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UK Trains network
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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|Print @ Station||Go to a self-service ticket machine and enter your reference to retrieve your ticket. Skip shipping fees.||Printing guide|
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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.
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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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Reviews & ratings
Overall rating (448)
Overall appreciationExcellent 34% Very good 37% Average 21% Poor 2% Terrible 5%
"A few issues"David b.
The trip was fine, although the print-at-the-station kiosk wouldn't recognize the booking and I had to dash into the Kings Cross booking office to have the ticket manually issued with 5 minutes before the departure. I was surprised that the carriage had a party of a dozen young men drinking and carousing loudly in the aisle for five hours straight - luckily, they were happy drunks. Someone got on a few stops into the journey with a ticket with the same seats as ours, but seemed happy to wander away and stand somewhere. So - a few glitches. Value for money Convenience
"Portsmouth"Robyn Ann g. 06/07/2014
Very convenient train from Portsmouth Harbour station, they go every half hour. Comfortable train but you have to watch that you don't get in a first class carriage. Once at Waterloo it was very easy to get a taxi to St Pancras. Only downside was that the staff at Portsmouth Harbour not very helpful. I lined up to get our prepaid tickets Value for money Convenience
"Printing tickets bought online"Judith b. 15/06/2014
The overall experience was very good, however two things could have been improved. 1. The number we had to enter in order to print our tickets could have been bold, bright or easily read. The booking number was and I thought that was the number to enter. 2. At Edinburgh Waverley station we had to unload our luggage ourselves which meant crawling into the luggage carriage and passing it out to someone on the platform. Value for money Convenience
"ROOM TO IMPROVE"David p. 15/06/2014
The disappointment of the trip, having paid First Class fares, was (a) there was NO WiFi and (b) being at meal time all we were offered was a cup of tea and a biscuit! we were connecting to Manchester Airport) Value for money Convenience
"A First Class Journey"Wieka k. 28/05/2014
We took the first class train from Manchester to Euston about a month ago - price point there is around 18 dollars different between the second class and first, so we took it. The train interior was excellent, very comfortable seat and nice big windows - the highlight for us was the free Wifi (apart from the scenery of course, but we are talking about the train here). The wifi offered on board was fast and does not disconnect even once! for a traveller like us, having capacity to connect to the internet was very valuable. The service on board was OK with standard snacks and beverages. Value for money Convenience
"comfortable and efficient"Geoffrey b. 26/05/2014
Train was clean and quite comfortable for the short (40 minute) trip. Both departures and arrivals were on time. Announcements on board (approaching stations etc) were clear and appropriate. As for ' value for money' rating, I thought the fare slightly on the high side in comparison to a similar distance trip in Australia. However, consistent with quite expensive fares in London for tube etc. Convenience is rated slightly lower as, due to track work, the return journey terminated at a station in an unfamiliar area. However, this in fact worked to our advantage as it turned out to be closer to our next hotel than Victoria, resulting in a lower taxi fare. Value for money Convenience
"East coast travel - UK"Alice b. 02/05/2014
Train was clean, fast, comfortable and had large windows allowing an uninterrupted view of the passing countryside. Great value, very relaxing, arrived on time at Edinburgh Waverley Station which is in the middle of the city. By changing platforms we were quickly on a Metro train to our destination 8 mins away. Out side of Edinburgh Waverley station buses to many areas of the city also available. Value for money Convenience
"family reunion"Peter r. 12/04/2014
Met in Manchester and then on to London for a few days. Train trip was the best way to go. Carried on to Barcelona and had booked to go by train to Montpellier but had to cancel due to a member being ill. Was really looking forward to that trip but wasn't to be. Value for money Convenience
"Convenient"Kerrie h. 14/03/2014
Booking with raileurope easy and convenient. Booked all our tickets in Australia before we left home. Travelling by train to Manchester quicker than driving. Value for money Convenience
"York to London Trip"Jacqui h. 26/01/2014
Lovely trip, very comfortable enjoyed first class. Would have been nice to be offered a greater variety of drinks. Other than that we would do it again. Value for money Convenience
"Train trip"Bronwyn h. 22/11/2013
Even though the train was fast we thoroughly enjoyed the scenery along the way. The train was clean and comfortable, thank you Value for money Convenience
"Edinburgh to london"Jean d. 21/11/2013
Travelled 1st class train was busy service was good price included food and drink free wifi arrived on time pleasant trip plenty room to move Value for money Convenience
"Travel to Edinburgh"Dianne g. 08/11/2013
Good trip. Train staff helpful and friendly and announcements helpful. Value for money Convenience
"Retrieve ticket problem"Xin c. 04/11/2013
We experienced a great difficulty in retrieving our tickets. The number/code we were provided didn't work. The station staff told us that some other people experienced the same problem, and we shouldn't use the website we used. It took us several calls to reach the Help line and got the correct code. Fortunately we arrived at the station earlier enough to sort things out. Please make sure this does not happen in future. Otherwise everything is OK . Value for money Convenience
"Review"William b. 03/11/2013
We really enjoyed the trip. The service was excellent, the seats in first class very comfortable and the train was on-time. Value for money Convenience