Railcards - Which one to get

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  1. DoubleD55

    DoubleD55 Member

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    Sorry if this question sounds a bit simple!!

    I have reached the big 60 and am thinking of a Railcard

    The obvious one is the Senior Railcard but would I get the discounted ticket price for my wife on this - she's 58

    If the answer is no, I assume I would have to go for the Two Together one

    But again I assume that I can't use this if I got out on one of my Rail trips on my own

    Am I right in thinking I would have to have both to do what I want?
     
  2. Harpers Tate

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    Yes, you are right.
    Added factor: Senior Railcard has no time restriction - discount applies at any time; the 2-Together one has a weekday morning limit on it.
     
  3. Mojo

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    Depends on where you are travelling. Senior Railcards do not allow travel wholly in the Network Area (e.g. Brighton to Milton Keynes is not allowed, but Brighton to Rugby is) in the morning before the Off-peak Day ticket becomes valid.
     
  4. coastwallker

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    That's interesting. I had not realised that.

    I currently do Aldershot to Peterborough regularly and use a Network Railcard, splitting the journey at Huntingdon which is the northerly point of the network and travelling after 10. But later this year when I can get a Senior Card, I could do Aldershot to Peterborough even in peak times I presume.

    I like it :)
     
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    It's also worth knowing that you get your Senior Railcard discount on Plus-bus tickets, too. So if you are arriving at your rail destination before 09:30 , and have an onward bus journey to make before the free bus pass kicks in, the discounted plus-bus can often be the cheapest way of doing this.
     
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    Dependent on where he lives, if the OP is only just 60 he could have another six years to wait for a bus pass!
     
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    Oh yes, forgot that you can only get your bus pass when you reach 64¾ , or where-ever its got up to now.
    So my suggestion is even better for those in the twilight zone between 60 and the current bus pass eligibility age, as a senior railcard allows discounted bus travel.
     
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    Railcard discounts are available on Plus Bus tickets with a Network Railcard.
     
  9. DoubleD55

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    Thanks to everyone for the replies
     
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    No one has mentioned the Disabled Railcard. Do you use a hearing aid? That would make you eligible. Quite why I do not know but there must be thousands (probably hundreds of thousands) of people out there who use trains and would qualify but don't realise.
     
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    Wouldn't think he would be buying plus bus tickets, the OP will use the free council pass lol
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    Probably best to get both the senior and the two together one, that way you have the option, note that you can get a three year senior which is cheaper than the yearly total for three years, also note that you can use Tesco club card vouchers, think £14 pound in vouchers buy a card
     
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