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How to buy National Express 16 - 25 rail card from the USA

Vermont
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How to buy National Express 16 - 25 rail card from the USA

I'm finding it very confusing to arrange for rail service this summer. It looks like I must have a U.K. adress to buy the discount youth rail pass for my daughter. It seems people from the states have plugged a ficticious code into the system to purchase train tickets, but I'm guessing that won't work for a rail card because they'll be mailing it to the address I enter. I can't purchase discount tickets ahead of time without a rail pass, so waiting till we arrive in the U.K. seems like a bad idea.

Thanks for any thoughts you'd like to share.

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1. Re: How to buy National Express 16 - 25 rail card from the USA

You only need that railcard to TRAVEL on the train, not to BUY the tickets. So book the tickets on-line and check the box that says she has a railcard. Then when your daughter arrives in the UK she can get the railcard from a station and then use it to travel with the tickets you've already bought. Remember she'll need her passport and a photo to get the railcard from the station.

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2. Re: How to buy National Express 16 - 25 rail card from the USA

Thank you. This is very helpful. Should I expect it to take long to purchase the rail card at the Edinburgh Waverly station?

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3. Re: How to buy National Express 16 - 25 rail card from the USA

If she has the required documentation (photo, etc.) it'll take the ticket clerk a few minutes to stick together and write up everything but it will be something s/he's used to. Perhaps best to avoid very busy times as other travellers in the queue might not appreciate it too much.

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