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Save One-Third on U.K. Rail and Tube Travel

May 28, 2018

Savvy seniors who are planning multiple rail journeys in the U.K. should explore purchasing a Senior Railcard. This handy card gives you one-third discount on off-peak rail fares across Britain (generally off-peak is after the early morning commute). To see if you can save money, check Rome2Rio.com (or the Rome2Rio app) to evaluate whether the 30 pound price (just over $39 USD at this time) is enough to offset your ticket savings, based on your destination(s).


In London, you can save money on travel by the London Underground (Tube), bus, Docklands Rail, and River Bus services, among others, by purchasing an Oyster card from London Transport. If you’re staying for several weeks, it will pay to link your Oyster card to your Senior Railcard to save even more on your London travel. (You’ll need to go online to register your Oyster Card before you have it linked to your Senior Railcard.)


You can buy a Senior Railcard at almost any staffed National Rail station, and all you will need is the 30-pound fee and your passport to prove your age. Then you can go to a London Tube station to buy an Oyster card. After that, go online, register your card, and then ask a staff member at a Tube station to link your cards. (You cannot do this at the London Heathrow station, but you can at most Tube stations.)


Learn more about the Senior Railcard and the Oyster card and be ready to travel throughout Britain!





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