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Buying railcard discounted ticket.

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towndrain

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Hello everyone

I am planning to buy an advance ticket for myself and a friend from Sheffield station tomorrow morning to use on Saturday but we will be travelling from a station with no ticket buying facilities. He has a young persons railcard wheras I don't. Can I still buy his railcard discounted ticket without having his railcard? If not from the counter from one of the machines?

Thanks in advance

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You will need to show the railcard at the station. You'd be best buying the ticket online applying the railcard discount then collecting the ticket from the station tomorrow.
 

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You will be able to buy both the undiscounted ticket and the Railcard-discounted ticket from the ticket machines at Sheffield.

If you tried to buy from the counter staff, then they would almost definitely refuse to sell the discounted ticket if you were unable to show them the Railcard.
 
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You will need to show the railcard at the station. You'd be best buying the ticket online applying the railcard discount then collecting the ticket from the station tomorrow.

Unless the railcard is a Disabled Railcard the OP has, in which case only one Railcard is necessary to discount two tickets.
 

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Although there is no requirement to show your railcard when purchasing, only when travelling. I am sure if you explain to the ticket office clerk they will be happy to oblige.
 

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Although there is no requirement to show your railcard when purchasing...
Most ticket offices operate a policy of not selling railcard discounted tickets unless the card is presented. If they do sell it, don't be surprised if they stamp the reverse to say that the purchaser has been advised that the ticket isn't valid without the card.
 

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Most ticket offices operate a policy of not selling railcard discounted tickets unless the card is presented. If they do sell it, don't be surprised if they stamp the reverse to say that the purchaser has been advised that the ticket isn't valid without the card.

Although that is generally the case if on the day of travel, they should not be refusing in advance for a lack of railcard.
 

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Although there is no requirement to show your railcard when purchasing, only when travelling. I am sure if you explain to the ticket office clerk they will be happy to oblige.

We are talking about Sheffield ticket office.....
 

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Most ticket offices operate a policy of not selling railcard discounted tickets unless the card is presented. If they do sell it, don't be surprised if they stamp the reverse to say that the purchaser has been advised that the ticket isn't valid without the card.

You might have slightly better luck if you're buying an adult ticket at the same - but maybe not!
 

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The Railcard T&Cs require that the card is shown when purchasing. Bit silly perhaps if buying online but rules is rules.

5. Tickets for your journey should be purchased before boarding the train and when buying tickets you must show the Railcard.

You are very unlikely to be sold it without showing the Railcard. I've certainly never managed it.
 
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It's long past the time for the T&C's to be updated to reflect the reality of life in the 21st century.
 

towndrain

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thanks for all the replies-got it from Sheffield station and they applied my friend's railcard discount, although think I will get them online from now on as it was quite a bit cheaper!
 
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