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Episode 43 – Unravelling the Mysteries of Train Travel in the UK [Expert Answers to 15 Frequently Asked Questions]

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In episode 43 of the UK Travel Planning Podcast, Tracy and Doug Collins, Founders of UK Travel Planning, cover the top 15 questions they get asked about travelling by train in the UK.

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Episode 43 – Show Notes

Unravelling the Mysteries of Train Travel in the UK | 15 Frequently Asked Questions

In this episode, you will learn:

  1. How do I get from Heathrow Airport by train to Kings Cross railway station?
  2. How much time do I need to allow from landing at Heathrow airport to booking a train from Kings Cross to Edinburgh?
  3. How soon in advance do I need to buy train tickets?
  4. What is the difference between the Advance and Anytime train tickets?
  5. What websites are best to buy train tickets on?
  6. Are train tickets refundable?
  7. Do I have to have a seat reservation or can I just turn up for a train? Can you reserve specific seats on a train?
  8. Do train tickets sell out? 
  9. Is a Britrail or the Global Eurail train pass worth it and how do I reserve seats if I have a pass?
  10. What are split train tickets?
  11. What are the National Railcards? 
  12. What age does a child fare become an adult fare?
  13. How much luggage can I take on board a train?
  14. Do you have any recommended UK Rail itineraries? 
  15. Do you have any information about the Eurostar service and the Caledonian sleeper?

Places mentioned in this episode include

  • Caledonian Sleeperan overnight sleeper train that operates between London and Scotland.
  • Eurostar the train that runs between London and Paris through the Channel Tunnel.

⭐️ A PDF transcript of this episode is available to download here

Related podcast episodes

  • Episode # 2Introduction to travelling the UK by train
  • Episode # 11How to get around the UK (all transportation options)

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