Traveling by train in Great Britain

Posted by on November 25, 2013

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The most scenic and relaxing way to travel

The rail network in Britain is modern and efficient. It covers both major cities and small provincial towns. The network is consisted of a group of large companies that cover routes from London to stations throughout the UK and other companies.

If you’re traveling by train during your stay in Britain, start planning your trip with the travel planner VisitBritain (great journey planner).

In the National Rail website you will find information on routes, fares and train schedules. If you need more details, you can visit the websites of different companies operating each route.

Train traveling in Britain

Train traveling in Britain

Travelling by express train to the airport

Heathrow Express

The Heathrow Express train is the quickest way to travel from central London (Paddington ) to Heathrow Airport. Trains run every 15 minutes and the journey takes just 15 minutes. Their trains are of the latest technology and there is WI FI available. Doing the same route in a taxi will cost you four times as much and it takes 1 hour and 15 minutes.

Book your ticket on the Heathrow Express website and get the lowest rates.

Rail Tickets

You can purchase your tickets online or at the train station. Prices vary greatly depending on :

  • The date and time of travel
  • The distance
  • The advance option that you buy your ticket
  • The train company

The train ticket is cheaper if you buy it well in advance or if you buy a ticket that does not support return. It is also cheaper to travel outside rush hour (from 05:00 to 10: 00 and 15:00 to 20:00 Monday to Friday).

More information and reservations on National Rail

Season tickets

If you are making several trips by train in Britain, there are several season tickets that allow considerable savings. The tickets are valid on the entire rail network operated by private companies and include Heathrow and Gatwick Express trains (London – Heathrow Airport, London – Gatwick airport and vice versa).

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