Best Options for England, Amsterdam, and Paris

Hi,

Looking for the best options for our upcoming holiday. We are flying into Heathrow and will be traveling into London for the day. Then from London heading to Hastings that afternoon. The next day we will be traveling from Hastings to Reading, then from Reading to London. We will be there for two days total. We are flying out of Stansted on our 3rd day. We are spending the next 5 days in Scotland where we will be renting a car. Then we are flying to Amsterdam for a day. We hope to take the train from Amsterdam to Paris. We will be in Paris for a total of two days. Any assistance will be wonderful!
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) May 18, 2018 20:59
    Hi Jordan,

    There is no single rail pass that combines the UK with countries on the mainland continent of Europe.

    To cover your travel in the UK, your most economical would be a pass called the BritRail London Plus Pass. For the BritRail London Plus Pass, you would click here: http://www.raileurope.com/pass/britrail-london-plus-pass-5894. The BritRail London Plus Pass is a special pass for travel limited to southern England, covering the areas just outside of London and beyond. Both Hastings and Reading lie within the area covered by this pass.

    You would then just purchase a regular ticket for your train from Amsterdam to Paris. From Amsterdam to Paris, you would take the high-speed Thalys train.

    Heathrow Airport to London

    From Heathrow to London, you would take the Heathrow Express. The BritRail London London Plus Pass is valid to cover you on the Heathrow Express.

    Heathrow Express trains arrive into the Paddington station in London. They depart once every 15 minutes throughout the day (taking about 15 minutes from terminals 1, 2 and 3 to Paddington and 23 minutes from terminal 5 to Paddington).

    London to Hastings

    Between London and Hastings there are direct trains operating frequently throughout the day. It doesn't appear as though these schedules display on our website at the time, but the ones departing out of the Victoria station in London leave hourly throughout the day, and the ride takes about 2 hours. There also hourly trains departing out of the Charing Cross station in London, which take 1.5 to 2 hours to get to Hastings. The BritRail London Plus Pass does cover you on these trains.

    Hastings to Reading

    Connections from Hastings to Reading require going back through London and changing trains. Once again, it doesn't appear as though these schedules display on our website at the time, for either of the segments.

    For the segment from Hastings to London, the same frequencies apply that I mentioned above (arriving back into either the Victoria or Charing Cross stations).

    From London to Reading, trains depart several times every hour out of the Paddington station. Some trains from London Paddington take about 30 minutes, while some can take up to 1 hour.

    The BritRail London Plus Pass is valid to cover you on these trains.

    To commute from the Victoria station to the Paddington station, you would take the Circle Line of the London Tube. The Tube ride from Victoria to Paddington takes about 17 minutes.

    To commute from the Charing Cross station to the Paddington station, you would take the Bakerloo Line of the London Tube. The Tube ride from Charing Cross to Paddington takes about 18 minutes.

    The BritRail London Plus Pass is not valid on the Tube, so you would just pay to take the Tube locally when you're there.

    London to Stansted Airport

    From London to Stansted, you would take the Stansted Express. The BritRail London London Plus Pass is valid to cover you on the Stansted Express.

    You can catch the Stansted Express at either the Liverpool St station in London or the Tottenham Hale station in London. The ride from London Liverpool St to Stansted Airport takes about 40-45 minutes, while the ride from London Tottenham Hale to Stansted Airport takes about 30 minutes.

    Amsterdam to Paris

    As I alluded to above, you'll take the high-speed Thalys train to travel from Amsterdam to Paris. For this, you'll just purchase regular tickets. You would purchase tickets from Amsterdam to Paris by searching the route under 'Tickets & Reservations' on the homepage of our website, www.raileurope.com. Generally, Thalys trains can be booked once within 90 days of an intended departure date.
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