Network Railcard: Eligibility, Price/Cost, How to buy, use, renew?, Travel routes, Benefits 

What is Network Railcard?

Network Railcard


Launched Nationally: 1986

Related brands: National Rail Enquiries, British Rail

The Network Railcard is a discount card introduced in 1986 by British Rail, upon the creation of their Network SouthEast sector in parts of Southern England. The card is intended to encourage leisure travel by rail by offering discounts for adults and accompanying children on a wide range of off-peak fares. The range of discounts available, and the price of the card, have varied since that time, but the card has always been valid for a year’s unlimited frequency of use.

Benefits of Network Railcard

  • When you travel within the Network Railcard area with your Railcard, you and up to 4 adults can enjoy 1/3 off most train fares
  • Up to 4 children between the ages of 5 and 15 will get a 60% discount when traveling with you
  • A Network Railcard costs just £30, so it pays for itself after just a couple of journeys.
  • Over a year, you could save an average of £134

What discounts do you get?

A Network Railcard gives up to 1/3 off the following ticket types for travel in the Network Railcard area, subject to the appropriate minimum fare and the 10:00am Monday to Friday time restriction:

  • Anytime tickets
  • Off-Peak tickets
  • Anytime Day Travelcard (when bought as part of your ticket to London from outside London Zones 1-9)
  • PlusBus tickets – for bus travel to and from the station (and around town)
  • Some rail/sea journeys with Wightlink and Red Funnel Ferries to stations on the Isle of Wight, and Hovertravel services to and from Ryde Hoverport

What is the price/cost of getting Network Railcard – 1 Year Railcard price?

  • The price/cost of  1 Year Network Railcard is just £30

Network Railcard Cost

London to Brighton £13.35
Reading to London £14.90
Portsmouth to London £13.25

What are the area covered by Network Railcard?

  • Brighton
  • Cambridge
  • Gatwick Airport
  • Oxford
  • Portsmouth & Southsea
  • Reading
  • Richmond
  • Southampton Central
  • Winchester
  • Windsor & Eton Riverside
Valid on services within boundaries of railcard area Valid on all services
  • Abellio Greater Anglia
  • Avanti West Coast
  • Chiltern Railways
  • CrossCountry
  • East Midlands Railway
  • Govia Thameslink Railway
  • Great Western Railway
  • London North Eastern Railway
  • South Western Railway
  • West Midlands Trains
  • c2c
  • Elizabeth line
  • Heathrow Express
  • Island Line
  • London Overground
  • Southeastern
  • Southern
  • Stansted Express

How to use Network Railcard?

  • You can use your Railcard within the Network Railcard area
  • The Railcard discount is valid for journeys made any time on weekends and bank holidays and from 10am Monday to Friday, though some stations may allow you to start your journey earlier
  • A minimum fare of £13 applies to all journeys made from Monday to Friday, except on bank holidays
  • The minimum fare for Anytime Day Travelcards is £21.50 at all times
  • Minimum fares apply to each individual travelling


  • To buy a Railcard you’ll need to be aged 16 years and above

How to buy Network Railcard?


  • A valid debit or credit card
  • A passport-style photo (it can even be taken with your phone)
  • If buying for someone else – the Railcard holder’s details, including their email address


1. Visit

2. Click “Buy now”

Network Railcard

3. Choose the type of Railcard you would like (Plastic or Digital)
4. Enter Who is the Railcard being purchased for
5. Accept the terms and conditions
6. Click “Continue”

Two Together Railcard
7. Enter the RailCard holder Details
8. Register your Address and billing details
9. Make a Payment

Network Railcard

How to Renew Your Two Together Railcard?

  1. Visit the My Account
  2. Enter your User name and Password
  3. If your Railcard is expiring in the next 30 Days, or has already expired you will see a button to “Renew”
  4. Select the duration and type of card you would like to renew
  5. Choose type of card you’d like to renew
  6. You will be directed straight to the billing screen to complete your order
  7. Once you complete your purchase Click “Active”

How to use a digital Railcard?

  • When searching for tickets on Trainline website or in Trainline app, tap ‘add a Railcard’
  • Scroll down to select the type of Railcard you’ve bought from the list
  • They automatically apply your Railcard savings and show you the discounted price
  • Book your train tickets as a digital ticket, or to be collected at the station
  • Bring the device your digital Railcard and train tickets are stored on to show to a ticket inspector if asked


1.Where can you buy tickets with my Network Railcard?

You can buy your card discounted tickets online or at any National Rail station (ticket machine or ticket office) within the card area.

2. Can you use my Network Railcard at any time of day?

You can buy card discounted tickets for travel any time on weekends and public holidays or from 10:00am Monday to Friday. You may be able to start your journey a little earlier than 10:00am, see the time restriction easements section for details or check at your local station.

The 10:00am Monday to Friday time restriction applies to all types of tickets.

3. Can you renew your Railcard at a station?

Yes, if you do not wish to renew online, you can also renew at a staffed station ticket office.

Is digital Railcard refundable?

A digital Railcard is non-refundable once you’ve purchased

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