Rail Resources

Most Popular city pairs with travel times:

  • London – Edinburgh 4h 33min
  • London – Glasgow 4h 29m
  • London – Liverpool 2h 12m
  • London – Manchester 2h 5m
  • London – York 1h 50m
  • Edinburgh – Glasgow 1h
  • Cardiff – London 2h 6m


TRIP TIPS: Regions, Places of Interest and Popular Destinations


Cotswolds (England)

  • This famous rural region located in south-central England covers 800 square miles across five counties and is famous for its thatched-roof cottages, rolling green hills, splendid gardens, and magnificent churches. The Cotswolds are a must-see step back in time and an easy day-trip from London.
  • Getting there by train: The picturesque Cotswold Line runs through the northern district. It’s a section of the service operating from London Paddington to Worcester and it makes charmingly idyllic Cotswold stops: Charlbury, Kingham and Moreton-in-Marsh.
  • Major towns include: Bath, Stratford-upon-Avon, Moreton-in-Marsh, Cirencester, Gloucester, among others.


Lake District (England)

  • Also known as the “Lakes” or “Lakeland”, this is a mountainous region in northwest England, which sees up to 15.8 million visitors per year. There is plenty to do here for the active traveler; hiking, cycling, kayaking, canoeing, and of course, lots of exploring for the nature-lover in all of us.
  • Getting there by train: The West Coast mainline runs to the east of the Lake District, connecting Oxenholme, Penrith and Carlisle with London and Glasgow. A direct train runs from Manchester to Windermere.


Hampton Court Palace (England)

  • An easy half-day trip for those staying in London, Hampton Court Palace is less than 12 miles southwest of the city and is located in the borough of Richmond upon Thames. Visitors here explore the majestic palace of King Henry VIII, get lost in the gardens and famous maze, and immerse themselves in the architectural grandeur of Tudor and Baroque styles.
  • Getting there by train: South West Trains run services direct from London Waterloo to Hampton Court. The journey takes only 35 minutes and the palace is a 200 meter walk across the bridge from the station.


Loch Ness (Scotland)

  • Scotland’s most famous resident makes her home in Loch Ness, tucked away in the Scottish Highlands, and is adoringly known as Nessie. This Loch, Gaelic for “lake”, is a splendor in its own right – the second largest in Scotland and contains more fresh water than in all the lakes in England and Wales combined. Millions of tourists take boat cruises to sneak a peak of the elusive Nessie and tour the 13th-century Urquhart Castle on the shores of Loch Ness.
  • Getting there by train: The closest rail stations to Loch Ness are Inverness to the north or Ft William to the South (Inverness is probably the best option for most travelers).


Stonehenge (England)

  • This prehistoric monument is located in Wiltshire, England and is a World Heritage Site.  A wonder of the world and a spiritual and inspirational place for many, Stonehenge is a must-do for all those that visit England. Along with the Stone Circle, visitors can explore Neolithic houses, exhibits, museums, and the ancient landscape surrounding Stonehenge.
  • Getting there by train: The closest rail station is Salisbury, about 10 miles away. From there clients can rent a car, take a cab, or take a bus to Stonehenge. This bus service is not covered, nor discounted, with any rail pass offered by Rail Europe. IMPORTANT: Stonehenge is closed to visitor access during the Summer Solstice (June 20-21).

NOTE: Don’t forget about the Golden Tours products we offer that include Stonehenge (City of Bath, Stonehenge, and Salisbury; Windsor, Bath and Stonehenge).


Best Reference

Clients may need to transfer between train stations, between a port and train stations, or airport to train stations. We have gathered the information so that you can provide the best information to your client for smooth and easy connections.


Great Britain:

With cruises being so popular, below is a reference guide to get your clients between the port and the rail station:


London Train Station to Train Station:

London has seven main train stations, each serving an area of the country. Use the reference chart below to help your clients navigate between London train stations.


Airport to Train Station


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