How to get cheap train tickets – claim £15 off any railcard and save up to 1/3 off rail fares all year

The start of this year may have seen the biggest jump in rail fares in five years, but there are ways commuters can keep travel costs down.

By investing in a railcard savvy train users can make long-term savings for a small one-off fee the railcard offers discounted fares for a year or more at a cost of about £30.

But here is a great offer from Quidco that will help you nab a free £15 off your railcard purchase – that’s half of the total cost, for free.

Just sign up to the Quidco cashback site (it’s FREE), click on the £15 railcard bonus offer, and then head over to Railcard.co.uk and choose the railcard that best suits you or your family’s needs.

It’s simple to do and the ongoing deal (it doesn’t expire until midnight on December 31, 2018) is great for parents looking to save extra cash over impending summer break.

Railcard discount – what you need to know

Before you book, check to see if you’re eligible for any discount railcards.

These are available for anyone under 26, over 60, disabled or with a family (discounts only if you travel with at least one child), and cost around £30 for a year.

Railcards apply to all UK Standard and First Class Anytime, Off-Peak and Advanced fares (although only after 9:30 in the morning on weekdays).

The launch of digital Railcards allows travellers to instantly buy and download one straight to the Railcard App (via Google Play or iTunes) on a smartphone.

Once downloaded rail commuters can start saving straight away – and if the phone battery dies the Railcard can be swapped on to another smart phone device.

Railcards explained

Railcards give travellers a third off their journeys all year round. Anyone can purchase one, providing you fall into one of the required age brackets. You can use them on both first and standard class fares.

Customers can choose to buy a one-year or three-year card, prices start at £30.

Options include:

  • Two Together Railcard: Get a third off for two travellers.
  • 16-25 Railcard: For those aged 16-25 or 26 years or older and in full-time education.
  • Senior Railcard: For those aged 60+ – you can also get a three year pass for £70.
  • Family & Friends Railcard: A third off adult fares and 60% off kids’ fares across the country.
  • Network Railcard: A third off travel for anyone (over 16) in the Network Railcard area
  • Jobcentre Plus Travel Discount Card – free- 50% off tickets to those unemployed claiming Jobseekers Allowance or Universal Credit for 3-9 months (18-24 year olds) or 3-12 months (over 25s)
  • Disabled Person’s Railcard: £20 for a year and a third off travel for the person you’re travelling with 24/7 in the UK.

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