UK Trains

UK trains link all Britain from London to Oxford, Glasgow to Edinburg and Cardiff to Birmingham etc.

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UK Trains network

Great Britain is full of contrasts, whichever direction you travel you will find a wide variety of landscapes. Hop on and discover the countryside by train in a comfortable and relaxing atmosphere. From cosmopolitan and vibrant cities to historic places and their richness in heritage, trains will take you everywhere.

Popular journeys and travel durations

Along 15,795 kilometres of tracks, 23 Train Operating Companies work together for providing the most complete rail network. Long distance traffic, Regional and National lines, everything is made to ease each kind of rail travel.

With its 14 terminals from which the main lines connect to the other parts of Great Britain, London is the hub of the UK rail network. The large choice of schedules will be the opportunity to tailor-make your journey and easily plan day trips to visit Oxford, Cambridge, Brighton or Windsor in one day from London.

From East to West or North to South, and although a few of them are High Speed trains, UK rail network trains run all year long and offer quick connections across the regions. Here are some examples of routes and best travel times:

Popular journeys and travel durations
JourneyTravel time
London Paddington - Oxford0h53
London Waterloo - Portsmouth1h35
London St Pancras - Dover Priory1h09
Cardiff Central - Birmingham New Street2h
Glasgow - Edinburg0h58

Booking & Ticket delivery

Booking :
  • 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.

Ticket delivery option(s) :

Print @ StationGo to a self-service ticket machine and enter your reference to retrieve your ticket. Skip shipping fees.Printing guide

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

Most of the stations are equipped with self-service ticket machines where you will be able to collect your Print @ the station ticket. First class is ideal for business travellers as well as for passengers who want to be pampered. First class tickets provide access to first class lounges in the main stations.

Onboard

Classes and facilities offered by trains in the UK
First class Second class
Snacks and beverages Whenever you feel peckish, you can buy something on board to eat or drink.
WiFi Internet Enjoy the freedom to read your emails, surf and listen to online music thanks to the wireless internet on board certain trains.
Power sockets Ideal to plug your laptop, phone or any electronic device from your seat.


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    Reviews & ratings

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    Excellent 34% Very good 37% Average 21% Poor 2% Terrible 5%

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    "My train tip in the British Is"

      Lois k. 
    We thought the train service was incredible. The only negative was when you had to transfer from one train to another in a short period of time with luggage and all steps! There was no information on where to meet your transfer train.    Value for money  Convenience

    "It is Okay"

      Wen-hung k.  12/07/2014
    There is nothing special. It is punctual and relatively comfortable. However, I would hope when changing trains at Maninngtree, we do not need to go down to underpass and come up to another platform. It is really difficult when you travel with big suitcase.    Value for money  Convenience

    "Scotland by rail"

      Michael d.  01/06/2014
    it was fast and comfortable,as conditions allowed, especially as it was not a premier train,but a local being used.    Value for money  Convenience

    "Edinburgh to Manchester"

      Ryan Joshua Tien Ming s.  14/05/2014
    Train ride was comfortable enough. I got it at a discounted price. Service was excellent. Train was on time.    Value for money  Convenience

    "Wifi didn’t work"

      Kenneth c.  18/02/2014
    Everything is nice except Wifi didn't work    Value for money  Convenience

    "Fast and rigth in time "

      Evgeny m.  30/01/2014
    Train arrived and left in time    Value for money  Convenience

    "Family Trip"

      Mercedes a.  14/01/2014
    Good service.    Value for money  Convenience

    "london"

      Alicia a.  31/12/2013
    the express train between gatwick and victoria is really useful but its an inconvenience that it does not work during the christmas period.    Value for money  Convenience

    "London to Edinburgh"

      Wayne s.  13/11/2013
    Outstanding comfort and service. Easy to get luggage stored and collected on arrival. Good food and beverage service. Access to wifi is really handy. On the expensive side but I would definitely consider this as an alternative to flying in the future.    Value for money  Convenience

    "No space for buggies"

      Andre d.  28/10/2013
    It was hard to find where to put our daughter buggy. We had 2 medium-sized bags and was hard to find a place to put them. Maybe a separate coach to bags would make this trip more comfortable.    Value for money  Convenience

    "Satisfied"

      Andre d.  27/10/2013
    The travel was reasonably comfortable, the toilets were clean and the snack service was nice, very convenient.    Value for money  Convenience

    "Good but expensive "

      Ori a.  12/10/2013
    Thank you    Value for money  Convenience

    "accurate and nice staff"

      Michel s.  01/10/2013
    The value for money was a little bit high although we have booked our tickets 2 weeks in advance.    Value for money  Convenience

    "Terribly expensive"

      Thomas v.  16/09/2013
    The journey was reasonably comfortable, but terribly overpriced    Value for money  Convenience

    "Trip to Edinburgh "

      Rasne b.  12/09/2013
    Very good journey,safe,clean,staff on train and at the stations very helpful,,had a good trip,,,    Value for money  Convenience

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