All you need to know about travelling by train in the UK this Easter

This year, the Easter holiday period takes place between Friday 15th and Monday 18th April 2022. Whether you're planning a trip away and looking to buy tickets or want to check whether trains will be running from certain areas, you've come to the right place. Our guide to Easter 2022 train travel is here to help.

Last update: Monday 4th April 2022 at 11:32.

Read on for more information on engineering work and disruptions taking place over the Easter period, tips on finding cheap train tickets and inspiration on places to visit. For specific info, skip down to the relevant section on the page:

Easter train times: do trains run over Easter?

Yes, trains do run on Good Friday in the UK, although many train companies will be operating an amended timetable (usually similar to a Saturday service) and there may be some disruption in places due to engineering works.

Yes, trains do run on Easter Saturday in the UK, although many train companies will be operating an amended timetable and there may be some disruption in places due to engineering works.

Yes, trains do run on Easter Sunday in the UK, although many train companies will be operating an amended timetable and there may be some disruption in places due to engineering works.

Yes, trains do run on Easter Monday in the UK, although many train companies will be operating an amended timetable (usually similar to a Saturday service) and there may be some disruption in places due to engineering works.

Major engineering work over the Easter weekend

Engineering work is taking place across several routes into London over the Easter weekend. For more details on individual engineering works updates, visit our train engineering works page.

London Euston

The line between London Euston and Milton Keynes Central will be closed throughout the Easter weekend.

 

London Victoria

Due to ongoing track and signalling upgrades, no Southern services will run to or from London Victoria over the Easter weekend. Most trains will be diverted into London Bridge.

Stansted Airport

No direct trains will run between London and Stansted Airport over the Easter weekend. Instead, bus replacements will run between Waltham Cross and the airport.

Friday 15th April to Monday 18th April

Liverpool Lime Street services will start and end at Rugby.

Wolverhampton services will start and end at Milton Keynes Central.

Manchester Piccadilly services will run via Stoke-on-Trent and start and end at Milton Keynes Central.

Glasgow Central services will run between Milton Keynes Central and Carlisle. A limited service will also run via Dumfries between Glasgow Central and Carlisle.

Holyhead services will run between Crewe and Holyhead only.

Friday 15th April

No planned changes to the timetable.

Saturday 16th April

No service on Saturdays as usual.

Sunday 17th April

  • Due to engineering works, services running to London on Sunday will end at London Kings Cross instead of London Euston.
  • Services to and from Glasgow and Edinburgh will be retimed, and won't call at Carstairs.

Monday 18th April

  • Due to engineering works, services running to London on Sunday will end at London Kings Cross instead of London Euston.
  • All services on Monday evening will be diverted and won't call at Watford Junction, Crewe, Preston or Carlisle.
  • Services from Glasgow and Edinburgh will be retimed, and won't call at Carstairs.

Friday 15th April

No planned changes to the timetable.

Saturday 16th April​​​​​​​ and Sunday 17th April

All lines between Derby and Chesterfield are closed. Trains will be diverted, with extended journey times of 60 minutes.

Some lines between Motherwell and Edinburgh are closed. Trains won't call at Motherwell, with bus replacements running between Motherwell and Edinburgh.

Monday 18th April

No planned changes to the timetable.

Friday 15th to Monday 18th April

No trains running from London Victoria.

Friday 15th April

Amended Saturday service on all routes. 

Sunday 17th April

  • Buses replace morning trains between Welwyn Garden City, Hertford North and Hitchin.
  • Amended morning service between London Kings Cross and Alexandra Palace.
  • Buses replace trains between Ely and Kings Lynn.

Monday 18th April

Amended Saturday service on all routes. 

Friday 15th April to Monday 18th April

Buses replace trains between Waltham Cross and Hertford East, and Stansted Airport.

Saturday 16th April

  • Amended late-night service between Colchester and Walton-on-the-Naze and Clacton-on-Sea.
  • Amended late night and early morning service between Ipswich and Norwich.

Sunday 17th April

  • No trains via Hackney Downs before 09:50.
  • Amended late night and early morning service between Ipswich and Norwich.

Monday 18th April

No late night or early morning Greater Anglia trains via Seven Sisters.

Friday 15th April

No planned changes to the timetable.

Saturday 16th to Monday 18th April

Buses replace trains between Doncaster and Hull.

Friday 15th to Monday 18th April 

  • No trains to and from London Euston.
  • Buses replace trains between Watford Junction and St Albans Abbey.

Sunday 17th April

Buses replace trains between Crewe and Liverpool South Parkway.

 

Friday 15th April

  • Amended 05:05 train from Preston to Colne.
  • Amended 23:06 train from Bridlington to Hull.

Saturday 16th to Monday 18th April

Buses replace trains between Doncaster and Hull.

Sunday 17th to Monday 18th April 

Buses replace trains between Lancaster and Windermere, Oxenholme and Grange-over-Sands (from 22:00 on Saturday and all day Sunday).

Sunday 17th April

  • Buses replace late night trains between Preston and Blackpool North.
  • Buses replace trains between Warrington Central / Hunts Cross and Liverpool Lime Street.
  • Buses replace trains between Liverpool Lime Street and Huyton until 13:00.

Monday 18th April

Amended late night and early morning Northern trains to and from Manchester stations.

 

Friday 15th April 

No planned changes to the timetable.

Saturday 16th April

Amended service via Tonbridge.

Sunday 17th April

  • Amended service via Tonbridge.
  • No trains via Gillingham.
  • No trains via Lewisham and the Bexleyheath Line.

Monday 18th April

Amended late-night Southeastern service.

Friday 15th April

  • Amended and reduced timetable in operation.
  • Buses replace late night and early morning trains between Dartford and Gillingham and Rainham.
  • Buses replace late night and early morning trains between Stevenage and Cambridge.
  • No late night and early morning Thameslink services between Herne Hill and Sutton.
  • Buses replace early morning trains between Three Bridges and Brighton.

Saturday 16th April

No planned changes to the timetable.

Sunday 17th April

  • No trains via Gillingham.
  • Buses replace morning trains between Welwyn Garden City and Hertford North and Hitchin.

Monday 18th April

  • Amended and reduced timetable in operation.
  • No early morning trains at Arlesey

Friday 15th April

Amended evening and morning trains in the Leeds and York area.

Saturday 16th to Monday 18th April

Amended service through Motherwell from 08:30 on Saturday 16th.

Monday 18th April

Amended late night and early morning service in the Huddersfield area.

Friday 15th to Monday 18th April

Buses replace trains between Leamington Spa and Nuneaton.

Friday 15th April and Saturday 16th April

Bank holiday/Saturday service on all lines.

Sunday 17th April

Basildon line: Services will start and end at Leigh-on-Sea, with bus replacements running between Leigh-on-Sea and Shoeburyness. Some morning services will be diverted to London Fenchurch Street instead of London Liverpool Street.

Ockendon line: Services will start and end at Grays, with bus replacements running between Grays and Pitsea via Tilbury. If you’re travelling to or from Dagenham Dock you can use TfL buses E2 or 287.

Rainham line: Services between Barking and Grays will not run, with bus replacements between Upminster and Grays via Rainham. If you’re travelling to or from Dagenham Dock you can use TfL buses E2 or 287.

Monday 18th April

Basildon line

  • An amended timetable will be in place until around 18:00.
  • After 20:40 services will start and end from London Liverpool Street instead of London Fenchurch Street.
  • Train services will be running between London Liverpool Street, Laindon and Shoeburyness.
  • From 22:45, engineering work extends out to Upminster. The last through services will be:
    • 21:55 Shoeburyness to London Liverpool Street
    • 22:15 London Liverpool Street to Shoeburyness
  • After this, trains will be diverted and also call at Grays, with bus replacements running between Grays and Upminster and Upminster and Pitsea via Laindon

Ockendon line

  • An amended timetable will be in place until around 18:00.
  • After 20:40, due to track maintenance work between Barking and London Fenchurch Street, services between Barking and London Fenchurch Street will be diverted to start from and end at London Liverpool Street.
  • Train services will be running between Upminster, Ockendon and Grays.
  • If you’re travelling to or from Ockendon or Chafford Hundred, you’ll most likely to change trains during your journey.

Rainham line

  • An amended timetable will be in place until around 18:00.
  • After 20:40, due to track maintenance work between Barking and London Fenchurch Street, services between Barking and London Fenchurch Street will be diverted to start from and end at London Liverpool Street.
  • Train services will be running between London Liverpool Street, Rainham and Shoeburyness.

 

 

Friday 15th April to Monday 18th April

Trains between Birmingham Snow Hill or Birmingham Moor Street and London Marylebone are expected to be very busy.

Saturday 16th April and Sunday 17th April

  • Trains won't run between Aylesbury Vale Parkway and London Marylebone due to engineering works between Stoke Mandeville and Great Missenden, with bus replacements running between Aylesbury Vale Parkway and Amersham and then across to Beaconsfield to connect to train services to and from London Marylebone.
  • You can also use the London Underground Metropolitan line between Amersham and central London.

 

Friday 15th April to Monday 18th April

Services to and from London St Pancras International, and routes to and from Manchester, Stockport, Stoke and Crewe will be much busier than usual.

Saturday 16th April and Sunday 17th April

  • All lines will be closed between Derby and Chesterfield. Trains between Sheffield and London St Pancras won't call at Derby but will call additionally at East Midlands Parkway instead, with bus replacements running between Derby and East Midlands Parkway.
  • Bus replacements will run between Matlock and Derby.

Sunday 17th April

All lines between Hunts Cross and Liverpool Lime Street will be closed, with bus replacements running between Warrington Central and Liverpool Lime Street.

 

Friday 15th to Monday 18th April

No planned changes to the timetable.

Friday 15th to Monday 18th April

Buses replace trains between Moreton-in-Marsh and Worcester Foregate Street.

Friday 15th April

  • Buses replace evening and morning trains to and from Pangbourne.
  • Buses replace evening and morning trains to and from Burnham and Taplow.
  • Amended evening and morning trains in the Newport and Cardiff Central area.

Saturday 16th April

  • Amended 00:45 train from Oxford to Reading.
  • Amended 00:34 train from London Paddington to Reading.

Saturday 16th to Sunday 17th April

  • Buses replace late night and early morning trains between Swindon and Bath Spa.
  • Amended late night and early morning service between Exeter St Davids and Plymouth.

Sunday 17th April

  • Amended 07:59 train from Exeter St Davids to Bristol Temple Meads.
  • Amended 08:30 train from Exeter St Davids to Barnstaple.

Monday 5th April

  • Amended late-night service between Gloucester and Swindon and Bristol Temple Meads.
  • Amended 22:48 train from London Paddington to Swansea.

Friday 15th to Monday 18th April

No planned changes to the timetable.

Friday 15th April

No planned changes to the timetable.

Saturday 16th to Monday 18th April

  • Amended service through Motherwell from 08:30 on Saturday through to Monday.
  • Buses replace trains between Doncaster and Hull.

Monday 18th April

Amended timetable for trains to and from Glasgow Central.

Friday 15th April

No planned changes to the timetable.

Saturday 16th to Monday 18th April

Amended service through Motherwell from 08:30 on Saturday.

Friday 15th to Monday 18th April

  • Buses replace trains to and from Earlsfield.
  • Buses replace trains between Yeovil Junction and Honiton and Exeter St Davids.
  • Buses replace trains between Staines and Reading, Weybridge and Aldershot.

Friday 15th to Monday 18th April

No trains running to or from London Victoria.

Saturday 16th to Sunday 17th April

Buses replace trains between Edenbridge and Tonbridge.

Monday 18th April

Amended services throughout the day.

Friday 15th to Monday 18th April

Buses replace trains between Waltham Cross and Hertford East and Stansted Airport.

 

 

Friday 15th to Monday 18th April

No planned changes to the timetable.

Friday 15th to Monday 18th April

  • Buses replace trains between Cardiff Central and Ebbw Vale Town.
  • Buses replace trains between Radyr and Pontypridd.

Friday 15th April

  • Buses replace late night and early morning trains between Cardiff Central and Bridgend.
  • Buses replace late night and early morning trains between Chester and Crewe.

Saturday 16th April

Amended 04:22 train from Chester to Birmingham New Street.

Sunday 17th April

  • Buses replace trains between Chester and Liverpool South Parkway.
  • Buses replace trains between Radyr / Pontypridd and Aberdare.

Monday 18th April

  • Buses replace trains between Radyr / Pontypridd and Aberdare.
  • Amended 22:25 train from Radyr to Bridgend.

 

How to get cheap train tickets this Easter

If you are travelling by train this Easter, we want to help to save! Here are a few of our favourite tips to finding cheap train tickets. 

Book in advance 

Train tickets in the UK go on sale 12 weeks in advance, and usually at their cheapest price. Book early if you can to save those pennies.

Find out more about Advance train tickets. 

Book split tickets

Our clever app feature SplitSave can split your journeys into sections, making it much cheaper than buying a single ticket when travelling on a long journey. 

Find out more about split train tickets.

Travel Off-Peak

Tickets for Off-Peak travel times tend to be cheaper than Peak time tickets (Monday to Friday morning and early evenings).

Find out more about Off-Peak train tickets.

Travel with a Railcard to save this Easter

Did you know you can buy your digital Railcard online with us? If you're heading out by train over the Easter weekend and qualify for one of the below, you can save 1/3 on eligible train tickets in the UK for just £30 for the whole year. 

Family & Friends
Railcard

For up to four adults and four children (5-15 years old)
Adults get 1/3 off, children get a 60% discount. At least 1 adult and 1 child must travel together. Conditions apply

Great for:
Anyone who travels in groups with children – no relation necessary

1- or 3-year validity available
Save £20 with a 3-year Railcard

Digital only
Railcards live in your account in the Trainline app so you can use them on any of your compatible devices. No download codes are needed!

Two Together
Railcard

1 year
£30

Must travel together
1/3 off train travel for you and a friend/companion when travelling together. Conditions apply

For ages 16+

Great for:
Friends, couples, flatmates, or colleagues who regularly travel together

Digital only
Railcards live in your account in the Trainline app so you can use them on any of your compatible devices. No download codes are needed!

16-25
Railcard

For ages 16-25
Get 1/3 off train travel across Great Britain. Minimum fare applies

Great for:
Teenagers, students, graduates, and young professionals

1- or 3-year validity available
Save £20 with a 3-year Railcard

Digital only
Railcards live in your account in the Trainline app so you can use them on any of your compatible devices. No download codes are needed!

You must be aged 16-23 to buy the 3-year Railcard

26-30
Railcard

1 year
£30

For ages 26-30
Get 1/3 off train travel across Great Britain. Minimum fare applies

Great for:
Millennials, graduates, and young professionals

Digital only
Railcards live in your account in the Trainline app so you can use them on any of your compatible devices. No download codes are needed!

Senior
Railcard

For ages 60+
Get 1/3 off train travel across Great Britain. Conditions apply

Great for:
Seniors, grandparents, and retirees

1- or 3-year validity available
Save £20 with a 3-year Railcard

Digital only
Your digital Railcard lives on your phone in the account section of the Trainline app. Because it's digital only, you won't need a paper copy of it to use your discount! You can use your Railcard on any of your compatible devices. No download codes are needed.

Network
Railcard

1 year
£30

For travellers in the South-East of England
Get 1/3 off travel after 10:00 am (and any time on weekends and public holidays). Applies only to journeys starting and ending in the South-East Network Railcard zone.

For up to four adults and four children aged 5-15
Children get 60% off

Great for:
Commuters and Londoners

Digital only
Railcards live in your account in the Trainline app so you can use them on any of your compatible devices. No download codes are needed!

16-17
Saver

For ages 16-17
Passengers get 50% discount on most tickets, including seasons

Great for:
School and college students

Digital only
Railcards live in your account in the Trainline app so you can use them on any of your compatible devices. No download codes are needed!

 

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