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Two Together Rail Card from the US?

We have several "legs" of our planned journey (from mid-September to early October) that we hope to travel by train and it looks like the "Two Together" railcard might be a great choice (1/3 off!). We plan Gatwick to Bath, Manchester to Edinburgh, York to Cambridge, Cambridge to London and London to Gatwick by rail.

If I buy it online, it appears that I can use an app on my phone (I understand that I need to upload digital pictures, etc.). It seems you need not be a UK or EU citizen to get this card. Is that correct?

And, if I get a SIM chip upon arrival in the UK, will the app still show that we have the Two Together card or will swapping out the SIM create a problem?

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The registration code is sent to the email you provide when buying the digital version if the rail card.
Swapping the SIMs at a later date will make no difference

Cards can be bought by anyone not just UK residents

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I can’t really answer the digital version, but I did want to mention that you can pre-purchase your tickets as if you had already purchased the pass. As long as you purchase your pass before the first time you use the tickets you are fine. I had my passport photos ready and a paper application already completed when I arrived at the ticket window. Less than 10 minutes to purchase the pass and get all my tickets printed out for me . (Have same credit card and confirmation numbers handy).

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I did msg them.
The answer was although you can buy as non UK citizens the card used to pay for the Digital Pass does have to registered in the UK,.
Most likely easier just to go to a manned ticket office once you are here

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So . . . if I am understanding all of this (and thanks for the replies!) . . . I can go ahead and book train tickets and represent that I get the Two Together pricing, as long as by the time we actually board the first train, we have obtained the Two Together passes. I can take the paperwork and photos (passport size? I know for the Navigo pass in Paris it was a different size) to a staffed ticket office (is the one at Gatwick staffed on a Saturday?) once in the UK. Once I have my SIM in the UK, I could also activate the digital version, correct? (Of course, if my wife does not have a UK SIM, she would be using the hard copy in any event, so why bother?)

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Yes, the picture requirement for the Two Together Railcard is a passport (2 x 2) size. Since one of you will have a hardcopy card, you are right, I wouldn't bother with the other having an electronic. Gatwick National Rail desk is staffed 24/7 so you can get the Rail Card on the weekend.

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I leave for England and Scotland in about 10 days. I just signed up for the digital Two Together Railcard yesterday. It's loaded on the app now and ready to go. As for a SIM, for the UK I ordered a sim from GifGaf that came to my house. Yesterday I also activated that and added Credit. It seems to have worked but of course I haven't testes it out yet! I do have a UK phone number and a 1 month data plan.

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As you have to be traveling together do long as it's on one phone you are ok.
Unless I am missing something ,you could log into your digital card on any phone,just like email, the Sim is irrelevant, apart from.a higher days charge for a US one
You can buy all the train tickets you want while in US but just indicate you have the two together pass, siong as you gave either a paper one or digital one before you step on the first train you are fine.

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Shae, how did you pay for the digital pass.
Another thing giffgaf phone off until you get here, background undates will eat your credit big style.
Much better value is exchanging the credit for a goodybag on giffgaff.
I gave been a giffgaff user 7 years
The goodybags are time liited so don't do it until say the day before you fly

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While it is possible for Non-UK residents to purchase Railcards, I am pleased to confirm that while you can purchase a Digital Railcard a, as such when placing an order online you will need to have a valid credit/debit card registered to a UK billing address.

Alternatively, provided you can supply the adequate proof of eligibility, and two passport sized photos, you can purchase a 1-Year railcard from most National Rail stations upon your arrival in Britain (the exception being Heathrow which does not currently sell Railcards.) For further information on stations (incl. opening hours and facilities) please visit the below website and enter the name of your chosen

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When my daughter and friend travelled 3 years ago we made all her major rail travels in advance knowing that she had to purchase her “ two together card “ prior to her first train journey
very easy and worth the effort
Nigel ( train man ) will probably agree - don’t over think it - it really is that simple - enjoy the rails both economy and first class - don’t forget to check first class - sometimes the price may surprise you