In November the Government launched the New Veterans Railcard that gives military veterans up to a third off the cost of train travel. Read how the new scheme works and how you can apply for one.

The card is now on sale supporting UK Veterans and their families with discounted rail fares valid for travel from 5 November 2020.

The Benefits
The Veterans Railcard is on sale for an introductory price of £21 for one year, until the 31st of March 2021, which saves £9 off the normal retail price of £30. A 3-year Railcard is also available for an introductory price of just £61, if purchased before 31st March 2021, the normal retail price is £70. The card offers savings of 1/3 on rail travel, with the bonus of being able to nominate a companion to get 1/3 off when traveling with you and up to 4 children traveling with you get 60% off.

The Railcard can be used to get discounts on rail travel in England, Wales and Scotland.


If you have served for at least one day or more in Her Majesty’s Armed Forces (Regular or Reserve). Merchant Mariners who have seen duty on legally defined military operations are also eligible. 

Proof of service documentation will be required and ranges from, a copy of either your military identification card (MOD Form 90), Veterans Recognition (ID) Card, Veterans UK Status card , Certificate of Service or Certificate of Discharge

Defence Discount Service cards are also accepted if they display the wording ‘HM Armed Forces Veteran’.

Compensation certificates, payment advice slips and war pension documentation are also valid.

If you are unsure of your eligability you can visit:

How to Buy a card

You can save yourself time by buying your Veterans Railcard online. The only things you’ll need are:

  • Evidence of your eligibility as a veteran
  • A good quality digital passport-style photo ready to upload
  • A debit or credit card.

What happens next?

Digital Railcard: if you opt for a digital Railcard, we’ll send you a download code once your application has been approved (which can take up to 5 working days) and once you download the Railcard app and upload the card onto your phone, you can start using it straight away.

Physical Railcard: they aim to dispatch your Railcard within one working day of it being approved (which can take up to 5 working days), but it’s probably best to allow up to five working days for your Railcard to arrive. It’ll be sent out free of charge by First Class post, but if you prefer, you have the option to pay for Special Delivery.

You’ll need to have your Railcard with you to be able to get a discount on your rail ticket, so be sure to leave enough time before your journey for the Railcard to reach you.

By Post
Alternatively, you will be able to download and complete the application form and you can then post it with a copy of your evidence of eligibility, passport style photo of yourself and your named companion (if applicable) and payment to:

National Railcards
PO Box 10776
LE65 9FA

Please make cheques and postal orders payable to ‘ATOC Ltd Railcard’ Allow 15 working days for your Railcard to be delivered.