COVID-19 Update

Seat Reservation for Eurail and Interrail Passholders traveling in the UK

Seat reservations are required on all intercity and main line trains in Britain if travelling with a Eurail or InterRail pass. Commuter, rural and local services mostly do not require a seat reservation. See table below for details.

Train Operator Reservation status required? Routes
c2c no reservations required  
Caledonian Sleeper mandatory reservations All routes
Chiltern Railways no reservations required  
CrossCountry mandatory reservations All Routes
East Midlands Trains mandatory reservations Routes:
London – Nottingham (incl. Leicester)
London – Sheffield (incl. Leicester, Derby)
Norwich – Liverpool (incl. Peterborough, Nottingham, Sheffield, Manchester)
Gatwick Express no reservations required  
Grand Central mandatory reservations Routes:
London – Sunderland (incl. York)
London – Bradford (incl. Doncaster)
Greater Anglia mandatory reservations Route:
London – Norwich (incl. Colchester, Ipswich)
Great Northern no reservations required  
Great Western Railway mandatory reservations Routes:
London – Cardiff
London – Bristol
London – Penzance (incl. Exeter)
London – Gloucester
Heathrow Express no reservations required  
Hull Trains mandatory reservations Route:
London – Hull (incl. Doncaster)
London North Eastern Railway mandatory reservations Routes:
London – Edinburgh (incl. York, Newcastle)
London – Leeds (incl. Doncaster)
London Northwestern Railway no reservations required  
London Overground no reservations required  
Merseyrail no reservations required  
Northern no reservations required  
ScotRail no reservations required  
Southeastern mandatory supplement payable on board or at station High Speed services out of St Pancras
Southern no reservations required  
South Western Railway no reservations required  
TfL Rail/Crossrail no reservations required  
Thameslink no reservations required  
Trans Pennine Express mandatory reservations Routes:
Leeds – York
Newcastle – Leeds
Manchester Airport – Sheffield
Manchester Piccadilly – Glasgow Central
Manchester Piccadilly – Edinburgh
Manchester Piccadilly – Leeds – Newcastle
Manchester Piccadilly – Huddersfield
Leeds – Huddersfield
Virgin Trains West Coast mandatory reservations Routes:
London – Glasgow (incl. Crewe, Preston, Oxenholme Lake District, Penrith & Carlisle)
London – Birmingham
London – Manchester (incl. Crewe)
London – Holyhead (incl. Crewe, Chester)
West Midlands Railway no reservations required