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During July and August there are no restrictions / minumum fares on the use of the 16-25 Railcard before 10AM so you can use this to get money off the tickets for morning commuting!

If, like me, you can't buy a weekly, this can quickly save you a fortune - with up to 33% off train tickets . Of course, it could even be a better saving than some weekly / monthly tickets... its worth working it out, for £24 you can get quite a bit of money off.
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#1
I am trying to book a morning ticket through nationalrail.co.uk and it doesn't seem to take this into account. Am I doing something wrong or is it not automatic?
#2
Works for me - 15.50 down to 10.25 - you have to click on young person's at the bottom of the screen when shown the times before you go through to fares.

Of course, it can depend on your train line but...
#3
Different train operating companies have different rules for deciding which tickets can be discounted with railcards. Virgin very generously allow you the 33% off first class advance tickets which usually means that a first class single, complete with a drink and a bite to eat costs less than a cheap day single on many trains :)

When trying to get a good deal on train tickets, look at national express east coast's website. They can sell tickets for any train operator, and their web interface makes it nice and easy to find the good deals on advance tickets
#4
Good info, thanks! :)
#5
The minimum fair on a YP Railcard is £8 for a single or £16 for a return on the commuter train. I know the £8 is correct, but I think the woman on the train made up the £16 thing.
#6
Yes, the £16 is correct (I sometimes buy tickets at £20.50 which get reduced to £16 before 10 and slightly less after 10.

July / August though - this doesn't apply (as per my post).

Thansk!

David
#7
distilledchill
Yes, the £16 is correct (I sometimes buy tickets at £20.50 which get reduced to £16 before 10 and slightly less after 10.

July / August though - this doesn't apply (as per my post).

Thansk!

David



Yeah I was just letting people know how good a deal it was. lol. The minimum fair gets me every morning!
#8
Excellent find-heat and rep!!:-D
#9
Excellent! Getting a 5-year railcard was the best freebie my bank ever gave me.
#10
there is no higher rate of min fare during july and august student break period

For all journeys made at or before 10am Monday to Friday, a minimum fare applies (except in July or August, or on public holidays). This applies to all tickets except the Off-Peak Day Travelcard (All Zones only) which has separate minimum fare conditions.

The minimum fare is either £8.00 or £16.00 depending on the type of ticket being purchased. Most will be £8.00, but the following ticket types have a minimum fare of £16.00: Standard Day Returns, Standard Open Returns, European Open Returns.

For example: If an undiscounted Single ticket costs £8.50 and the normal 1/3 saving makes the fare £5.60, you will have to pay the minimum fare of £8.00.

If an undiscounted Standard Open Return costs £27.00, then you will get the full 1/3 saving as the discounted fare of £17.80 is higher than the £16.00 minimum fare.

If you travel regularly before 10am, then a weekly or monthly season ticket may be more appropriate (Railcard discount on these tickets not applicable).

Off-Peak Day Travelcards (All Zones only):
Before 10am Monday to Friday (except in July or August, or on public holidays) the minimum fare is £8.00. At and after 10am on Monday to Friday and as advertised on Saturdays, Sundays, Public Holidays and during July and August the minimum fare is £4.80.


southern staff member !!!
#11
Wish they'd do something like this for the Network SE railcard.
#12
Was going to post this same info myself - heat and rep added!
#13
i'm 26. oh dear. :?
#14
"No restrictions"? So you don't have to be between 16 and 25?
banned#15
Cool, i already have a rail card so this is good to know

thanks
#16
Also, a note to any 25 year olds, you can buy a YP railcard the day before your 26th birthday and it will still be valid for 12 months.
#17
spheric
Different train operating companies have different rules for deciding which tickets can be discounted with railcards. Virgin very generously allow you the 33% off first class advance tickets which usually means that a first class single, complete with a drink and a bite to eat costs less than a cheap day single on many trains :)

When trying to get a good deal on train tickets, look at national express east coast's website. They can sell tickets for any train operator, and their web interface makes it nice and easy to find the good deals on advance tickets


Hi - although I am over 25 and use a Network railcard now (why didn't I think of getting one earlier?!) - got to say I'm loving the 'national express east coast's website' - so much simpler, better layout and more useful than the Nationalrail one & like you said, it covers all rail networks!
banned#18
distilledchill
Yes, the £16 is correct (I sometimes buy tickets at £20.50 which get reduced to £16 before 10 and slightly less after 10.

July / August though - this doesn't apply (as per my post).

Thansk!

David
Have you considered buying an Open Return? You can buy an Open Return ticket with your railcard if it's more than a certain distance... even before 10am (or 9.30am, I don't remember the cut off exactly).
#19
I ordered tickets to London last week with a 16-25 card on advance single and my tickets cost £7.90, travelling at 8.56 - so it's a bargain
#20
Anyone over 25 can get these cards if they are a full time student. You need to get your college to stamp the form, or have an ISIC card. I was a PhD student and had this for years.
#21
hitmanuk2k
Have you considered buying an Open Return? You can buy an Open Return ticket with your railcard if it's more than a certain distance... even before 10am (or 9.30am, I don't remember the cut off exactly).


Unfortunately, the open return isn't an option :(

Cheers,

D
#22
I have this rail card and didn't realise about the restriction removal!

Thanks very much
#23
RedOnRed
"No restrictions"? So you don't have to be between 16 and 25?


No, you don't actually. You just have to be in full-time education. I'm 28 and I've got one.
#24
punkrockprincess
The minimum fair on a YP Railcard is £8 for a single or £16 for a return on the commuter train. I know the £8 is correct, but I think the woman on the train made up the £16 thing.


Im not sure I understand this..I buy daily saver returns from Sheffield (evening) to Manchester (returning next morning) and it only costs £10.90 I can even buy from Manchester and still allowed to use on morning rush hour trains. I have even used throughout the year on rush hour trains with saver returns to London from Manchester
#25
I tend to buy monthly travelcards on Oyster solely for use on the Tube network - anyone knows if this will give me a discount on that?

Brilliant find though, has this always been the case? ie july / aug no restrictions?
#26
#27
piyush1982
I tend to buy monthly travelcards on Oyster solely for use on the Tube network - anyone knows if this will give me a discount on that?

Brilliant find though, has this always been the case? ie july / aug no restrictions?


yes, this has always been the case as long as i have had a railcard (13 years!)

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