Great News for Parents and Grandparents – New 16-17 Saver will benefit 1.2 million young people

  • New rail product extends child discounts to those aged 16 and 17

  • 1.2 million will benefit from 50% off rail fares (inc Season tickets)

  • 16-17 Saver will cost just £30 – on sale from 20th August

The new, 16-17 Saver, offering the highest ever discount on rail travel for young adults goes on sale online from 20th August 2019 at . The 16-17 Saver offers a 50% discount for customers aged 16 and 17 years old. Tickets can be bought for travel on or after 2nd September 2019; customers can choose to have their 16-17 Saver on their phone or printed cards can be sent via post.

The new 16-17 Saver is designed to help young adults expand their horizons and benefit from the opportunities travelling by train opens up, e.g. travelling to a new college for higher education. Advantages also include being able to enjoy cheaper days out by train with their family, independently being able to explore Britain by rail with their friends or using the 16-17 Saver to travel to events.

The new 16-17 Saver costs £30 and is valid for one year, or until the customer’s 18th birthday (whichever is earliest). The 50% discount applies to standard Season, Anytime, Off-Peak and Advance tickets for travel on the National Rail network, except on ScotRail or Caledonian Sleeper services.

Robert Nisbet, Director, Nations & Regions at Rail Delivery Group said: “Switching to a new college is a time of great change and brings new independence for young people. This new 16-17 Saver will offer real money saving benefits to 1.2 million 16 -17-year-olds and their families. Working together, the rail industry is committed to enabling more people to benefit from train travel.

Rail Minister Chris Heaton-Harris, said: “The brand-new Saver means that a generation of rail passengers can now benefit from cheaper fares, keeping money in their pocket and helping them get to school, college and work.

We want to create a railway system that’s fit for the 21st century and provides a reliable, punctual journey.

Through the Saver, the 26-30 Railcard and a record £48 billion investment in the railways, we are focused on providing passengers with the frequent, reliable and affordable journeys they deserve.

About the 16-17 Saver
  • The 16-17 Saver is valid for those aged 16-17 and goes on sale 20th August and will be valid for use from 2nd September. More information and FAQs can be found here.
  • The 16-17 Saver will provide customers with 50% off rail fares including season tickets

Customers will be required to pay a £30 fee each year

  • When a customer turns 18 the 16-17 Saver will cease to be valid. If a customer has purchased an annual season ticket and turns 18 before the end of the season ticket’s validity, they will be entitled to travel on their annual Season ticket for up to four months after their 18th birthday
  • The 16-17 Saver is not a Railcard. Railcards were developed to encourage more leisure journeys by train and are not valid during peak-times
  • The 16-17 Saver will be available as both a physical and digital product
  • The 16-17 Saver can be purchased online and via telesales purchase (0345 301 1656).
  • Proof of age will be required to purchase the 16-17 Saver