Discount Rail Tickets can help with the cost of train travel in Britain.
If you live abroad there are several ways to accomplish this. One is to Advance Book your seats on-line. However, you are then limited to catch the train you have selected.
If your flights are delayed and you miss your train you lose your money and will have to re-book. If you are a senior you can buy Senior Railcards. These cost thirty pounds each so even though the card is valid for one full year you need to travel 2 or more long journeys to reap the savings.
If there are two of you traveling together the answer is a Two Together Railcard.
This costs thirty pounds (fifteen pounds each) and pays for itself with your first train tickets. There is a downside to this and one which British Rail should amend. You cannot buy this card at an airport. You can purchase this card on-line while abroad if you have a British address to which they can send it & to which you can pick it up from before starting your rail travel. If you do not, then you cannot start your rail travel from an airport, you first have to get to a train station that supplies them. NOT all stations do – so check with British Rail first. It takes only about 10mins. to fill out the application and purchase the card if you have a photo of each person named on the card.
Although the instructions say passport photo – a Canadian passport photo is too big. It is more like a Canadian Citizenship photo – it should measure 3.5cm x 4.5cm. Even with its downside this Two Together Railcard was worth it.
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