Last year, UCL staff flew from London to Edinburgh over 130 times, even though the total travel time to Edinburgh is very similar by train. It is important to consider how long flying will actually take, including journeys to and from airports and time spent waiting at them. For many destinations, especially within Great Britain and on Eurostar routes, rail can take less time, and most often you will arrive in a city centre. For example 5 out London’s 6 airports take over an hour to reach from UCL, and travel time from Edinburgh and Glasgow airports to the city centre is around 45 minutes.
In addition to total travel time, the benefit of rail over air is increased useful time – for example a train to Edinburgh would provide 4 hours of free wifi to allow work to be done. Alternatively that is time to read uninterrupted by security checks or in-flight sales announcements.
How to book?
UK rail can be booked online directly through the Clarity Travel Portal.
- UK Rail Map to see how long it takes to get across the UK from London by rail.
- UK Rail Line Map to see what line stations are on
- UK Rail Carbon Calculator to check the carbon emissions from UK rail travel compared to car and plane
- Carbon emissions examples to find out information and examples of London to Edinburgh. What does this mean?
For many destinations in Europe, the train is a feasible alternative to flying. London to Paris takes only 2.5 hours, Amsterdam 4 hours, Frankfurt 4.5 hours and even Barcelona can be reached in 10 hours.
Have any colleagues made similar trips and can offer advice? Ask the organiser if a meeting can start later to accommodate your schedule when travelling by train.
How to book?
Eurostar – Eurostar trains can be booked online directly through the Clarity Travel portal.
The offline team is also on hand to assist with any International rail enquries you have. To speak to a member of UCL’s Branch Team please:
- Call 0333 230 9110 or
- Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Maps and planning
HighSpeed Network map to See Europe’s High speed rail map and individual country maps.
List of HighSpeed services to see all of Europe’s providers.
Eurostar Connections map to see connections from Eurostar.
Seat61 comprehensive information and guides for train travel in UK, Europe and the world.
Researching tickets and timetables
German Railways website to look up train times almost anywhere in Europe. A very capable online timetable.
European Rail Timetable to buy a copy of the printed timetable to take with you. It covers all the major train routes in Europe.
Carbon compared for plane, train and car examples of carbon from taking plane train and car for journeys.
Rail Europe connects to the French, Spanish, Italian, German and Austrian ticketing systems, allowing journey prices and times to be found.