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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.
|London||Stratford Upon A||01:59||AU$ 12|
|London||Hull Gb||02:33||AU$ 70|
Booking and printing optionsBooking :
- 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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Seat reservation :
- 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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|Snacks and beverages Whenever you feel peckish, you can buy something on board to eat or drink. small>|
|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>|
|Power sockets Ideal to plug your laptop, phone or any electronic device from your seat. small>|
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- A. Yes, you may travel as many times are you like between countries that are on your pass.
- A. A saver pass is a discount rate for a group of 2-5 passengers traveling together at all times. All names will be printed on a single pass, therefore passengers will not be able to travel independently.
- A. 1st Class seats often recline, there are fewer seats per car, and there is more space for luggage. On some high-speed trains, the price of a 1st Class ticket includes a meal. 1st class is generally quieter with more business and adult passengers. 2nd Class accommodations are less expensive, but not as spacious, as there are more seats per car. For trips over 2 hours we recommend that you book 1st class.
- A. The best-selling Eurail Global Pass offers unlimited, 1st Class train travel in 24 European countries: Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Bulgarian Denmark, Finland, Czech Republic, Germany, Greece, France, Ireland, Italy, Hungary, Netherlands, Norway, Luxembourg, Romania, Slovenia, Portugal, Slovakia, Switzerland, Spain, Sweden and Turkey. Choices range from 15 consecutive days to 3 months of travel or 10 and 15 flexible days within a 2-month time period, plus money-saving Eurail Global Pass bonuses. The Eurail Select Pass provides unlimited train travel for the duration you select in your choice of any 3, 4 or 5 countries that border each other, as well as attractive bonuses. Select from Austria, Benelux (Belgium, Luxembourg, and the Netherlands), Bulgaria/Serbia/Montenegro, Croatia/Slovenia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Republic of Ireland, Italy, Norway, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and Turkey.
- A. Train stations in Europe are very accessible and easy to find. Although the physical train station addresses are generally not listed, the stations are centrally located within the city and accessible with the cities public transportation system or taxi. Check with hotel concierge to give you the best directions from your hotel. Taxi drivers know how to get your to your station fast and worry free.
- A. All 1 st class passes are valid for travel in all sleeper accommodations. If you have a 2 nd class pass, you are able to travel in T3 compartments and couchettes. Some T4 compartments are offered in 1 st and 2 nd class. Please be sure to check the details of the fare for the train you wish to travel on to determine what class the T4 is offered in.
Q. There is also a train connection from Munich to Prague, can I use these trains to travel to Prague with the coupon?A. No, the German Rail Pass Extension is only valid on the DB Expressbus between Munich/Nuremberg and Prague.
- A. Reservation is compulsory on TGV and if you are a pass holder, you still need to buy a TGV ticket. Among the passes available on TGV, you’ll be able to choose between Eurail Global, Eurail Select Pass or Eurail two country pass including France. France Rail Pass and France Rail Pass Premium are also among the possible options and offer last minute Easy Access reservations.
- 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. TGV trains offer high-speed train services connecting the major cities of France. Paris is 58 minutes from Lille, and Bordeaux is just under 3 hours from the French capital. Travel time between Paris and Marseille is 3 hours. And if you want to get to Strasbourg, it will take you only 2 hours and 20 minutes from Paris by TGV.
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Reviews & ratings
Overall rating (145)
Overall appreciationExcellent 34% Very good 37% Average 21% Poor 2% Terrible 5%
"Paddington to Cardiff"Matthew a.
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
"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
"Great train journey"Georgina t. 08/10/2014
I was very impressed with the service and facilities on my recent journey from London to Edinburgh. Thoroughly recommended. Value for money Convenience
"Not worth the extra "Martin g. 07/10/2014
We booked 1st class tickets in Australia for this trip to Bath. Upon entering the carriage the while area looked tired and worn. The table area had not been cleaned and was dirty. We also had two screaming kids the whole way to Bath in the seats behind us making for a very unpleasant experience. Having travelled many times on trains in Japan this one to Bath was not up to standard. Value for money Convenience
"Five UK Rail Trips"Robert s. 06/10/2014
Booking on line was very easy but from memory the raileurope site didn't indicate whether the journeys were express or "stopping all stations"; knowing this would have been useful. Obtaining the actual tickets using the machines at each station was a breeze. Although not a raileurope issue, some of the 1st class carriages, while spacious and comfortable were very "tired" and worn. Luggage storage space on UK trains is very limited and advice to passengers to be amongst the first to board the train would be useful and reduce stress and congestion. On balance the raileurope system is very good - have used it several times before and would use it again. Value for money Convenience
"Inconvenient Sunday trip"Robin b. 24/09/2014
I travelled from Salisbury to London on Sunday 14 September First Class. Due to works on the line, the jouurney was broken into three stages: train to Basingstoke, bus to Guildford and then train to Waterloo. It was therefore about as inconvenient as a journey can be. It was also a slow journey overall. In addition, the bus was packed on the middle leg and thus not very comfortable. On the plus side, the stages all connected and I arrived on schedule. Value for money Convenience
"It did what I wanted"Robin b. 23/09/2014
I'm not sure how you're supposed to rate a train trip. It got me where I wanted to go, the price was high but then I was travelling in First Class, it was comfortable enough and quiet and quick. So it was good. Value for money Convenience
"A Little Luxury"Lorraine k. 12/09/2014
We booked first class and it was worth the little extra. We were served a hot breakfast on the train by curteous and helpful staff. Our seats were comfortable and we enjoyed watching the changing scenery. As we'd booked as a couple we had two facing single seats, each with a window. There was even a table. I would recommend this journey. Value for money Convenience
"A good way to travel in the UK"Michele m. 28/08/2014
Booking was simple and staff were particularly helpful in assisting when we arrived late and had to get a later train - we weren't charged any extra even though it was our error. We had large suitcases and the train had a designated place for them - bags were easy to get on and off train. We found this mode of transport convenient and comfortable and cost wise good value compared with other forms of transport. We would look at using this again if re-visiting the UK. Value for money Convenience