6.1.1 16-25 Railcard
The 16-25 Railcard
is available to everyone under the age of 26. It is also available to anyone in full-time education. The Railcard currently costs £30 for a year and is valid until the expiry date, even if the holder turns 26 during this period.
The 16-25 Railcard entitles the holder to 34% off all Standard Class single and return fares. The same discount is available on First Class Advance fares, but not on First Class walk-on fares. It also offers a discount on most ranger and rover products, usually 34% but please check.
If you travel between 04.30 and 09.59 on Mondays to Fridays, a minimum fare of £12 applies to all walk-on single and return fares. This means that if your fare is more expensive than £12, the minimum you will have to pay is £12. If your fare is £12 or less, you will not get any discount. If you regularly travel at that time on Mondays - Fridays, a season ticket
might be more economical.
The £12 minimum fare does not apply at weekends, on public holidays or on any day in July and August, or to advance tickets.
London Travelcards have separate minimum fare arrangements. For details please see Section 5.9.5
The 16-25 Railcard can be obtained from any staffed station ticket office or online. A 3-year version which is better value (currently £70) is available for online purchase only, but cannot be purchased after your 24th birthday. If you are a full-time student over the age of 25, you must have the relevant sections on your application form completed by your institution. You will need to provide a passport-sized photo (or an electronic photo if applying online) the first time you apply for a Railcard. The Railcard issued at a ticket office should consist of a Photocard and the Railcard itself. The Railcard issued online should come with your Photocard and the Railcard in one.
The commonly used code for the 16-25 Railcard in Ticket Issuing Systems is YNG, derived from the product's previous name of Young Persons Railcard, however the code printed on tickets with the relevant discount applied is "16-25."
In addition to the above, the 16-25 Railcard gives the holder access to discounted off-peak single fares and off-peak caps on National Rail, London Underground and Docklands Light Railway services within the London zonal area
when using Oyster PAYG
(Pay As You Go). You must ask for this entitlement to be added to your Oyster card manually. This can be done at any London Underground ticket office, amongst others. These are not subject to minimum fares, therefore you can touch in before 06.30 on a weekday and pay the discounted single fare, although this fare will count towards the undiscounted peak cap (which does not offer a Railcard discount), not the discounted off-peak cap. Once this has been added to your Oyster card, you must not give your Oyster card to anyone else to use.
Furthermore, some Train Companies offer additional discounts to holders of 16-25 Railcards, such as First Transpennine Express, who offer 50% off rather than the usual 1/3 on their Advance fares if booked through this