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
- Route map
- Domestic trains
- International trains
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.
The Eurostar runs between London and Paris (France), Brussels (Belgium), and Amsterdam (The Netherlands).
Reservations are compulsory.
- Domestic routes
Main stations & connections
Trains to Birmingham, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Holyhead, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle
London Kings Cross
Trains to Cambridge, Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, Newcastle, York
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.
Trains to Brighton, Dover, Portsmouth, Southampton
Trains to Exeter, Portsmouth, Southampton, Weymouth, Windsor
Liverpool Lime Street
Trains to London, Manchester, Glasgow
Trains to London, Birmingham, Cardiff, Liverpool, Glasgow
Birmingham New Street
Trains to London, Manchester, Liverpool, Bristol, Penzance
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
- Night Riviera sleeper
- London North Eastern Railway
- TransPennine Express
- Avanti West Coast (Recommended)
- 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
- South Eastern Railway
- South Western Railway
- Stansted Express
- TfL Rail/Crossrail
- Transport for Wales
- West Midlands Railway
Get you Pass for Great Britain
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.
Tips and tricks for Great Britain
Change of currency
You cannot change the currency once you have a Pass in your cart. Remove the Pass, and then change the currency on the website header.