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UK trains link all Britain from London to Oxford, Glasgow to Edinburg and Cardiff to Birmingham etc.
The United Kingdom is place of great contrasts. From the capital London the rail network spreads out across three different countries reaching up to the dramatic mountains in Scotland to the small towns and villages in Wales and past farmland and busy cities and into the quiet of the lakes and rolling hills of England. London is at the centre of the UK rail network. It has no less than 14 train stations. The 23 different train operators cover every major city and town from East to West and North to South. Although not all of the trains are high speed, there’s something romantic about soaking up the countryside as you sit comfortably, looking out of the window with a cup of tea. Booking tickets on so many different operators can be tricky so why not get your tickets here? Rail Europe partners with the UK rail network to offer the cheapest prices and a choice of tickets to suit you.
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If you are based in London there are several easy day trips you can take on the train, from Oxford and Cambridge to Brighton and Windsor and more.
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- UK Trains tickets are open for booking 60 days ahead.
- Get the lowest prices by booking early and don’t wait until the last minute as cheaper seats sell the fastest.
- Opt for off-peak trains when you have to travel short notice. They are more affordable than morning and evening trains along with those running on holiday eves, Friday and Sunday afternoon.
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- Recommended for this train! The seat reservation is included in the price of your ticket when offered by the train carrier. With the included reservation, you are guaranteed a seat to make your journey more enjoyable.
- Pass holders . Book your seat reservation exclusively with Rail Europe.
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Avoid the queues… most stations will have the self-service ticket machines where you can easily collect the tickets you have bought from this website. First class ticket holders can make the most of any first class lounges at the main city stations.
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|WiFi Internet Enjoy the freedom to read your emails, surf and listen to online music thanks to the wireless internet on board certain trains. small>|
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- A. Yes, non-smoking cars are available on all trains. Most high- speed trains are now completely non-smoking and all reservations are requested in non-smoking coaches when both options are available. There is no smoking on all trains in France, Italy, Norway, Germany, Austria, Sweden, Belgium, Netherlands, Luxemburg, and Switzerland.
- A. Rail passes for children are generally half the adult fare. Some passes do not offer a child pass. Child tickets are offered on most trains and vary by train type. They are generally about half of an adult ticket. The Swiss Pass allows children under 16 to travel free when they are traveling with a parent who is holding a Swiss Pass. On BritRail passes, children 5 through 15 are free with each paying adult.
- A. On all domestic routes in France and all international routes that depart from France. When traveling round trip on an international route you will need to print both tickets before you depart. For more detailed information on how to use a French self service kiosk review: How do I retrieve my e-tickets at French train stations?
- A. Due to the limited availability on overnight trains, if you must change your sleeper reservation, try to do so immediately. You can visit the local station at least 24 hours prior to the train's departure and see what is available. Be aware that your reservation change may be subject to local service fees and/or upgrade charges. Reservations are required for sleepers and couchettes on all overnight trains and can be made up to 60 days in advance.
- A. Austria, Benelux (includes Belgium, Luxembourg, Holland), Bulgaria/Serbia/Montenegro, Czech Republic, Croatia/Slovenia, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Norway, Portugal, Republic of Ireland, Romania, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland.
- A. Toilets are easily accessible on all the trains and are usually marked with the letters WC. Toilets can usually be found at the front or back of each train car (also known as a coach), and will include a sink, toilet and a locking door.
- A. Your Eurail Select pass must be validated by a railway official in one of the countries mentioned on the Eurail Select Pass (station’s desk) who also fills your first and last day of travel in the passport number.
Q. What are the differences between a Single, Double, T2, T3, T4, and couchette on overnight trains?A. Sleeper accommodations vary according to amenities and the number of people occupying the compartment. The name or number advises how many beds are in each room. A couchette (pronounced "koo-SHET") is normally usually in 2nd Class. A couchette accommodates 6 passengers, male and female, and offers no amenities. Keep in mind that some compartments are gender specific unless the compartment is booked in full. For more information about sleepers please visit our how to book sleepers page.
- A. Italo offers different classes of service. Rail Europe offers 3 classes of service for Italo: the Smart class, the Club class and the Prima class. The Smart class is the equivalent of second class, where passengers have the following services: 2 dedicated stewards/hostesses and comfortable seats. The Prima class is the equivalent of first class, where passengers have the following services: A dedicated steward/hostess, welcome drink and snacks, daily newspapers, complimentary expresso and large reclining seats. A supplement is needed for catering service in Prima class. The Club class has the same services as the Prima class plus video screens and access to business lounge.
- A. All you'll need is your e-ticket # (found on your confirmation email). Please note: there may be multiple e-ticket # for your itinerary.
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Reviews & ratings UK Trains
Overall rating (145)
Overall appreciationExcellent 34% Very good 37% Average 21% Poor 2% Terrible 5%
"Travel through Scotland"Lynda w. 13/08/2015
Train left on time and arrived on time. Seats were comfortable and the scenery spectacular. Great relaxed way to travel. We had pre-booked seat numbers but apparently they were not booked so we could sit wherever we wanted. Value for money Convenience
"Good travel experience"Brian p. 22/06/2015
This was a very good experience - with no issues getting our reserved seats. A nice train Value for money Convenience
"Nice train experience"Brian p. 22/06/2015
This was a much better experience where we actually got our first class and reserved seats without any issues. Quick and smooth journey. Value for money Convenience
"London to Edinburgh"Susan s. 12/06/2015
As a traveller visiting from Australia,I must say that I had a very pleasant trip from London to Edinburgh. The train seat was comfortable, the big windows allowed for a great view as we sped along, and the convenience of the " refreshment trolley" meant that I did not have to leave my seat to get a snack. Value for money Convenience
"UK trains are the only way"Geoffrey m. 07/05/2015
we travelled 1st class non stop from York to kings cross and walked straight into a cab to our west end hotel. Superb in under 2:30 hours door to door. Value for money Convenience
"Paddington to Cardiff"Matthew a. 23/01/2015
Off the plane at Heathrow and at Paddington in 60 mins. Nice and quick ticket pick up and onto the train easily. I travelled in offpeak which was very comfortable. I travelled back at a busier time which was not as easy with lugguage. However being in a major station close to good under connections provided very good value. Value for money Convenience
"Ease of travel"Joanne m. 21/12/2014
A great way to see Englands lovely countryside. The trip was quick Value for money Convenience
"UK train"Jun y. 16/11/2014
Great central locations for convenience. Easy ticket pick-up. Value for money Convenience
"Nice and quite"Darryl j. 27/10/2014
My daughter and I were more than satisfied with the journey. comfortable, quite and great value for money....even after converting from Australian dollars to pounds. Very impressed with the power outlets (we upgraded to first class). Polite and helpful staff, would recommend and use Great Western Railways again! Booked online from Australia! Value for money Convenience
"very good"Peter o. 20/10/2014
a clean and pleasant journey with great help from the staff we were travelling with bags and everything was accommodated nicely Value for money Convenience
"U.K Train Travel"Penny c. 18/10/2014
As international travellers we found the trains very convenient, clean and comfortable. The voice over announcements, telling us which stations were coming up was a bonus and took away some of the stress of travelling in a another country and not being familiar with the area. Value for money Convenience
"Comfortable travel "Kah Seng u. 17/10/2014
Online booking and getting our tickets was easy with clear instructions We booked our tickets online from Australia and arrived at Liverpool stn at 8.00 am on the day of travel. Staff at information desk pointed us to the ticket machines and we retrieved our tickets without any hassle. The journey was comfortable and price reasonable. We enjoyed our day trip to Cambridge and travelling by train gives us the flexibility to have a longer stay at this fascinating and historical University town. There were so much to see, do and experience and travelling by rail gives control over how much time we want to spend in this town. The cost is reasonable, ride comfortable and we will definitely recommend a visitor to consider a day trip to Cambridge by train! So easy to book for a comfortable travel which takes slightly over an hour to get to. John Value for money Convenience
"A great way to travel". 16/10/2014
We recently travelled from Edinburgh to London, first class, as part of a trip around the UK. The train was fast, comfortable and on time with plenty of room for luggage. The train station in Edinburg was conviently located and, once in London, it was easy to get a taxi to our hotel. I think value for money and convenience the train was a winner.
"Crowded trains". 14/10/2014
We took the 3.30pm train from Waterloo to Weymouth and only just managed to get a seat. Many people stood in the aisles for the first hour. The usual trolley snack service could not operate as it could not get through the crowded train. At GBP 47 return, it was an expensive trip too. On the positive side, the train was clean, on time and ran smoothly with good communication from the staff on board. The lifts on Brockenhurst station are a great improvement and make it easy to transfer bikes between platforms.
"Crazy Chaos"Russell s. 10/10/2014
Mad rush to get to train once it was designated a platform. Got on train OK but trying to manoeuvre with our luggage was difficult and uncomfortable. Train had departed platform and people still trying to store luggage and get to their seats. Very chaotic for 1st class. Hate to be in cattle class. Once the dust settled it was a relaxing, enjoyable trip. Value for money Convenience