UK rail passes & train tickets for Americans

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BRITISH RAIL PASSES for USA residents

Great Britain map BritRail Consecutive Pass

from Rail Europe

takes you anywhere in England, Scotland and Wales. You can hop on and off the trains as much as you like.
From Loch Ness to Stonehenge, from Oxford to Cambridge, from the famous Kyle of Lochalsh to Stratford-upon-Avon, from downtown London to Windsor Castle, you can go anywhere in the whole of Great Britain.
Sit back in comfort as the glorious countryside rolls by. Visit famous cities such as Chester and Edinburgh.
You get various choices of duration of unlimited travel on the British rail networks, from a few days up to 1 month.
Traveling all over Great Britain by train It can also be used for Heathrow Express rail service between London Heathrow Airport and Paddington Station, Gatwick Express rail service between London Gatwick Airport and Victoria Station, and Stansted Express rail service between London Stansted Airport and Liverpool Street Station.

There are also special discounted versions of the BritRail Consecutive Pass:

  • BritRail Consecutive Youth Pass
  • BritRail Consecutive Senior Pass
  • BritRail Consecutive Party Pass for a party of 3 or 4 people traveling together.
The BritRail Family Pass is for families traveling together, and it allows one child 5-15 years of age to travel free with each adult or senior pass. And the Pass is free.

Alternatively, if you wish to travel only in England, the BritRail England Consecutive Pass gives you the same benefits as described above and offers unlimited travel on the rail networks of England.
It also has its own special discounted versions for youth, senior travelers and parties.

You can buy it directly online

from Rail Europe


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BritRail Flexipass lets you explore the British countryside at leisure BritRail Flexipass

from Rail Europe

allows you to travel throughout Great Britain at a leisurely pace and, if you like, stop for extended periods between journeys.
You can travel the width and breadth of England, Scotland and Wales, enjoying breathtaking views of rolling countrysides, incredible castles and bustling cities. You might even get a glimpse of Nessie, the infamous Loch Ness monster.
You get various choices of duration of unlimited travel in a 2-month period on the British rail networks.
It can also be used for Heathrow Express rail service and Gatwick Express rail service.

There are also special discounted versions of the BritRail Flexipass:

  • BritRail Youth Flexipass
  • BritRail Senior Flexipass
  • BritRail Flexi Party Pass lets you save 50% if you are the third or fourth person in a party of 3 or 4 people experiencing the pleasure of traveling together by rail.
Alternatively, if you wish to travel only in England, the BritRail England Flexipass gives you the same advantages as described above and offers unlimited travel on the rail networks of England.
It also has its own special discounted versions for youth, senior travelers and parties.

You can buy it directly online

from Rail Europe

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Windsor Castle - England BritRail Days Out from London Pass

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covers a large part of southeast England. If you're planning to travel mainly in London and its surrounding counties (the Home Counties), then this pass is all you need.
This pass offers unlimited travel on the participating rail network throughout the Southeast of England, inside London and then to places like the white cliffs of Dover, Windsor Castle (pictured right), Salisbury with one of the finest medieval cathedrals in Britain, historic cathedral cities such as Canterbury and Winchester (the old capital of England), the fashionable seaside resort of Brighton on the English Channel or the sandy beach resort of Southend-on-Sea in the Thames estuary with the longest pleasure pier in the world, Arundel with its ancient castle, South Coast ports like Portsmouth and Southampton or world-famous university cities like Oxford and Cambridge, to name only a few.
Map of South-East England Rail networks involved include Anglia Railways Trains Services, Connex, Gatwick Express, Stansted Express, Great Eastern Railway, Island Line, LTS Rail, Silverlink Train services, South West Trains, Thames Trains, Thameslink Rail, The Chiltern Railway Co., Wales & West, West Anglia Great Northern Railways.
You get various choices of duration of unlimited travel.
Travel days may be used consecutively or non-consecutively.

There are also special discounted versions of the BritRail Consecutive Pass:

  • BritRail Days Out From London Youth Pass
  • BritRail Days Out From London Senior Pass
  • BritRail Days Out From London Party Pass for a party of 3 or 4 people traveling together.

You can buy it directly online

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Beefeater of the Tower of London Great British Heritage Pass

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gives you both free rail travel and entry to over 600 of Britain's public and privately-owned historic properties.
This pass gives you admission to the best castles, palaces and historical monuments in the UK.
They include in London: St. Paulís, Tower Bridge, Kensington Palace State Apartments and Royal Ceremonial Dress Collection, Hampton Court Palace, Royal Mews, The Banqueting House, Wellington Arch, HM Tower of London (50% discount), Chapter House, Jewel Tower.
In Scotland: Edinburgh Castle, Glamis Castle, Palace of Holyroodhouse, St. Andrews Cathedral, Stirling Castle, Urquhart Castle.
In England's North Country: Castle Howard, Fountains Abbey.
In Central England: Shakespeare's wife Anne Hathaway's Cottage, Shakespeare's Birthplace, Shugborough Hall, Warwick Castle.
In the South of England: Sissinghurst Garden, Blenheim Palace, Roman Spa Baths and Pump Room in Bath, Stonehenge, Windsor Castle.
Wherever you go in Britain, you are always within easy reach of some interesting buildings of long history and great beauty: from fairy-tale castles to breathtaking stately homes and gardens, from royal palaces to medieval manor houses.
The Great British Heritage Pass, in addition, gives you free rail transport in Britain for its duration, and The Great British Heritage Pass Gazetteer, a free guide to the properties with colorful maps and essential information.
You get various choices of duration of unlimited travel on the British rail networks, from a few days up to 1 month.

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Scotland bagpipe Freedom of Scotland Pass

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gives you travel by rail in Scotland plus ferries to the Scottish Islands.
Enjoy the length and breadth of this very beautiful country. Explore the Scottish Highlands, where legends were made, the cities of Scotland, and its famed coastlines.
You get various choices of duration of unlimited rail travel, transportation on all Caledonian MacBrayne and Strathclyde ferries to the islands, discounts on some P & O ferry routes, complimentary pack of timetables.

You can buy it directly online

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Irish countryside BritRail Pass + Ireland

from Rail Europe

gives you rail travel in Britain and Ireland, and Irish Sea crossings to explore the wonders of Ireland.
Visit exciting cities like London, Cardiff, Edinburgh and Dublin, or choose less traveled routes including Irish attractions such as Cork and the Mountains of Mourne with a single pass combining England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland: the whole of the British Isles.
You get various choices of duration of unlimited rail travel, round trip Stena Line service between Britain and Ireland, sea crossings to Ireland via ship, HSS or Stena Lynx Catamaran Holyhead and Dun Laoghaire; Fishguard and Rosslare; Stranraer and Belfast.
It can also be used for Heathrow Express rail service and Gatwick Express rail service.
You have 1 month for your travel.

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There are many other passes available, and various possible combinations, discounts and offers, as well as tourist, visitor and trip packages.
To know more about all these or to purchase any British Rail Passes or tickets, follow this link to Rail Europe and choose "British products" from its menu:

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BritRail Pass 'n Drive: rail & car pass for USA residents

British thatched cottage BritRail Pass 'n Drive combines rail travel with the freedom of car travel at one affordable price.
It provides the best of both worlds: fast and comfortable BritRail trains for long hauls, and the freedom of a Hertz car to explore the beauty of the British countryside.

You can take the train for longer distances, spend the night in a charming hotel (or consider taking a sleeper train), wake up refreshed and ready to explore in your own rental car.

With BritRail Pass 'n Drive from Rail Europe you get:

Choose any 3 days unlimited train travel, 2 days car rental with unlimited mileage in Britain, 2 months to complete your travel

Rail and car days can be used individually (non-consecutively) as you wish.

Choice of 1st or standard class train travel

Choice of 6 car categories: 3 manual transmission and 3 automatic

17.50% VAT tax included on car rental

Free drop off at participating Hertz locations throughout England, Scotland and Wales

Discounted fare on Eurostar train (the channel tunnel train between Paris and London or Brussels and London).

You have the option of up to 5 additional car days.

To know more or to purchase BritRail Pass 'n Drive or other rail passes or tickets, follow this link to Rail Europe and choose "British products" from its menu:

BritRail Pass 'n Drive



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London airports express trains

London Heathrow Airport Heathrow Express train service creates a rail link between central London and Heathrow Airport in 15 minutes for Terminal 1,2 and 3 and in a further 5 minutes for Terminal 4.
Heathrow Airport is London's largest international airport and one of the busiest in the world.
The Heathrow Express service operates every 15 minutes from 5.10 am to 11.40 pm daily.
Heathrow Express arrives at and departs from central London's Paddington Station, one of London's main railway stations, which is close to Hyde Park, Notting Hill, and Portobello Road.

You can purchase your Heathrow Express rail tickets from Rail Europe:

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Gatwick Express train service connects central London with Gatwick Airport, the second of London international airports for traffic and importance, in 30 minutes.
Gatwick Express trains arrive at and depart from Victoria Station, a major London rail station centrally located, close to Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace, the royal parks, the Thames, the National Gallery, and most main attractions.
Gatwick Express trains run every 15 minutes.

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Stansted Express is a nonstop rail service between Stansted Airport and London Liverpool Street Station, in the City of London; the journey takes under 45 minutes.
Stansted is London's third international airport, near the M11 motorway that connects England's capital to Cambridge.
Stansted Express trains run every 15 minutes between 8am and 5pm Monday to Friday, and 8am to 4pm at weekends. At all other times the service is every 30 minutes.

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UK airports transfers by coach

UK airports transfers National Express is the UK's largest coach company.
It runs more services of transfer to and from UK airports, including Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted, Luton, Manchester, Birmingham and East Midlands, than anyone else.
National Express has a flexible, good value service, which helps you with your luggage and usually drops you or picks you up right at the terminal doors.

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Eurostar train map

The Eurostar train

Eurostar is the first true international train. It connects the capital cities of France (Paris), England (London) and Belgium (Brussels). And it has set the standard for international rail travel.

For the first time in history, thanks to the 31-mile-long Tunnel under the Channel (known as Eurotunnel), Great Britain is no longer an island, strictly speaking. Therefore it can have an international train service like everybody else.

Eurostar is the name of this service, Europe's most famous Premier Train. The world's most advanced train, Eurostar whisks you under the sea through the famous Channel Tunnel taking you to and from Paris, London and Brussels in record time and in luxurious surroundings.

Eurostar train exiting the Channel Tunnel Eurostar , also called the Channel Tunnel train, provides a high-speed, passenger-only connection to and from the UK through the Eurotunnel with the European continent.
The trains make swift, smooth journeys through the Channel Tunnel at speeds of up to 100 miles per hour, and up to 186 miles per hour on the French part of the trip.
The travel time under the English Channel is about twenty minutes, with the rest on the surface to view the countryside and relax.

And travel times are a breeze. London to Paris in 2 hours 35 minutes. London to Brussels (Bruxelles), the capital of Belgium, in 2 hours 20 minutes. London to Lille, in France, in less than 2 hours.

Eurostar trains Eurostar runs almost hourly between London and Paris (18-21 times a day) and 10 times a day between London and Brussels.

In addition to the four cities already mentioned (London, Paris, Brussels, Lille), Eurostar also serves Ashford, Calais-Frethun, Lille and Disneyland Paris, with seasonal service to the Alpine towns of Moutiers and Bourg St. Maurice.
Trains from the south and west of France connect with the Eurostar at Lille, and people traveling from Holland, Germany and Northern Europe can find trains connecting with the Eurostar in Brussels.

State-of-the-art design enables the Eurostar to carry as many passengers as two jumbo jets in the utmost of comfort.

Each train set has 18 cars: 1 in First Premium, 5 in First class, 10 in Second class and 2 bar cars. The total seating capacity is 770 seats: 205 in First class and First Premium and 565 in Second class.

Eurostar train service It is not only the most efficient, but the easiest way to get from city center to city center. No traffic. No airport delays. There's no longer a need to hustle through airports, find cabs and get to your destination. Eurostar will get you there quickly and comfortably.

From London Waterloo to Paris Nord, there is a Eurostar train approximately every half an hour from 5am to 8pm; the distance is 494 km (308 miles).

When you book a Eurostar train service, remember that continental Western Europe is 1 hour ahead of British time (Greenwich Mean Time).

Eurostar train service For most trains in Europe, buying a ticket allows you to board the train, but does not guarantee you a seat: an additional reservation fee is necessary to have a guaranteed seat on the train. But unlike most other European trains, for the Eurostar the seat reservation price is included in the price of your ticket.

Fares include the price of the ticket, the reservation and, if you travel in First Premium or First class, the price of the meal.

To get further information or to order your Eurostar ticket via the internet, follow this link to Rail Europe, the specialists on European rail travel:

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