Railcard October discounts: 33% off for digital railcards

MilesT6060842 Posts: 195
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edited 8 October 2022 at 3:31PM in Public transport & cycling
(partly posting here in the forum to improve search-ability of a major discount--one that tends to repeat once or twice a year with limited availability--but I also have a follow up question as the first reply)

Trainline and Trainpal are offering 33% discounts on most railcards for October (but limited availability so buy now, some other terms apply)

Including the 3 year Friends and Family (discounted price £47, very quickly pays back on family trips)

Digital only, no plastic card option (must show card through the app when buying in stations/ticket checks on train), BUT you can buy the ticket anywhere including operatorwebsites, not limited to buying through Trainline/Trainpal.  Discount not valid directly on the Railcard.co.uk website

The discount is described in the "Cheap Train Tickets" article on MSE, but the "Railcard Deals" article on MSE hasn't been updated.

Most of the "deals" websites haven't published the code yet (I found only one, which is how I found the deal, not on MSE), but some Reach group Newspapers have published the deal.


  • Following up my own post with a question. 

    I have found that the Railcard.co.uk website has an option to "transfer in" a railcard bought elsewhere (digital, maybe plastic/paper) to allow "management" (digital devices allowed to use etc). 

    You need to set up an account to get to the button on the profile screen to start the process (if you have bought a railcard direct from Railcard.co.uk you will have an account that shows your previous railcard purchases).

    Does anyone know if the "transfer in" option works successfully for discounted railcards purchased on e.g. Trainline? 

    Can you request a digital railcard to be made into a physical plastic card (for swapping between adults listed on the card and as a fallback in case of phone out of charge/lost etc.), similar to the "lost card" process (pay £10 for replacement)?

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