Updated 18 January 2021
- Staff Travel Card renewal for 2021/22 - 18 January 2021
- Publication of the Winter 2020-21 Staff Travel restrictions - 18 January 2021
- Use of Rail Staff Travel leisure facilities when national lockdowns or local tiered restrictions are in force. - update 4 January 2021
- Buying FIP discounted tickets and reservations for SNCF services - updated 4 January 2021
- Renewal of FIP International Reduced Rate Cards - updated 25 November 2020
- Travel on DB-AG services with FIP facilities - 20 November 2020
- Heathrow Express - 30 October 2020
- Photographs on Rail Staff Leisure Cards - 25 September 2020
- Validity change for the 2020/21 Staff Travel Card - 24 September 2020
- Keeping in touch with retired employees - 3 September 2020
- Travel on P & O Ferries - updated 2 October 2020
- Travel on Stena BV Harwich to Hook of Holland ferries - 13 August 2020
- FIP Coupon applications - 9 July 2020
- Rail Staff Leisure Card (formerly TOC Priv) renewal for 2020/21 - 4 June 2020
- FIP coupons and the International Reduced Rate Card after Brexit - 27 January 2020
Staff Travel Cards for 2021/22 will be valid from 1 April 2021 to 30 June 2022. We expect to post out these cards in mid March as usual. As soon as a date for despatch has been confirmed, we will update this news item.
18 January 2021
The Winter 2020-21 have been published on the Where Can I Go and Restrictions page.
Where Train Operating Companies require mandatory seat reservations, or where they are strongly recommended, the Staff Travel restrictions document contains information on how staff may make these reservations. The instructions are different for each operator.
Please note that the travel situation is still evolving in response to the national and local restrictions and the Staff Travel Restrictions may be updated during between December 2020 and May 2021. You should check for the latest version before travelling.
18 January 2021
Use of Rail Staff Travel leisure facilities when national lockdowns or local tiered restrictions are in force - update 4 January 2021
You should only travel by train for reasons as outlined by the current government advice. This advice may be different between England, Scotland and Wales, and there may be variations in different areas within each country. You should also follow public health advice and if you or the people you live with have symptoms of COVID-19 (Coronavirus), you should stay at home and not travel.
You must also adhere to the Staff Travel Restrictions as published on the Where Can I Go and Restrictions page of the Rail Staff Travel website. This document also tells you how to make seat reservations on those Train Operating Companies who have made this a mandatory requirement. These restrictions will be updated more frequently than usual as Train Operating Companies adapt to the changing situation.
If you are travelling by train, the rail industry is doing all it can to ensure that you can travel with confidence, including undertaking additional cleaning and placing hand sanitiser at key locations. Please follow any specific guidance issued by your Train Operating Company. Specifically, we ask that you:
- Travel at quieter times so that operators can ensure there is capacity for essential workers and other commuters.
- Wash your hands before and after your journey and carry hand sanitiser with you if you can.
- Wear a face covering (unless you are exempt), both inside rail stations and on trains.
- Buy your ticket before travel using contactless payment if possible.
4 January 2021
There are two options for obtaining FIP discounted tickets and reservations for SNCF services
1. International Rail
International Rail are able to retail FIP discounted tickets and make seat reservations on SNCF domestic TGV services only. They cannot retail FIP discounted tickets or make seat reservations on other services operated by SNCF.
These tickets are refundable free of charge up to 31 days before departure. From 30 to 3 days before departure a €5 fee applies, and from 2 days until departure a €15 fee applies.
If you are making a seat reservation to use with an FIP Coupon, then the reservation cannot be changed or refunded once made.
2. SNCF contact centre in Paris
SNCF offer FIP fares and reservations at SNCF ticket office counters in France or from their French contact centre which is open 7 days a week from 7am to 10pm (French local time).
The telephone number for the SNCF contact centre is 00 33 1 84 94 3635 (international call rates apply). The SNCF website shows the typical busy times when call wait times are extended www.sncf.com/en/service-client/nous-contacter/telephone
The contact centre phone introduction is in French and lists various options. If you remain silent, at the end of the introduction it will say “For this service in English press #85”. Entering #85 on your phone will connect you to an English-speaking operator.
To save a lengthy and expensive phone call, please check the latest version of our Travel Tips for Europe guide before you call them. It is best to have planned your journeys and know the specific train services you want to book before you call. Remember that FIP facilities are not available on Ouigo or Intercités 100% Eco services. These low cost operators sell tickets through their own website only, and fares may be cheaper than the FIP discounted fares on equivalent SNCF services. The SNCF contact centre is unable to quote or sell you fares on Ouigo or Intercités 100% Eco services.
To make a booking, you will need to quote the FIP International Reduced Rate Card numbers for every person in your group to the SNCF agent. We have no information on the SNCF contact centre transaction fees or ticket delivery options.
4 January 2021
FIP Cards for 2021/22 are being sent out by post on Wednesday 25 November. They are valid for two years from 1 January 2021 to 31 December 2022.
Change to the replacement process for all active and retired employees:
- If you have moved home address and not let RST know and you are unable to retrieve your card(s) , we will charge a replacement fee per card to send them to your new address.
- If you do not receive your cards at the address we hold for you, we will replace them free of charge if you tell us before 31 January 2021. After this date we will charge a replacement per card to send them to you.
25 November 2020
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, DB-AG has not published a list of restricted trains for the Winter 2020-21 timetable period. A list may appear during the first part of 2021 so if you are planning to travel on DB-AG services, please check our Where Can I Go and Restrictions page.
DB-AG have introduced Loading Indicators (Auslastungsanzeige) on www.bahn.com and in their DB Navigator App. DB AG request you choose alternative services to those ones marked with Exceptionally High Loading (Außergewöhnlich hohe Auslastung). Details of how to interpret the Loading Indictors on the website and in the DB Navigator App is included on page 66 of our Travel Tips for Europe guide.
20 November 2020
From Sunday 1 November 2020 free travel is available on Heathrow Express services with any of the following:
- A Staff Travel Card with a dated box
- A Gold Status Pass
- A Silver Status Pass
- A Western Region Blue Status Pass
The availability of Priv rate travel on presentation of a Staff Travel Card or Rail Staff Leisure Card as outlined in our Where Can I Go guides is unaffected by this announcement. For more information please check the Where Can I Go and Restrictions page.
30 October 2020
In 2021 the Rail Staff Leisure Card will be issued to non-safeguarded employees and family members with the photograph of the holder printed on it. This will remove the need for employees and family members to carry a separate photo ID card when using their Rail Staff Leisure Cards for buying tickets and travelling.
Although the renewal of cards is not scheduled until June 2021, Rail Staff Travel need you to upload your photographs as soon as possible for you and any eligible family members.
Photographs will be mandatory for all holders of Rail Staff Leisure Cards, including children under the age of 16.
You can upload them easily online using our Photo Upload page.
When you upload a photograph, an e-mail confirmation will be sent to you. Please note that sometimes mail services direct these confirmation e-mails to your spam or junk folders.
If Rail Staff Travel do not receive a photograph, then you and/or your family members will not receive your Rail Staff Leisure Card(s) in the next renewal.
Safeguarded staff in receipt of a Staff Travel Card can ignore this request.
25 September 2020
In the Spring of 2020 there was a period of time during which travel by train was for essential journeys only.
A decision has been made that the Staff Travel Card issued to Safeguarded Staff for the year 2020/21 which is printed with an end of validity date of 30 June 2021 will be extended to 30 September 2021.
This will give holders an additional 3 months in which to use the allocation of date boxes for free travel on National Rail services only.
In this 3 month extension period the Staff Travel Card dated boxes will not be valid for free travel on London Underground inter-available routes, nor for use on any of the other reciprocal carriers.
The 2020/21 Staff Travel Cards will not be re-issued with a new end of validity date. National Rail TOC ticket inspection staff will be briefed of this change to allow you to use dated boxes until 30 September.
Staff Travel Card 2020/21 summary of validity:
- 1 April 2020 to 30 June 2021. Use on all services as shown in the Where Can I Go guide for Safeguarded Staff.
- 1 July 2021 to 30 September 2021. Remaining dated boxes can be used for free travel on National Rail services only.
All usage is subject to any Staff Travel Restrictions published on the RST website.
The Staff Travel Card for 2021/22 will be issued as usual on schedule in early March 2021 and will be valid from 1 April 2021 to 30 June 2022.
24 September 2020
Rail Staff Travel are provding occasional updates on staff travel matters by e-mail. If you think we do not have your e-mail address and would like to register it with us, or have recently changed any of your contact details, please submit a Retired Data Check (XX12) form which you can find on this Forms page
Please share this information with any colleagues or friends who may benefit.
3 September 2020
P&O continue to run an optimised schedule and ensure that social distancing protocols and any new legislative measures are adhered to. There is space available on most sailings, however this is subject to change and passengers should check their website on an individual sailing basis.
2 October 2020
Stena BV can only carry a small percentage of their usual volumes of passengers and vehicles. As a result, for the next few weeks the quotas of FIP concessionary and free travel are reduced significantly and availability is extremely limited.
The Stena call centre will be able to advise of the availability on specific services. The phone number is in the Rail Staff Travel Guides which you can find on the Where Can I Go and Restrictions page.
We will continue to issue Stena BV FIP coupons for those who request them, but Stena can make no guarantee that there will be availability when you intend to travel.
13 August 2020
We have a temporary solution to issue FIP coupons so you can now make applications.
The postal service is experiencing delays in some areas. Applications can only be accepted using the online form on this website and must be made a minimum of three weeks before your intended outward date of travel.
The solution has a limited production capacity. If the number of applications exceeds the capacity, we may have to suspend the service.
Please only apply for FIP coupons if you are certain that you will be travelling and bear in mind that there is a risk we will not be able to deliver coupons in time for your trip.
If we post coupons to you, we will no longer accept unused ones back (including images of them cut up), even if they do not arrive in time for your travel date.
Please check the Travel Tips for Europe guide on the Where Can I Go and Restrictions page for the latest travel information on carriers in Europe. For instance, reservations are now mandatory on some services in Poland.
9 July 2020
The Rail Staff Leisure Cards for Non-Safeguarded Staff and Dependants valid from 1 July 2020 until 30 June 2021 will be posted out by Royal Mail starting on Monday 8 June. Please allow at least two weeks for delivery.
The Rail Staff Leisure Card is the new name for the TOC Priv Card (see the news item below for more details)
If you have received your Rail Staff Leisure Card(s), but some are missing for dependant children, then the most likely reason is that you have not completed a child declaration. You can find the XX05 form for this on our forms page. Once a child declaration is received, we will send out Rail Staff Leisure Cards, but this is likely to take longer than usual.
If you do not notify us by 31 July 2020 of any missing cards, then the usual replacement fee will apply.
4 June 2020
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.
27 January 2020
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.