A quick check to make sure you're eligible...


If you’re between 16 and 25 years old, you’re eligible. In this case, you can buy your Railcard online using a valid debit or credit card, a valid UK driving licence or international passport, and a digital passport-style photo for uploading. It will then be delivered for free within 5 working days.



If you are aged 16 or 17, check out the 16-17 Saver which gets you 50% off rail fares including Season tickets. 


A mature student?

To be eligible as a mature student and buy a 1-year Railcard, you will need:

  • To be attending a recognised college or university, for over 15 hours a week, at least 20 weeks a year. Unfortunately, Open University, distance learning and part-time courses do not qualify.
  • To have the mature student section of the 16-25 Railcard application form completed by your College or University.
  • Have an NUS card or College/University photocard as proof of identity.


To apply online as a mature student please follow the steps below:

Fill out the mature student application form available to download here and upload the form when applying on the website. You'll also need a scanned copy of your student Photocard and a digital passport-style photo. 

Please allow up to 5 working days for your Railcard application to be approved and 5 working days for delivery.

Mature students will need to provide evidence of continuing study every year, and so are only eligible to apply for the 1-year Railcard.


Here you can buy or renew your Railcard, update your details and report a Railcard lost/stolen.


Don't forget you must have your Railcard with you when buying tickets and travelling.