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Trains in United Kingdom: an Overview

General information about United Kingdom Trains

Unlike many European countries, the UK does not have a nationalized rail service. Meaning there are several train companies that organize trains across the UK. However, you can still travel via various companies to reach your destination with ease. Train travel in the UK is an excellent way to experience Britain’s natural beauty. From popular destinations and train routes to information about train companies, this page provides an overview of everything you need to know about trains in the UK.

Main Train Stations
Popular Routes in the UK
Trains from the UK
Train Companies in the UK

Main Train Stations in United Kingdom

All big United Kingdomn cities have major train stations that are connected to other parts of the country as well as as international cities. Below is a list of the major stations and their need to know details.

London Kings Cross

Address: Euston Rd, Kings Cross,
London N1 9AL, UK
Amenities:
Free WiFi (30 minutes), Luggage Lockers
Restaurants and Shops
Parking, Disabled Access
Public Transport to the City Center:
Six underground lines including Northern Line,
14 buses including the 205, 73 and 38 and taxis.

Edinburgh Waverley Station

Address: Edinburgh EH1 1BB, UK Amenities:
Free WiFi (30 minutes)
Luggage Lockers
Restaurants and Shops
Parking, Disabled Access
Public Transport to the City Center:
Multiply buses and taxis

Manchester Piccadilly Station

Address: Manchester M1 2QF
Amenities:
Free WiFi (30 minutes)
Luggage Lockers
Restaurants and Shops
Parking, Disabled Access
Public Transport to the City Center:
Buses, Trams and Taxis

Popular Train Routes in United Kingdom

Trains are a popular way to travel in the UK and are most popular for longer journeys.

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Trains from London to Edinburgh
Virgin Trains
Trains from London to Manchester
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Trains from London to Liverpool
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Trains from London to Brighton
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Trains from London to Oxford
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Trains from London to Cambridge
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Trains from Manchester to Liverpool
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Trains from Manchester to Edinburgh

Popular Train Routes from United Kingdom

Thanks to the Eurostar connecting the United Kingdom to the European continent, it is easier and faster than its ever been before to travel between them by train. Find out more about the most popular destinations below.

UK Train Companies

There are many train companies in the UK, to help make sense of them we've put together a list explaining the different companies and what part of the UK they serve.

Local Train Companies


Abellio Greater Anglia: Abellio Greater Anglia is Eastern England's main train company. Abellio trains run to Essex, Suffolk, Norfolk, Hertfordshire, and Cambridgeshire.


Arriva Trains Wales: Arriva Trains operate along 5 routes in Wales: between Northern Wales and the Midlands, between Northern Wales/Manchester and South Wales, the South Wales Coast Line to Swansea and Cardiff, and the North Wales Coast Line to Manchester and Crewe.


C2C: c2c is mainly a commuter train company servicing areas outside of London. c2c trains run on the London, Tilbury and Southend Rail line from Fenchurch Street through Essex into East London around 8 times each hour during off-peak times.


East Midlands Trains: East Midlands Trains operates both long-distance and regional trains. East Midlands regional trains service cities in the East Midlands and Yorkshire. Long-distance East Midlands trains run between London St Pancras station and Leeds, Sheffield, Corby, Nottingham, Derby and York.


Great Western Railway: Great Western Railway is the primary train company for South West England and South Wales. Great Western trains service Devon, Cornwall, Somerset, Bristol, Berkshire, Wiltshire and Gloucestershire.


First Hull Trains: First Hull Trains have just one route from London's King's Cross station to Hull. First Hull Trains run 6 times per day during the week and 5 times per day on the weekend.


First TransPennine Express: First TransPennine Express run 3 main routes through Northern England: North TransPennine from Liverpool and Manchester to Hull, York, Scarborough, Middlesbrough, and Newcastle; South TransPennine from Cleethorpes to Manchester; and TransPennine North West from Manchester to Edinburgh.


Merseyrail: Merseyrail runs trains through Merseyside and Liverpool along two routes: the Northern Line between Southport and Liverpool; and the Wirral Line which links Liverpool with the Wirral Peninsula via the Mersey Railway Tunnel.


Northern Rail: Northern Rail operates most trains between major cities in Northern England including Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle and Sheffield. Northern Rail is the main train company for Cumbria, Cheshire, Lancashire, Northumberland and Yorkshire.


ScotRail: ScotRail runs trains throughout Scotland and Northern England connecting Newcastle and Carlisle with London. Most ScotRail trains run between major Scottish cities like Edinburgh, Oban, Sterling, Glasgow, Inverness, Aberdeen, Dundee and Wick.


Southern: Southern trains primarily operate between London, East and West Sussex, Surrey, Kent, and Hampshire. Southern trains travel to major cities including Hastings, Southampton, and Lewes. Southern also operates the Gatwick Express between London Victoria train station and Gatwick International Airport.


South Western Railways: South Western Railways operates trains from London's Waterloo train station to destinations in South West England including Surrey, Hampshire, Dorset, Devon, Somerset, Berkshire and Wiltshire. South Western Railways also runs trains to the Isle of Wight under the name Island Line Trains.


Virgin Trains: Virgin Trains operates long-distance trains on the West Coast Main Line between London, the West Midlands, North Western England, Northern Wales and major cities in Scotland. Virgin Trains connects major cities in the UK including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Liverpool, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

International Train Companies


Eurostar: Trains from continental Europe to the United Kingdom are operated by Eurostar and travel via the "Chunnel" beneath the English Channel. Eurostar trains depart from Paris, Lille, Lyon and Brussels and arrive at London St Pancras station.



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