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

London Stratford Upon A 01:59 € 8
London York 01:46 € 19
Truro London 04:18 € 56
Hull Gb London 02:34 € 35
London Edinburgh 04:31 € 55
London Nottingham 01:34 € 24
London Salisbury 01:22 € 47
Norwich London 01:44 € 11
Bicester London 00:46 € 16
Preston London 02:11 € 26
London Cardiff 02:01 € 23
London Portsmouth 01:33 € 13
London Oxford 00:56 € 8
Hastings London 01:30 € 11
Newcastle London 02:36 € 36
London Sandwich 01:31 € 42
Liverpool London 02:04 € 16
London Sheffield 02:00 € 23
Southampton London 01:15 € 46
London Carlisle 03:15 € 57
Crewe London 01:36 € 11
Glasgow London 04:30 € 27
London Canterbury 00:52 € 36
Bristol London 01:23 € 19
London Leeds 02:12 € 39
London Manchester 02:07 € 16
London Chester 01:58 € 24
Lancaster London 02:31 € 19
Swansea London 03:11 € 43
London Oxenholme 02:34 € 31
London Birmingham 01:22 € 8
Harwich London 01:15 € 40
London Cambridge 00:46 € 8
Swindon London 00:55 € 19
Bournemouth London 01:48 € 14

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.

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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F.A.Q

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Overall rating (145)

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  • "great journey"    
    we are really enjoying traveling with Virgin train, the service is excellent but unfortunately on the way back to London we missed the train and we can not utilize the tickets for the next schedule and we have to buy new ones only for lower class with special rate - being helped by the ticketing officer    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Carlisle to Euston"    
    Good trip, train was on time and good value for money. Easy to book and print tickets at station. Used to Swiss trains that are more spacious than the British ones, but no complaints.  
  • "my opinion"    
    It was a short trip, the Train was on time, the stuff friendly and the Train was very clean    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Unclean toilet"    
    The toilet is quite terrible!!!!!!!!! Should be improved.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Brilliant Trip"    
    This was our first time in the UK, so we were really nervous about a train trip...the station and staff were excellent, easy to find our way around and then the trip was excellent. The train was comfortable, with good views and time went really quickly.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Great value for Money"    
    The trip was very comfortable. The tickets were so cheap that even my relative who lives in Birmingham was surprised how cheap it was.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Terrible first experience"    
    There were no seats available and we had to stand throughout the journey. The train was so packed that finding a place to stand on the aisle is also a problem. People were stepping on each other. A group of rowdy passengers were drinking and yelling on top of their voices. We should have been advised at the ticket counter that if we can't find seats we can take a later train. Being first timers, we didn't know we could do that. In addition, the train was delayed and we reached Edinburgh more than 30 minutes late. We have submitted our claims for refund of tickets costs. Hopefully the claims will be processed fast.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Great trip"    
    Easy to book and get around    Value for money  Convenience
  • "To London from Harwich"    
    Acess to the train from The overnight ferry was excellent... We has a pleasant enough trip but when it started to fill up with commuters travelling to work our suitcases became an issue.... Maybe a luggage rack needs to be set aside.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Yeovil to Castle Cary"    
    Any easy form of travel, but limited storage for luggage. Make sure you go th the right train station! I misread our ticket, and we were lucky to make the train in time.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Penzance to Portsmouth"    
    An easy form of travel despite the language barrier. Comfortable seating, but minimal storage for luggage if your baggage is large. Exchanges were relatively easy. We would definitely travel this way again.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "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
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