Family and Friends Railcard – the costs, the benefits and how to use it

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Family railcardWhat is a Family and Friends Railcard?

A Family and Friends Railcard (formerly Family Railcard) enables anyone travelling with kids to get one third off adults’ fares and 60% off kids’ fares across Great Britain.

Up to four adults and four children (5-15 years old) can travel using one Family & Friends Railcard. The minimum group size is one child and one named cardholder.

Also, two children under 5 years can travel free with each paying adult, bringing the total number of people who could travel on one Family Railcard to 16!

You don’t need to be related, so your friends and their kids can also benefit from the discounts a Family & Friends Railcard has to offer.

What are the benefits of a Family and Friends Railcard?

  • The railcard costs just £30 per year
  • Save 33% on adult and 60% on child rail fares
  • Up to four adults and four children can travel on one card
  • You can also save £20 off the cost over three years if you buy a three-year railcard, which costs £70

How much does the Family & Friends Railcard cost?

A Family Railcard costs just £30 and is valid for a year – you can also buy a three-year card for £70, which saves you £20 over the three years.

How does the railcard work?

All you have to do is simply show your Family & Friends Railcard when purchasing a train ticket. A Family & Friends Railcard can also be used when purchasing train tickets online, When travelling you must have your Family & Friends Railcard with you.

  • Two adults can be named as cardholders. You don’t need to travel together but you do need to be travelling with at least one child between the ages of 5 and 15 to be eligible for the discount.
  • Up to four adults and four children can travel on the same card and receive the savings.
  • You don’t need to be related.
  • If you’re with kids under 5, they travel completely free.
  • Each adult can have up to two ‘under 5s’ with them. But if there’s only one child in the group and they’re under 5, you’ll need to buy them a child ticket to be eligible for the Family & Friends discount.
  • If your little one turns 16 before your one-year Family & Friends Railcard runs out, they can still travel at the discounted child fare for as long as the card is still valid.
  • If you have a three-year Railcard and your child turns 16 before it runs out, they can carry on travelling at the discounted child rate until the day before they turn 17.

What are the time restrictions?

There are some restrictions on purchasing discounted tickets for travel during the morning rush hour (peak time) Monday to Friday (not including Public Holidays) in the London and Southeast area.

How do you purchase a Family and Friends Railcard?

There are three ways you can purchase a Family and Friends Railcard:

  • Online – at www.familyandfriends-railcard.co.uk – fill out the application form and make the payment online. The card is then dispatched within three working days.
  • In person – complete an application form and take it to your nearest staffed station ticket office or rail appointed Travel Agent.
  • Over the phone – call National Rail enquiries on 08457 48 49 50* to find out your nearest Train Company telesales number.
    * Calls to this number are charged at the local rate and may be recorded.

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