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Whether you’re travelling by train in the UK or in Europe, use our Journey Planner to keep your travel plans on track.

Our handy travel planner is designed to make booking your next trip as quick and easy as possible. Our Journey Planner lets you check live train departure and arrival times, as well as showing you how much your tickets will cost.

Find cheap Off-Peak and Super Off-Peak train tickets with ease – we’ll also highlight Peak tickets so that you can avoid the busiest times with the most expensive fares. If you’re searching in the UK close to your departure date, our clever tool will even update you with platform numbers, service information and even which parts of the train still have seats.

How to plan a journey

  1. Use our Journey Planner tool at the top of the page and enter your origin station or the general area where you’ll be starting your journey. If you put ‘London’, for example, a list of stations within the city will pop up. If you don’t know which station you need, select ‘London, Any’ and we’ll do the rest.
  2. Enter your destination below. If you’re going from city to city, you can select the ‘Any’ option again and we’ll highlight the cheapest tickets available for the journey on the next page.
  3. Select your date of travel and add a return journey if you like.
  4. Choose how many passengers you need tickets for.
  5. Add a Railcard if you have one.
  6. Hit ‘Get times and tickets’.
  7. We’ve selected the cheapest available ticket for your journey, if you’re happy with it, hit ‘continue’ and book your tickets.

Plan your next train journey with Trainline

We're experts at helping you to make planning rail journeys simple, quick and efficient. That’s why you can check live train departures, arrival times and fare details ahead of time – so you get where you need to be cheaply and smoothly.

By combining our train times journey planner with our extensive UK trains map, you’ll see exactly where you'll pass, what kind of train you'll take, and what you might see along the way. 

Use our search tool above to identify which trains run during peak, off-peak or super off-peak times so you can get the best deal. Booking in advance through Trainline typically saves you 61% on average*.

Rail Journey Planner on-the-go

Need to plan your train journeys while you’re out and about? Then download our mobile app (available for iOS, iPad and Android) to book your train tickets or find the latest live travel, platform or delay information at a glance.

For selected routes, you can also use Mobile Tickets, which means no more queuing at ticket collection machines and you’ll never need to panic over a lost paper ticket again.  

*Average savings on all fares booked at least one week before day of travel vs Anytime fares purchased on day of travel. Subject to availability. Excludes coach

Planning a European train trip?

Did you know you can use our Journey Planner to check for European train times too? That’s right, in just a few clicks you could be heading to the continent to explore entirely new places by rail. If you’re travelling in France, we’ll even show you how much Co2 you could save by choosing the train over air travel – meaning you can feel better about yourself while on your journey! To try it out for yourself, simply enter your origin and destination locations into our tool as you usually would, then choose a time and ticket type that suits you.

Still need to do that all-important research before you go? Check out our comprehensive country guides below.

Popular journeys by train

Whether you’re planning a trip to one of the UK’s major cities, trying to get to the airport or simply looking for inspiration, you can check out some of the most popular UK train journeys below.

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