• Train discounts

    • 16-17 Railcard...coming soon

      In January 2019, the Department for Transport announced the launch of a new Railcard for young people. This Railcard will offer 16-17 year olds a 50% discount on rail travel and should be available from September 2019. More details are awaited and we should be able to update this page by the end of June 2019, please check back then.

      In the meantime, you can visit the Railcard website for updates.

      Sussex Student Card 

      We are not currently accepting applications for 2019 to 2020 as the 16-17 Railcard offers greater discounts.  If there is a delay to the 16-17 Railcard we will update this scheme.

      2018/2019 Application Form

      Students using the train can get up to 1/3 off their season tickets (subject to a minimum monthly fare of £30.80). To get the discount, students will need a Sussex Student Card. It’s free apart from you’ll need to send a recent passport-style photo when you apply.

      The Sussex Student Card confirms that you:

      • are a student of sixth form age in year 12 and above
      • live in East Sussex, West Sussex or Brighton & Hove
      • attend a maintained school with a sixth form, sixth form college, or college of further education

      Make sure you read the guidance notes on the form before posting your application. 

      Getting your rail season ticket 

      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.

      If you already hold a valid Sussex Student Card you will receive a letter with your PIN shortly. 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.

      If your card is lost or stolen

      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.

      Contact us about the scheme

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