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Reduced-rate fares for disabled passengers

Disabled Persons Railcard

Certain types of disability entitle you to a Disabled Persons Railcard (DPRC). See if you qualify; full details are available on the DPRC website, by phone from any of the train operators’ assistance help lines or pick up a Rail travel made easy leaflet at the station.

The Railcard (currently £20 for one year or £54 for three years) offers you up to 34% reduction (50% off to a child holder) and 34% to an adult making the same journey with you, on all general ticket types in either first or standard class. DPRCs must be applied for by post or online. They cannot be bought at stations.




Ticket types available




DPRC holder


Most National Rail fares, Single or Return


(Discounts also on some Railrovers and Ranger tickets but not always 34%)






DPRC holder’s companion


 Senior Railcard

If you do not qualify for a DPRC but are 60 or older you can get a Senior Railcard online or at stations with no formality other than proving your age. This Railcard will give you up to 34% off all general ticket types. See for full details. Anyone travelling with you will need their own Railcard for a reduction.

Always bring your Railcard with you when you travel; without it your reduced-price ticket is not valid and you may be charged a penalty fare or for a new full-fare ticket.


Fares for passengers without a Railcard




Ticket types available




Visually-impaired passenger if accompanied. Both passengers qualify for the reduction


Wheelchair user in own chair, accompanied or alone. If accompanied, both passengers qualify for the reduction.



Anytime Single or Return



Anytime Day Return






* Undercuts the Railcard-based 34% reduction.

These reductions are allowed only on Anytime Singles or Returns and Anytime Day Returns and only if:

  • you are visually-impaired and accompanied. Documentary evidence of your disability must be shown at the ticket office. No reduction applies if you travel alone.
  • you use your own wheelchair and remain in it throughout the journey may benefit from the same reduction alone, or with a companion, who also receives the same reduction.

These fares predate the DPRC and today’s fare structure. They cannot be bought from ticket machines. If a ticket machine is the only retailing means at the station, passengers may pay the fare en route without penalty.

It may be cheaper to buy full-price Off-peak Returns or Advance tickets than to use these reductions on Anytime fares. Check your options at the ticket office, with National Rail (08457 484950; or with the company concerned before you buy.


Season tickets for visually-impaired passengers

A visually-impaired adult or child who cannot travel alone can apply for an adult season ticket which is endorsed to allow two persons to travel for the price of one. You must provide documentary evidence of your entitlement.

The ticket carries the photocard details of the visually-impaired person; the companion needs no other authority to make the same journey. Any companion can travel on any day but the two passengers must travel together.

  • Train
  • Accessibility


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