The Trains of Britain

Great Britain features three main types of day trains; InterCity trains connecting major cities throughout Britain in speed and comfort, Regional trains traveling shorter distances and making more frequent stops, and local trains that service smaller areas with basic transportation. Most trains will feature First and Standard class. For the purpose of this course, and to be consistent with our fare displays, we will refer to Standard class as Second class. The National Rail Network of Great Britain, in addition to the train types, is comprised of different Train Operating Companies. Rail Europe is an accredited distributer for the Association of Train Operating Companies and the passes and tickets we issue are recognized by all companies. Below is a snapshot of the train types, routes and operating companies.

 

InterCity Trains

  • First and Second class accommodations with reserved seating possible
  • Services include a buffet car and/or buffet trolley selling a variety of food and refreshments
  • WiFi, where available, will be free in First Class; fees may be applicable for Second class
  • Most InterCity trains have luggage storage areas. Three pieces of luggage permitted free of charge (2 large items and 1 small briefcase). Excess luggage and bulky items that can be carried may be subject to available space and a surcharge. Advise clients not to bring more luggage than they themselves can carry.

InterCity Train Operating Companies and Routes:

Virgin Trains West Coast: London to Glasgow, Birmingham, Manchester, Holyhead

LNER: London to Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Inverness, Newcastle, Durham, York, Leeds, Doncaster, Peterborough

East Midlands Trains: London to Leicester, Derby, Nottingham

Great Western Railway: London to Gloucester, Bristol, Bath, Cardiff, Swansea, Oxford, Exeter, Penzance

Abellio Greater Anglia: London to East Anglia (Ipswich / Norwich)

Additional details on the Train Operating Companies and their onboard services can be found here: https://agent.raileurope.com/european-trains

 

Regional Trains

  • First and Second class with possibility of reserved seating
  • Services include buffet trolley catering a variety of refreshments on selected services
  • WiFi, where available, will be free in First class; fees may be applicable for Second class
  • Most Regional trains have luggage racks. Three pieces of luggage free of charge (2 large items and 1 small briefcase). Excess luggage and bulky items that can be carried may be subject to available space and a surcharge. Luggage space is limited on regional trains and clients should be advised not to bring more luggage than they themselves can carry.

 

Regional Routes and Train Operating Companies

Northern Rail: Connecting towns in the North of England such as Newcastle, York, Manchester, Liverpool, and Chester

First Trans Pennine Express: Connecting towns in the North East such as Newcastle, Middlesborough, York, and Hull to towns in the North West of England such as Liverpool, Blackpool, Manchester, Windermere, Glasgow, and Edinburgh

Cross Country: Connecting the length of the country from towns in the South West of England to towns in Scotland via the Midlands

ScotRail: Covering all Scottish stations, ScotRail is the train operating company for Scotland

Arriva Trains Wales: Covering all Welsh stations, Arriva Trains Wales is the operating company for Wales

Chiltern Railways: London to the West Midlands via the scenic Chiltern Hills and towns such as Oxford, Warwick, Stratford Upon Avon, and Birmingham

London Midland: London to the Midlands via towns such as Birmingham, Shrewsbury, and Crewe

South West Trains: London to the South via towns such as: Portsmouth, Southampton, Isle of Wight, and Exeter

 

Local Trains

  • Second class seating, some routes carry a small First class section.
  • All local trains have overhead bag racks and usually have a small area to store a case. Three pieces of luggage permitted free of charge (2 large items and 1 small briefcase). Advise clients not to bring more luggage than they themselves can carry.

 

Sleeper Trains

  • Overnight train sleeper services provide single and twin berths with an onboard café. Seated accommodations are also available. Reservations are required
  • Luggage will need to be stored in your cabin. Three pieces of luggage permitted free of charge (2 large items and 1 small briefcase). Excess luggage and bulky items that can be carried may be subject to available space and a surcharge. Advise clients not to bring more luggage than they themselves can carry.

Sleeper Routes and Train Operating Companies:

Caledonian: Sleeper services link London Euston and Northwest England to over 40 locations in Scotland.

Night Riviera: Sleeper services link London Paddington to Devon and Cornwall in South West England.

 

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