What is the best pass to purchase for: Fly into Heathrow, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness, Kendal, Holyhead, Crewe or Kemble

We're planning to fly into Heathrow and take the train to Edingburg, Scotland and stay a couple of days, then go on to Glasgow via Inverness, stay a couple of days and then on to Kendall in England. Then after a couple of days, on to Holyhead, Wales for the night and then to Crew or Kemble in Glostershire. What is the best pass to purchase? Thanks
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) August 23, 2012 15:21
    Hi Ellen,

    Since you are traveling within England, Scotland and Wales you would purchase a BritRail Pass. Be sure not to confuse the BritRail Pass with the BritRail England Pass, as the BritRail England Pass only covers travel within England.

    You can purchase the BritRail Pass by clicking here: http://www.raileurope.com/rail-ticket....

    The BritRail Pass covers the Heathrow Express, which is the train that will take you from the airport into the city of London so you can connect to a train up to Edinburgh.

    The Heathrow Express arrives into the Paddington station in London. It departs once every 15 minutes and takes about 15 minutes from terminals 1, 2 and 3 to Paddington and 23 minutes from terminal 5 to Paddington. There is an airport shuttle/tram that connections terminals 1 and 3 with terminal 4.

    Trains from London to Edinburgh depart from the Kings Cross station. To get from the Paddington station to the Kings Cross station, you would then take the Circle line of the Tube, which takes about 15 minutes in duration. You would pay to board the Tube locally upon arrival.

    I would strongly recommend that you purchase reservations for the train from London up to Edinburgh.

    Trains from Edinburgh to Glasgow don't accept reservations, so the rail pass is all you would need to board.

    Reservations are recommended on a train from Glasgow up to Inverness.

    A connection from Inverness to Kendal involves 2 train changes along the way; once in Edinburgh and then once in Oxenholme Lake District. We would recommend purchasing reservations for the segment of this trip from Inverness to Edinburgh. Trains from Edinburgh to Oxenholme and Oxenholme to Kendal don't accept reservations, so the rail pass is all you would need to board.

    A connection from Kendal to Holyhead involves 3 train changes along the way; once in either Oxenholme Lake District or Preston, once in Warrington and then once in Flint. None of the trains comprising of this connection accept reservations, so the rail pass is all you would need to board.

    There are then direct trains from Holyhead to Crewe. If you wish, you can purchase reservations for one of these direct trains from Holyhead to Crew, however, the rail pass may be all you'd need to board.

    A connection from Holyhead to Kemble involves 2 train changes along the way; once in Birmingham and then once in Cheltenham Spa. None of the trains comprising of this connection accept reservations, so the rail pass is all you would need to board.

    After you add the pass to your shopping cart, you would click 'Continue Shopping' to add your reservations for any of the reservable trains mentioned above. On the next screen, you would then click 'Buy a Reservation' under where it says 'Reservations for Pass Holders' (if starting on the homepage, you would just click on 'Book your Rail Pass Reservations').

    Reservable trains in the United Kingdom can only be booked within 60 or 75 days of an intended date of departure.

    For planning purposes, you can just check schedules for the non-reservable trains mentioned above by entering the cities under 'Find Fares & Schedules' on the homepage of our website, www.raileurope.com. For the connections involving multiple train changes, you would break up the journey by doing a separate search for each segment of the route (i.e. after checking reservation costs/schedules for a train from Inverness to Edinburgh under 'Book your Rail Pass Reservations', you would then refer to 'Find Fares & Schedules' and do one search for the part of this connection from Edinburgh to Oxenholme Lake District and another search for connecting trains from Oxenholme Lake District to Kendal). You would then follow this same procedure for the other connections that involve multiple train changes.
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