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Discounts and railcards

Whether you’re a student, a senior or travelling in a group, there are lots of great ways to save money on Southern trains, and there are free travel options too.

What types of rail discounts are available?

The three main train discounts are railcards, GroupSave and Unizone. Find out the benefits of each one and whether they apply to you below.


Taking a railcard on your travels can save you 1/3 off the price of lots of different tickets. They last a year and are available online or from your local station. And it’s not just a young person’s game. As well as the 16-25 Railcard, other cards include:

  • Family and Friends Railcard: Ideal for travelling in a group with kids
  • Disabled Persons Railcard: Save money if you have a disability that makes train travel difficult
  • Senior Railcard: Travel for less as an over-60
  • Two Together Railcard: Make savings by taking more trips as a twosome

And that’s just a few of your options. Find out more about the different railcards out there and how to get them.


Whether it’s a work night out or a day trip with friends, you could travel there for less with GroupSave. If you’re travelling by train in a group of 3-9 adults at Off-Peak times, you’ll automatically save 34% by booking as a group.

Discover more about how GroupSave works.


Are you a student in or around Brighton or Worthing? If you already have a 16-25 Railcard, you can enjoy discounted unlimited train travel with weekly, monthly or quarterly Unizone discounts.

Study the details on Unizone tickets.

Who can travel for free?

Children under 5 years of age travel for free across our network.

Please note, children under 5 who are travelling without a ticket may only occupy a seat that is not required by a fare-paying passenger.

For travel across the rest of the National Rail network, please visit the National Rail website.

Holders of London Freedom Passes and certain types of Oyster cards can also travel for free on some of our services within London Zones 1-6.

For full details including any time restrictions, please visit this Transport for London website.

Finding the right train ticket

Now that you know which rail discounts you can get, you might want to move on to finding the right train ticket. We offer lots of different ticket types to suit different types of journey, times and travellers, and it’s worth checking that you can apply your discount to your chosen ticket.

Get help with finding the right train ticket.  

Buying tickets

You can buy tickets online and collect them from the ticket machine before you travel. You can also buy them at the station from a ticket machine or staffed ticket office.