Rail travel


Travel by train in the UK, to Europe and worldwide




National Rail

The gateway to Britain's national rail network. Includes train company details and promotions; train times; quick journey planner; live departures and arrivals. Also has ticket information although you can't buy tickets on this site.

The Trainline +

Leading independent retailer of train tickets online for train operators in mainland UK. Provides timetables; ticket booking and seat reservations.


Runs Northern Ireland Railways which is integrated with the company’s bus services so you can reach every corner of every County in a couple of hours. Includes journey planner, timetables, fares and special offers.


Eurostar +

The high-speed passenger train operating between the UK and Europe. Fares, timetables, online booking and special offers. Aims to increase its energy efficiency and reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 25% per traveller journey by 2012.

Eurotunnel +

Rail shuttle for motorists through the Channel Tunnel running from Folkestone to Calais in just 35 minutes. Fares, timetables and online booking.

Rail Europe +

Part of French Railways and a major supplier of schedules and tickets for travel to France and many other countries. Online booking for Eurostar to Paris, TGV, Thalys with SNCF across France, and InterRail passes. Also has special offers.


Partnership of several major European rail operators planning to make rail travel across the continent more seamless so passengers will eventually be able to purchase through tickets “from home” with all international travel included. Site has maps and details of Europe's high speed network plus travel times.


USA by Rail

Extensive guide to train travel in North America.


The Man on seat 61
A brilliant insider’s rail travel guide. 


About train travel

Get on the right track and travel by rail. The advantages? You can stretch your legs and enjoy the view. No airport queues, no waiting for your luggage to arrive at the other end and no jet lag.

Is train travel eco friendly? Compared with flying, you bet! Travelling by train is greener, based on average carbon emissions per passenger kilometre. In fact they've been estimated at nine times less.

However, the performance for individual train companies and rolling stock does vary.

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