Trains in the UK

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Trains in Great Britain

  • 30+ rail operators in the UK 
  • Modern (high speed) trains run from London to Manchester and Edinburgh and London to Cardiff 
  • All trains are in general very comfortable 
  • Very spacious first class carriages in almost all trains (drinks and meals are often included) 
  • High speed train, Eurostar, runs from London to Paris, Brussels and Amsterdam
  • Rail Delivery Group (selling tickets under the name of National Rail)  controls all rail operators on quality and makes sure there is a standard for first and second class, ticket delivery etc. 

Rail map UK

Rail map UK

Travel by Arriva

2nd class

  • Comfortable seats
  • Seat reservations are optional
  • At-seat catering is available on most trains 
  • Free wifi 

1st class 

  • Comfortable seats with more leg room
  • Solo seats 
  • Reservation if you buy online 
  • Quiet atmosphere
  • Power sockets at all seats 
  • Free wifi 
  • Cardiff-Holyhead: full breakfast on outward journey
  • Holyhead-Cardff: 3-course dinner on return journey

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Travel by Chiltern Railways

2nd class 

  • Comfortable seats
  • At-seat catering is available on weekdays between Birmingham and London 
  • Free wifi 

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Travel by Cross Country

2nd class

  • Comfortable seats
  • Seat reservations are optional
  • At-seat catering is available on most trains 
  • Free wifi 

1st class 

  • Comfortable seats with more leg room
  • Solo seats 
  • Reservations are included if you buy your tickets online 
  • Quiet atmosphere
  • Power sockets at all seats 
  • Free wifi 
  • Drinks are included
  • A small meal is included

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Travel by Eastmidlands Trains

Travel by Eurostar

Routes: 

2nd class

  • Comfortable seats
  • Reservation included
  • Bistro coach where drinks, snacks and small meals are available for sale
  • Free wifi on services operated by the new E320-trains between London and Paris
  • Power sockets in the new E320-trains and coaches 5 and 14 in the older trains
  • Check-in closes 30 minutes before departure

Standard Premier class 

  • Comfortable seats with more leg room
  • Reservation included
  • Quiet atmosphere
  • Power points at all seats 
  • Free wifi on services operated by the new E320-trains between London and Paris
  • A light cold meal served at your seat is included in the price
  • Check-in closes 30 minutes before departure

Business Premier Class 

  • Comfortable seats with more leg room
  • Reservation included
  • Quiet atmosphere
  • Power points at all seats 
  • Fully flexible tickets
  • Acces to the Business Premier lounges with free drinks, snacks and wifi
  • Free wifi on services operated by the new E320-trains between London and Paris
  • A warm three-course meal served at your seat is included in the price
  • Check-in closes 10 minutes before departure

  • Eurostar - More info and photos

Travel by Gatwick Express

2nd class

  • Comfortable seats
  • Free wifi 

1st class 

  • Comfortable seats with more leg room
  • Solo seats 
  • Quiet atmosphere
  • Power sockets at all seats 
  • Free wifi 

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Travel by Grand Central

2nd class

  • Comfortable seats
  • Seat reservations are optional
  • At-seat catering is available on most trains 
  • Buffet counter service is available on all trains
  • Free wifi 

1st class 

  • Comfortable seats with more leg room
  • Solo seats 
  • Reservation if you buy online 
  • Quiet atmosphere
  • Power sockets at all seats 
  • Free wifi 
  • Drinks and light refreshments are included

More info

Travel by Great Western Railways

2nd class

  • Comfortable seats
  • Seat reservations are optional
  • At-seat catering is available on most trains 
  • Free wifi 

1st class 

  • Comfortable seats with more leg room
  • Solo seats 
  • Reservation if you buy online 
  • Quiet atmosphere
  • Power sockets at all seats 
  • Free wifi 
  • Free drinks and light refreshment are included on all long distance trains

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Travel by Greater Anglia

2nd class

  • Comfortable seats
  • Seat reservations are optional
  • At-seat catering is available on most trains 
  • Free wifi 

1st class 

  • Comfortable seats with more leg room
  • Solo seats 
  • Reservation if you buy online 
  • Quiet atmosphere
  • Power sockets at all seats 
  • Free wifi 
  • Light refresments and drinks are inclued
  • Free newspaper

More info 

Travel by Heathrow Express

2nd class

  • Comfortable seats
  • Free wifi 

1st class 

  • Comfortable seats with more leg room
  • Solo seats  
  • Quiet atmosphere
  • Power sockets at all seats 
  • Free 4G Wifi 
  • Free newspapers and magazines
  • Free refresments 

More info 

Travel by Northern

2nd class

  • Comfortable seats
  • Seat reservations aren't possible
  • At-seat catering is available on most trains 
  • No wifi 

1st class 

  • No 1st class

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Travel by Scotrail

2nd class

  • Comfortable seats
  • Seat reservations are optional
  • At-seat catering is available on most trains 
  • Free wifi 

1st class 

  • Comfortable seats with more leg room
  • Light meals and snacks are included 
  • Reclining seats
  • Solo seats 
  • Seat reservations are included if you buy online 
  • Quiet atmosphere
  • Power sockets at all seats 
  • Free wifi 
  • Newspaper and magazines

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Travel by Southern

2nd class

  • Comfortable seats
  • Free wifi om some trains

1st class 

  • Comfortable seats with more leg room
  • Solo seats 
  • A seat reservation is included if you buy online 
  • Quiet atmosphere
  • Power sockets at all seats 
  • Free wifi on some trains

More info

 

Travel by Stansted Express

2nd class

  • Comfortable seats
  • Free wifi 

1st class 

  • Comfortable seats with more leg room
  • Solo seats 
  • Quiet atmosphere 
  • Free wifi 

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Travel by TransPennine Express

2nd class

  • Comfortable seats
  • Seat reservations are optional
  • At-seat catering is available on most trains on Weekdays, except Edinburg-Manchester = all week
  • Free wifi 

1st class 

  • Comfortable seats with more leg room
  • Solo seats 
  • Free meal and drinks on most trains
  • A seat reservation is included if you buy your tickets online 
  • Quiet atmosphere
  • Power sockets at all seats 
  • Free wifi 

More info

Travel by Virgin

2nd class

  • Comfortable seats
  • Seat reservations are optional
  • At-seat catering is available 
  • Free wifi 

1st class 

  • Comfortable seats with more leg room
  • Solo seats 
  • A seat reservation is included if you buy online 
  • Quiet atmosphere
  • Power sockets at all seats 
  • Free wifi 
  • Free meal 
  • Free drinks
  • Free newspaper

More info