If you’re after information about National Rail, you’ve come to the right place. National Rail is the membership organisation for all of Britain's train operating companies (TOCs) that run the National Rail Enquiries site, providing information on rail travel, updates and service disruptions. Trainline is accredited by National Rail and when you book your Advance train tickets with us, you can save an average of 51% on the price versus booking on the day of travel (limited availability & routes).
National Rail and the Rail Delivery Group (RDG) administer the sale of different ticket types and train ticket discounts in the UK such as Season Tickets, Railcards, Off-Peak tickets and many more. The good news is, you can buy all these different UK ticket types with Trainline. Using our Journey Planner, you can also find timetables, live train times and cheap train tickets when you book in advance. You can also use the UK trains map to plan your next train journey and discover where you'll pass along the way.
All train companies in Great Britain (England, Scotland and Wales) operate under the guidance of National Rail who are responsible for the administration of passenger bookings. National Rail was formed following the privatisation of the British Rail network in 1996, when the network split into 25 separate operating franchises to run trains across the UK (Great Britain).
There are over 25 TOCs that operate under the National Rail brand, which can be seen below in the table below. Alternatively, you can go to our UK train companies page and start planning out your next train journey.
|Arriva Trains Wales||c2c||Caledonian Sleeper|
|Chiltern Railways||CrossCountry||East Midlands Trains|
|Eurostar||Gatwick Express||Grand Central Railway|
|Great Northern||GWR||Greater Anglia|
|Heathrow Express||Hull Trains||Island Line|
|London Overground||London North Eastern Railway||London Northwestern Railway|
|South Western Railway||Southeastern||Southern|
|Stansted Express||TfL Rail||Thameslink|
|TransPennine Express||Transport for Wales||Virgin Trains|
|West Midlands Trains||West Midlands Railway|