Updated 14 October 2019
- Buying FIP discounted tickets in France for Eurostar services - 14 October 2019
- Changes to the availability of upgrades on Eurostar services - 3 September 2019
- Booking Caledonian Sleeper tickets and berths at Virgin Trains stations - 30 August 2019
- NSB rebranded as Vy - 23 August 2019
- Taunton to Bishops Lydeard service - 23 August 2019
- New RST contact centre phone number - 19 August 2019
- SNCF FIP Fares - 19 August 2019
- Plym Valley Railway - 29 July 2019
- Rail Staff Travel on Grand Central - 19 June 2019
- TOC Priv Card renewal for 2019/2020 - 18 June 2019
- Gold and Silver Status Passes – GWR and Transport for Wales update - 25 April 2019
- Over-ordering of FIP coupons - 11 December 2018
- FIP coupons and the International Reduced Rate Card after Brexit - 18 September 2018
From 9 November 2019 it will no longer be possible to book FIP discounted tickets at SNCF ticket offices in France. Eurostar have put in place alternative arrangements which are described in the Eurostar Leisure Fares documents on our Current Offers and Concessions page.
14 October 2019
Eurostar has confirmed its policy on upgrades on staff discounted fares. Only holders of 1st Class FIP cards/Rail Staff Travel cards are permitted to buy discounted tickets for travel in Standard Premier accommodation. Upgrades for holders of discounted Standard class tickets to Standard Premier accommodation in advance or on the day of travel will not be permitted.
This arrangement is effective for tickets purchased from today, or upgrades sought from today. For tickets already purchased for future travel, these will be honoured with no requirement to pay any additional sum.
3 September 2019
We have had confirmation from Virgin Trains that the technical issue with their ticket office machines has been resolved, and that all Virgin Trains ticket offices are now able to book staff travel facilities on Caledonian Sleeper services.
30 August 2019
On 24 April 2019, NSB - Norges Statsbaner (Norwegian State Railways) was rebranded Vy.
From 1 January 2020 the FIP identity will be Vy Group. RST systems and documentation will be updated from this date and FIP coupons issued for Norway will reflect the new branding.
Until 1 January 2020 NSB coupons and FIP cards endorsed for discounted tickets remain valid on Vy rail services as they did before the rebranding.
FIP reduced rate cards issued to employees and dependants in Britain which are valid until 31 December 2020 will not be updated with the new identity until the next major renewal in December 2020. The NSB endorsement will be accepted for the purchase of discounted tickets on Vy services during 2020.
There has been some confusion about the availability of FIP facilities on Regiontog and Lokaltog trains in the Oslo area. Vy Group has confirmed today that FIP facilities are valid on all regional services in the Oslo area operated by Vy including those which serve the airport.
We remind you that FIP facilities are not valid on the Flytoget Airport Express to and from Oslo Airport. They are also not valid from Oslo Airport on the long distance Trondheim to Oslo service which stops to set down only at the Airport station.
23 August 2019
There are no staff travel facilities available on the summer Saturdays only services which are provided jointly by GWR and West Somerset Railway between Taunton and Bishops Lydeard. All staff must pay the public ticket cost.
23 August 2019
From today, there is a new phone number to contact Rail Staff Travel. The new number is 0207 841 8274. Calls to this number are at standard UK rates, however many people will find that calls are included in their telephone package.
19 August 2019
We regret to inform you that from the 27th August SNCF is withdrawing the support & issue of FIP fares outside France for the following products which must now be booked locally:
- TGV France – Switzerland, also known as ‘Lyria’ services
- TGV France – Luxembourg
- TGV Freiburg – Paris
- TER services, ie all regional trains within France
International Rail Ltd will still be able to issue the following, but please note with the exception of the Brussels-France services they will be issued as paper tickets:
- TGV within France
- TGV France – Germany, ie RHEALYS services
- TGV France - Italy
- TGV Brussels - France (this as e-ticket)
- Reservations only on domestic France TGV, for FIP Free Travel Coupons
SNCF informed us of this with less than 2 weeks' notice before the implementation date. Representations to SNCF have not yet yielded any positive responses, but are ongoing.
19 August 2019
We are now able to confirm that, from 1 August 2019, on presentation of a TOC Priv Card or Staff Travel Card, priv rate tickets may be purchased on Plym Valley Railway services. Priv rate tickets are available on all normal running days, but will not be available on special event days or on North Pole Express services.
29 July 2019
We are now able to confirm that National Rail Staff Travel facilities (TOC Priv Cards, Staff Travel Cards and Status Passes) are available for use on Grand Central services.
1 July 2019
The TOC Priv Cards for Non-Safeguarded Staff and Dependants valid until 30 June 2020 have been distributed as below:
- they were sent out by second class post to home addresses on Monday 17 June.
- they will start to arrive from Wednesday 19 June onwards.
- if you do not receive them by Wednesday 26 June, you should contact RST in writing. Please do not report non-delivery to RST until after Wednesday 26 June.
- if they arrive and are damaged in the post, you should report this to the Post Office and submit a claim to the Post Office for compensation before contacting Rail Staff Travel.
- If you do not report non-delivery by 19 September 2019, you will have to pay for replacements.
The cards have some new features this year:
- the front has holographic images on gold foil for the validity dates and the BR double arrow symbol.
- the rear is covered with a holographic laminate sheet.
- there is no longer any requirement to sign the TOC Priv Card.
18 June 2019
Both the Gold Status Pass and Silver Status Pass have been issued as SmartCards are expected to operate the gates at Smart-enabled stations.
As the roll-out of Smart-enabled gates across the national network continues additional stations will be enabled that will allow holders to operate the gates using their Status Pass. The current situation is that the majority of London in-boundary TOC stations should be Smart-enabled allowing the Status Passes to operate. In addition, gates at outboundary stations on Greater Anglia, c2c, Southeastern, South Western Railway, Northern, Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR), East Midlands Trains, Chiltern, Great Western Railway (GWR) and Transport for Wales (TfW) stations will operate with further TOCs being enabled over the next few months.
A definitive list of stations that are Smart-enabled is not currently available as this list changes frequently.
Please remember that you can still use your Status Pass as a "Show and Go" Pass at all valid locations that are not currently Smart-enabled.
25 April 2019
Some people are requesting excessive quantities of FIP coupons from Rail Staff Travel. These requests appear to be purely speculative, without any intention to use the coupons. The FIP organisation has questioned why this is happening and asked Rail Staff Travel to prevent it. Coupons can only be issued when there is a genuine intention to use the coupons in the country concerned. Excessive overordering of coupons will affect the perceived usage of facilities and can in some instances lead to administrations reducing facilities available.
To comply with the request from FIP, Rail Staff Travel will refuse any requests which appear to be for just collecting coupons for personal interest, rather than having a genuine intention to travel. Where, over the course of a year, an excessive number of coupons is requested, Rail Staff Travel may request a planned itinerary to justify the issue of the coupons.
It is the job of Rail Staff Travel to make sure that staff get the facilities to which they are eligible. However, Rail Staff Travel reserves the right to suspend the issue of any FIP facilities to those who abuse the facility.
11 December 2018
Rail Staff Travel is a member of FIP, an association within the UIC (International Union of Railways). This membership of FIP enables RST to issue FIP facilities (FIP coupons and the International Reduced Rate Card) on a reciprocal basis with the other FIP association members.
The RST membership of FIP is entirely unconnected to the United Kingdom's membership of the European Union. The FIP facilities currently enjoyed by active and retired staff, partners and dependants will continue after Brexit when the United Kingdom is no longer a member state of the European Union.
18 September 2018
RST Contact Details
|From the UK, call us on:||0207 841 8274
Phone lines are open from 9am to 4.30pm each weekday (excl Bank Holidays)
|Write to us at:||Rail Staff Travel, PO Box 72071, London EC1P 1JD|
|From outside the UK, call us on:||+44 20 7841 8274|
|Unfortunately, we cannot offer a "face-to-face" service for personal callers.
However, in the case of genuine emergency (e.g. travelling to a close family member's funeral), we will do our best to help. Owing to building security requirements, you will need to phone in advance rather than just arriving at our offices without notice.