Travelling by train – UK and worldwide – for non-rail staff
Travelling by Train – UK and Worldwide
Train information: For UK train times and fares visit nationalrail.co.uk This site will also give you live train running information and station information. Tel: 08457 48 49 50 for train information. Similar information is also available on the websites of most Train Operating Companies, listed below:
List of Train Operating Companies (TOCs) in UKArriva Trains Wales arrivatrainswales.co.uk C2C c2c-online.co.uk Cross Country crosscountrytrains.co.uk Chiltern Railways chilternrailways.co.uk East Midlands Trains eastmidlandstrains.co.uk Thameslink Great Northern thameslinkrailway.co.uk Great Western gwr.com Gatwick Express gatwickexpress.com Grand Central grandcentralrail.com Greater Anglia greateranglia.co.uk Hull Trains hulltrains.co.uk Heathrow Connect heathrowconnect.com Heathrow Express heathrowexpress.com Island line southwesttrains.co.uk London Midland londonmidland.com London Overground tfl.gov.uk Merseyrail merseyrail.org Northern Rail northernrailway.co.uk ScotRail scotrail.co.uk Southwestern Railway southwesternrailway.com Southeastern southeasternrailway.co.uk Southern Railway southernrailway.com Trans Pennine Express tpexpress.co.uk Virgin Trains virgintrains.com
Virgin trains East Coast virgintrainseastcoast.com
A number of websites will sell tickets but please note that many of these charge booking fees and credit card charges may also apply. It is normally cheaper to buy tickets from the website of the Train Operating Company you will travel on.
All Train Operating Companies sell tickets for all journeys throughout the UK on all other Train Operating Companies.
Some of the sites below will also show how you can reduce the cost of rail travel by splitting journeys or by other means.raileasy.co.uk Thetrainline.com Redspottedhanky.com Mytrainticket.co.uk Railsaver.co.uk Nationalrail.com Trainfares.co.uk
The complete National Railway timetable can be downloaded free from nationalrail.co.uk.
Travelling in London
Oyster/contactless: For travel in London either obtain an Oyster card or use your contactless debit card on trains and buses. The cost is the same. Most ticket offices at London underground have now closed although there are always working ticket machines and all stations are staffed. You cannot buy a bus ticket from the driver. Visit tfl.gov.uk for full details.
Travelling in Europe and Worldwide
Everything you need to know about travelling by rail in all countries of the world is available on seat61.com
Rail Holiday Operators
If you are looking for a company to organise a complete package by rail for you here are a few suggestions:
Great Rail Journeys – escorted group tours worldwide including the UK and Ireland. greatrail.com (Discount available for REPTA members – see advert on this site)
Rail Discoveries – escorted group holidays worldwide for those on a lower budget. Operated by Great Rail Journeys raildiscoveries.com (see advert on this site)
Planet Rail. Tailor-made holidays to Europe. planetrail.co.uk (see advert on this site)
Rail Touring Co. – UK and worldwide rail excursions and tours by steam train aimed at Railway Enthusiasts. railtouring.net
Inside Track – UK and worldwide rail excursions and tours for railway enthusiasts – railway holidays.com
Golden Eagle Luxury Trains Ltd. – Specialising in a luxury private trains on the Trans Siberian, China and Mongolia. Goldeneagleluxurytrains.com
This is just a small selection of operators.