Family and Friends Railcard

If you regularly travel with family and friends, why not save money on your train tickets with a Family and Friends Railcard?


  • Save 1/3 on adult train tickets and 60% off kids’ tickets
  • Up to four adults and four children can travel together
  • Easy and quick to apply online
  • Lots more discounts on family attractions and days out

Family and Friends Railcards

With a Family and Friends Railcard, you will save 1/3 on train tickets and 60% off kids’ tickets anywhere in the country – including destinations on the TransPennine Express network, which goes across the North of England and Scotland.

You can also get loads of extra savings on fun family activities if you’re a Family and Friends Railcard holder, so you can make the most out of your days out, weekends and holidays together.

Who is the Family and Friends Railcard for?

Up to four adults and four children can enjoy cheaper train tickets using a single Family and Friends Railcard.

You can nominate two adults to be named as cardholders. Both adults don’t need to travel together, but you do need to travel with at least one child aged between five and 15 to get the discount.

Because up to eight people can travel together, it’s great for groups of friends or extended family to enjoy big days out together.

Children under five can travel for free by train – including on routes in the TransPennine Express network. Each adult can have up to two under fives with them. If you only have one child in the group and they’re under five, you’ll have to buy them a child train ticket to get the Family and Friends Railcard discount.

If your child turns 16 before your one-year Family and Friends Railcard expires, they can still travel at the discounted child fare for as long as the card is still valid. Or, if you have a three-year Family and Friends Railcard, they can still get the discount until the day before their 17th birthday. 

When Can I use My Family and Friends Railcard?

You can use your Family and Friends Railcard to save 1/3 off standard anytime, Off-Peak and advanced adult fares, and 60% off kids’ fares too. 

Although your train ticket discount won’t apply during peak morning times, these restrictions don’t apply during public or bank holidays. So, if you’re going away for a bank holiday weekend you can still save money on your journey.

And remember – there’s no limit to the number of times you can use your Family and Friends Railcard, so you can take as many trips and fun days out as you want all year round. 

How Much is a Family and Friends Railcard?

A Family and Friends Railcard costs £30 for one year, or you can buy a three-year Railcard for £70. 

At such a good price, you could well find you pay back the cost of your Railcard in only a couple of trips.

How Do I Buy a Family and Friends Railcard?

If you want to buy a Family and Friends Railcard you can apply, go to a Ticket Office or phone.

If you apply online for your Family and Friends Railcard, you’ll need to submit the name of the second card holder. Up to two adults can be named as cardholders, but you need to register both at the same time as you can’t add or change the name later on. 

If you buy online, you’ll have to wait until you receive your Friends and Family Railcard before you can start using it. If you want to take advantage of your train travel savings straight away, you might be better off buying your Railcard from a train station where there is a staffed Ticket Office. You’ll need to download the application form and take it with you to the train station.

Alternatively, you can get your Family and Friends Railcard by phoning 0844 871 4036. If you buy your Railcard over the phone, you’ll need to send photos of you and the second named cardholder via email. 

Do I Need to Apply for a Family and Friends Railcard?

Yes, you need to apply if you want to buy a Family and Friends Railcard. You can apply online, over the phone, or download a form to apply at a staffed Ticket Office. You’ll need a passport photo and ID.

How Do I Renew My Family and Friends Railcard?

You can renew your Family and Friends Railcard easily online. 

Because you have to have a valid Family and Friends Railcard on you to get cheap train tickets, make sure you allow enough time for your replacement to be sent to you in the post before you travel.

You can also renew your Family and Friend Railcard at a staffed Ticket Office.

What Should I Do if I’ve Lost My Family and Friends Railcard?

If you’ve lost your Family and Friends Railcard, or it’s damaged, you can apply for a replacement one. 

You can either do this online, or if you bought your Railcard from a Ticket Office and have your stamped receipt, you can get a replacement Railcard from a train station.

Whether you get your replacement Family and Friends Railcard online or from a staffed Ticket Office, you’ll have to pay a £10 administration fee.

If your Railcard was stolen and you have a crime reference number, you can get a free replacement by either logging into your online account or going to a train station and speaking to a member of staff in the Ticket Office.

Family and Friends Railcard Offers & Discounts

As well as cheaper train tickets, your Family and Friends Railcard can save you money on all kinds of fun days out and experiences.

If you’re going away for a weekend, holiday or mini-break you can save money on your accommodation with Haven Holidays and Hoseasons, and you can also get a one year YHA Household membership for just £10, which is a huge 67% saving.
 
You can save up to 60% on theatre tickets, enjoy even more delicious savings thanks to two free months membership of tastecard, and 20% off loads of fun and exciting activities with Virgin Experience Days.

Links to other Railcards

The Family and Friends Railcard offers great value for up to four adults and four children aged five to 15, but if you don’t qualify for this discount card you could still make big savings with one of the other options. Check out the 16-25 Railcard, Two Together Railcard or Senior Railcard to see which one you can apply for.


16-25 Railcards

If you’re aged between 16 and 25, or you’re over 25 and in full time education, you can save at least 1/3 on train travel with this railcard.

16-25 Railcards
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Lost Railcards

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Senior Railcards

If you’re 60 or older you can make great savings on your train travel and days out with a Senior Railcard.

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Two Together Railcards

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