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Old 18th Jul 2012, 19:17   #1
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Frequent train travellers look in - Too old for a railcard ..

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Very simple question Iíve just turned 25 and want to start using more trains to travel up the country (London to Manchester). I got my girlfriend a rail card which saves her 1/3 of all fares however as Iím now 25 i do not qualify for one. Is there any other similar discount schemes that i have missed or do i just have to accept i have to pay full wack. If so i might as well keep driving as it only works out a little cheaper when going on the train without the flexibility of having a car for the weekend.

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Old 18th Jul 2012, 19:26   #2
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Old 18th Jul 2012, 19:34   #3
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You're talking about the Young Person's Railcard, aren't you? You can still get a Network Rail card for a similar price. Similar benefit and rules.

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Old 18th Jul 2012, 19:37   #4
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If you are 25 you still qualify for the young persons rail card (16-25) up until the day before your 26th birthday. I think you can also buy a two year one if you want, allowing savings until just before 28 if you time it right (not entirely sure about the latter, certain about the 1 year card though).
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Old 18th Jul 2012, 19:38   #5
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Sam

Looked promising for a minute however the network rail card only takes you so far as Bedford

http://www.railcard.co.uk/clientfiles/File/map.pdf

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Old 18th Jul 2012, 19:39   #6
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If you are 25 you still qualify for the young persons rail card (16-25) up until the day before your 26th birthday. I think you can also buy a two year one if you want, allowing savings until just before 28 if you time it right (not entirely sure about the latter, certain about the 1 year card though).
Really? I shall give that a go if that is the case, means i can get from London to Manchester for around £45 at the times i need to travel

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Old 18th Jul 2012, 19:43   #7
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You can only purchase 1 year or 3 years .. Surely if i was to purchase 3 years it would be invalid after i turned 26 ?


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Old 18th Jul 2012, 19:45   #8
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You can only purchase 1 year or 3 years .. Surely if i was to purchase 3 years it would be invalid after i turned 26 ?
This is relevant to my interests. I turn 25 in a matter of days .
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I think the t&c says you can still use it after you turn 26, as long as you bought it before. Never knew they did 3 years. I bought my last a couple of days before I turned 26 so I could still make the most of it. Someone checked my dob on purchase.

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Old 18th Jul 2012, 19:48   #10
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Buy a 1 year one now, and then again the day before your 26th Birthday even if it hasn't expired yet. Thats the best way to maximise coverage.

There is no national railcard for 26-60 year olds, only local ones.

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Old 18th Jul 2012, 19:50   #11
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I think the t&c says you can still use it after you turn 26, as long as you bought it before. Never knew they did 3 years. I bought my last a couple of days before I turned 26 so I could still make the most of it.
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16-25 Railcards that last for three years are available for £65, which saves you even more money. You can get one of these up until the day before your 24th birthday.
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edit: ah, thats the 3 year one. As I said, only 1 year ones are an option for you.

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Old 18th Jul 2012, 20:12   #13
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To be honest, if I don't have a car when I'm no longer eligible for the young person's card, I have no idea how I'll travel. I can't believe how expensive the train is.

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Old 18th Jul 2012, 21:17   #14
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mates got one (young persons railcard) in his younger brothers name with his own photo on. hes 28

scamming the scammers
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Old 18th Jul 2012, 21:25   #15
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Someone I, er, know (yes, that will do) went to Kao San Road in Bangkok, bought enough student cards for the next few years and kept himself in young person's railcards into his early thirties.

Very dishonest, though. I don't agree with that sort of behaviour at all.

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To be honest, if I don't have a car when I'm no longer eligible for the young person's card, I have no idea how I'll travel. I can't believe how expensive the train is.
I'm afraid horse and cart is the way to go.

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This is relevant to my interests. I turn 25 in a matter of days .
Buy the three year pass online now.

EDIT: OK, 24th birthday.. looks like you missed it!
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You can only purchase 1 year or 3 years .. Surely if i was to purchase 3 years it would be invalid after i turned 26 ?
A guy I worked with got a 3 year one when he was 25 with the intention of keeping it until he's 28. I'd expect their system to kick up a fuss if it wasn't allowed.
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You can't buy a 3 year one if you are 25. The online system rejects you.

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