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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.
Popular journeys and travel durations
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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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.
Printing option(s) :
Print @ Station
Go to a self-service ticket machine and enter your reference to retrieve your ticket. Skip shipping fees.
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.
Experience the service
Before you board
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>|
Interactive Rail Map
- A. A Swiss pass is valid on trains operated by SBB (Schweizerische BundesBahn), the national railway company of Switzerland. For domestic trains in Switzerland operated, seat reservations are not required. Exceptions are the special scenic trains such as Bernina Express, Glacier Express, Golden Pass and Wilhelm Tell Express. For these trains, a supplement and/or seat reservation is required for Swiss Pass holders. There are also some international trains from Switzerland that require a reservation fee. Examples are the ICE International to Germany, the TGV Lyria to France and the Railjet to Budapest.
- A. No. You have to buy your Eurail Select Pass before travelling to Europe. Eurail passes can be bought up to six months in advance of your travel date.
- A. First class on the Lyria offers large comfortable reclining seats and a bar-buffet car offering a selection of food and beverages for purchase. Second class on the Lyria offers generous legroom and a bar-buffet car offering a selection of food and beverages for purchase.
- A. You can print your tickets from the convenience of your home or you can retrieve them from self-service machines in London St Pancras, Brussels Midi or Paris Nord station before boarding your Eurostar train.
Q. What is the difference between 1st and 2nd class on the Thalys (Paris to Brussels and Amsterdam)?A. First class on the Thalys offers large comfortable reclining seats and drinks and a light snack served at your seat. Second class on the Thalys offers generous legroom and a selection of drinks and snacks at your seat that are available for purchase.
- A. Sorry, partially used passes are not refundable.
- A. Yes all high-speed trains require reservations. Some 1st class trains include meal service in the price of your ticket.
Q. If I'm traveling through a country not included on Eurail Select Pass, can I add that country to the pass?A. Passes are only valid for travel in the countries covered by that particular pass. If you travel through a country not included on your pass, you'll need to purchase an additional ticket for that part of the trip. For example, if you travel from Germany to Italy through Austria, Austria is not a country on your Eurail Select Pass and will not be covered; you must purchase an additional ticket. If you have not purchased your pass please view our online maps to see if you will be travelling through a country you have not planned for.
- A. Most cites with airports are easily accessible by public transportation (Train, Bus, Subway or Taxi). The following airports listed have access to the downtown train stations: Amsterdam Schiphol, Athens, Barcelona, Berlin Schoenefeld, Birmingham, Brussels National, Cologne, Copenhagen, Dresden, Duesseldorf, Frankfurt, Geneva-Cointrin, Glasgow, Graz, Hannover, Krakow, Leipzig, London Gatwick, London Heathrow, London Stanstead, Madrid, Malaga, Manchester, Munich, Milan Malpensa, Newcastle, Nice, Nuremberg, Oslo, Palermo, Paris Charles de Gaulle, Pisa, Porto, Rome Fiumicino, Southampton, Stockholm, Stuttgart , Torino, Tronheim, Valencia, Vienna , and Zurich.
- A. No, travel on Eurostar requires a separate ticket. However, many rail passes include discounted rates for the Eurostar called a Passholder fare. To see a list of passes that allow these fares select "details" when viewing fares with a pass.
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Reviews & ratings UK Trains
Overall rating (145)
Overall appreciationExcellent 34% Very good 37% Average 21% Poor 2% Terrible 5%
- "Quick and easy" Brett l. 12/04/2016
A very quick and easy mode of transport with assistance where required Value for money Convenience
- "Melb/York/Blackpool return" Carolyn w. 28/02/2016
I travelled Heathrow to York and Blackpool to Heathrow. The trains were clean and on time. I enjoyed the whole experience. I especially enjoyed unexpectedly being upgraded to First Class on the way back to Heathrow. The staff were attentive and personable and it was comfortable. Far better than driving. Carolyn Worth Value for money Convenience
- "London to Cardiff return" John o. 21/12/2015
First Class London to Cardiff, and then return. First Class lounge at Paddington was very good. Secure, plus a range of drinks, fresh fruits and pastries available all gratis. First Class lounge at Cardiff smaller, also secure, no fruit or pastries, but drinks available and still adequate. First Class train carriage was comfortable, and drinks and cakes (gratis) on trip. Overall, a nice, convenient way to travel between the two cities, especially to see some of the country-side in passing. Value for money Convenience
- "Delayed train " Nicola m. 22/11/2015
Everything about the train ride was great except that the train was delayed which meant i missed my connecting train. My short journey then turned into a long day as the next train was delayed and I had to have multiple changes. Value for money Convenience
- "Journey to London" Sylvia h. 31/10/2015
The train was crowded but the service was good and friendly. I appreciated having free snacks and drinks throughout the journey. The train could have been a little cleaner but was OK. The train was on time arriving into London which I appreciated as I was being met. Value for money Convenience
- "Scottish holiday" Sylvia h. 31/10/2015
Very clean and comfortable train. It was a pleasant surprise to find that in first class I could have free snacks and drinks throughout the journey. I enjoyed the scenery in particular and the large, clean windows made that even better. The cleanness and fresh paint, and individual colour schemes of the stations en route were also a delight. Arriving on time was important as I had a connecting train. Value for money Convenience
- "Carnaerfon Trip" James h. 21/10/2015
I recently traveled from London to Bagor on the Virgin train and found the experience easy and comfortable. I would definitely use this mode of transport again (and will). By the way, the first class journey was as equal to any air flight I have taken. Value for money Convenience
- "Advance booking recommended" Hamish m. 17/10/2015
This is the second time we have used Rail Europe and as before it was a trouble free experience. I find train travel in UK inordinately expensive in comparison to air and by booking in advanced with Rail Europe our rates were significantly better than if we had booked on the day of travel at the stations. Very happy with the service and will use again. Value for money Convenience
- "Bletchley" James g. 02/10/2015
Fast and comfortable. Value for money Convenience
- "Efficient trip " David k. 20/09/2015
was very happy with the efficiency of the trip on Virgin Trains return from Glasgow to London. The trains were punctual and arrived on time. Value for money Convenience
- "Good service" Kathleen l. 19/09/2015
We enjoyed the trip which was helped by the friendly staff. The food and the regular drinks service was good. Real value for money especially as we were able to use their first class lounge before departure. Thank you Value for money Convenience
- "Comfortable journey" Vanessa p. 23/08/2015
Overall I thought the experience was good. I was surprised that no free wifi was offered Value for money Convenience
- "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
- "Relaxing way to go ..." Phillip m. 11/08/2015
Train was comfortable, and provided a great way to see the countryside. Only downside is the seat configuration. Not all seats go forward, so be prepared to go backwards for 4 hours. Value for money Convenience
- "Brilliant train service" Peter m. 09/08/2015
An excellent service. Value for money Convenience