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Holders of certain National Rail discount railcards can have their entitlement registered on their Oyster card. This then gives them 1/3 off the price of single off-peak rail fares and also the off-peak price cap. Remember that the off-peak cap applies during the evening peak between 1600-1900. Previously it only applied to rail journeys where at least one part involved a national rail service, but from January 2011 the discount has been extended to all rail journeys in the Oyster area, be they National Rail, Underground or DLR. There are no discounts for bus or tram journeys. The railcards which can be linked to an Oyster card are:
- 16-25 Railcard
- Disabled Railcard
- Gold Card
- HM Forces Railcard
- Senior Railcard
Note also that while the railcard will only discount the purchase of zone 1-6 and 1-9 paper travelacrds, on Oyster you also get reductions on the zone 1-2 and 1-4 caps as well.
How to get the discount
You need to take your Oyster card and your National Rail dicount card to an Underground ticket office, Overground ticket office or some National Rail ticket offices. You then ask the clerk to add your discount entitlement to your Oyster card. It will be valid until the expiry of the railcard. Once your Oyster has a discount attached to it you can no longer share it with other people as it is only valid with the associated discount card. We have had reports that some ticket office staff don’t understand how to set the discount, but I’ve managed to learn what the procedure is at an Underground ticket office, so if you get problems you can pass this to the clerk.
Press F12 (returns to main menu)
Press F7 (Oyster Administration)
Press F1 (Edit On Card/Off Card personal details)
If the card is not registered, enter the station NLC in the Photocard field
Tab down to the first empty discount field*
Select “NR Railcard”
Enter expiration date
Please print a mini-statement:
F12 Main Menu
F7 Oyster Administration
F4 Interrogate Oyster
Customer, check top of mini-statement, should show “NR Railcard [expiry date]”
* This is especially important for Zip 16+ and Student 18+ Oyster cards where the first discount field will contain the travelcard or bus discount entitlement.
And that’s all there is to it. Logic says that if you buy an annual travelcard season the Gold card discount flag should automatically be set, but it won’t be. Just ask the clerk to ensure that it’s set.