Train Tickets, Railcards and Discounts

The Cardiff, Newport and Pontypridd campuses are all near train stations. For location, information about train times, tickets and travel updates, visit National Rail Enquiries.

Discounted Annual Train Season Tickets for USW Students

The USW Group (USW, RWCMD, Merthyr Tydfil College) Travel Plan and Arriva Trains Wales, have negotiated a 34% discount on Student Annual Train Season Tickets.

From October 14, 2018 the new rail franchise KeolisAmey will operate on Wales’ lines. The 34% discount will still be available after the 14th of October, but this may change in the longer-term.

  • The 34% discount only applies to annual tickets
  • Valid on Arriva Trains Wales/Valleys & Cardiff Local Routes

How to buy this ticket:
Once you have enrolled, request a ‘Discounted Annual Season Ticket Scheme’ letter via Advice Zone Online:

Advice Zone Online

To buy your ticket, take this letter, your enrolment card, a passport sized photo and your payment to any staffed station within the Valleys & Cardiff Local Routes.

Tickets are only valid on Arriva Trains Wales/Valleys & Cardiff Local Routes. However, if you buy an Arriva Trains Wales Annual Season Ticket between Cardiff and Bridgend, for example, the ticket may also be valid on First Great Western trains – check with the train companies first.

If you are on a course with long summer holidays, the ticket may not be the cheapest option, even though it is the biggest percentage discount – check with Arriva Trains Wales before you purchase.

Student Railcard Valleys and Cardiff Local Routes

  • Costs £9 per year
  • 26% off day tickets and 10% off season (weekly & monthly) tickets
  • Valid on Valleys & Cardiff Local Routes

Applicants must be over 16 years and in full-time education or under 26 years and in part-time education. For more information visit Arriva Trains Wales (ATW Railcards)

If you don’t have to travel five times per week, it may be cheaper to buy discounted day tickets.

16-25 Railcard

  • Costs £30 for one year or £70 for three years.
  • 1/3 (33%) off most train fares (not season tickets)

Available to 16-25 year olds and students over the age of 26 in full-time education. For more information visit 16 to 25 Railcard

The £12 minimum fare during peak times means this card would only offer you savings if you are commuting a significant distance, or if your lectures start early. It may still be useful if you travel longer distances regularly.