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New ‘Two Together’ railcard launched, gets 33% off Heathrow Express

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The train operating companies have launched a new railcard this week, Two Together.

There are currently railcards for older people, students and families travelling together.  What there hasn’t been is a railcard for couples who are too young for the Senior Railcard.  Now there is.

Two Together costs £30 per year.  It is for two NAMED people and gets (when both travel together) 33% off standard and First Class rail tickets.   You must supply photographs of both people when purchasing the card.

Anytime, Off Peak and Advance tickets are all included.  The only restriction is that you cannot travel before 9.30am Monday to Friday.

Heathrow Express tickets are included in this discount.  You cannot buy via the Heathrow Express website, though, as that does not accept railcards.  You must either use the website of a train operating company (and collect your tickets from a National Rail machine at Paddington, NOT a Heathrow Express machine) or use a Heathrow Express ticket office.

Heathrow Express also has a product for a couple travelling together – the DUO12 discount code.  This gets you two returns for £50 instead of £68 – which means that a Two Together railcard will only save you an extra £5.  DUO12 is not valid on First Class tickets, so Two Together would clearly work well there.

You can find out more about Two Together at their website.  Code LEAFLET3 gets you a £3 discount off the £30 price.

Comments (16)

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  • Upperdeckplease says:

    Thanks Raffles. What an interesting idea. Now calculating how often two of us from our company travel together, how often and how much we spend. Of course, it could pay for itself in one trip.

    • Rich says:

      The break-even is £45 fare (per person).

      Normal price £90 for 2 tickets. Railcard price £60 for 2 (+£30 for the railcard) = £90.

      A £75 fare would still only save you a tenner each (£50 each for the discounted fare + £30 = £130).

      I suppose it’s probably worth getting one as soon as one pair of you hits (or expects to hit) the £45 threshold. Any further trips will result in savings.

  • Alex says:

    Wouldn’t you be better off just buying a Network Railcard?

    • TimS says:

      Only if you travel in the Network Rail area. Not everyone does!

      • Will says:

        Agreed but if you do the network railcard is better. 3 additional ppl can travel with the card holder and no photos required (even for the card holder). Network railcard was my replacement for 16-25 card and had been great

        • Aeronaut says:

          There’s an awful lot of Britain that isn’t in the south east of England – i.e. the Network Railcard area (even taking into account that the Network Railcard’s view of what comprises the south east of England is pretty generous – e.g. Weymouth, Worcester, King’s Lynn).

          If all one wants to do is get a discount on the Heathrow Express, go for the Network Railcard. Though I’d urge anyone who only wants to get a discount on the Heathrow Express to broaden their horizons! (Britain may be a small island, but it’s well worth exploring.) Of course, the Two Together Railcard is only going to be suitable for some.

        • Frenske says:

          If you travel with 4 people total in off-peak hours you are better off buying group tickets which basically halves the price !!!

    • nux says:

      Network Railcard has a limited area, does not include advance tickets, does not include first tickets and has a minimum fare on weekdays.

      • Carpentr says:

        A gold card, though, avoids the weekday minimum fares and gives £5 first class upgrades any day.

        • Trevor says:

          I agrre, the Gold Card trumps the lot – you don’t have any restrictions of travelling with partners/children, no restrictions of minimum weekday fares, and if it doesn’t already cover you for all the London zones, you can load the discount onto your oyster card to get PAYG fares reduced. Can also get a Network Railcard for £1 for a partner/friend. On top, through SW Trains I get 6 weekend day tickets per year to use as a day travelcard to anywhere on their network.

          I can see the benefit of this (almost) for some, but like the friends and family card, it’s restrictive in making you have to travel with someone, and most of the time, if you travelling long distance with others, it’s cheaper/more convenient to hire a car or of course use your own.

          • nux says:

            Not really.

            For one,you need an annual rail card to get a Gold Card.
            Secondly, a Gold Card is only valid in the Network Railcard area.

            Plus I don’t think it includes advance fares.

  • JoshBosh says:

    I always had issues with Heathrow Express ticket offices accepting any rail card for first class. The ticket counter at Heathrow said there was no facility to offer a discounted ticket, unless i traveled in standard.
    After checking the national rail website too, there is no discount applied to off-peak travel in first with this railcard.

    • Aeronaut says:

      Erm, with regards to First class on Heathrow Express… is there really any point to it?

      • Rob says:

        Not unless someone else is paying or you have an upgrade code!

      • JoshBosh says:

        I used to use it, just to be sure i had a seat. I’ve given up on it though, as it saves me next to no time over the Piccadilly line, which i can be sure of getting a seat on outside peak time by sitting at the rear.

  • Alan says:

    Fills a gap apart from for the single traveller!

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