Hottest seaside tickets revealed as savvy Railcard holders save £600M a year

Millions of savvy Railcard holders are saving almost £600million a year – £150 each on average – on train trips up and down Britain, as their favourite summer haunts are revealed.

Four million Railcard customers* - who get up to a third off most train fares including cheaper Advance tickets - made more than 130million journeys last year, 16 return trips each on average.

And Railcard customers do love to be beside the seaside. Brighton, Blackpool and Bournemouth are expected to be their most popular resorts this summer as they pack their Railcards along with the picnics, buckets and spades.

In July and August last year the top ten seaside destinations for Railcard customers, according to analysis by the Rail Delivery Group (RDG) which brings train companies together to improve the railway, were:

1. Brighton

2. Blackpool

3. Bournemouth

4. Southend-on-Sea

5. Ramsgate

6. Scarborough

7. Eastbourne

8. Skegness

9. Colwyn Bay

10. Bridlington

Torquay (11) and Hastings (12) were just outside the top ten.

Jacqueline Starr, RDG’s Managing Director of Customer Experience, said:

“The railway is connecting people with the great British seaside and supporting local businesses as money-saving Railcards give people extra cash to spend on seaside treats like ice cream, fish and chips or a stick of rock.”

It’s not just under-25s and over-60s who can enjoy great savings. If travelling with kids or a friend there are also the Family & Friends Railcard and Two Together Railcard for a third off most rail fares. More information about the range of Railcards is available here.

*Figures include journeys made with 16-25, Senior, Family & Friends, Two Together and Disabled Persons Railcards.


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Rail Delivery Group Media Team