’s and can offer the same discounts that on holidays, theatre tickets and more that other railcards provide. Costing £30 for one year or £700 for three you can expect average savings of around £120 a year.
Disabled Persons Railcard
The disabled persons railcard come in at a cost of £20 for one year and £54 for three years. You can expect to get 1/3 off UK rail fares for you and a travelling companion which can save you over £120 a year.
If you are a regular train user why not take a look to see if you can save some money with one of the railcards. The more you travel the bigger the savings you are likely to make.