If you're a couple, or really any two people that frequently travel together, the Two Together Railcard is a must-have if you live in London, or really anywhere in Great Britain. At just £30 per year, it will likely pay for itself in just 2-3 trips!
What is the Two Together Railcard?
First, a railcard is a card that you carry with you on train travel that allows you to purchase discounted tickets. The Two Together Railcard is unique because it's for two people that frequently travel together: couples, best friends, any travel buddies!
The card itself is a credit-card sized purple card that will have you and your travel buddy's names and faces. Make sure you carry it with you at all times while you travel on a fare purchased at the discounted rate. It's also important to know that you must be on the train together through the entirety of the journey, otherwise you could face a fine. I just carry mine in my wallet all the time.
How much money can you save?
The Two Together Railcard gives you 1/3 off Standard and First Class Anytime, Off-Peak and Advanced fares. Let's look at a few examples to see how much money that is on some different routes. For all three, I searched for an outbound date that was two weeks out, with a return date one week later, and times for both departures were mid-day.
London to Gatwick Airport: This is a common route for us with all of our travel and weekend city breaks. The prices are similar for a trip to Stansted Airport, and to places like Cambridge and Brighton.
London to Devon: A great weekend getaway in the summer, beautiful Devon is only 2.5-3.5 hours from central London. You can expect to pay a similar amount for trips to places like Liverpool and Cardiff.
London to Edinburgh: The furthest journey we looked at is traveling to Edinburgh on the Virgin high speed trains. Even if this was the only trip you took all year, the Two Together Railcard would still be a good investment!
As you can see, the card will pay for itself if you make 3 or so shorter trips, and just 1 longer trip throughout the year. With all of our travel, we have saved over £500 on trains this year alone!
How to get the Two Together Railcard
Before you go fill out the online application, it helps to have your pictures ready that will eventually be printed on the front. Pick a flat colored wall in a room with good lighting and take a close-up headshot.
When your photos are ready, just head to the website: https://www.twotogether-railcard.co.uk/ and click Buy Now at the bottom.
The signup process takes no more than 10 minutes, and when it is complete the card will be processed and sent to you within 5 working days (ours came in just 2).
The Two Together Railcard is an inexpensive, easy to get tool to help you save money on travel if you live in Great Britain (Northern Ireland is not included). From our perspective, it's a no brainer!