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Passenger Rail

Intercity train services and routes in the UK and Ireland

Southern Railway train, Sussex South Downs, England

Passenger trains meet travel and tourism needs to rail destinations across the UK and Ireland. Shown: Southern Railway train, Sussex South Downs, England. Photo: ©Sue Robinson.

Birthplace of the modern passenger railway, British passenger trains have been transporting travelers for over two centuries. Today, railroad companies in the UK United Kingdom and Ireland serve British travel destinations from Scotland to the English Channel... Wales to London... and across the Irish Sea.

This train travel guide includes passenger train service information for England train travel, Scotland and Wales train travel plus train travel in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. It covers the 26 individual operating companies that comprise the UK's National Rail network... plus separate services in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

Online passenger train service information for UK United Kingdom and Ireland includes travel links for England train tickets and timetables, Scotland Wales and Northern Ireland train tickets and timetables plus train tickets and timetables for the Republic of Ireland

In addition to one-way train tickets and round-trip fares, British railroads offer several ways to save on train travel. Rail passes, student travel discounts and senior travel discounts are popular ways to save on train travel in Ireland and the UK.


Urban and inter urban trains connect Cardiff Central, Cardiff Queen Street, and Shrewsbury with points across Wales and the Welsh Marches as well as Manchester and Birmingham.


Principal services connect London Fenchurch Street with East London and the Thames Gateway including Basildon, Grays and Southend-on-Sea.


From its London Marylebone station hub services extend to Aylesbury, High Wycombe, Stratford-upon-Avon, Princes Risborough and Birmingham Snow Hill.


Reaching fron Bristol to York via Birmingham New Street, Britain's Cross Country Main Line forms the backbone for this sweeping national service operated by Arriva. Auxiliary lines extend service to Wales and the South West; Manchester Picadilly, Reading and Stansted; and York and Scotland.

York & London

Trains connect London Kings Cross with Leeds, Hull, York, Newcastle, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen and Inverness.


Midland Main Line service links London St. Pancras to Nottingham, Derby and Sheffield. Cross-Midlands express trains connect Liverpool, Manchester, Nottingham, Peterborough and Norwich. Supplemental local routes serve the East Midlands and the Peak District.

London International

High-speed trains race beneath the English Channel linking London St. Pancras, Ebbsfleet and Ashford with Calais, Lille, Brussels, Paris and Disneyland Paris as well as seasonal Alpine and Mediterranean destinations.


The UK's busiest rail network operates cross-London service between Brighton and Bedford as well as East Coast Main Line connections to Peterborough, Cambridge and King's Lynn.

Reading & London

InterCity and commuter trains depart London Paddington for Bath, Bristol, Cardiff, Exeter and Plymouth as well as Gatwick Airport via Reading. Night Riviera Sleeper service operates between Paddington and Penzance.


This single-line service, drawn between London King's Cross and Hull, connects Brough, Selby, Doncaster, Grantham and intermediate points.


Express services between Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness, Dundee and Aberdeen are supplemented by commuter and rural services as well as the cross-border Caledonian Sleeper trains to London.


Trains connect Manchester Picadilly and Manchester Airport with over 60 stations including Sheffield, Leeds and Newcastle as well as Liverpool, Blackpool, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

Gatwick & London

Non stop trains, departing every quarter hour, connect London Victoria and Gatwick Airport in 30 minutes.


East Coast Main Line service links Sunderland, Hartlepool, Middlesbrough and Stockton-on-Tees (at Eaglescliffe) with London King's Cross.

Intermediate Airport Shuttle: Paddington/Underground - Heathrow Central and Terminal 4

Trains departing every 30 minutes from London Paddington serve Ealing Broadway (London Underground), West Ealing, Hanwell, Southall, Hayes & Harlington and Heathrow Central (Terminals 1, 2, 3 and transfer for Terminal 5) and Terminal 4.

Direct Airport Shuttle: Paddington - Heathrow Central and Terminal 5

Trains departing London Paddington every 15 minutes provide fastest connections to Heathrow Central (Terminals 1, 2, 3 and transfer for Terminal 4) and Terminal 5.

Ryde, Isle of Wight

A division of South West Trains, the line runs some 13.5km/8.5mi from Ryde Pier Head to Shanklin down the eastern side of the island. Mainland passengers connect via Portsmouth Ferry.


Trains operating primarily on the West Coast Main Line from London Euston to the West Midlands include frequent service to Birmingham New Street with connections to Liverpool Lime Street. Additional local and commuter trains serve the Birmingham area.


Commuter routes include Richmond to Stratford, Clapham Junction to Willesden Junction, Gospel Oak to Barking Line and Watford Junction to Euston.


Two lines, covering the Liverpool suburban area and greater Merseyside, serve 67 stations. A third line operated by Northern Rail, City Line, is seamlessly integrated into the network. Purchase tickets locally.


Local, suburban and express trains out of London Liverpool Street station extend from north and east Greater London to Essex, Hertfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Suffolk and Norfolk in East Anglia.


The UK's largest train operator extends across the North East, North West and York and the Humber linking Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle, Sheffield, Blackpool, York and intermediate points including four national parks.


From its London Waterloo hub, commuter and longer-distance trains serve south-west London and the southern and western area of England.


Routes to south-east London, Kent, and parts of East Sussex serve commuters from London Charing Cross, Blackfriars, Cannon Street, and Victoria stations.

Tonbridge & London

Services extend through South London and between central London and the South Coast, through East and West Sussex and Surrey, and into parts of Kent and Hampshire.

London Airport Express

Quarter-hourly trains connect Stansted Airport to London Liverpool Street in around 45 minutes. Underground passengers can also make Express connections at Tottenham Hale.


West Coast Main Line services link London Euston with Birmingham New Street and the West Midlands; Liverpool, Manchester the North West. Separate services to Holyfield and Scotland depart London and Birmingham.


Service was discontinued in January 2011


Selected destinations include Dublin, Limerick, Cork, Sligo, Galway, Waterford and Rosslare Europort. High-speed Enterprise trains link the capital with Belfast.


Services connect Belfast with Bangor, Derry, Newry and intermediate points. Cross-border Enterprise trains linking Belfast with Dublin are operated jointly with Iarnród Éireann.

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