• Train discounts

    • All information correct as at March 2020, but subject to change.

      Discounts for 16 and 17 year olds

      The 16-17 Saver is a new national railcard for 16 and 17 year-olds. It costs £30.00 per year and gives 50% off standard Anytime, Off-Peak, Advance and Season tickets for travel at any time of the day.

      The 16-17 Saver is valid for one year or up until your 18th birthday, whichever comes first. However, if you buy a season ticket with a 16-17 Saver discount before it expires, you can continue to use it for up to 4 months after the expiry date. The expiry date and the date that you can use your season ticket until are shown on the 16-17 Saver.

      Find out more and apply at www.16-17saver.co.uk

      Discounts for 18 year olds in further education

      The Sussex Student Card is a free card which allows you to buy discounted rail season tickets after you turn 18. It confirms that you:

      • are, or soon will be, 18 or over
      • attend full-time education at a school sixth form, sixth form college or college of further education
      • live in West Sussex, East Sussex or Brighton & Hove.

      The Sussex Student Card gives you a 34% discount on the price of monthly and longer season tickets.

      You can use the discount card for rail travel outside of Sussex, however:

      • the starting point of your ticket must be the most convenient station for your home; and
      • the destination must be the most convenient station for your school or college.

      Journeys are limited to the Southern and Southeastern rail networks, but are not available to London terminals.

      How to apply for a Sussex Student Card

      2019/2020 Application Form

      Complete and return the 2019/2020 Application Form enclosing a recent passport-style photograph. Make sure you read the guidance notes on the form before posting your application. You can apply up to one month before your 18th birthday.

      You will need to get your form signed by a representative at your school or college. 

      You should allow at least 10 working days from when we receive your application for your card to be issued. At peak times there may be a slightly longer wait.

      Existing Sussex Student Card holders under 18 can still use their card to get 1/3rd discount. However, you will probably getter a better saving by switching to the 16-17 Saver (See above)

      Getting your rail season ticket with a Sussex Student Card

      Once you have your Sussex Student Card and unique PIN, you can apply for a rail season ticket via Southern Railway’s season ticket website.

      You must:

      • use your PIN to access the discount; this will need to be used every time you buy or renew your season ticket to ensure you pay the reduced price
      • include the Sussex Student Card's number (which is printed on your card e.g. E99999)
      • carry your card when using a rail season ticket purchased under the discount scheme.

      We cannot provide a replacement PIN so if it is lost or forgotten, you will need to re-apply for a new Sussex Student Card. 

      The discount is not available on tickets bought at railway stations.

      Lost or stolen Sussex Student Card

      You will need to apply for a replacement Sussex Student Card if your card is lost or stolen, and provide a recent passport-style photo.

      Unizone rail ticket (college and university students) 

      The Unizone ticket gives unlimited discounted travel for those who study in or around Brighton or Worthing. To qualify for a Unizone ticket, a student will need a 16-25 Railcard and valid ID confirming attendance in further or higher education.

      Find out more on the Southern website.

      Contact us

      Please email any queries about this page to post16transport@eastsussex.gov.uk.