The 26-30 Railcard Is Here To Stay (And Will Be Rolled Out Nationally This Year)

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Hurrah! The 26-30 railcard will be rolled out nationally before the end of 2018.

After a trial of two phases, where two lots of 10,000 railcards sold out within two hours of going on sale, the decision has been made to make it permanent. This means an extra four million people will have access to cheaper rail fares.


The so-called ‘Millennial Railcard’ will cost £30 a year (just like the 16-25 railcard), for 1/3 off most off-peak rail fares across Great Britain. It will also be the first ever digital only railcard, so users must download the Railcard app to use the card. According to, those who took part in the trial went on about six leisurely journeys per month, travelling an average of 400 miles and were on their way to saving an average of £125 a year. Nice work, Railcard.

This epic new perk for 26-30 year olds means far more adventures are on the horizon, and we have a few ideas up our sleeves:

Go on a day trip for a lovely, short escape.

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From Shakespeare’s hometown to the real-life Downtown Abbey, here are 100 of the very best day trips from London.

Visit one of the UK’s loveliest cities.

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We live in one of the most beautiful countries in the world, and can literally hop on a train and be exploring somewhere new in less than 2 hours. Here’s some inspiration for brilliant UK cities to visit.

Use cheaper rail travel as an excuse to get back to nature.

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You don’t have to travel far for a bit of peace and quiet. Here are ten magical woodland getaways that are less than 90 minutes from London. And, if you’re after some serious luxury, here are some marvellous treetop escapes.

Or take a trip to the seaside.

Beaches📸 by Ian Southwell

It might not be the right season just yet, but we’ve rounded up the most beautiful beaches that aren’t too far from the city.

So go on, get away. You know you want to.

Georgie Hoole

Georgie Hoole

Georgie is Deputy Editor at Secret London. She loves a trendy café and is all too familiar with the extortionate price of a coffee in the capital. She enjoys the finer things in life (like red wine on a school night and eating Ben and Jerry's straight from the tub) and hasn't quite grasped the concept of adulthood yet.