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Disabled and Senior Railcard

Disabled Persons Railcard

The Railcard will entitle both you and an adult companion to one third off most rail fares throughout the UK.
Unfortunately, you do have to buy the card; currently charges are £20 for a single year or £54 for three years.

Who is entitled?

You will be eligible for a Disabled Person’s Railcard if you:

• Are registered as having a visual impairment
• Are registered as deaf or use a hearing aid
• Have epilepsy
• Receive Attendance Allowance
• Receive higher rate Disability Living Allowance at either: the higher rate or lower rate for getting around (mobility); or the higher or middle rate for help with personal care
• Receive Severe Disablement Allowance
• Receive War Pensioner’s Mobility Supplement
• Receive War or Service Disablement Pension for 80% or more disability
• Are buying or leasing a vehicle through the Motability scheme

More information and application form download can be found online.

Alternatively you can contact the Disabled Person’s Railcard Office at the address below.
Disabled Persons Railcard, PO Box 6613, Arbroath DD11 9AN

Or use the helpline 0345 605 0525 (minicom/textphone 0345 601 0132) / (email).

Both application forms and information leaflets are available in easy read, large print and braille formats, and the information leaflet is also available in audio format.

Wheelchair users and registered visually impaired passengers do not need a railcard to receive a 34% discount on single fares and a 50% discount on return fares. This applies to Anytime fares only. Sometimes this discount can work out better than that offered by using your railcard and applies to a carer travelling with you.
To qualify for this reduction wheelchair users must remain in their wheelchairs for the the journey and visually impaired people must be accompanied. You may also be asked to prove your visual impairment from a ‘recognised institution’

More information on this discount on Anytime fares from National Rail Enquiries

50% off

If you’re a wheelchair rail traveller and you stay in your wheelchair for the entire duration of the journey, you can get a 50% discount on your rail ticket (and so can your carer) regardless of whether you have a Disabled Railcard or not.

Click here for more info. If the ticket sellers refuse this deal, tell them it’s code D50.

Children aged 5-15

Children aged 5-15 can apply for a disabled railcard. Although you can’t get a discount on child fares an adult travelling with the cardholder can get 1/3 discount on rail fares.

Did you know?

If you are visually impaired or blind, you can get a Braille sticker on your Disabled Persons Railcard to make it legible.

Other discounted fares for disabled people who do not have a Railcard

There are other concessionary discounts on fares available for visually-impaired people or wheelchair users who do not have a Disabled Persons Railcard.

You can get:
34% off on First Class / Standard Anytime Singles or Returns
34% off on First Class / Standard Anytime Day Single
50% off on First Class / Standard Anytime Day Return

If you are registered as blind or visually impaired and you are travelling with another person, the above concessionary discounts on fares apply for both you and your companion. You cannot get a discount if you are travelling on your own. Discount applies to adult fares only. You must show a document confirming your impairement when you buy your ticket and when travelling. It must be either a CVI/BP1/BD8 certificate or documentation from a recognised institution, for example, Social Services, your Local Authority, or Blind Veterans UK. Tickets can be purchased from staffed National Rail station ticket offices.

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Senior Railcard

If you are a regular train traveller and over 60, then the Senior Railcard is a great way to save money. It costs £30 for a year’s use, or £70 for a three year card. With it you can get 1/3 off all standard and first class train fares in the UK.

In order to buy the card for the first time, you will need to show either a passport, driving licence or birth certificate as proof of age. The card can be purchased at all major train stations and online here

Further information on how to buy and renew the card can be found at the senior railcard website.

Two together railcard

The senior railcard only gives a 1/3 discount for 1 person so this could help instead if you always travel with the same person. You both have to be named so you can’t change who you travel with but you are both entitled to 1/3 discount.
Click here to apply.

Railcards and Oyster pay as you go (updates)

Disabled Persons Railcard:

Disabled Persons Railcard holders travelling in and around London using Oyster on National Rail, London Underground and DLR services can get 1/3 discount on all pay as you go fares and daily caps. You can also buy discounted off-peak Day Travelcards to travel:

If you’re using pay as you go, you can also buy an off-peak Day Travelcard at 1/3 off the rate for one companion travelling with you for the whole of your journey”. Have a look at TFL website.

Older Person Railcard:

Using your OysterCard with Railcard will save you a third off, but Off Peak Only (After 09:30 Monday to Friday and any time on weekends and public holidays). Have a look at TFL website

How to get the discount:

You need to take your Oyster card and your National Rail discount card to any Underground ticket office, Overground ticket office or National Rail ticket office that issues Oyster cards. You then show your Disabled Persons Railcard and ask them to add your discount entitlement to your Oyster card. It will be valid until the expiry of the railcard. Once your Oyster has a discount attached to it you can no longer share it with other people as it is only valid with the associated discount card.

If you don’t use Oyster, you can get 1/3 discount on Off-Peak Day Travelcards Zones 1-6 for you and someone travelling with you.

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