Monday, July 23The Voice of London

6 Reasons To Get A 16-25 Railcard

One-third off rail fares for £30 a year is the 16-25 Railcard’s main attraction. But you can benefit in more ways than this, find out how to make the most of this handy little card.
Words: Tessa Ross, Subeditor: Eireann Beardon

Source: Billy Hicks/Wikimedia Commons
Source: Billy Hicks/Wikimedia Common

1. Good food savings

With the 16-25 Railcard you can claim two months free access to the Gourmet Society Restaurant app. This gives you discounts of up to 50% at over 6,000 restaurants, bars and pubs. This app is great for Londoners, with savings available at: Café Rouge, Strada, Tiger Tiger and many places alike.

You can also get a free two month tastecard membership to get 2 for 1 or 50% off at 1,000’s of restaurants. If you’re smart about the memberships you’ll get them at different times meaning four months of discount for the year!

Viaggio Routard/Flickr
Source: Viaggio Routard/Flickr

2. Connect to your Oyster card for discounted travel around London

The TFL website states: “If you buy a 16-25 Railcard, you can set the discount on a standard adult Oyster card, 18+ Student Oyster photocard to get a 1/3 discount on off-peak rail travel”. This is a great saving that not enough people know about, spread the word!

Frank Murmann/Wikimedia Commons
Frank Murmann/Wikimedia Commons

3. Savings on travel outside of the UK

You can use your 16-25 Railcard for benefits beyond the UK rail network. Real Gap are giving an 8% discount with the promo code ‘RAIL8CARDRG’. Real Gap specialise in everything from travel adventures, to volunteering, to paid work abroad.

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Source: LHOON/Flickr

4. London deals

Even those of us that live in London need an excuse to do something in the capital every now and again. And everything’s better with a discount! 16-25 Railcard holders can get up to 60% off select theatre tickets.

You can also save 20% on Virgin Experience Days, many of which take place in London. You can treat yourself to a three course meal at the Shard, an afternoon tea, or a hilarious comedy night. You can also use your discount to buy impressive gifts for your friends and family.

Source: Steve Collis/Wikimedia Commons
Source: Steve Collis/Wikimedia Commons

5. Competitions

The 16-25 Railcard hosts a number of competitions throughout the year. Right now there’s a chance of winning an iPad mini, a VIP trip to the Clothes Show and a pair of tickets to CATS at the London Palladium.

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Source: Closari/Flickr

6. Get a three year railcard for £70

It may seem like quite a hefty sum, but after this one-off payment you can reap the benefits without having to think of renewing for a long time.

Source: Hyperen/Wikimedia Commons
Source: Hyperen/Wikimedia Commons

Happy travelling!