Black Friday Railcards: Save up to £35 when you buy with Trainline

Trainline's Black Friday Railcard deal is here!

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You can save £15 on your next train journey on top of a £20 saving on selected Railcards with this Black Friday Railcard deal.

Black Friday 2022 is officially here, with retailers from all walks of life sharing exclusive savings. We've been keeping our eyes peeled for all the best deals, from cookware such as Black Friday air fryer deals and the best KitchenAid discounts, to beauty items like Black Friday perfume offers.

But it's not just kitchen gadgets, must-have tech and beauty favourites on offer. This Black Friday deal from Trainline has also caught our eye - especially as it could save you a chunk of money if you're planning on visiting family and friends up and down the country during the festive period. If you buy a Railcard with Trainline between now and Monday 28 November, you'll save £15 on your next journey, and some Railcards also offer a £20 discount if you buy one with three years validity - that means you'll save £35 in total.  Keep reading to find out about all the different Railcards on offer and how you can take advantage of the deal...

Black Friday Railcard deals 2022

16-25 Railcard - £30 for 1 year, £70 for 3 years | Trainline

16-25 Railcard - £30 for 1 year, £70 for 3 years | Trainline

Does what it says on the tin - 1/3 off travel across Great Britain for those aged 16-25. A great option for students, graduates and young professionals.

Senior Railcard - £30 for 1 year, £70 for 3 years | Trainline

Senior Railcard - £30 for 1 year, £70 for 3 years | Trainline

1/3 off travel for those aged 60+ with this Railcard. Get a year for £30 or save £20 with a three year Railcard for £70.

26-30 Railcard - £30 for 1 year | Trainline

26-30 Railcard - £30 for 1 year | Trainline

Just like the 16-25 Railcard, this version gives 1/3 off train travel for those who sit in the age bracket of 26-30 years old. 

Two Together Railcard - £30 for 1 year | Trainline

Two Together Railcard - £30 for 1 year | Trainline

1/3 of rail travel for you and one other person when you travel together using this Railcard. A great option for couples, friends, colleagues and flatmates who regularly catch the train together.

Family & Friends Railcard - £30 for 1 year, £70 for 3 years | Trainline

Family & Friends Railcard - £30 for 1 year, £70 for 3 years | Trainline

Use this Railcard for up to four adults and four children (5-15 years old). Adults get 1/3 off and children get a 60% discount - at least one adult and one child must travel together. 

Network Railcard - £30 for 1 year | Trainline

Network Railcard - £30 for 1 year | Trainline

Travellers in the South-East of England can get 1/3 of travel after 10am with this Railcard (or any time on weekends and public holidays). This one's a great option for commuters.

16-17 Saver - £30 for 1 year | Trainline

16-17 Saver - £30 for 1 year | Trainline

With this Railcard, those aged 16-17 will get 50% off most tickets, including Seasons. Perfect for school and college students.

How much do Railcards cost?

Railcards usually cost £30 for a year or £70 for three years - though with a third off travel they quickly pay for themselves - and this Black Friday deal allows eligible customers to save even more with £15 off their next trip. This means if you're eligible for a three year Railcard you'll save £35 in total.

To take advantage of the offer, simply choose your Railcard, and a unique discount code will be sent to your inbox. Next time you're buying a train ticket, copy and paste this code at the checkout to secure the discount - but make sure you book before the end of December 2022. The offer is live from now until Monday 28 November - so you'd better be quick!

Not sure which Railcard you're eligible for? Use Trainline's Railcard finder. Simply input your age, who you normally travel with and whether you travel in the South East, and it will tell you which Railcard is best for you. 

When can I use a Railcard?

How and when you use a Railcard depends on the type you have. As a general rule, all Railcards can be used for discounted train fares during Off-Peak times, weekends, and public holidays. 

Some, like the age-related Railcards, can be used during Peak times with a minimum fare, and there's also a Disabled Persons Railcard that can be used at any time.

Where can I travel using a Railcard?

Where you can travel using your Railcard depends on which one you buy. Although, unless you've opted for the Network Railcard (only valid on journeys starting and ending in the South-East Network Railcard zone), you will be able to use it on the vast majority of routes in the UK.

According to Trainline, these are the most popular UK train journeys to book on Black Friday:

Trainline also offers SNCF Railcards, which allows you to explore France by train on national, regional and local routes - including high-speed trains from Paris train stations. And the great news is, the Carte Advantage is also on sale for Black Friday, saving you 50% off it's usual price - perfect if you're a frequent visitor to France.

Carte Advantage - was

Carte Advantage - was €49, now €24.50 for 1 year | Trainline

With this Railcard, you can get 30% off INOUI and INTERCITÉS TGV journeys all year round (60% discount for children aged 4 to 11), as well capped Second Class ticket prices for all your SNCF train journeys, all year round. Now 50%, the Carte Advantage will cost you just €24.50 - that's roughly £21.

What was Trainline's Black Friday Railcard offer last year?

Last year, Trainline offered a half price discount on all seven of its digital Railcards. Customers could get 50% off the price of these Railcards and save a third on train travel for a year with the code RAILCARD50 at checkout.

Trainline originally said the discount would run all the way up until December 17th 2021, giving customers an opportunity to make savings on festive journeys to visit friends and family or even buy a Railcard as a gift for a loved one.

However, the deal didn't run as smoothly as planned, and many frustrated users found that when they entered the code at the checkout they were told the deal had expired. In response, the Trainline tweeted: "Due to unprecedented demand, we’ve had to end our Black Friday deal earlier than anticipated. We’re sorry that you missed out on this occasion however, watch this space, as we may have some other exciting deals in the pipeline."

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