First Great Western operates high-speed, commuter, regional and branch line train services covering London, South Wales, the West of England, Devon and Cornwall. In the process, they serve almost 80 million travelers each year with a concentration on traveler comfort and continuous improvement.
In fact, the entire high-speed train fleet has been refreshed with new environmentally friendly engines, new seating, better lighting and on-board facilities. You’ll find these trains put to good use on the longer distances of the mainline routes. The London and Thames Valley services are similarly being renovated, while making sure the charm of the rail stays perfectly in tact. And speaking of charm, Great Western even has single cars (“153s”) that operate along its shortest distances in the west of England. Plus, there’s a plethora of scenic routes for you to explore. For example, the Regatta line runs along the picturesque River Thames through the Chilterns countryside. The St. Ives Bay line was opened in 1877 and offers some of the most spectacular coastal views in England.
It’s true that you can never make a wrong turn on the train. But with the magnificent choices of the First Great Western, it still won’t be easy deciding where to look first.
First Great Western tickets are available with the following flexibility options:
Ticket is non-refundable; exchangeable in Britain for a fee before train departure.
Ticket is partially refundable up to 28 days after train departure; exchangeable in Britain before train departure.
Seat reservations for First Great Western trains are often recommended. Passholder fares are available in conjunction with any rail pass covering Great Britain. Reservations can be booked up to 90 days in advance.