How can I apply for a rail card?

Concessionary fares are available for blind and partially sighted people and these often deliver discounts of up to 50 per cent on the standard ticket price. You’ll need to provide evidence of your sight loss to receive these discounts. This could include a document from your local social services department. 

England, Wales and Scotland

The Disabled Persons Railcard offers a range of discounts on advance, off-peak and anytime train fares. It offers one third off adult rail fares on the National Rail network in Great Britain with no time restrictions. If you're travelling with another adult, they will also get the same discount from their fare. The card costs £20 for one year or £54 for three years. For more information, call

Northern Ireland

You can get a SmartPass that entitles you to half-priced or even free travel on nearly all scheduled bus and rail services. You can also get a Disabled Persons Railcard for when you travel in Great Britain. If you register your sight loss, you should be given the form automatically, or you can contact your Health and Social Services Trust.

For further information on travelling by train please see What support is available for planning my train journey?

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