Railcards and passes

Family waiting for the train at Liskeard station

National railcards

Save a third on many British train tickets by buying a railcard. They cost £30 (£20 for the Disabled Persons card).

Not just for Brits! You don’t need to live in Britain or be a UK citizen to be eligible. However, they can only be posted to UK addresses. Buy in person at a staffed railway station (each railcard is different, so it is best to check beforehand with Railcard Help to see if there are any documents that you will need to bring with you). You can still buy advance tickets online with the railcard discount. Just buy your railcard before you take the train.

Train passenger

Rover tickets

If you will be exploring Britain extensively by train, consider a Rover ticket. Everyone is eligible to buy one.

Buy Rover tickets on
the GWR website

Note - Only the All Line Rovers and those covering South Wales, South West England and the Thames Valley can be bought at the above link. Others can be bought at staffed stations. Get more tips about Rover tickets on the 'Man in Seat 61' website.

Pair of rail passengers

Britrail passes

Another option for non-UK residents who wish to do a lot of train travel during their stay is a Britrail Pass (only available to buy outside the UK). Buy in the Visit Britain online shop:

All travel advice on Scenic Rail Britain is provided in good faith. Fares and rules are subject to change. Scenic Rail Britain cannot take responsibility for any errors. Always research your journey carefully to get the best possible fare.

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