How To Add Railcard To Trainline App

Tommy Buckley

Whether you’re commuting to work, planning a weekend getaway, or embarking on a grand adventure, Trainline offers a convenient and hassle-free way to book your train tickets. This leading digital platform that provides an easy and user-friendly way to plan, book, and manage train travels.

If you add a Railcard, a program specifically designed for the UK, you can enjoy up to ⅓ off selected train fares, having significant savings. And if you are looking to save even more, you can consider getting a Wise card, a multi-currency account card that can be a game-changer for frequent rail lovers adventurers, especially if you’re travelling from abroad.

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In this article, we’ll walk you through the simple process of adding a Railcard to your Trainline app, unlocking a world of discounts and benefits for your rail journeys across the country. If you add your Wise card, you can save even more and have a smoother travel experience, so hop on this gravy train. Choo-choo!

What is the Trainline app

Trainline isn’t your average Joe ticketing app. With this app, you can compare cheap prices for train (and bus) tickets travelling to thousands of destinations in and across 45 countries. It’s like having your own personal train guru in your pocket, helping you find the best deals, routes, and times for your travels.

Gone are the days of queuing at the ticket office or fumbling with those tricky self-service machines. You can book your tickets on the go, right from the comfort of your own phone. This gem of an app not only allows you to plan your journey, but it also keeps you up to date with live train times, delays, and platform changes. No more running through the station like a headless chicken, trying to catch your train at the last minute.¹

What is a Railcard

Railcard is a special card that you can purchase if you meet certain criteria. There are different types of Railcards made to various groups of people, such as students, youngsters, seniors, families, and more. Each Railcard offers its own set of perks and discounts, so you can choose the one that fits you better. You can either take one long journey or several shorter ones to quickly get your money back.²

How to add the Railcard to the Trainline app

Adding a Railcard to your Trainline app is a piece of cake. Let’s break it down into step-by-step instructions, so you can those discounts rolling in no time. Here we go:

Method 1: Adding a Railcard during Ticket Purchase

This method is for those who doesn’t have a Railcard yet, and would like to purchase it directly through the Trainline app. This is a good option because it will be stored directly in the app, so you can use it right away to get 1/3 off eligible journeys for a whole year.

1. Gather the Required Information/Documentation

Before you begin, make sure you have the following information and documentation handy:
  • A valid debit or credit card;
  • Proof of eligibility (UK Driving Licence, Passport, Identity card);
  • A passport style photo (shoulders up). It can even be taken with your phone;
  • If you’re buying for someone else - the Railcard holder’s details, including their email address.

2. Plan Your journey

Launch the Trainline App, making sure you have the latest version of the app, and enter your desired journey details. After the app fetch the best train option and fares for you, choose the ticket that suits your needs and proceed to the next step.

3. Add a Railcard

On the ticket details screen, look for an option to add a Railcard. Tap on it, and a list of available Railcards will pop up.

4. Choose Your Railcard

Select the Railcard that matches the one you have in your possession. If you’re eligible for multiple Railcard, pick the one that gives you the best discount for your journey.

5. Apply the Railcard

After choosing it or entering the Railcard details, tap on the “Apply” or “Add” button to apply the Railcard to your ticket purchase.

6. Complete Your Ticket Purchase

Review the ticket details, including the discounted fare with the Railcard applied. If everything looks good, proceed to complete your ticket purchase through the Trainline app, following the usual payment process.

Method 2: Adding a Railcard to Your Trainline Account

If you already have a Railcard, it’s okay, this train hasn’t left the station yet, you can still add it to your Trainline account. The steps are very similar to the Method 1, just make sure to change the step 4 for the instructions below:

1. Enter Your Railcard Details

Provide the necessary details of your Railcard, such as the Railcard number and expiry date. Double-check the information for accuracy.

Benefits of adding the Railcard to the Trainline app

Adding your Railcard to the Trainline app comes with a lot of perks. First and foremost, it simplifies the ticket booking process, making it a breeze. It automatically applies the corresponding Railcard discounts to your fares, which can be up to ⅓ of the price, and even some show exclusive discounts. That saves you time and effort.

Since Trainline keeps you with real-time updates on train times, delays, and platform changes, when integrated with your Railcard, you’ll be informed about disruptions or schedule adjustments that might affect your journey. On top of that, there’s the digital convenience of not worrying about carrying around a physical Railcard. It’s the streamlined travel experience without any hassle.


Using Wise with the Trainline app

Travelling from abroad? You can easily convert your money to British pounds (GBP) automatically when you add your Wise card and travel using train around the UK. Wise uses the mid-market exchange rate, which is the fairest rate you can get. Wise also offers a virtual card option, allowing you to make contactless payments conveniently and securely during your travels.

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Now you know that when utilizing Railcard with the Trainline app, you can enjoy the array of benefits it brings. Simplified booking, exclusive discounts, real-time updates, and digital convenience make your train journeys across the UK smoother, more affordable, and filled with delightful adventures. And if you add your Wise card, you can convert your money easily and with minimum fares.

Please see the [Terms of Use]( for your region or visit [Wise Fees & Pricing]( for the most up to date pricing and fee information.

Sources used:

  1. Trainline
  2. Railcard

Sources last checked on date: 20-July-2023

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