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Railpass Mythbusters

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A Merseyrail Railpass saves you time and money on regular travel around the Merseyrail network. If you have any doubts though, try reading through our mythbusting info below...

A Railpass won't save me money

If you're not sure if a Railpass will save you money use our quick Railpass Calculator at the bottom of this page. It will tell you exactly how much a Railpass costs for your journey and how much you would save compared to buying a daily return ticket. 

I have to queue up to renew my Railpass on a Monday morning

Not only do you avoid a daily visit to the ticket office with a Railpass, when you come to renew your pass you don't have to wait until the morning it has expired to renew it. Simply pop along to a station ticket office on your way home instead and enjoy those few more minutes in bed in the morning! Guidelines for renewal time periods are detailed below.

Renewals with no changes to the ticket or break in continuity:

Ticket Type Renewal Options
Weekly Season Ticket
  • If the start date is a Sunday or Monday (or a Tuesday after a Bank Holiday), you can renew you Weekly Railpass from noon on the previous Friday.
  • If the start date is another day of the week you can renew your Railpass after noon on the previous day
Monthly, Term Time or Annual Season Ticket  
  • The ticket may be issued any time up to seven days in advance


Renewals following a break in continuity
:

Ticket Type Renewal Options
Weekly Season Ticket
  • On the start date
  • If the start date is a Monday (or a Tuesday after a Bank Holiday), you can renew you Weekly Railpass from 0600 on the previous Sunday.
Monthly, Term Time or Annual Season Ticket
  • If the start date is a Saturday, Sunday, Monday (or Tuesday after a Bank Holiday) renew your Railpass from noon on the previous Friday.
  • If the start date is another day of the week you can renew your Railpass after noon on the previous day

 

I don't need a pass for the Merseyrail network, I only travel a few stops

Perfect, you only pay for the parts of the network that you use, the Railpass is priced based on zones and areas. We won't charge you for travelling on the Wirral Line if you only use the Northern Line!

I can only use my Railpass for commuting / during the week

With a Railpass you get unlimited travel! Travel on the train in peak hours, at weekends and as many times a day as you want. It's also a ticket to great days out across Merseyside!

The Railpass savings don't take into account weekends and annual leave

All of our Railpass saving calculations are based on travelling 5 days a week, and the Annual Railpass saving calculations also take into account days off for the standard number of days annual leave. However you are free to use a Railpass as much as you want, so if you use it for a day out at the weekend too you'll save even more!

It's complicated to apply for a Railpass

One short application form is all it takes. Take a passport photo to any staffed Merseyrail station with your form and they will issue your Railpass straight away. Once issued you don't need to complete any other forms when you renew your pass. 

Pick an application form up from a station or download them here:

I can't pay for an Annual Railpass in installments

You can save the most with an Annual Railpass, but if the upfront cost is holding you back, ask your employer to join Merseyrail's Corporate Ticket Scheme. Many businesses are already members, meaning they can buy annual Railpasses on behalf of their employees, which the employee then pays back on a monthly basis. Get your company on board, find out more and refer your business here. 

If you have any other queries regarding Merseyrail Railpass please don't hesitate to give our Customer Relations Team a call on 0151 555 1111 or email us here

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