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Train travel in the UK

Travelling by train in the UK can be stressful and confusing, with so many different companies, deals and destinations it can sometimes be difficult to get your head around and being able to save money can be difficult. That's where GoEuro comes in to help! We want to give you a vast selection of destinations and attractions so you can get the most out of your trip. See the table below for some of the most popular destinations to travel to by train across all parts of the country. To save even more don't forget to use your railcard in the drop down options before you book.

Top train destinations in the UK

 

 

10 of the most popular destinations in the Midlands and Northern England


Cheap trains to Manchester From £11
Cheap trains to Liverpool From £14
Cheap trains to Newcastle From £13
Cheap trains to Sheffield From £10
Cheap trains to Leeds From £15
Cheap trains to Birmingham From £12
Cheap trains to Nottingham From £12
Cheap trains to Leicester From £11
Cheap trains to Hull From £15
Cheap trains to York From £13



Manchester is one of the most popular cities in the UK with visitors coming from all over the country as well as Europe and the rest of the world. Educate yourself at the Museum of Science and Industry and then take a relaxing stroll along the docks, before heading to the famous 'curry mile'. It's no wonder people are flocking to spend a short and well deserved break in Manchester.

10 of the most popular destinations in South England



Of course, being the capital city and one of the most popular destinations in the world, London had to be a part of the most popular destinations list. Get a train straight into central London to start your break of doing pretty much whatever you can think of. From having afternoon tea up in the skies at the Shard, to shopping for vintage leather jackets at Camden Market.

Cheap trains to London From £13
Cheap trains to Brighton From £9
Cheap trains to Bath From £17
Cheap trains to Gloucester From £10
Cheap trains to Exeter From £10
Cheap trains to Southampton From £15
Cheap trains to Norwich From £16
Cheap trains to Oxford From £10
Cheap trains to Dover From £7
Cheap trains to Bristol From £11


10 of the most popular destinations in Scotland


Cheap trains to Edinburgh From £13
Cheap trains to Glasgow From £17
Cheap trains to Aberdeen From £14
Cheap trains to Dundee From £14
Cheap trains to Inverness From £25
Cheap trains to Perth From £13
Cheap trains to Stirling From £10
Cheap trains to Greenock From £14
Cheap trains to St. Andrews From £12
Cheap trains to East Kilbride From £15

Often referred to as the 'Athens of the North' Edinburgh is a heady blend of impressive architecture and landmarks like Edinburgh Castle, St. Giles Cathedral and Holyrood Palace sit alongside green spaces, parks and gardens. Book your train tickets early to get the best deal before visiting the Scottish city.



10 of the most popular destinations in Wales and Ireland



Cardiff is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the country. Sites like Cardiff Castle and Bishop’s Palace demonstrate the city’s historical importance, and it’s renowned sports rivalry make it a popular spot for football and rugby fans in particular. There are direct services to Cardiff Central railway station from London, Manchester, Birmingham, Edinburgh and Glasgow, among other major cities.

Cheap trains to Cardiff From £10
Cheap trains to Swansea From £11
Cheap trains to Newport From £23
Cheap trains to Wrexham From £11
Cheap trains to Aberystwyth From £19
Cheap trains to Belfast From £30
Cheap trains to Dublin From £36
Cheap trains to Cork From £30
Cheap trains to Bangor From £25
Cheap trains to Galway From £15


 

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Attractions in the UK

If there's an attraction in the country that's always been on your bucket list, but you've just simply never gotten around to it, why not book your train tickets to one of these top attractions below? Compare different transport modes, and explore different days of the week to ensure you get the best deal with GoEuro and start ticking off that list.

From the huge national park of Snowdonia in Wales, to the smaller and more intimate Stonehenge, Britain has some of the best attractions in Europe, with people coming to see the sights from all over the world. Getting the train to these places is generally simple and hassle free, with network rail connecting the majority of the country and with bus services connecting the more popular attractions which are a little harder to reach. Meaning there really is no excuse to not see the wonders of the country which might as well be right on your doorstep. Plus, when you're not driving long distances you can enjoy the views from the train window, instead of getting stressed out before you even arrive. Click each attraction below to see more information about travelling to each attraction.

 

Train Tickets in the UK

Buying train tickets and saving money on them in the UK, if you don't know all the tricks of the trade, can be daunting and become increasingly expensive. Each rail provider has different prices, deals, and rules about when you can travel depending on which ticket you buy. But once you understand the minefield there are ways to lower the price of your journey, and even save yourself time. To take a deeper look into average and cheap prices and statistics into delays within the UK, check out our train times and delays page. Below is a table explaining in simple terms about buying tickets, and getting to your destination.

What are peak and off-peak times?

Off-peak trains offer passengers cheaper tickets while travelling at certain times of the day when the stations and trains are less busy, providing passengers better value for money. The times that travellers can catch an off-peak train varies depending on the rail provider, but generally they are valid during the weekdays after 09:30 and before 16:00. During weekends typically all day counts as off-peak.

Super off-peak tickets

These are the cheapest ticket type, although they are also the most limited in terms of times in which passengers can travel. Super off-peak ticket times depend on the rail provider, but most follow this general guideline: During weekdays super off-peak tickets cannot be used before 11:00 and then not between the hours of 15:00 and 20:30. During the weekends super off-peak tickets cannot be used before 10:30, and then again between 16:30 and 18:30.

Anytime tickets

These are the easiest to understand - travel at any time of day that suits you, including rush hour, although these are the most expensive tickets to buy.

Advance tickets

These are on-peak or off-peak tickets that have been sold prior to the travel date. These can only be used on the specific train and date that is specified on the ticket. Passengers can save money on any ticket type by using a railcard.

What is split ticketing?

Split-ticketing is a handy way of possibly lowering the cost of your long distance train journey. Instead of buying, for example, one train ticket from London to Gloucester, it is sometimes cheaper to buy one train ticket from London to Swindon, and then another ticket from Swindon to Gloucester. Passengers can do this without changing trains, but should show all of their tickets to the conductor if needed.

If using split ticketing, all tickets must be valid for the time travelling. Passengers cannot use an off-peak ticket, at any point on their journey, while travelling at peak times and should always download and check with these guidlines before purchasing a ticket.

What are the advantages of having a railcard?

Almost anyone can benefit from owning a railcard, generally they save passengers a third off rail travel in most parts of the country, railcard holders can also take advantage of cheap event tickets or cinema tickets. Although most people only know about the young persons railcard, there are five available including one for Family and Friends, a Senior railcard and a Disabled railcard. For a more detailed overview of all the railcards available, with specific savings, deals and eligibility rules see our Railcards page.

Customers can use their railcards when purchasing their train tickets with GoEuro by chosing the relevant discount card in the drop down section in the search bar.

What about travelling on bank holidays?

Network Rail complete a lot of their improvement works during the holiday periods as not so many people are travelling to work. Most of the time trains will go through certain stations at a slower speed or there will be less trains departing during bank holidays. Occasionally passengers will have to board a replacement bus service to complete their journeys, although this is at no further cost to travellers. For all planned engineering works, click here.

What are the advantages of travelling first class?

Depending on the rail provider passengers are travelling with, there can be a lot of advantages of purchasing a first class ticket. If on a long distance journey there is often an at-seat meal option for passengers, as well as complimentary refreshments. Some train companies, such as Great Western Railway has extra options onboard like a 'Friday Night Wine Club' for first class customers. Most train companies provide their customers with tables with power sockets as well as complimentary magazines and newspapers. Something a little different, Grand Central have board games in their first class carriges to keep all ages entertained during the journey.

The advantages go beyond the first class carriages, passengers can also use the first class lounges to wait before their train, which are usually at any of the larger train depots across the country.

The vast majority of the time first class train tickets are much more expensive than standard class, although sometimes train companies have sales and deals for either ticket types or journeys. This is when customers can benefit from much cheaper first class tickets - occasionally being even cheaper than the standard class tickets. The further in advance passengers purchase their tickets, the higher the chance of cheap deals for first class tickets.

 

Train Companies in the UK

The UK train network can be a tricky system to navigate, it can be hard to figure out what you can take with you on board, if your little puppy can come with you, or if you need to reserve a seat for the kids. So, we've put together a list of all the rail providers that operate across the UK so you can easily see what you can and can't do before you get aboard.


Abellio Greater Anglia: Serves the areas of Cambridgeshire, Essex, Norfolk and Suffolk as well as some of London and Hertfordshire. Abellio Greater Anglia operates at roughly 150 stations and also operates the Stansted Express service from London Liverpool Street.

    Facilities:
  • First class passengers can show their ticket at the Cafe Bar and receive a complimentary refreshment.
  • On mainline services there is a quiet coach, but only on the service between London and Norwich.
  • There are luggage storing areas on most services.
  • Up to two dogs, or other domestic animals, can travel with passengers. If passengers need to take more than two a charge will occur of up to £10.
  • There are toilets on every train and space for up to two bikes.

Scotrail: Serves Scotland and Cumbria operating at over 300 stations. The main Depot for Scotrail is at Edinburgh Haymarket.

    Facilities:
  • On the majority of the mainline services there is an at-seat catering service.
  • Passengers are allowed up to two small dogs, or other domestic animals, onboard free of charge. Pets are not allowed on seats.
  • Children aged between 5 and 15 can travel for free if accompanied by an adult during off peak times. Passengers can also benefit from free entrance for children to some attractions across Scotland with their train ticket.

Arriva Trains Wales: Serves all of Wales as well as the North West of England, the West Midlands and the South West. Arriva Trains Wales operates at around 240 stations.

    Facilities:
  • On long distance servies there is at-seat catering.
  • Up to two small pets can be carried on board.
  • Bikes are allowed on Arriva Trains Wales services, but is dependent on space.

c2c: Connects London to Tilbury and Southend. Operates at 25 stations.

    Facilities:
  • One in four carriages are quiet zones, passengers are asked to avoid phone calls and keep conversations to a minimum if travelling in this coach.
  • All trains have air-conditioning and heating.
  • Bikes are allowed at any time except during peak hours, when only folding bikes are allowed.
  • Up to two small domestic pets are allowed on c2c trains.
  • Children under the age of 4 travel for free, children between 5 and 15 travel for half the adult fare.

Chiltern Railways: Serves the areas between London and Aylesbury and between Leamington and Stratford. Chiltern Railways operates across more than 60 stations.

    Facilities:
  • Free WiFi is available on all Chiltern Railways services.
  • On board catering is available on most services, and all mainline services.
  • Plug sockets are available on mainline services.
  • Children under the age of 5 travel for free and children between ages of 5 and 15 can recieve a discounted fare.
  • Pets are accepted free of charge on Chiltern Railways.

CrossCountry: Serves the West and East Midlands, some of the South East and the Scottish Lowlands. Operates across more than 100 stations.

    Facilities:
  • Up to two pets are allowed on board free of charge.
  • On board catering is available on most services.
  • Plug sockets are available.
  • Children under the age of 5 travel for free and children between ages of 5 and 15 can recieve a discounted fare.
  • There is a lot of space on CrossCountry trains for passengers to store luggage including space under the seats, in a rack above the seats and a designated area for larger luggage.
  • Passengers can reserve a space on board for a bike, although every train has space for two bikes.

East Midlands Trains: Serves the areas between London and the East Midlands, Yorkshire and the East of England. East Midlands Trains operate at more than 80 stations.

    Facilities:
  • On board catering is available on most services between Monday and Friday.
  • Plug sockets are available.
  • Children under the age of 5 travel for free and children between ages of 5 and 15 can recieve a discounted fare.
  • There is plenty of space aboard East Midlands Trains for luggage.
  • Bikes are allowed on these services depending on space within the train.
  • There is an optional seat reservation service when booking your tickets.

Eurostar: Connects London to Paris and Brussels as well as other cities across France. The Eurostar operates over 14 stations and is the longest undersea train connection in the world.

    Facilities:
  • Standard class passengers have air-conditioned carriages, free WiFi in St. Pancras Station and a selection of food and drinks available for purchase on board.
  • Standard Premier passengers also have the use of power sockets, more legroom and free magazines, food and drink.
  • Business Premier passengers receive the above, plus an optional chauffeur service, access to premier lounges, a free 3-course meal including champagne, and an express breakfast on morning trains.
  • Assistance dogs can travel on most services free of charge although passengers will need to show specific documents when travelling across countries with them, otherwise they may be put into quarantine.
  • One pet per passenger can be taken aboard but will be charged depending on the route. Pets or assistance dogs are not allowed on routes to Lyon, Avignon, Marseille or Bourg-St-Maurice.
  • Children under 4 years old travel for free, there are special reduced fares for children up to the age of 11 and children over 12 are eligible for youth fares. Passengers can bring one pushchair and one car seat per child.

Grand Central Railway: Connects London Kings Cross to Sunderland and Bradford. Operates at more than 10 stations.

    Facilities:
  • On board catering is available on most services.
  • Children under the age of 5 travel for free and children between ages of 5 and 15 can travel for half the adult fare.
  • There is space for storing luggage on all trains as well as designated areas.
  • Space for bikes is in the front carriage of the train, up to three bikes can be stored per train.

Great Western Railway: Connects the West of England to London, Bristol and Cardiff. Operates at over 270 stations and is one of the only train companies with a restaurant car.

    Facilities:
  • Free WiFi is available on all Great Western Railway services.
  • Children under the age of 5 travel for free and children between ages of 5 and 15 can travel for half the adult fare.
  • There is space for storing luggage on all trains as well as designated areas.
  • There is space for bikes on all trains, although a reservation needs to be made before boarding.
  • Food and drink is available on most services.

Heathrow Express: Connects London to Heathrow Airport, stops at 8 stations.

    Facilities:
  • Children under the age of 16 travel for free.
  • There is space for storing luggage on all trains as well as designated areas.
  • There is space for bikes on all trains, although this is subject to the conditions of the carriage.
  • There are onboard TV's available as well as free WiFi.
  • Pets can travel on board if they are securly boxed.

Hull Trains: Connects London to the East Coast and Hull.

    Facilities:
  • There is a cafe cart on every train serving food and drinks, there is also a loyalty card which gives you one free hot drink after buying nine.
  • Children under the age of 5 travel for free. Children aged between 5 and 15 can travel for half the price of an adult ticket.
  • There is space for storing luggage on all trains as well as designated areas.
  • There is space for bikes on all trains, although this is subject to the conditions of the carriage. Passengers can reserve a space for their bikes.
  • Hull Trains has optional seat reservations.

London Midland: Serves London and the West Midlands including Birmingham and the surrounding areas. London Midland operates across more than 170 stations.

    Facilities:
  • Children under the age of 5 travel for free. Children aged between 5 and 15 can travel for half the price of an adult ticket.
  • There is space for storing luggage on all trains as well as designated areas.
  • There is space for two bikes on all trains, although this is subject to the conditions of the carriage.

Northern Rail: Serves the North West and the North East of England as well as Yorkshire and the Humber, some of the East Midlands and Staffordshire. Operates at more than 500 stations.

    Facilities:
  • On most services there is a trolley service where passengers can purchase food and drinks.
  • Children under the age of 5 travel for free. Children aged between 5 and 15 can travel for half the price of an adult ticket.
  • There is space for storing luggage on all trains but not all have designated areas for larger luggage.
  • There is space for two bikes on all trains, although this is subject to the conditions of the carriage. Passengers cannot reserve a space for their bikes with Northern Rail.
  • Northern Rail allow up to two small domestic animals per passenger.

Southeastern: Operates through Greater London and Kent at more than 170 stations. Southeastern serves 7 of the main train stations in London.

    Facilities:
  • There are no catering services on Southeastern trains.
  • Children under the age of 5 travel for free. Children aged between 5 and 15 can travel for half the price of an adult ticket.
  • There is space for storing luggage on all trains but not all have designated areas for larger luggage.
  • Southeastern allows bikes on certain routes and at certain times.
  • Southeastern allow pets on their trains, although dogs must be kept on a lead and other animals must be boxed. No pets are allowed on the seats.

Southern: Serves part of London as well as Sussex, Surrey, Hampshire and Kent. Operates across more than 200 stations and is the main operator connecting London to Brighton.

    Facilities:
  • There are no catering services on Southern trains.
  • Children under the age of 5 travel for free. Children aged between 5 and 15 can travel for half the price of an adult ticket.
  • There is some space for storing luggage on all trains but not all have designated areas for larger luggage.
  • Southern allows bikes on trains during the off-peak hours, although space is limited.
  • Southeastern allow pets on their trains, although dogs must be kept on a lead and other animals must be boxed.

South West Trains: Serves Greater London, Surrey, Hampshire, the Isle of Wight and Dorset. South West Trains operate at more than 200 stations.

    Facilities:
  • There is a catering trolley on South West Trains services.
  • Children under the age of 5 travel for free. Children aged between 5 and 15 can travel for half the price of an adult ticket.
  • There is some space for storing luggage on all trains but not all have designated areas for larger luggage.
  • Southern allows bikes on trains during the off-peak hours.
  • South West Trains allow two pets per passenger on their trains free of charge.
  • Half of the South West Trains provide free WiFi for passengers.

Thameslink: Connects Greater London to the East of England and the South East of England. Thameslink operates at more than 60 stations and serves both Gatwick and Luton airports.

    Facilities:
  • Children under the age of 5 travel for free. Children aged between 5 and 15 can travel for half the price of an adult ticket.
  • There is some space for storing luggage on all trains but not all have designated areas for larger luggage.
  • Thameslink allows bikes on trains during the off-peak hours.
  • Thameslink allow two pets per passenger on their trains free of charge, there is an aditional charge per animal if there are more than two.

Transpennine Express: Connects North West England with Yorkshire, the North East and Scotland. Serves about 20 stations and connects major cities such as Edinburgh, Hull, Leeds and Newcastle.

    Facilities:
  • Children under the age of 5 travel for free. Children aged between 5 and 15 can travel at a discounted price.
  • There are luggage racks for passengers to use, although space can be limited during peak times.
  • Transpennine Express allows bikes on trains although space is limited. Passengers can reserve a space for their bike before travelling.
  • Thameslink allow two pets per passenger on their trains free of charge.
  • There are power sockets on Transpennine Express trains and free WiFi at their stations.
  • There is an at-seat catering service on most Transpennine trains.

Virgin Trains: Connects London with the South East of England, the West Midlands, North West England and Scotland. In terms of population and use it is regarded as the most important rail route and serves over 50 stations.

    Facilities:
  • There is an onboard cafe on most trains.
  • Children under the age of 5 travel for free. Children aged between 5 and 15 can travel at a discounted price.
  • There are luggage racks for passengers to use, and a designated luggage area for larger bags.
  • Virgin trains has space for up to four bikes on every train.
  • Virgin trains allow pets on trains but they are not allowed on the seats.
  • There are power sockets on Virgin trains, free WiFi and a quiet zone in each train.

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Train travel in Europe

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Top train destinations from within Europe

Travelling by train in Europe is an increasingly popular way to get around. It's greener than flying around, quite often quicker than getting to the airport and then catching a flight, less stressful than hiring and driving a car and a great way to see landscapes that you would never usually notice. Plus with the popular interrail holidays it makes perfect sense to put all the most popular destinations to travel by train in one place.

 

 

 

10 of the most popular destinations in France


Cheap trains to Paris From £29
Cheap trains to Marseille From £23
Cheap trains to Nice From £23
Cheap trains to Lyon From £22
Cheap trains to Lille From £17
Cheap trains to Bordeaux From £19
Cheap trains to Toulouse From £12
Cheap trains to Cannes From £19
Cheap trains to Montpellier From £17
Cheap trains to Rennes From £23



If you're already on the continent then enjoy the beautiful landscapes while speeding through France on the train, and if coming from the UK enjoy the luxury of travelling on the Eurostar service from Kings Cross. With an unlimited baggage allowance and a lot more legroom than a budget flight the journey will become part of the whole experience of exploring the city of romance.

10 of the most popular destinations in Spain



A city full of almost everything; culture, architecture, great food and the beach. It's no surprise that Barcelona is one of the most popular destinations in Europe. Get to Barcelona on one of Spain's high speed trains to get to the sun and sea as quickly as possible. For more of the most popular holiday destinations in Europe check out our city breaks page.

Cheap trains to Barcelona From £22
Cheap trains to Madrid From £13
Cheap trains to Valencia From £14
Cheap trains to Granada From £11
Cheap trains to Toledo From £14
Cheap trains to Zaragoza From £20
Cheap trains to Bilbao From £19
Cheap trains to Santander From £11
Cheap trains to Seville From £14
Cheap trains to Salamanca From £21


10 of the most popular destinations in Italy


Cheap trains to Rome From £10
Cheap trains to Venice From £11
Cheap trains to Florence From £8
Cheap trains to Milan From £17
Cheap trains to Naples From £15
Cheap trains to Pisa From £12
Cheap trains to Verona From £10
Cheap trains to Turin From £9
Cheap trains to Bologna From £11
Cheap trains to Capri From £26

Rome - not just one of the most popular places within Italy, but across the continent and the rest of the world. Rome is full of history and stunning landscapes. Not to mention the good weather and amazing food.



10 of the most popular destinations in Germany



Berlin is an absolute must if you're doing a Europe trip or looking for a long weekend in a lively city. Visit some of the best nightlife on the continent and soak up as much culture as possible. Berlin is well connected by train to many other surrounding countries and cities, making it a perfect stop over as part of a larger trip.

Cheap trains to Berlin From £11
Cheap trains to Munich From £18
Cheap trains to Frankfurt From £16
Cheap trains to Cologne From £14
Cheap trains to Hamburg From £21
Cheap trains to Dusseldorf From £22
Cheap trains to Dresden From £11
Cheap trains to Stuttgart From £17
Cheap trains to Bremen From £15
Cheap trains to Hanover From £14


 

Booking your train tickets

How do I buy train tickets in France? Travellers will only need to book their train tickets in advance for long distance journeys as these all have compulsory seat reservations. The price of these tickets is not fixed and fluctuate similar to air fares, so to get the cheapest tickets it's wise to book as far in advance as possible. Customers can usually book a ticket from around 92 days ahead of the departure date.

Are there different train fares? Yes - Pro fares are flexible, refundable and changeable but only valid at a specific time and date.

Loisir fares are a little less flexible with more limited refunds and changes available, these are also only valid on the specific train booked.

Prems fares are the cheaper tickets but are not valid for any changes or refunds. They are also only available for the specific train booked. These are best booked as far as 3 months in advance if possible.

There are also group tickets for up to seven people, so if travelling with friends it can work out significantly cheaper to buy a group ticket.

Is it easy to book tickets if you don't speak the language? Yes, if you're booking a long distance train then everything can be done online, if you're booking a regional train and are booking at the station you can use the ticket machines and change the language to English.

For more in-depth information about trains in France, click here.

How do I buy train tickets in Spain? Almost all types of trains in Spain require passengers to prebook their tickets as most have compulsory seat reservations. Reservation booking usually opens between 60 and 90 days ahead of the departure date, although this can sometimes vary.

Are there different train fares? Yes - Flexible fares are refundable and changeable and you can book this ticket type on the day of travel, seat availability permitting.

Promo fares do not allow for refunds or changes and you cannot chose your own seat.

Promo+ fares allow you to pick your own seat and have a more flexible refund and changes policy than the basic Promo fare, but is still limited.

Is it easy to book tickets if you don't speak the language? Yes, it's simple to book Spanish train tickets online. If you use GoEuro there is also an English speaking customer service.

For more in-depth information about trains in Spain, click here.

How do I buy train tickets in Italy? Buying train tickets in Italy is easy. For regional trains you don't have to prebook, just show up at the station and use one of the ticket machines and off you go. Long distance train tickets need to be booked in advance although seats rarely sell out, so buying a day or two before is usually fine, but much more expensive than booking in advance.

Is it easy to book tickets if you don't speak the language? Yes, just go to the station and use the fast ticket machines in English.

For more in-depth information about trains in Italy, click here.

How do I buy train tickets in Germany? To book train tickets in Germany you should buy in advance for the best deals, but this isn't compulsory for most trains. If passengers are travelling long distance then you'll need to book a seat in advance, booking for these trains opens about 90 days in advance. If you're booking a regional train you can add a seat to your reservation as an optional extra for about 5 Euros.

Are there different fare types? Yes - Flexpreis fares can be bought in advance or on the day of travel and are refundable and changeable.

Saver fares save customers money but can only be used on specific trains at a certain time and date. These tickets are refundable and changeable before departure for a fee. Saver tickets usually sell out fairly quickly.

Children under the age of 6 travel for free on German trains.

For more in-depth information about trains in Germany, click here.

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Is it better to get an interrail pass?

What is an interrail pass?

An interrail pass is a train pass that lets customers travel across Europe with the one ticket meaning they're ideal for people doing a small tour or trip over the continent. The main advantages of purchasing an interrail pass:

  • Individual tickets for each train journey can become quite expensive if travelling across countries, especially if your plan is flexible and not fixed and therefore booking train tickets in advance for specific dates isn't possible.
  • If you're under the age of 25 you are eligible for a discounted interrail ticket.
  • You can purchase one train pass for 3 months worth of travel.
  • The general rule of thumb is that the more you travel, the more you save.
  • No stress about buying train tickets in a foreign country, just make sure your ticket is valid for the train you want to board, and hop on.

What are the different types of ticket classes?

  • Global Pass allows you to travel across 30 different countries in Europe, this is the most flexible ticket and is ideal for travellers who don't have a fixed plan or a definite idea of which cities they'd like to visit. More information on the global pass.
  • Passes with extras gives travellers the opportunity to see more of Greece, Italy and Spain. This premium pass give travellers extra comfort on trains, and allows them to use the ferries to the Greek islands. For more information, click here.
  • One Country Pass allows travellers to see one country by train, customers can use either regional or high-speed trains but only in the one country of their choice. Get more information here.

For more ideas and inspiration about your interrail trip you can check out our hand crafted Europe trip itineraries here.


High-Speed Rail Network in Europe

One of the great things about travelling across Europe by train is that the continent has a great high-speed train network, meaning you can cross countries at speeds of up to 300mph. Link on the drop down links on the map below to explore the high-speed trains across cities in Europe.




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Facilities & Services for Major Train Companies

Many companies operate modern fleets with comfortable, reclining seats, wifi and air-conditioning. Compare the services available.

Further facilities and services may vary according to the transport company and country of operation. For more detailed information about providers, please refer to our comprehensive list of luggage restrictions.