Great Britain Railway Information:


The British rail network is made up of several train companies, which are regulated by ATOC (Association of train operating companies). Visit the ATOC website for a detailed overview of these train companies.

Your InterRail Pass is valid on trains from all of these companies, except the Eurostar and the Heathrow Express.


Train Service:

Visitors to Great Britain are often pleasantly surprised when they discover the extensive and well-developed train system that the country has to offer. Britain's train network criss-crosses the land with services to even small towns and villages and there are almost 20,000 train services on a typical weekday. On some intercity routes trains run as often as every 15 minutes. 

Domestic train connections:

Main stations & connections:

Various main stations within the country provide a large number of connections to other locations within Britain.
Details of these stations and the connections they provide can be found below:

London Euston:

Routes:

  • London – Birmingham
  • London – Liverpool
  • London – Manchester
  • London – Glasgow
  • London – Holyhead (from Holyhead you can easily continue your journey to Dublin by ferry)

London Kings Cross:

Routes:

  • London – Aberdeen
  • London – Edinburgh
  • London – Inverness
  • London – Cambridge
  • London – York
  • London – Leeds
  • London – Newcastle

London Liverpool Street:

Routes: 

  • London – Norwich
  • London – Harwich International

London Marylebone:

Routes:

  • London – Stratford on Avon


London Paddington:

Routes:

  • London – Bristol
  • London – Bath
  • London – Cardiff
  • London – Exeter
  • London – Oxford
  • London – Plymouth
  • London – Penzance
     

London Victoria:

Routes:

  • London – Brighton
  • London – Portsmouth
  • London – Canterbury
  • London – Dover


London Waterloo:

Routes:

  • London – Windsor
  • London – Southampton
  • London – Salisbury
  • London – Windsor

 

Liverpool Lime Street:

Routes:

  • Liverpool – London
  • Liverpool – Manchester
  • Liverpool – Glasgow

Manchester Piccadilly:

Routes:

  • Manchester – London
  • Manchester – Birmingham
  • Manchester – Cardiff
  • Manchester – Liverpool
  • Manchester – Glasgow

Birmingham New Street:

Routes:

  • Birmingham – London
  • Birmingham – Manchester
  • Birmingham – Liverpool
  • Birmingham – Bristol
  • Birmingham – Penzance

International train connections:

Eurostar: 

Great Britain's only train connection to main land Europe is via Eurostar, a High-Speed rail service which connects London, Ebbsfleet and Ashford to Calais, Lille, Brussels and, of course, Paris!

Please note that journeys with Eurostar require a compulsory seat reservation. If you hold an Interrail Global or Interrail One Country - France, Great Britain or Benelux Pass you are entited to a special Passholder Rate. Simply contact Eurostar directly on 01233 617 575 to reserve (...and when booking, remember to tell them you have an Interrail Pass so you are given the Passholder rate!)

Facilities and services on trains:

Bikes on trains:

The permissions of bicycle carriage vary for the different rail companies within the country. Please check this train companies page for further details.

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