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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. See National Rail for overall travel information.

 

Visit the Rail Delivery Group website for an overview of train companies in the UK and links to their web pages. However, Eurail is not valid on all carriers. See a list of all carriers included below:

 

  • Avanti West Coast
  • Caledonian Sleeper
  • c2c
  • Chiltern Railways
  • Cross Country
  • East Midlands Railway
  • Elizabeth line
  • Eurostar
  • Gatwick Express
  • Grand Central
  • Great Northern
  • Great Western Railway (Including Night Riviera sleeper)
  • Greater Anglia
  • Hull Trains
  • Island Line
  • LNER
  • London Northwestern Railway
  • London Overground
  • Lumo
  • Merseyrail
  • National Rail
  • Northern
  • ScotRail
  • Southeastern
  • Southern
  • South Western Railway
  • Stansted Express
  • Thameslink
  • TransPennine Express
  • Transport for Greater Manchester
  • Transport for Wales
  • West Midlands Railway

Eurostar (ES)

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

  • Reservations are compulsory.

Caledonian Sleeper

  • Runs on the following routes:
    • London Euston – Edinburgh – Aberdeen
    • London Euston – Edinburgh – Glasgow – Fort William
    • London Euston – Inverness

 

Night Riviera Sleeper

  • Runs on the following route:
    • London Paddington – Plymouth – Penzance

 

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

Eurail reservation self-service system

  • Eurail 
    • Eurostar (International tickets) only

Administration costs when booking through Eurail self-service

  • € 2,- p.p.per train
  • Additional € 9,- per order (for paper tickets)

With railway carriers

Other platforms

  • Rail Europe: International trains
    • Eurostar and connecting TGV trains from Paris and Lille
  • ACP Rail: Domestic trains
  • Railtourguide (UK based travel agent)

An explanation of how each booking platform works can be found here: How do I book my reservations

 

Locally at the train station in Great Britain

 

Good to know

 

Eurostar: 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

  • Our Reservation Service 
  • The Rail Planner App
  • Via the B-Europe website
  • Via phone at the Eurostar booking center (+44) 01233617575 (outside the UK) or (+44) 03432186186 (within the UK)
  • Directly at Eurostar terminals.

 

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

 

Mandatory reservations required
  • Eurostar
  • Caledonian Sleeper
  • Night Riviera sleeper 
No reservations required
  • Avanti West Coast
  • c2c
  • Chiltern Railways
  • Cross Country (Recommended)
  • East Midlands Railway
  • Elizabeth line
  • Gatwick Express
  • Grand Central
  • Great Northern
  • Great Western Railway (Recommended)
  • Greater Anglia
  • Hull Trains
  • Island Line
  • LNER
  • London Northwestern Railway
  • London Overground
  • Lumo
  • Merseyrail
  • National Rail
  • Northern
  • ScotRail
  • Southeastern
  • Southern
  • South Western Railway
  • Stansted Express
  • Thameslink
  • TransPennine Express
  • Transport for Greater Manchester
  • Transport for Wales
  • West Midlands Railway

 

Get your Pass for Great Britain

Global Pass

 

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


Standard prices from $ 211

 

View Eurail Global Pass

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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