Eligibility & Conditions Of Use

You can buy a BritRail Pass if you are not a UK resident.  Anyone who has lived in the United Kingdom for the last six months or more is not entitled to buy a BritRail Pass.

BritRail Passes are sold only overseas, so remember to purchase before you travel to Britain!



BritRail is a trademarked name of the Association of Train Operating Companies (ATOC) whose members operate rail services on Britain’s National Rail network.

Seat Reservations: Reservations for particular journeys are not compulsory, but for busy trains are advisable (ie: mainlines in peak hours.) It is not necessary to validate a pass in order to reserve a seat / sleeping berth in advance. Normal fees are payable.

First Class and Standard Class: Many local trains in England, Scotland and Wales have Standard Class accommodation only. This has been accounted for in price of the First Class Passes.

Purchase Restrictions: Pass holders must be non-UK residents. BritRail and its representatives may ask at any time for proof of foreign residency and reserve the right to confiscate the ticket or pass in such circumstances. The BritRail ticket is non-transferable and must only be used by the person or persons specified on the ticket.

Exclusions: The BritRail pass is not valid on Eurostar services, special excursions, Tyne and Wear Metro Trains (Newcastle-upon-Tyne area), Glasgow Underground trains, Manchester Metro link, road links between airports and railway stations, Docklands Light Railway, Tram links, privately owned railways, steam services, London Underground trains and buses, ships, hovercraft, nor any other services not mentioned.

Pass Validation: Passes are issued open dated and must be validated within six months from the date of issue and prior to the first use. To validate a rail pass, present it along with your passport to the Railway official at the station of departure. At this time, the first and the last day of validity of the pass as well as the passport number is entered and the passenger must sign the pass. Under no circumstances is the pass holder allowed to validate his or her own pass. If, however, your first journey is from an unstaffed station, your pass will be valid provided you take it to be validated at the next interchange station, or at your destination station. In the case of a Flexipass, the passenger must enter the date of travel each day before he/she boards the first train of the day. BritRail Passes are valid from 00:00 hrs to 24:00 hrs (Midnight to Midnight) on a chosen day of travel. If a pass holder is traveling on an overnight train containing sleeper accommodation, the next day’s date must be inserted. Failure to comply with this requirement may result in the payment of a fine and the cost of a full fare ticket.

Prices: BritRail reserves the right to change prices without notice whether such changes are related or not to alterations in the rates of exchange.

Refunds will be granted if: The unvalidated Pass or original exchange coupon or voucher is returned to the office from which it was purchased within 6 months from the date of issue, (unless a different time period is specified by your travel agent).Passes or tickets must bear no evidence of having been tampered with in any way. No refund can be made in Britain. No refund can be made if the Pass or Ticket cannot be produced. Refunds are not given on validated Passes once the commencement date has been reached.

Where a Pass forms part of an inclusive Tour Package, it is not separately refundable. Where no other cancellation charges are specified by travel agent, the cancellation charge will be a minimum of 15%. Special offers are not refundable. Neither the Participating Operators nor their Agents can accept any responsibility for any failure in the provision of any special offers included. Refunds should not be returned to the Freepost address listed on this ticket cover but to the agent you originally purchased it through. Seat and Sleeper reservations are non refundable.

Lost Tickets: BritRail is not responsible for tickets or vouchers, which are lost, stolen, mutilated or destroyed. Refunds cannot be authorized in such cases. Therefore, travel insurance is recommended.  The agent you purchase this Rail Pass through may also advise a rail protection cover for your pass while travelling.

Conditions for BritRail Products

General Conditions for all BritRail Consecutive and Flexipasses: Validated passes which include days when no train service operates (Christmas, etc.) will be extended by the number of days when no service operates. First Class Pass holders should note that some trains provide standard accommodation only, this is allowed for in the pricing of the First Class Pass.

The BritRail Pass (First Class and Standard Class) allows travel on all scheduled trains of Participating Operators in Great Britain (or temporary replacement road services). BritRail Passes are valid on Gatwick Express, Heathrow Express and Stansted Express.

BritRail Saver Pass: in the case of a Saver Pass (minimum of 3 to qualify) passengers must travel together for all journeys covered by the pass

The BritRail England Passes: First Class and Standard Class are valid for travel only on scheduled trains of the Participating Operators. Any journey made onwards, outside the BritRail England Pass area boundary must be paid for in advance of boarding the relevant train i.e. a valid ticket must be held, otherwise penalty fares will be incurred. BritRail England Passes are valid on Gatwick Express, Heathrow Express and Stansted Express. Boundary Stations for the BritRail England Passes: Carlisle, Berwick upon Tweed, Lydney, Gloucester, Cheltenham, Hereford, Bucknell, Shrewsbury, Chirk, Crewe, Chester, West Kirby.

The BritRail London Plus Pass: Children 5-15 pay half the adult fare. Children under 5 travel free. Boundary Stations for the London Plus Pass: Harwich, Kings Lynn, Huntingdon, Bedford, Long Buckby, Stratford-upon-Avon, Worcester Foregate, Bedwyn, Salisbury, Bristol Temple Meads and Weymouth.

The BritRail South West Pass: Valid on most mainline and branchline services operated by First Great Western, South West Trains and Heathrow Express trains. The BritRail South West Pass cannot be used to travel on the following routes: any train west of Swansea; any train between Gloucester and Newport via Chepstow; First Great Western’s Night Riviera sleeper service, unless a berth has been purchased in addition to the BritRail South West Pass; any train services east of Portsmouth, even if this route is operated by First Great Western; any route in South Wales other than the Newport – Cardiff – Swansea mainline; any service operated by Arriva Cross Country, Arriva Trains Wales, Chiltern, Southern, Great Northern, Thameslink, Southeastern or London Midland. The pass provides access to Gatwick airport on regular trains via Reading and is not valid on the Gatwick Express.  Boundary Stations for the BritRail South West Pass: London Paddington, Greenford, Marlow, Henley, Reading, Didcot, Oxford, Banbury, Hereford, Gloucester, Bristol Parkway, Cardiff, Swansea, Bristol Temple Meads, Weston-Super-Mare, Barnstaple, Gunnislake, Newquay, St.Ives, Penzance, Falmouth Docks, Looe, Exmouth, Weymouth, Portsmouth Harbour, Basingstoke and Gatwick Airport.

BritRail Central Scotland Pass: Adult Standard Class are valid for travel between Edinburgh, Glasgow Queen Street, North Berwick, Bathgate, Dunblane, Bridge of Allan, Stirling, the Fife Circle, Markinch, Falkirk and all intermediate stations. Also valid between Edinburgh Waverley, Brunstane and Newcraighall. BritRail Central Scotland Passes are not valid on services timed to depart before 0915 Monday to Friday. BritRail Central Scotland Passes are not valid on special excursion trains, privately owned railways, Glasgow Underground, Glasgow Airport Coach Links or Edinburgh Tramway. BritRail Central Scotland Passes are not valid between Glasgow Central and Edinburgh Waverley.

The BritRail Freedom of Scotland Pass: Valid on all scheduled daytime passenger trains for journeys wholly within Scotland, including Virgin Trains to/from Carlisle and Virgin Trains East Coast to/from Berwick-upon Tweed. (BritRail Freedom of Scotland pass tickets cannot be used to travel before 0915 Mondays to Fridays, except between Glasgow-Oban/Fort William/Mallaig and Inverness-Kyle/Wick/Thurso.) Valid on all Caledonian MacBrayne scheduled ferry services within Scotland. 20% discount on Northlink Ferries standard fares between Scrabster-Stromness; Aberdeen-Lerwick; and Aberdeen-Kirkwall-Lerwick. (Valid only on day of sailing, and applies to reclining seat fares only, not cabin inclusive). Valid on the following coach services: Scottish Citylink/West Coast Motors between Oban/Fort William – Inverness, Oban - Campbeltown, Kyle of Lochalsh - Uig, Inverness - Ullapool; Stagecoach East Scotland and Stagecoach in the Highlands between Dundee/Leuchars - St Andrews, Services on Isle of Skye, Wick - John O'Groats, Thurso - John O'Groats, Thurso - Scrabster; First Scotland East between Melrose - Galashiels - Peebles - Edinburgh, Carlisle - Langholm - Hawick - Galashiels - Edinburgh

The BritRail Scottish Highlands Pass: Valid on trains, ferries and a selection of bus and coach services throughout the West and North Highlands. The BritRail Scottish Highlands Pass can be used to travel on ScotRail trains between Glasgow – Oban/Fort William/Mallaig: Inversness – Wick/Thurso: Inverness – Kyle of Lochalsh: Inverness – Aberdeen: Inverness – Aviemore. The pass is valid on Caledonian MacBrayne ferry services between Oban – Mull and Mallaig – Skye. A 20% discount is available on Northlink Ferries for standard fares between between Scrabster – Stromness: Aberdeen – Lerwick and Aberdeen – Kirkwall – Lerwick (valid only on the day sailing and applies to Seated Standard fares only). The pass is valid on coaches from Scottish Citylink/West Coast Motors between Oban/Fort William – Inverness; Stagecoach in the Highlands between Thurso – Scrabster. The Pass can be used to travel at any time except on services arriving into Aberdeen and Inverness and Inverness before 09:00 Monday to Friday.

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