Today's the Day You Can Get a 26-30 Railcard, Provided You Live in the Right Place

By Tom Pritchard on at

The 'millennial' railcard for 26-30-year olds was first reported on back in October, followed by a proper announcement by the chancellor in last month's budget. It's due to go nationwide early next year, but some people can get their hands on one today. You just have to live in the right place.

Even though the 26-30 railcard is definitely going to be available across the UK, it's still be trialled for some reason. Why? I don't know. Maybe train companies want some figures to try and work out how much profit they'll lose out on. In any case the card is currently only available for those living in the Greater Anglia area, and in limited numbers.

20,000 of them are available on a first-come-first-served basis, and you need to live in one of the following postcodes:

  • CB1, CB2, CB3, CB4, CB5, CB6, CB7, CB9, CB10, CB11, CB21, CB22, CB23, CB24, CB25
  • CM0, CM1, CM2, CM3, CM4, CM5, CM6, CM7, CM8, CM9,CM11, CM12, CM13, CM14, CM15, CM16
  • CO1, CO2, CO3, CO4, CO5, CO6, CO7, CO8, CO9, CO10, CO11, CO12, CO13, CO14, CO15, CO16
  • E4, E7, E8, E10, E11, E12, E13, E15, E20, EC2M, EN1, EN2, EN3, EN7, EN8, EN9, EN10, EN11
  • IG2, IG3, IF6, IG7
  • IP1, IP2, IP3, IP4, IP5, IP6, IP7, IP8, IP9, IP10, IP11, IP12, IP13, IP14, IP15, IP16, IP17, IP18, IP19, IP20, IP21, IP22, IP23, IP24, IP25, IP26, IP27, IP28, IP29, IP30, IP31, IP32, IP33
  • NR1, NR2, NR3, NR4, NR5, NR6, NR7, NR8, NR9, NR10, NR11, NR12, NR13, NR14, NR15, NR16, NR17, NR18, NR19, NR20, NR21, NR22, NR23, NR24, NR25, NR26, NR27
  • PE1, PE2, PE3, PE4, PE5, PE6, PE7, PE8, PE9, PE10, PE11, PE12, PE13, PE14, PE15, PE16, PE19, PE26, PE27, PE28, PE29, PE30, PE31, PE32, PE33, PE34, PE35, PE36, PE37, PE38
  • RM1, RM2, RM3, RM4, RM5, RM6, RM7, RM8, RM9, RM10, RM11, RM12
  • E1, E2, E3, E5, E6, E9, E14, E16, E17, E18, E1W
  • EC1A, EC1M, EC1N, EC1R, EC1V, EC1Y, EC2A, EC2N, EC2R, EC2V, EC2Y, EC3A, EC3M, EC3N, EC3R, EC3V, EC4A, EC4M, EC4N, EC4R, EC4V, EC4Y
  • SS2, SS5, SS6, SS11, SS12, SS13, SG12, SG13, SG14

People who don't live here can join the waiting list, ready for when the card launches nationwide.

Like the 16-25 railcard, the 26-30 card lets people save 1/3 on rail tickets across the country, though travelling between 4.30am and 10am on weekdays comes with a £12 minimum ticket price. Unlike its little brother the 26-30 rail card is only available digitally, though that does mean you don't need to wait for the card to arrive in the post to start saving. It's £30, and you can only buy one year at a time.

If you don't live in the Greater Anglia area, or are over the age of 30, don't worry. There are plenty of other railcards you can check out. If you are eligible, you can buy one here.

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