Children Under Five Years of Age

Children under five years of age may accompany fare-paying passengers free of charge, unless the Train Company you want to use specifies otherwise in their notices and other publications. However, children under five years of age who are travelling free may only occupy a seat which is not required by a fare-paying passenger.

Child aged Five to Fifteen

Children aged five to fifteen inclusive get a 50% discount on most tickets. In addition, children under five can travel free with a fare paying customer.​​

We suggest that children who look older than 16 carry a form of ID to show that they are entitled to a child rate fare. For example, a Child Rate Photocard, which can be obtained for free at any staffed National Rail station.


Children and Seat Reservations

As with any ticket, if seat reservations are available on your chosen service you will be able to reserve your child a seat for the journey. Seat or sleeper berth reservations are not available for accompanying children who are travelling free of charge. If you wish to reserve a seat or sleeper berth for your child under five - or to ensure that they do not need give up their seat during their journey - a child discounted ticket may be purchased and a reservation made.


Children Over 16

There are still ways to save money after a child has reached 16. Choose from the links below to find the right offer for you​​​​​​​

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You might find that you can save money with a Family & Friends Railcard - up to 4 adults and 4 children can travel together on one card and you do not have to be related. Adults can save around one third and children's tickets cost 60% less.

For more information visit our Friends & Family Railcard section.

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Last updated:   23 May 2022