England, Scotland and Wales are at your clients’ fingertips. Ride the British rails to the land of royals and roof-razing pubs. Or go from the cliffs of Dover to the Scottish Highlands, all while enjoying the dramatic transition in the countryside and culture between north and south on Britain’s rail network.
Benefits of Britain by Rail
Let’s start with your clients not having to drive on the left-hand side of the road. And yet, spontaneity and adventure are in great abundance, since trains in the BritRail network run frequently and reservations are not required. And it’s simple since BritRail Passes are accepted by each of the 23 different train companies operating in Britain.
The Value of Train Tickets
When a client’s rail travel is limited to one or two cities or trips, city-to-city tickets might be the perfect choice. With city-to-city tickets, clients need to be comfortable having a set plan and itinerary because the earlier they buy their tickets, the lower fare they’ll pay and the more restricted the after-sales policy will be. Whenever a city-to-city ticket is purchased, seat assignments will be included automatically for trains with mandatory or optional reservation requirements. British rail tickets are offered in first and standard class in three fare levels: Advance, Anytime and Off-Peak.
All British tickets are available online as e-tickets. Advance fare tickets, the most economical, can be purchased up to 12 weeks in advance. Anytime and Off-Peak fares do not require advance purchase. Whenever possible, reservations are automatically included regardless of the fare type. When purchasing online, e-tickets will be displayed as the delivery option whenever available. Your clients simply print their tickets at the station before boarding the train.
The wide variety of rail passes for Britain allows you to fulfill your clients’ travel plans. They can travel every day with a consecutive pass or, with the flexi version, be more spontaneous and travel at a leisurely pace stopping for extended periods between journeys.
The Value of a Rail Pass
Rail passes may make the most sense for clients taking multiple rail journeys, and who want the flexibility and freedom to choose their travel days and change plans. For example, a BritRail Pass would allow your clients to travel from London to Edinburgh and make a last minute decision to visit Manchester along the way, all with the purchase of a single BritRail Pass and discounted passholder fares. Lastly, pass prices are even lower when they’re for three or more people traveling together.
A BritRail Pass is the most affordable way to see England, Scotland and Wales. Simply show your clients the price comparison for first class adult tickets from London to Liverpool to Glasglow and return to London versus the price of a BritRail Pass for 3 days of unlimited first class rail travel, and they’ll be sold. BritRail Saver Passes are also available for as few as three people traveling together.
BritRail Consecutive and Flexi Pass options include:
- 3, 4, 8, 15, 22 days or 1-month consecutive day train travel in Great Britain (England, Scotland and Wales)
- 3, 4, 8 days flexi train travel within a 1-month period or 15 days flexi train travel within a 2-month period – all in Great Britain (England, Scotland and Wales)
- Choice of 1st or 2nd (standard) class
- Senior Pass in 1st class for travelers 60 and over
- Saver Pass for adults (requires minimum of 3 passengers)
- Youth Pass for travelers under 26
- Family Pass: one child aged 5-15 travels free with each full fare Adult or Senior
Additional Pass Options:
- BritRail England Pass for when clients will only travel within England.
- BritRail London Plus Pass is for travel in a large area around London (an inexpensive alternative to the BritRail England Pass), includes airport transfer which requires use of a travel day.
BritRail South West Pass provides rail travel within a specific area of southwest England and parts of Wales.
- BritRail Spirit of Scotland Pass allows for standard class train travel throughout Scotland.
- Central Scotland Pass covers rail travel in Central Scotland.
- BritRail Scottish Highlands Pass covers designated rail, ferry and bus lines in Northern Scotland.
BritRail Pass bonuses include:
- Gatwick Express: non-stop rail link between London Gatwick Airport and downtown London Victoria station in just 30 minutes.
- Heathrow Express: a world-class rail link from downtown London Paddington station to Heathrow Airport in just 15 minutes.
- Stansted Express: non-stop rail service between Stansted Airport and London Liverpool Street station.
Activities in Britain
Various options in all major cities.
Museum and City Transportation:
Help your clients easily explore the city by bus or subway. Choose from:
London Travel Card
Travel on London’s buses and subways.
The London Pass®
Free entry into over 55 London museums/attractions plus special bonus offers. Also available with Travel option which includes public transportation using the Visitor Oyster card.
Visitor Oyster card
An electronic, pay-as-you-go card that calculates the cheapest fare for a journey on the London Underground, buses, trams, Docklands Light Railway, London Overland Services, Thames Clipper boat service, and National Rail services in the London area.
Tours & Packages
Your clients can either explore Britain on their own at a leisurely pace or see more of it in a short time by taking full day and overnight tours from London by train or motor coach.
The Total London Experience
Full day motor coach tour of London includes all major sites and a flight on the London Eye.
Windsor, Bath and Stonehenge
Depart London by motor coach for some of the best English scenery and memorable visits to Windsor Castle, Stonehenge and the Roman baths of Bath.
Stratford, Oxford and Warwick Castle
Travel by motor coach to Shakespeare’s birthplace, Britain’s oldest university & England’s greatest medieval experience.
Beatles and Liverpool Tour
Roundtrip rail travel with reserved seats between London and Liverpool, entry to the Beatles Story, Beatles Magical Mystery Tour, plus free time for shopping and sightseeing.
Day Trip to Edinburgh
From London travel by train to Edinburgh, with its famous Castle and Princes Street. Take the open-top bus tour and still have time to shop before you board the train back to London.
Unescorted tour from London to Edinburgh includes roundtrip rail travel, open-top bus tour of Edinburgh, visit to Edinburgh Castle and overnight accommodations. Day 2 provides free time to explore Edinburgh on your own. Available in first and standard class.
Roundtrip rail travel on Eurostar, a panoramic sightseeing tour, entrance to the Eiffel Tower, a cruise down the Seine River and the remainder of the day to shop and sightsee.
Splendor of Paris
Fully escorted day trip includes roundtrip travel on the high speed Eurostar train between London and Paris, visit to the Eiffel Tower and the Grand Palace of Versailles.
Includes roundtrip rail from London to Paris on Eurostar, a semi-escorted tour of Paris on board a luxury coach, Seine River cruise, entrance to the Eiffel Tower and overnight accommodations. Day 2 provides free time to explore Paris on your own. Available in first and standard class.