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Great Britain By train

 

A blend of rich history and tradition injected with modern influence, Great Britain is one of the most visited European destinations. It offers a palette of world-famous sights, museums, top nightlife, and picturesque countryside. Scotland, England and Wales are its 3 distinct countries – varied in character, yet all full of flavor. Venture off the European mainland for some time spent discovering everything that Great Britain has to offer.

 

Train types in Great Britain

Map of major train routes in Great Britain

Rail network

 

Visitors to Great Britain will find it easy to travel around England, Scotland, and Wales on the extensive and well-developed train system. Britain's train network criss-crosses the land with services to even small towns and villages with almost 20,000 train services on a typical weekday.

 

Visit the Rail Delivery Group website for an overview of train companies in the UK. Your Eurail Pass is valid on trains from these companies. Eurostar trains require the Eurail Global Pass

Eurostar (ES)

  • The Eurostar runs between London and Paris (France), Brussels (Belgium), and Amsterdam (The Netherlands).

  • Reservations are compulsory.

 

Popular connections


Main stations & connections

 

London Euston

Trains to Birmingham, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Holyhead, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle

 

London Kings Cross

Trains to Cambridge, Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, Newcastle, York

 

London Paddington

Trains to Bristol, Cardiff, Exeter, Oxford, Penzance, Plymouth

You can use your Eurail Pass on the Elizabeth Line (by TfL) to travel between Paddington and Heathrow Airport.

 

London Victoria

Trains to Brighton, Dover, Portsmouth, Southampton

 

London Waterloo

Trains to Exeter, Portsmouth, Southampton, Weymouth, Windsor

 

Liverpool Lime Street

Trains to London, Manchester, Glasgow

 

Manchester Piccadilly

Trains to London, Birmingham, Cardiff, Liverpool, Glasgow

 

Birmingham New Street

Trains to London, Manchester, Liverpool, Bristol, Penzance

 

Reservations

Reservations

A valid Pass for Great Britain can be used on several train services operated by several private railway companies.

 

Please note: All customers with a Global Pass are eligible to travel on the Eurostar (between London and Paris, London and Brussels, and London and Amsterdam/Rotterdam respectively), with a compulsory reservation. However, the Eurail Great Britain Pass is not valid on Eurostar. Reservations in Great Britain can be made online at ACP Rail (€6) or locally for free. Reservations are free for only LNER.

 

Reservations for Eurostar can be booked through the reservation self-service, the Rail Planner App, on the NS website, via phone at the Eurostar booking center (+44) 01233617575 (outside the UK) or (+44) 03432186186 (within the UK), or directly at Eurostar terminals.

 

Good to know

Bicycles are generally allowed on British trains, but conditions vary between companies.

 

Mandatory reservations required:

  • Caledonian Sleeper
  • Eurostar
  • Night Riviera sleeper 
  • London North Eastern Railway
  • TransPennine Express
No reservation required
  • Avanti West Coast (Recommended)
  • c2c
  • Chiltern Railways
  • Cross Country (Recommended)
  • East Midlands Railway
  • Gatwick Express
  • Grand Central
  • Greater Anglia
  • Great Northern
  • Great Western Railway (Recommended)
  • Hull Trains
  • Island Line
  • London Northwestern Railway
  • London Overground
  • Merseyrail
  • Northern
  • ScotRail
  • South Eastern Railway
  • Southern
  • South Western Railway
  • Stansted Express 
  • TfL Rail/Crossrail
  • Thameslink
  • Transport for Wales
  • West Midlands Railway

 

Get you Pass for Great Britain

Global Pass

 

Be free to visit Great Britain along with the other 32 Eurail countries.


Standard prices from $ 191

 

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Eurailing in Great Britain

 

Do you only want to travel in Great Britain? You can do this with a BritRail Pass, which lets you travel in all of Great Britain. You can also purchase a BritRail Pass for one specific country, such as England or Scotland.

 

Find your BritRail pass

 

Tips and tricks for Great Britain

Quick facts

  • Population: 66 million

  • Language: English

  • Currency: Pound (GBP)

  • Dialing code: +44

Pass Benefits in Great Britain

 

Take advantage of discounted ferry travel and other benefits.

 

All pass benefits in Great Britain

 

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