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

Students studying at the University of South Wales can apply for a 5% discount on Student Annual Train Season Tickets from Transport for Wales (formerly Arriva Trains Wales).
  • The 5% discount only applies to annual tickets
  • Valid on Transport for 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:

AZO 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 Transport for Wales/Valleys & Cardiff Local Routes. However, if you buy a Transport for 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 Transport for Wales before you purchase.

Student Railcard Valleys and Cardiff Local Routes

  • Costs £10 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 Transport for Wales.

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

16-25 Railcard

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.

26 - 30 Railcard

Available to 26-30 year olds, the National Rail 26-30 Railcard will save you 1/3 off a wide range of tickets. For more information visit 26 to 30 Railcard.