London is a great city for many reasons, its history, its architecture, the abundant culture- just to name a few.
But one of the things that makes it so special is its location relative to the rest of the UK. Just below the middle of the country and within easy reach of all the UK’s major cities, London provides the perfect launching point for a UK wide trip- especially when you take into account the UK’s expansive and easy to use rail network.
If you’re planning on exploring London and the country beyond then book a room in the stunning Park Grand Hotel Paddington. You’ll have a wonderfully central location in the city, and be in the finest accommodation near Paddington Station London; from which you can reach pretty much the entire country!
Here are some tips you can use to allow you to travel the UK by train like an absolute pro!
Book in Advance
This is probably one of the most important tips for those looking to travel by train.
Booking your train tickets in advance will always be cheaper, and help to avoid the stress of last-minute ticket purchases.
You’ll be able to pick your tickets up when you arrive and have a guaranteed seat on some trains!
Check Train Times and Routes
Before you travel, make sure to check the train times and routes for your journey.
You can use websites and apps such as National Rail Enquiries or Trainline to find the best route and timetable for your trip.
Arriving at the train station early can help you avoid the stress of rushing to catch your train.
It also gives you time to find your platform, buy any last-minute tickets, and grab a coffee or snack before boarding- or even enjoy the finest restaurants near Paddington Stations whilst you wait!
Be Prepared for Delays
Whilst the train network is a great thing, train delays are a common occurrence in the UK; so it’s best to be prepared for them.
Make sure to check for any updates or disruptions before you travel, and consider downloading a network app to receive real-time updates.
Consider Seat Reservations
If you’re travelling during peak hours or on a long-distance journey, it’s worth considering reserving a seat.
Seat reservations can be made online or at the station, and they can provide you with a guaranteed seat and more comfort during your journey- and you might even be able to book a table! .
Respect Train Etiquette
Finally, it’s important to respect train etiquette when riding the train in the UK.
This includes keeping your voice down, not taking up more than your fair share of space, and offering your seat to those who need it.
It’s also important to dispose of any litter properly and to follow any rules or regulations set by the train company.
London & the UK by Train
So there you have it, some important tips to bear in mind when you’re getting ready to explore the UK by train.
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