A nationwide trial of the new 26-30 Railcard will start on Tuesday, but if you want to get one you’ll have to go quick, as there are only 10,000 available.
The 26-30 Railcard, which is only available digitally and costs £30 for a year, gives those aged 26 to 30 a third off most rail fares in England, Scotland and Wales.
The card has been available on a limited trial basis since December to those who live in the area served by Greater Anglia, but will be available nationwide from Tuesday.
MoneySavingExpert was the first to reveal plans to roll-out the railcard back in October.
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How much does the Railcard cost and what does it get you?
The new railcard is very similar to the current 16-25 Railcard. It costs £30 and gets you a third off most rail fares for a year.
There is a £12 minimum fare at some times. This applies between 4.30am and 10am Monday to Friday, for any anytime and off-peak single and return tickets.
You can the Railcard up to and including the day before your 31st birthday and keep using it until its expiry date.
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How will the trial work?
The nationwide trial will work in the same way as the current trial in the Greater Anglia region.
The railcard will only be available digitally, so once you buy it, which you can do on the 26-30 Railcard website, you’ll need to download the Railcard app. You can then start getting discounts on rail fares straight away.
There is no option to purchase a three-year card; all the cards will be for one year only.
The Rail Delivery Group says it can’t comment on what time the Railcard will go on sale, so unfortunately, if you want to guarantee you’ll get one, you may need to keep checking throughout the day.
What does the Rail Delivery Group say?
A spokesperson for the Rail Delivery Group said:The trial of the 26-30 Railcard is part of the rail industrys long-term plan to change, improve and boost communities by enabling more people to travel by train.
“Research being gathered as part of the 26-30 Railcard trial is being used to inform discussions with the government about a national roll out, and to develop new products that make leisure travel easier and better value for customers.