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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:
|London Paddington - Oxford||0h53|
|London Waterloo - Portsmouth||1h35|
|London St Pancras - Dover Priory||1h09|
|Cardiff Central - Birmingham New Street||2h|
|Glasgow - Edinburg||0h58|
Booking & Ticket deliveryBooking :
- UK Trains tickets are open for booking 90 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 @ Station||Go 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.
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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.
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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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Reviews & ratings
Overall rating (448)
Overall appreciationExcellent 34% Very good 37% Average 21% Poor 2% Terrible 5%
"London to Edinburgh" Wayne s.
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.
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.
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.
Thank you Value for money Convenience
"accurate and nice staff" Michel s.
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.
The journey was reasonably comfortable, but terribly overpriced Value for money Convenience
"Trip to Edinburgh " Rasne b.
Very good journey,safe,clean,staff on train and at the stations very helpful,,had a good trip,,, Value for money Convenience
"review" Hen y.
the travel was quick and easy Value for money Convenience
"Great service" Brian w.
This was probably the best train trip I have ever taken. The service was superb, the journey smooth and as planned, and some great views too. I have recently done several journeys by rail and this particular one was head and shoulders above the rest. Value for money Convenience
"." Gerald c.
booked a month in advance and got seats with no windows, v disappointing not enough room for luggage too short time between announcing platform and train departure Value for money Convenience
"My trip to Manchester" Chi Keung c.
Good. The train is comfortable. Value for money Convenience
"Good" Ka Po Natalie l.
Punctual and comfortable. Value for money Convenience
"Comfortable" Ho o.
I lost my pass when approaching the gate. Though I need to buy another one which is relatively expensive, the staff there was helpful! Value for money Convenience
"Excellent travel UK by train" Wan m.
it is really a good experience to travel UK by train. From London to Edinburgh the train will take 4.5 hours, however, if you select plane, fly time plus travel to/from airport almost the same time. Value for money Convenience
"Train trip to Chesterfield and" Marius f.
Excellent service, thanks Marius Fischer Value for money Convenience