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

Swindon London 00:55 ₹ 1,504
London Peterborough 00:45 ₹ 1,187
London Lancaster 02:24 ₹ 1,504
London Liverpool 02:14 ₹ 1,267
Brighton London 00:51 ₹ 554
London Bristol 01:20 ₹ 1,504
Doncaster London 01:29 ₹ 3,008
Birmingham London 01:21 ₹ 633
London Stratford Upon A 01:59 ₹ 633
Cambridge London 00:47 ₹ 633
London Crewe 01:30 ₹ 1,900
London York 01:46 ₹ 1,504
Truro London 04:18 ₹ 4,433
Oxenholme London 02:46 ₹ 2,454
London Glasgow 04:08 ₹ 2,929
Hull Gb London 02:34 ₹ 2,770
London Edinburgh 04:31 ₹ 4,354
Manchester London 02:00 ₹ 1,267
London Salisbury 01:22 ₹ 3,720
Norwich London 01:44 ₹ 871
Bicester London 00:46 ₹ 1,267
London Bournemouth 01:43 ₹ 2,137
Preston London 02:11 ₹ 2,058
London Nottingham 01:34 ₹ 1,900
London Portsmouth 01:33 ₹ 1,029
Leeds London 01:59 ₹ 1,504
London Oxford 00:56 ₹ 633
Hastings London 01:30 ₹ 871
Newcastle London 02:36 ₹ 2,850
London Sandwich 01:31 ₹ 3,325
London Cardiff 02:01 ₹ 1,821
London Sheffield 02:00 ₹ 1,821
Southampton London 01:15 ₹ 3,641
London Carlisle 03:15 ₹ 4,512

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 boarding

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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Overall appreciation

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  • "Nice view"    
    This's my first time to take the train from London to Glasgow, and I did enjoy the scenery in the way. It's too beautiful to sleep.I    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Bristol to paddington direct"    
    This has historically been a painless journey and this one was no different. Continues to be a pretty punctual route, with just about enough seats to accommodate demand. Only concern would be if you were joining after Bristol, seat reservations weren't marked and it wasn't clear that the operator was honoring them at all. As the service starts in Bristol that was not an issue for me.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "My experince with Rail Europe"    
    I believe my rating on all three categories sums it all.I certainly will continue to look out for Rail Europe as my first rail traveling ooption whenever relevant.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "vocation "    
    comlimentary WI FI could be provided for no fee , the train was on time clean and quiet although quite full both ways .    Value for money  Convenience
  • "wonderful trip"    
    It was our first time to take rail in England. very enjoyable.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Very comfort."    
    Seats were comfortable. Staff was kind. The meal and beverages were nice.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "London to Edinbrugh Express"    
    The trip was fast and comfortable. The workers on the train were polite and nice. The only issue was the fact that there were only a couple of times that the cart came and it was kinda expensive. Overall it was a quick ride and a pleasant one.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "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
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