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Is there an accompanied child discount?

Yes, it is possible to get an accompanied child discount on some rail tickets. Some train operators have great value flat fares for children accompanying adults, and they can be as low as £1 for a return ticket! They can also include a London Travelcard.

Which companies offer an accompanied child discount?

You can buy tickets with an accompanied child discount at Railsmartr for the following companies: 

  • c2c
  • Chiltern Railways
  • Govia Thameslink Railway (Southern, Great Northern and Thameslink)
  • Southeastern. 

We’ve got them all covered and they will automatically appear as options if you’re travelling on the right journey and with the right combination of passengers.

How do I know if I’m getting an accompanied child discount?

That’s easy! Here at Railsmartr, we’ll always offer you the cheapest fare for your journey. So, by default, we’ll offer the discounted tickets if they’re the cheapest option. 

You should also remember that these discounts are normally only available outside of peak times. So, you’ll only be able to get them on Off-Peak and Super Off-Peak tickets. When you book on Railsmartr, there are two ways that you can tell if you’re buying tickets with an accompanied child discount. 

Sometimes, the fare itself will have a special name, so you’ll be able to see it when you buy. Just click on the price of the ticket, and you’ll see the name: 

accompanied child discount showing on railsmartr site

In this case, it shows as ‘Kids for a Quid‘. When you get to the final stage of your purchase, we’ll also break down the cost for you: 

railsmartr site showing accompanied child discount cost at end of purchase process

Just remember that you all have to travel together as a group. Children can’t travel unaccompanied for a pound! If they become separated from the group, then an undiscounted fare will need to be paid. A Penalty Fare could also be charged on some services.