What UK train fare discounts can I get?

In September I am going to have to take the train to school everyday, it works out at £12.40 a day to get to school and back. I know I can buy a rail card for a discount but, is there anything else I can get to help me with the fare? Thanks in advance.

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5 Responses to “What UK train fare discounts can I get?”

  1. CHRISTOPHER says:

    Did you chose a school a long way from home, or was this the place allocated by the local authority. If the local authority allocated you to this school, and it is more than three miles from home, they have to pay, or arrange, your transport.

    If you are going further from home than necessary bu choice, then your parents have to pay. If you are 16, you can get a young persons railcard, which gives a big reduction (younger, and you get the child fare anyway). Season tickets are a lot cheaper – and there may be special concessions for journeys to school. Ask the school: they are quite likely to know what is available locally, because it does depend on where you live.

  2. younosygit says:

    Get a season ticket – they’re valid either for 7 days or for any period between 1 month and 1 year – you save more money the longer the ticket is valid for. Ask at a station ticket office for details and prices. You will need to get a photocard if you buy a ticket of 1 month or longer validity.

  3. Villa till I die! says:

    A 16-25 Railcard will save you 40p per day because of the £12 minimum fare – don’t buy one unless you plan to take enough leisure trips to pass the time.

    A season ticket will be your best bet, certain local authorities have student rates which work out cheaper

  4. The Mind Of Clive Jones says:

    School or College?

    If you are under 16 then get a child term pass if your local authority support such a scheme. 16 or over, you will need an adult pass. However, again, some authorities have schemes in lace.

    You should check locally by asking at your nearest staffed station. For example, if you are aged 16-18 and in Birmingham you can get child rate term season tickets. Your school or college might also have details of schemes.

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