England Train/Rail Travel, Britrail,
Passes, Eurostar, Europe Train Passes
BritRail Passes for overseas visitors
Prices vary according to period and area covered. Cheaper prices
for young people 16 - 25, and over 60. Adults and over 60's
can take one child free. Extra children half price. Different
types of pass cover different periods - e.g. 4, 8 or 15 days.
The pass gives free travel, but there may be restrictions regarding
times and particular services. If you wish to do much travelling,
they can be a real money saver.
Different types of pass can cover:
All of Britain
All of Britain and all parts of Ireland plus one round ferry
All of Britain, plus one round trip on Eurostar (Channel Tunnel)
South East England
Also London underground and buses (see under 'Travel in London')
These passes CANNOT be bought in Britain.
More details in the booklet 'TOURIST TICKETS AND DISCOUNT CARDS'
published by the British Tourist Authority.
Other types of 'Rover' tickets giving unlimited travel in certain
areas, can be bought at UK railway stations. Details available
at railway stations, and Tourist Information Offices.
Most main railway lines start in London, so to travel through
London often means that you have to change stations. This is
best done on the 'underground' trains system. If you have booked
a 'through ticket', underground travel between two London stations
is often included free. However, there are times when it may
be cheaper to buy two separate tickets for each part of the
journey. The situation is more complicated now, because British
Rail has been 'privatised' and different companies operate different
On Sundays, there are less trains, and some smaller towns may
not have a train service on Sundays.
Online train timetables
Railtrack Ltd now offer an online timetable enquiry service.
You enter the start and finish stations for your journey, date
and time of travel, and are quickly given a list of train times.
Prices are not given.
When travelling at weekends, or busy holiday times on popular
routes, it is sensible to reserve a train seat in advance.
Maps and travel information.
Other train sites
There are many small tourist railway lines around Britain operating
old steam engines.
If you are travelling by train through Europe to reach Britain,
or just wish to travel around Europe, there are many Multi-country
rail passes which can save money. Check out this site, or ask
your travel agent. There are many discounts, including for students
and young people, or for a second person in a party of two.
This is a good site explaining different youth discounts, bonuses,
and railpasses for rail travel in Europe. Their site also gives
advice on rail travel, European subway maps and prices, and
more. They supply railpasses to the North American market.