UK Trains and Travelling By Rail
The railway in the UK has been in operations for hundreds of years. Since 1995, there have been over 20 different train companies managing the network of railways, trains and tracks. All these companies work together under the main title “National Rail”, with co-ordinated fares, tickets and information. There are train timetables available under the National Rail, with tickets and fares also available through the one website.
The best plae to check train times, fares and journey information is the main website www.nationalrail.co.uk. This shows all train operators along with times, timetables, fares and routes for all journeys. It is easy to use and has a journey planner to help you find how to get from one place to another using the trains.
Often, train tickets are quite expensive in the UK, and it can be better to book tickets a while in advance if possible. This way you are more likely to get a cheaper ticket. Most train lines recommend booking at least 12 weeks ahead if you want the best prices! Be aware that there are several money saving cards you can get for the trains, for students, older people and families who are travelling together. If you travel a lot by train, it can work out well to get one of the cards if you are eligible for it.