Traveling by Train in Britain
Traveling by train in Britain lovingly accents both hurried cities and quaint towns brimming with history and stunning landscapes. Most routes run hourly, but service is generally less frequent on Sundays and holidays—so be sure to check schedules.
If you prefer sweet serenity, the scenic British rail lines of the north (such as northern England’s Settle Line, and the East and West Highlands Lines to Scotland’s Kyle of Lochalsh and Mallaig) open up worlds off-limits to other modes of transport. While you could drive, with beauty so stunning, you’ll not want to keep your eyes on the (wrong side of the) road.
More high-profile British destinations have service from several London stations, including Windsor Castle, Bath, Liverpool and Cambridge.
So whether your day includes fawning over the Crown Jewels at the Tower of London or playing 18 at one of Scotland’s incredible courses, let the journey begin on British Rail. What can you expect on board?
British Trains generally offer travelers the choice of Economy and Freedom (2nd class) and First Class Comfort and Comfort Flexi classes. In Economy and Comfort class, your ticket is exchangeable.
First Class tickets enjoy larger seats and more luggage room, less crowded carriages, picture windows, extra treats including free tea and coffee, snacks and newspapers and table or buffet services on some longer routes. And most trains in Britain offer food or snacks for purchase.
The more you plan to travel around Britain, the more a rail pass can save you. There are a lot of options to choose from, and each pass includes free travel for a child 15 years or younger- perfect for the little prince or princess.
There’s so much to see in Britain, and so many railways to see it. From London to Northern England’s Settle Line to the East and West Highlands Lines, you can go almost anywhere in Britain. British trains run frequently and do not require advance reservations, though some with trips of two hours or longer will occasionally accept them. You can start requesting available reservations within 60 days of your travel date.
The United Kingdom is united by rail lines, all waiting to take you where you want to go.