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Intercity travel by train or bus at much lower prices than usual train companies offer. Restricted destinations and times though.

To plan a route or to view live station departure boards for all mainland National Rail stations.

Click website for impartial advice on train travel within the UK or telephone 08457 484950 (24 hours)

Travel Line website with information about all forms of travel - coach, bus, rail.

Plan your journey and buy tickets for any UK train journey. Find train times anywhere in the UK. ALso international trains and Eurostar

Rail Europe, the UK subsidiary of SNCF French Railways, are the UK’s leading supplier of rail travel into France and Europe, whether a short break in Paris, a fortnight in Venice, a month backpacking across Europe or a Snow Train journey right into the heart of the French Alps.

You can start your journey with Eurostar into Paris, Brussels, Lille, Avignon, Disneyland Resort Paris and the French Alps, or travel on local trains when already at your destination within Europe.

Connections with the SNCF range of products, including high speed rail, so you can travel with TGV in France, Elipsos to Spain, Thalys to Benelux, Artesia to Italy & Lyria to Switzerland.

Also the official UK website selling the InterRail pass, which gives extensive travel across up to 30 countries - global, single country pass, standard class or first class.

Worth buying a railcard if you are a frequent traveller as you get one-third off the cost of your ticket (although there may be restrictions on times you can travel).

Maybe you don't like flying, or are concerned about air travel's contribution to global warming. Or perhaps you just prefer real travel by train or ship, where the journey is part of the adventure... Either way, The Man in Seat Sixty-One helps you work out how to travel overland comfortably & affordably where you might think that air was the only option. Help with rail travel in the UK and Ireland, Europe and Africa, America and Australasia.


Website in English and Welsh.

c2c website.
Shoeburyness, Southend, Basildon, Upminster and Barking and into London Fenchurch Street on the mainline, whilst the Tilbury loop takes you from Pitsea, through Stanford-le-Hope, Tilbury, Grays, Rainham and Barking where you can carry on to Fenchurch Street. Not forgetting the Ockendon Branch line, where you will find Chafford Hundred for Lakeside Shopping Centre.

Chiltern website.
Real-time Running Tel. 08705 165 165

Covering around 1,500 route miles and calling at over 100 stations - stretching from Aberdeen to Penzance, and from Stansted to Cardiff - CrossCountry is the most extensive rail network in the UK.

East Midlands took over running services on the routes formerly served by Midland Mainline and Central Trains, covering destinations in the East Midlands, including Manchester, Liverpool, Sheffield, Nottingham and Derby.

Eurostar website.

Serves popular routes north and south of London - from Kings Lynn in the north to Brighton in the south

First Great Western - London to Wales and SW England

Rail service between Gatwick and Victoria Station.

GNER website. See website below for Real-time information

Direct line from Paddington and other west London stations to Heathrow

High speed rail service between Heathrow and central London

Hull Trains website. No Real-time information available.

Island Line operate the 8.5 miles of passenger railway on the Isle of Wight

London Midland brings together the former Silverlink County and most of Central Trains, in particular the West Midland regional services.

London Overground is a new train service, running on the North London, West London, Gospel Oak to Barking and the Euston to Watford lines.

Railway serving Liverpool area

Services across the north of England

One Railway - formerly Anglia Railways

Scotrail website.
Real-time Running Tel. 01463 23 90 26 (Inverness Station)

South West Trains website.

Serves south east England

Southern provides services in South London and between central London and the South Coast, through East and West Sussex and Surrey, and parts of Kent and Hampshire.

Virgin Trains website.
Real-time Running Tel. 0870 789 1234


Good site with latest real time travel news and details of London Underground holdups, etc.

London Underground Website

TFL webpage with journey planners, Maps, live travel news for the underground.

Map of the London Underground