Family & Friends Railcard

Savings for kids and adults

The Family & Friends Railcard makes days out with your tribe better than ever. With a third off for up to four adults and 60% off for up to four kids, you can enjoy making memories for less. What’s more, this railcard gives you access to great discounts on holidays, dining out, tickets for popular attractions and more.

Is this the railcard for me?

If you would like to save money on family travel, absolutely.

You can name two adults as cardholders on your Family & Friends Railcard. You don't need to travel together, but you do need to travel with at least one child (aged five to 15). And you don’t need to be related, so it’s perfect for days out with friends too.

When can I use it?

Whenever you like, and as many times as you like. It’s valid with Standard Anytime, Off-Peak and Advance tickets.

If you’re travelling with kids under five, they’re completely free. But if there’s only one child in the group and they’re under five, you’ll need to buy a child ticket to be eligible for the Family & Friends discount. There’s a £1 minimum fare for child tickets.

For full terms and conditions visit

How do I use it?

Buying tickets online

Select the Family & Friends Railcard option from the railcards dropdown.

Using the ticket machine

Once you’ve chosen your route, select the Family & Friends Railcard button.

In the ticket office

Show your Family & Friends Railcard when buying your ticket.

On the train

You must keep your railcard on you when you travel, so you can present it during your trip. If you forget, you will need to buy a new ticket. If you have a digital railcard and your phone runs out of battery or gets lost, you can swap your railcard onto another mobile device.

Remember, to get the discount, one named adult on the railcard must be travelling with at least one child. Up to four adults and four children (aged between five and 15) can travel on one card.

How much does it cost?

A three-year railcard costs £70 for the whole family. For one year, it’s £30.

How much could I save?

The average annual saving on travel is £141.

Based on the average saving made by Family & Friends Railcard holders in 2018/19.

How do I get one?

You can buy one-year and three year railcards online – in digital or physical versions. Or, visit any staffed ticket office to buy a one-year railcard.

Buy a Family & Friends Railcard