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Review of "Discount Railcards"
Young Persons Railcard / 16-25 RailcardDepending on how you know it, the 16-25 Railcard is a discount railcard for students, offering up to a third off the cost of train fare.
This is particularly useful if you are a long distance commuter paying a high rail fee, or if you use the train a lot in general. For me, I can find using the railcard for a short distance to Birmingham, it costs less than getting the bus. So not only is it quicker, but its cheaper!It costs £24 to buy a railcard, which is valid for 12 months from the date of purchase, and can be bought over the desk at train stations, which makes them easy to get a hold of. The form is quick and easy to fill in, and you can receive and start using your card within minutes.
You will quickly get your £24 back in fare savings, so I wouldn't worry about the cost!However
And this is a big however.....You cannot use your railcard before 10am. This is the biggest restriction and the worst thing possible for any student! I am a student, and unfortunately, due to the university timetabling, I am expected at uni by 11am. To be there sensibly, I have to get a train which leaves at ten to 10, which is so close to 10am! Yet I can't use my railcard, which means I have to pay full fare. It costs me £10.40 for a full fare ticket which should only cost me £6.85 and it grieves me to pay it, but I've luckily managed to get a later train to avoid the 10am constraint, at a small cost of being late for lecture. Some students can't avoid this.
To paint a picture of how well the railcard works getting money off, I have to travel 4 days a week, and it costs around £45 a week. Using the railcard, it will save you £15. Think what you could use that £15 for! A night out, a new outfit, maybe extra money for savings....... whatever.The only possible way around the 10am thing is to book your tickets massively in advance. Sometimes it works out cheaper, depending on your journey, but I don't think it works for most.
It's definately a worthwhile railcard to have if you are not restricted by the 10am thing. So I give it 4 stars!! Just because it's saved me so much money in the past
Product Information : Discount Railcards
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Listed on Ciao since: 18/05/2002