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two together railcard

Headed to Scotland in July and making travel plans by train. Want to get a "two together" travel card to take advantage of the discounted fares associated with it. The best discounts are for booking early. But, when I tried to order a travel card online at the national rail site, it appears you need an address in the UK to ship to. Does anyone have experience with this? Can I order such a card from the US or do we need to wait until we arrive in Scotland to purchase?

Posted by
8634 posts

You can go ahead and purchase your tickets now as if you had the pass. Then, you simply buy the pass upon arrival in the UK before you start your first train journey so that you have it with you if the conductor asks to see it.

Posted by
33324 posts

Yup, as long as you have it to show the chap or chapess as your ticket is checked that is all you need to do. Go to a staffed rail station booking office with your photos with sufficient time - a few minutes - to make up the card, pay your money and you are good to go.

Don't try to get the Heathrow Express booking office at Heathrow to make the card - they can't as they are not a National Rail station.

Posted by
2035 posts

Because we had limited time, we had the downloaded application for the railcard completed and our passport photos from home in hand. We then traveled on all the advanced tickets we had already purchased based on the Two Together price. No problems whatsoever. Safe travels.

Posted by
1503 posts

Nigel, just to tag on to this question - this makes me wonder if you can get a rail pass validated at Heathrow? We are planning on taking the Heathrow express then on to Canterbury by train using a rail pass.

Posted by
33324 posts

Not at Heathrow. There is not a National Rail train station there.

Heathrow Express is owned by the owners of the airport, not a part of the national network.

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2 posts

Thanks everyone. We'll go ahead and make our reservations now, and be sure to bring along a couple of photos for our travel card application when we are on the ground in Edinburgh.

Posted by
33324 posts

I've done a bit more research on this, looking at the Heathrow Express website.

Although they are not a National Rail company they say that they do validate Britrail passes and that they are accepted by them.

From the "Railcards" link on their website:-

BritRail Passes

Holders of the following passes can use them on Heathrow Express,
providing they have first validated them at a Heathrow Express ticket
office or a main-line rail station.

BritRail Pass + Ireland BritRail

Consecutive Low Season BritRail

England Consecutive BritRail

Flexi Guest Pass

BritRail FlexiPass

BritRail Party Flexipass

BritRail Consective Eurail Passholder

Britrail Euro BritRail Point to Point (must state London-Heathrow and vice versa)

Passes marked UNDERGROUND cannot be used