UK Trains

UK Trains
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Key features

  • London - Edinburgh: 04:19
  • Book early, save up to 60%
  • Book up to 60 days in advance
  • E-ticket
  • High speed trains

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UK Trains

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

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

Harwich London 01:15 € 40
London Leeds 02:12 € 39
London Chester 01:58 € 24
Swansea London 03:11 € 43
London Lancaster 02:24 € 19
Swindon London 00:55 € 19
London Peterborough 00:45 € 15
Birmingham London 01:21 € 8
Sheffield London 02:00 € 27
London Liverpool 02:14 € 16
Brighton London 00:51 € 7
London Bristol 01:20 € 19
Doncaster London 01:29 € 38
Portsmouth London 01:36 € 7
Cambridge London 00:47 € 8
London Crewe 01:30 € 24
London Stratford Upon A 01:59 € 8
Oxford London 00:56 € 8
London Newcastle 02:45 € 48
London Southampton 01:11 € 36
London Edinburgh 04:31 € 55
London York 01:46 € 19
Truro London 04:18 € 56
Oxenholme London 02:46 € 31
London Glasgow 04:08 € 37
Hull Gb London 02:34 € 35
Preston London 02:11 € 26
London Nottingham 01:34 € 24
Manchester London 02:00 € 16
London Salisbury 01:22 € 47
Norwich London 01:44 € 11
Bicester London 00:46 € 16
London Bournemouth 01:43 € 27
London Sandwich 01:31 € 42
London Cardiff 02:01 € 23

Booking and printing options

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.

Printing 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.

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.


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

Overall rating (145)

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Overall appreciation

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

  • "good experience "    
    The booking fee is a bit too expensive, making the total ticket price less attractive.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Great Trip"    
    An easy way and fast to travel. It will be an option in the future.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Nice travel"    
    Very nice landscapes along the way.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Enjoyable Trip to Edinburgh"    
    The train ride from King Cross to Edinburgh was very convenient and comfortable. We enjoy and appreciate the clean cabin, good service and courteous staff at the waiting lounge and during the train ride.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Too Slow"    
    Total travel time is too long, many stops!    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Comfortable, Fast Travel"    
    We bought tickets overseas online. Printing the ticket from any London station was easy. Getting into the train was effortless, even while carrying suitcases. We made the mistake of buying our own food to eat on the train only to find out meals and, even wine was provided.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Inconvenience at the station:"    
    My friend and I arrived at 14.58 to the gates, and our train was at 15:00. (the delay was caused because we got a bit lost as it was our first time in London) We were inquiring about which gate to take and running insanely with our luggage, and we asked an employee for directions.(They were just calling for the last passengers to get on the train) The guy, very slowly, told us that we missed it and we should get new tickets. Long story short, we previously paid about 30 pounds online for our tickets to Edinburgh, and we had to pay 125 extra pounds EACH for the next ticket. (at 3:30) (they redeemed only one ticket since the other stayed with the employee previously mentioned) I think that this amount of money is huge to pay considering we arrived 2 mins late, especially that we are new to the city and we were on a tight budget. The trip itself was enjoyable and smooth. I still have the tickets' receipts if requested. Thank you for your concern. Vera Noun, Lebanon.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "problem with train time table "    
    when we arrived at Preston we had to run in order to catch the train to Blackpool that on the time table needed to leave 25 min later and it was the last one riding to Blackpool because when we arrived the train station closed the gate so it was lucky we didn't miss it ?????    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Great"    
    Everything was clear since Edinburgh to London. Pretty confortable. Nothing tô complain about it. I just thought it expensive.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Recent train travel"    
    My journey both to and from London would have been excellent however both journeys were rather marred by long delays near Alnmouth following some sort of electrical problem 2 hours going south and one and a half on the return 5 days later. However we were informed that we would be given a refund on any tickets by Virgin for these delays which considerably helped my feelings, however I did not have any connections as others did. Delays aside the service was very good and at least we were kept informed on the problem and given free wifi for the duration.    Value for money
  • "Trip to Manshester Picadally"    
    Had a fun experience onboard train to Manchester Picadally from London Euston. As we book the tickets online, its very convenience for collection as well as the staff is very helpful in assisting us for direction and question. The first class lounge is good but more can be done to upgrade it. Its the most memorable experience we had and look forward to use it on our nxt trip.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Good but a little expensive"    
    Good    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Totally enjoyed my ride"    
    I went from London to Edinburgh and train is the most convenient way for this ride. Clean and comfortable seats having even plugs for mobile phone and computers. I enjoyed the whole ride and would recommend to everyone who wants to travel within UK.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Lovely station-nice journey"    
    We reached Euston well in time , only to realize that it was a good decision . Enjoyed our cuppa coffee and lunch in the nice sunny weather. The journey to Manchester was nice and comfortable and value for money. Getting my tickets printed at the station was a breeze....  
  • "We were happy"    
    Train was comfortable, on time and value for money. Thank you!    Value for money  Convenience
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