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

London Peterborough 00:45 R225
Sheffield London 02:00 R405
Truro London 04:18 R840
Bicester London 00:46 R240
Crewe London 01:36 R165
London Manchester 02:07 R240
London Oxenholme 02:34 R465
Birmingham London 01:21 R120
Brighton London 00:51 R105
Cambridge London 00:47 R120
Hull Gb London 02:34 R525
London York 01:46 R285
Norwich London 01:44 R165
Preston London 02:11 R390
Newcastle London 02:36 R540
London Carlisle 03:15 R855
Bristol London 01:23 R285
Swansea London 03:11 R645
London Leeds 02:12 R585
Bournemouth London 01:48 R210
Edinburgh London 04:29 R555
Nottingham London 01:31 R315
London Liverpool 02:14 R240
Oxford London 00:56 R120
Portsmouth London 01:36 R105
London Glasgow 04:08 R555
London Salisbury 01:22 R705
Hastings London 01:30 R165
London Cardiff 02:01 R345
Southampton London 01:15 R690
London Canterbury 00:52 R540
Harwich London 01:15 R600
London Lancaster 02:24 R285
Swindon London 00:55 R285
Doncaster London 01:29 R570

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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    route from salzburg to Belfast

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    Reviews & ratings

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    "Edinburgh to London train"

      John h. 
    The trip went well. The train was on time, reasonably comfortable and easy to use with convenient on and off stops. it was very useful to have train reps on the track directing where to stand to get the proper car. My only comment concerns baggage, it was a bit tough to negotiate bags and find storage on the car.    Value for money  Convenience

    "Helpful"

      Chak Wing k.  18/09/2014
    I got my tickets from the Euston Service Counter. The officer was very helpful and printed a full set of return tickets (10 tickets) for me. He explained how to use them in the trains. Thanks a lot.    Value for money  Convenience

    "ALAWADHI"

      Mohammed a.  28/08/2014
    Very good    Value for money  Convenience

    "Tons of luggage but no space"

      Azlinah m.  10/08/2014
    I had my very first experience with RAILeurope. It was easy to navigate at the train station with luggage and easy instruction by the information counter officer. However, had a lot of difficulty to carry out big luggage up to the train. We bought this big luggage because we were heading to london then to paris before we head home to Singapore. Lucky thing, we had a 63year old man in our tour group to help us load those luggage. And the best part was, the train manager in the coach was kind enough to give us the space to put our luggage at the side of their bar. Overall, it was satisfying experience, thank you train manager and RAILeurope.    Value for money  Convenience

    "Train Trip"

      Sanjaykumar a.  03/08/2014
    Traveling was very good on UK Trains, leg room is very less.    Value for money

    "My train tip in the British Is"

      Lois k.  20/07/2014
    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

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