Kids go free on our trains

Under 11’s can travel for free at any time on our services. Under 16’s can travel for free off-peak when accompanied by a fare paying adult.


How it works

  • Free child travel is only available in Standard class.
  • Up to two children can travel for free, per paying adult. Adults must obtain a ticket for all children before travelling. 
  • Adult tickets can be purchased before the day of travel.
  • Under 5’s travel for free on all National Rail services.
  • Children aged 5-16 travel for free on TfW trains only.


Where to buy

Free child travel tickets are only available from a station ticket office or on-board from a conductor.


Ideal for days out 

There’s so much to discover on our network. We’ve selected just a few things to keep the kids busy both on the train and when you’re out exploring the network.


Railcards for families and young people

Family and Friends Railcard

With a Family and Friends Railcard you can get 1/3 off rail fares for adults and 60% off child tickets to travel across Britain. Visit to see how much you can save.


Travelling with 16-17s?

The 16-17 Saver gives 50% off Standard Season, Off-Peak, Advance and Anytime tickets for everyone aged 16 and 17.


Young persons railcard

16 - 25 Railcard

If you’re aged 16 to 25, (and possibly if you’re in full time education) you can get 1/3 off the cost of your ticket. You can also now get discounts on TfW First and Standard Class Advance tickets as well. Visit to find out more.