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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.
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!
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
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
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:
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.
- 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.
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:
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.
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.
Sources last checked on date: 20-July-2023
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