British Rail

Seating Options

British rail encompasses many train rides and experiences, but there are a few things shared regardless of train line. For instance, spacious seating with ample legroom to ensure your trip is comfortable and enjoyable. Often, your fantastic views will be through panoramic windows. And of course, there’s the British culture of propriety that assures all your needs are met, even if you’re not technically a royal. You’ll find trains with special facilities to accommodate the disabled and wheelchair bound, as well as family friendly baby changing areas. Some trains have power outlets available at your seat as well. You’ll need to check the services on independent train lines to find the exact cabin amenities, but rest assured. The British have elevated rail travel into an efficient art.

Club 2 Seat

Two solo seats facing each other across a table.

Solo Seat

A seat on its own next to the window with a pull-down table.

Duo Seats

Aisle and window seats next to each other with pull-down tables.

Club 4 Seat

Four seats facing each other across a table.

Meals & Concessions

Most long-distance trains include a restaurant or buffet car (and some include bar cars) with easy to purchase snacks and goodies. They’re stocked to satisfy even the most finicky child or adult. For shorter journeys, snacks are available for purchase from vendors who make regular rounds through the trains. So that you’ll be able to arrive ready to satisfy your appetite for some serious sightseeing.

On Board Services

First-class seats are indulgently larger, with more luggage room in less crowded carriages. Enjoy expanded views through picture windows, power outlets at your seat, and extra goodies like free tea and coffee, snacks and newspapers. You’ll find table or buffet services on some longer routes, and free WiFi Internet access on some trains.

Services at the station

There are a lot of train stations in the British system, but you’ll find e-ticket machines in most of them for fast printing of your ticket. Most first-class ticket holders will also find they have free access to station lounges in some stations. This varies by train company and station, so you may want to check beforehand.