How Can You Link Your Railcard to Your Oyster?

What is a Railcard?

A Railcard is a discount card used in the UK that provides discounts on train fare. There are different types of Railcards each offering a third off rail fares, with some including additional discounts on specific services.

What is an Oyster card?

The Oyster card is a payment method for public transport in around London in the United Kingdom. It is a blue credit-card-sized stored-value contact-less smart-card.

Why should you link your Railcard to your Oyster card?

Linking your Railcard to your Oyster card will allow you to enjoy a 34% discount on off-peak pay as you go fares and daily caps on London Underground and Docklands Light Railway services in London.

Which Railcards can be linked to an Oyster card?

You can link many types of Railcards to your Oyster card, including the 16-25 Railcard, 26-30 Railcard, Senior Railcard, and Disabled Persons Railcard.

How do you link your Railcard to your Oyster card?

You can link your Railcard to your Oyster card at any London Underground station, Oyster Ticket Stop, or London Overground ticket office. Just ask a staff member to add your Railcard discount to your Oyster card.

Can you link more than one Railcard to your Oyster card?

You can only link one Railcard to your Oyster card at a time.

Can you unlink a Railcard from your Oyster card?

No, once a Railcard has been linked to an Oyster card it cannot be removed. However, you can replace it with a different Railcard.

What happens if your Railcard expires?

If your Railcard expires, you will have to renew it to continue enjoying the discounts on your Oyster card.

Can you link a Railcard to your Oyster card online?

No, you can only link your Railcard to your Oyster card at an Oyster Ticket Stop, London Underground station, or London Overground ticket office.

Can someone else use your Oyster card if it has a Railcard linked to it?

No, the discounted fares are only for the personal use of the Railcard holder.

Can children have a Railcard linked to their Oyster card?

Yes, children aged 16 and 17 can have a 16-25 Railcard linked to their Oyster card.

What are the benefits of linking a Senior Railcard to an Oyster card?

By linking a Senior Railcard to your Oyster card, you can enjoy a 34% discount on off-peak pay as you go fares and daily caps on London Underground and Docklands Light Railway services in London.

Can you get a refund if your Oyster card is lost or stolen?

Yes, you can get a refund if your Oyster card is lost or stolen. However, the Railcard discount will not be refunded.

Does linking a Railcard to your Oyster card cost anything?

No, linking a Railcard to your Oyster card is free, but you will need to have a valid Railcard.

Do you need to carry your Railcard and Oyster card together?

Yes, you should carry your Oyster card and the Railcard linked to it when travelling. If you are unable to show both cards on request, you may be charged a penalty fare.

Does the Railcard discount apply immediately once it is linked to your Oyster card?

The Railcard discount applies immediately once your Railcard has been linked to your Oyster card.

Can you link a Two Together Railcard to your Oyster card?

Yes, you can link a Two Together Railcard to your Oyster card, but both travellers must be present when the journey is made for the discount to be valid.

What other discounts can you get if you link a Railcard to your Oyster card?

Apart from the 34% discount on off-peak pay as you go fares and daily caps, you may also be eligible for discounted fares on certain National Rail services.

Can a visitor from abroad link a Railcard to their Oyster card?

Yes, if a visitor from abroad has a valid Railcard, they can link it to an Oyster card to enjoy discounted fares.

Can Railcard discounts apply to peak fares on Oyster card?

No, the Railcard discount on Oyster card only applies to off-peak pay as you

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