The UK by Train

Find out about travelling on the UK's rail transport network including domestic and international trains and underground services...

Eurostar runs to and from St Pancras International and Brussels, Lille, Paris and Calais and allows passengers to cross the Channel in approximately one hour. Eurotunnel le shuttle operates a vehicle and passenger carrier service from Folkestone to Calais.

Within the UK, there are several large private train companies providing mainline rail services. The facilities provided on the trains vary from one company to another.

There are direct rail connections to UK airports with the exception of East Midlands Airport, Glasgow International Airport and Edinburgh Airport, where local bus services operate instead.

More information, train times and information about train tickets and destinations can be found on the National Rail website. In Northern Ireland rail services are provided by NI Railways (Translink), which is publicly owned.

The London Underground (the Tube)

London's subway system, more commonly known as "The Tube", is one of the quickest ways of getting around the capital. The network has 11 lines serving 270 stations. However, delays are frequent and carriages are often crowded especially during peak times.

  • Comprehensive information on the London Underground, including maps and service updates, can be found on the Transport for London (TfL) website.