35 Cheaper Ways to Tour Britain By Train with Rail Rover Tickets

Rail Rover TicketsTouring by rail is one of the best ways to travel for your holidays and breaks.

Many of us have been lucky to experience a train adventure abroad but did you know that you can tour Britain with rail Rover tickets.

We’ve found 35 ways that UK residents can get unlimited train travel.

It’s great value and even cheaper as you can get 1/3 OFF with a Railcard.

A family of four can travel by train for two weeks in Devon and Cornwall for less than £100. Or, a couple can get unlimited rail travel in Scotland for four days in eight for £170 (including ferries).

Sit back, relax and let the train take the strain. Here’s 35 British rail Rover tickets for UK residents.

Rail Rover tickets – quick links

National Rail Rover Tickets

All Line Rover (all Britain – England, Scotland and Wales)

The All Line Rover offers unlimited travel throughout the whole of Britain for 7 or 14 days. It’s the best option to travel extensively by train throughout England, Scotland and Wales.

The All Line Rover area map covers anywhere a train can take you. There’s no point listing the places here as you can literally pick the best of Britain.

The All Line Rover will give you an opportunity to travel on Britain’s scenic train routes, such as:

  • overnight sleeper trains from London to Scotland (including the Highlands) or London  to Penzance (Cornwall). Supplement is required for berths.
  • Inverness to Thurso or Kyle of Lochalsh (Northern Highlands)
  • Glasgow to Mallaig (Western Highlands) taking in views of Loch Lomond, Ben Nevis and the Isle of Skye
  • Carlisle to Settle through the Yorkshire Dales and the Northern Pennines
  • Manchester to Sheffield on the Hope Valley Line through the Peak District
  • the Cambrian Coast Line (Wales) from Machynlleth to Pwllheli
  • Exeter to Newton Abbot on the Riviera Line

How much does the All Line Rover cost?

 All Line Rover Adult
(Standard) *
Child
(Standard) *
Adult 
(First) *
Child
(First) *
7 Days  £450 £225  £680 £340
14 Days  £680 £340  £1040 £520

* Get 1/3 OFF these prices with the 16-25, Senior, Family & Friends, Disabled Persons and HM Forces Railcards.

Where can I buy the All Line Rover?

All Line Rover train passes can be purchased from any staffed railway station in Britain. For more information and exclusions visit National Rail for 7 days and 14 days passes.

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Freedom of Scotland Travelpass (all Scotland)

The Freedom of Scotland Travelpass offers unlimited flexi Rover travel on trains, ferries and buses throughout the Scottish mainland and islands. It’s available in 4 in 8 days and 8 in 15 days.

You can explore anywhere in Scotland from cities, coast, islands and countryside. Highlights include Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness, Fort William, Aberdeen, St Andrews, John O’ Groats, the islands of Skye, Mull, Islay, Arran, the Outer Hebrides and the Orkneys.

There’s some breathtaking, scenic journeys through the Highlands and you can visit the Loch Lomond & the Trossachs National Park and the Cairngorms National Parks.

How much does the Freedom of Scotland Rover cost?

 Freedom of Scotland Travelpass Adult
 Adult (Railcard) * Child
4 Days Travel in 8 Days £129  £85.10 £63.50
8 Days Travel in 15 Days £173  £114.20 £86.50

* Get 1/3 OFF these prices with the 16-25, Senior and Disabled Persons Railcards.

What extra discounts are included?

It includes all scheduled Caledonian MacBrayne ferries to islands off the West coast and Argyll Ferries services between Gourrock and Dunoon. Also, included is coach services from Scottish Citylink, West Coast Motors, Stagecoach East Coast, First Scotland East and Stagecoach in Scotland.

Sky at Isle of Arran

Get to see beautiful sky like this off the Isle of Arran as ferries are included with the Freedom of Scotland Travelpass

Other discounts include:

  • 10% OFF the Caledonian Sleeper (Scotland to London)
  • 20% OFF Northlink Ferries (Aberdeen – Lerwick, Aberdeen – Kirkwall – Lerwick, Scrabster – Stromness)
  • 10% OFF D & E Coaches (Inverness – Durness)
  • £1 OFF Edinburgh and Glasgow sightseeing tours

Where can I buy the Freedom of Scotland Rover?

Rover tickets can be purchased online, from staffed railway stations or by calling 08457 550 033. For exclusions and more information visit ScotRail. For rail maps covered by this pass visit National Rail for 4 in 8 days and 8 in 15 days.

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Explore Wales Pass (all Wales)

The Explore Wales Pass offers unlimited travel on trains and most buses throughout the whole of Wales. It’s valid for four in eight days. This is a great option for the freedom to explore all cities, countryside, coast and National Parks.

You can visit Cardiff, Newport, Swansea, Aberystwyth, Bangor, the Isle of Anglesey, the Pembrokeshire coast, Llandudno, Colwyn Bay, the Gower Peninsula, Cardigan Bay, the Vale of Glamorgan, and the Pembrokeshire Coast, Brecon Beacons and Snowdonia National Parks.

How much does the Explore Wales Pass cost?

 Explore Wales Pass Adult
 Adult (Railcard) * Child
4 Days Travel in 8 Days £89  £58.75 £44.50

* Get 1/3 OFF these prices with the 16-25, Senior and Disabled Persons Railcards.

What extra discounts are included?

You get 10% OFF accommodation at YHA hostels in Wales. Plus you get FREE entry, 2 for 1 deals and up to 50% OFF attractions.

Where can I buy the Explore Wales Pass?

You can buy Rover tickets from staffed railways stations in Wales or National Rail appointed travel agents in Britain. For more information, exclusions and maps visit Arriva Trains Wales.

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London and South East England Rover Tickets

Thames Rover

The Thames Rover offers unlimited train travel in the Thames Valley area for three or seven days. It’s ideal for travel in Windsor & Eton, Henley-on-Thames, Southall, Guildford, the Thames Valley, and it connects into London Paddington.

How much does the Thames Rover cost?

 Thames Rover Adult
 Adult (Railcard) * Child
3 Days £42  £27.70 £21
7 Days £74  £48.85 £37

* Get 1/3 OFF these prices with the 16-25, Senior, Disabled Persons, Network and HM Forces Railcards.

Where can I buy the Thames Rover?

From staffed railway stations. For more information, maps and exclusions visit National Rail for three days and seven days train passes.

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Kent Rover

The Kent Rover offers unlimited travel in Kent for three days. It’s ideal for exploring long weekends in ‘The Garden of England’, covering coast, countryside and Canterbury, Chatham, Rochester, Margate, Dover and Ramsgate.

How much does the Kent Rover cost?

Kent Rover Adult *
Child
3 Days £38 £5

Where can I buy the Kent Rover?

From any staffed railway station. For more information, map and exclusions visit National Rail.

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First Bus & Rail Card (Maidenhead, Slough & Windsor)

The First Bus & Rail Card offers unlimited travel for seven days in the Slough, Windsor & Eton and Maidenhead area. It includes both First Great Western trains and First buses.

How much does the First Bus & Rail Card cost?

£27.50 for Adult and Child fares for one week.

Where can I buy the First Bus & Rail Card?

The First Bus & Rail Card can be bought from stations within the designated area. For more information, exclusions and map visit National Rail.

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South West England Rover Tickets

Freedom of Devon & Cornwall Rover

The Freedom of Devon & Cornwall offers unlimited train travel in both counties for 3 in 7 or 8 in 15 days. It’s ideal for holidays in popular seaside resorts and visiting beautiful beaches, villages and countryside. It includes Newquay, St Ives, Penzance, Exmouth, Paignton, Torquay, and both Dartmoor and Exmoor National Parks.

How much does the Freedom of Devon & Cornwall Rover cost?

 Devon & Cornwall Rover Adult *
 Child Child (Railcard) **
3 Days Travel in 7 Days £42  £21 £6
8 Days Travel in 15 Days £63.50  £31.75 £16

* Get 1/3 OFF these prices with the 16-25, Senior, Disabled Persons and Devon & Cornwall Railcards.
** These Child prices apply to holders of Devon & Cornwall Railcards only

Where can I buy the Freedom of Devon & Cornwall Rover?

From staffed train stations. For more information, map and exclusions see National Rail for 3 in 7 days and 8 in 15 days passes.

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Freedom of Severn & Solent Rover

The Freedom of Severn & Solent Rover offers unlimited train travel in South and South West England (and into Wales) for 3 in 7 or 8 in 15 days. It’s ideal for visiting historic and cathedral cities, beaches, ancient monuments and the New Forest National Park. It includes Portsmouth, Salisbury (near Stonehenge), Bath, Bristol, Cardiff, Bournemouth, Weymouth, Gloucester, Cheltenham and Weston-super-Mare.

How much does the Freedom of Severn & Solent Rover cost?

 Severn & Solent Rover Adult *
Child 
3 Days Travel in 7 Days £42 £21
8 Days Travel in 15 Days £63.50 £31.75

* Get 1/3 OFF these prices with the 16-25, Senior, Disabled Persons and HM Forces Railcards.

Where can I buy the Freedom of Severn & Solent Rover?

From staffed railways stations. For more information, exclusions and map visit National Rail for 3 in 7 days and 8 in 15 days train passes.

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Freedom of the South West Rover

The Freedom of the South West Rover offers unlimited train travel in South West and South England (and into Wales) for 3 in 7 days or 8 in 15 days. It’s ideal for endless coast and beaches, historic cities, ancient monuments and countryside.

It includes Newquay, St Ives, Penzance, Exmouth, Paignton, Torquay, Cardiff, Weston-super-Mare, Bath, Bristol, the New Forest, Dartmoor and Exmoor National Parks, Bournemouth, Salisbury (near Stonehenge), Portsmouth and much more.

Stonehenge Salisbury England

Stonehenge is a must see on the Freedom of the South West just a 25 mins bus trip from Salisbury

How much does the Freedom of the South West Rover cost?

 Freedom of the South West Rover Adult *
Child 
3 Days Travel in 7 Days £74 £36.50
8 Days Travel in 15 Days £100.50 £50.25

* Get 1/3 OFF these prices with the 16-25, Senior and Disabled Persons Railcards.

Where can I buy the Freedom of the South West Rover?

From any staffed train station. For more information, exclusions and map visit National Rail for both 3 in 7 days and 8 in 15 days passes.

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East England Rover Tickets

Anglia Plus Rover

The Anglia Plus Rover offers unlimited train travel in Eastern England. Train passes are available for three in seven days, seven days and monthly.

It’s ideal for touring Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire. It’s based on zones so you can mix and match. You can visit Norwich, Cambridge, Ipswich, Ely and Newmarket, the Fens and the coastal resorts of Great Yarmouth, Sheringham, Cromer and Lowestoft.

How much does the Anglia Plus Rover cost?

There are three different options of passes, of which two of them has a zonal system.

Anglia Plus Flexi Rover

Anglia Plus Flexi Rover Adult
Adult (Railcard) * Child Child
(Railcard) *
3 Days Travel in 7 Days £32 £19.80  £16 £2

 * Railcard prices available with the 16-25, Senior, Family & Friends, Disabled Persons and HM Forces Railcards.

Anglia Plus 7 Days

Anglia Plus 7 Days Rover Adult
(Standard)
Child
(Standard)
Adult 
(First)
Child
(First) 
Norfolk £45 £22.50  £72 £36
Suffolk £45 £22.50 £72 £36
Cambridge £45 £22.50 £72 £36
Norfolk & Suffolk £76.50  £38.25 £122.50 £61.25
Norfolk & Cambridge £76.50  £38.25 £122.50 £61.25
Suffolk & Cambridge £76.50  £38.25 £122.50 £61.25 
Norfolk, Suffolk & Cambridge £101.50 £55.75 £162.50 £81.25

Anglia Plus Monthly

Anglia Plus Monthly Rover Adult
(Standard)
Child
(Standard)
Adult 
(First)
Child
(First) 
Norfolk £172.80 £86.40 £276.50 £138.25
Suffolk £172.80 £86.40 £276.50 £138.25
Cambridge £172.80 £86.40 £276.50 £138.25
Norfolk & Suffolk £293.80 £146.90 £470.40 £235.20
Norfolk & Cambridge £293.80 £146.90 £470.40 £235.20
Suffolk & Cambridge £293.80  £146.90 £470.40 £235.20
Norfolk, Suffolk & Cambridge £389.80 £194.90 £624 £312

Where can I buy the Anglia Plus Rover?

From any staffed train station. For more information, map and exclusions visit National Rail for the three in seven days, weekly and monthly passes.

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East Midlands England Rover Tickets

East Midlands Rover

The East Midlands Rover offers unlimited travel in the East Midlands, and parts of Central and Eastern England. The pass is available for three in seven days or seven days. It’s ideal for touring the Peak District, the coastal resorts of Cleethorpes and Skegness, and cities such as Derby, Nottingham, Lincoln and Milton Keynes.

How much does the East Midlands Rover cost?

East Midlands Rover Adult *
Child 
3 Days Travel in 7 Days £71 £46.90
7 Days £92.50 £61.10

* Get 1/3 OFF these prices with the 16-25, Senior and Disabled Persons Railcards.

Where can I buy the East Midlands Rover?

From staffed railways stations. For more information, maps and exclusions National Rail for three in seven days and weekly passes.

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West Midlands and Central England Rover Tickets

Heart of England Rover

The Heart of England Rover offers unlimited rail travel for the West Midlands and Central England with three in seven days and seven days passes. It’s perfect for touring Birmingham, Stratford-upon-Avon (Shakespeare Country), Gloucester, Cheltenham, Oxford, Nottingham, the Peak District, Matlock, Hereford and Shrewsbury.

How much does the Heart of England Rover cost?

Heart of England Rover Adult *
Child
3 Days Travel in 7 Days £71 £46.85
7 Days £92 £60.70

* Get 1/3 OFF these prices with the 16-25, Senior and Disabled Persons Railcards.

Where can I buy the Heart of England Rover?

From staffed train stations.  For more information, map and exclusions for the three in seven days or seven days passes visit National Rail.

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Shakespeare Explorer Rover

The Shakespeare Explorer offers unlimited travel within Shakespeare Country for four days. It includes Stratford-upon-Avon, Leamington Spa and Warwick. You get one return journey from London Paddington within the four day period.

How much does the Shakespeare Explorer Rover cost?

 Shakespeare Explorer Adult 
 Child Senior *
4 Days Travel in 8 Days £60  £30 £33
4 Days Travel in 8 Days (with Family & Friends Railcard) £33 £9.50

* Senior prices are for anyone over 60 years old, you do not need a Railcard to get this discount.

Where can I buy the Shakespeare Explorer Rover?

From staffed train stations. For more information, maps and exclusions visit National Rail.

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North West England Rover Tickets

Coast and Peaks Rover

The Coast and Peaks Rover offers unlimited train travel for four in eight days. It’s ideal for exploring the cities of North West England, the Peak District and Snowdonia National Parks, North Wales and the coast. It includes Manchester, Liverpool, Chester, Sheffield, Derby, Matlock, Holyhead and the beaches of Colwyn Bay, Llandudno and the Isle of Anglesey.

How much does the Coast and Peaks Rover cost?

Coast and Peaks Rover Adult *
Child
4 Days Travel in 8 Days £65 £32.50

* Get 1/3 OFF these prices with the 16-25, Senior and Disabled Persons Railcards.

Where can I buy the Coast and Peaks Rover?

From staffed train stations. For more information, maps and exclusions visit National Rail.

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Freedom of the North West

The Freedom of the North West Rover offers unlimited train travel for four in eight days in North West England and the Scottish border. It’s perfect for visiting the major cities, national parks and the coast including Manchester, Liverpool, Lancaster and Leeds, the Lake District, Yorkshire Dales and Peak District National Parks and the beaches of Blackpool and Southport.

The pass includes 10% OFF the Ravenglass & Eskdale steam railway which links the coast with England’s highest mountains.

How much does the North West Rover cost?

 Freedom of the North West Rover Adult *
Child
4 Days Travel in 8 Days £65 £32.50
7 Days £80 £40

* Get 1/3 OFF these prices with the 16-25, Senior and Disabled Persons Railcards.

Liverpool Street Artists

You must visit Liverpool with the Freedom of the North West a culturally vibrant city where you may even see The Reds

Where can I buy the North West Rover?

From any staffed railway station. For more information, maps and exclusions for both four in eight days and seven days trains passes visit National Rail.

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North East England Rover Tickets

Freedom of the North East Rover

The Freedom of the North East Rover offers unlimited train travel in North East England four in eight days and seven days passes. It’s ideal for visiting coastal areas, countryside and cities of the region. It includes Whitby, Scarborough, Cleethorpes, Newcastle, Durham, York, Leeds and the North Yorks Moors, Yorkshire Dales and Northumberland National Parks.

How much does the North East Rover cost?

 Freedom of the North East Rover Adult *
Child
4 Days Travel in 8 Days £85 £42.50
7 Days £99 £49.50

* Get 1/3 OFF these prices with the 16-25, Senior and Disabled Persons Railcards.

Where can I buy the North East Rover

From any staffed railway station. For more information, maps and exclusions for four in eight days and seven days passes visit National Rail.

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North England Rover Tickets

North Country Rover

The North Country Rover offers unlimited train travel for four in eight days in Northern England. Travel from coast to coast, visit historic cities and national parks. It includes Newcastle, Durham, York, Leeds, Scarborough, Lancaster and the Lake District, North York Moors and Yorkshire Dales National Parks.

How much does the North Country Rover cost?

North Country Rover Adult *
Child
4 Days Travel in 8 Days £82 £41

* Get 1/3 OFF these prices with the 16-25, Senior and Disabled Persons Railcards.

Where can I buy the North Country Rover?

From any staffed train station. For more information, maps and exclusions visit National Rail.

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Scotland Rover Tickets

If you want to travel the whole of the country, check out the Freedom of Scotland Travelpass in the National rail Rover tickets section.

Central Scotland Rover

The Central Scotland Rover offers unlimited travel for three in seven days. It’s ideal for visiting Edinburgh, Glasgow, Stirling, and the surrounding countryside and coast. It includes Stirling, Kirkcaldy, Livingstone, Falkirk, North Berwick and the Lomond Hills Regional Park.

Unlimited travel on Glasgow Underground is also included.

How much does the Central Scotland Rover cost?

 Central Scotland Rover Adult
 Adult (Railcard) * Child
3 Days Travel in 7 Days £34.90  £23 £17.50

* Get 1/3 OFF these prices with the 16-25, Senior and Disabled Persons Railcards.

What extra discounts are included?

Rover tickets can be purchased online, from a staffed train station or by calling ScotRail on 08457 550 033. For more information and exclusions visit ScotRail. For a rail map visit National Rail.

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Highland Rover

The Highland Rover offers unlimited rail, ferry and coach travel for four in eight days around the Western, Northern and North Eastern Highlands. It’s ideal for visiting Glasgow, the countryside, coast and islands of Northern Scotland. It includes Aberdeen, Mallaig, Oban, Kyle of Lochalsh, Wick, the Cairngorms National Park and the islands of Mull, Skye and the Orkneys.

How much does the Highland Rover cost?

 Highland Rover Adult
 Adult (Railcard) * Child
4 Days Travel in 8 Days £78.40  £51.70 £39.20

* Get 1/3 OFF these prices with the 16-25, Senior and Disabled Persons Railcards.

What extra discounts are included?

The Caledonian MacBrayne ferries from Oban – Mull and Mallaig – Skye are included, and coaches from Oban/Fort William – Inverness and Thurso – Scrabster.

Also, you get 20% OFF Northlink Ferries services (Aberdeen – Lerwick, Aberdeen – Kirkwall – Lerwick, Scrabster – Stromness) and 10% OFF D & E Coaches (Inverness – Durness)

Where can I buy the Highland Rover?

Rover tickets can be purchased online, from staffed train stations, online or by calling 08457 550 033. For exclusions and more information visit ScotRail. For the rail map visit National Rail.

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Wales Rover Tickets

If you want to travel the whole of the country, check out the Explore Wales Pass in the National rail Rover tickets section.

Explore South Wales Pass

The Explore South Wales Pass offers unlimited travel on trains, and most buses, for four in eight days. It’s ideal for visiting Cardiff, Newport, Swansea, the Value of Glamorgan, the Gower Peninsula, Cardigan Bay and the Brecon Beacons and Pembrokeshire National Parks.

How much does the Explore South Wales Pass cost?

 Explore Wales Pass Adult
 Adult (Railcard) * Child
4 Days Travel in 8 Days £60  £39.60 £30

* Get 1/3 OFF these prices with the 16-25, Senior and Disabled Persons Railcards.

What extra discounts are included?

You get 10% OFF accomodation at YHA hostels in Wales. Plus you get FREE entry, 2 for 1 deals and up to 50% OFF attractions.

Where can I buy the Explore South Wales Pass?

From staffed railways stations in Wales or National Rail appointed travel agents in Britain. For more information on rail Rover tickets visit Arriva Trains Wales.

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Explore North & Mid Wales Pass

The Explore North & Mid Wales Pass gives you unlimited travel on trains and most buses for four in eight days. It’s ideal for exploring Wrexham, Aberystwyth, Bangor, the Isle of Anglesey, the, Llandudno, Colwyn Bay, Cardigan Bay, and Snowdonia National Park.

How much does the Explore North & Mid Wales Pass cost?

 Explore North & Mid Wales Pass Adult
 Adult (Railcard) * Child
4 Days Travel in 8 Days £60  £39.60 £30

* Get 1/3 OFF these prices with the 16-25, Senior and Disabled Persons Railcards.

What extra discounts are included?

You get 10% OFF accomodation at YHA hostels in Wales. Plus you get FREE entry, 2 for 1 deals and up to 50% OFF attractions.

Where can I buy the Explore North & Mid Wales Pass?

From staffed railways stations in Wales or National Rail appointed travel agents in Britain. For more information on rail Rover tickets visit Arriva Trains Wales.

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South & West Wales FirstBus and Rail Card

The FirstBus and Rail Card in South & West Wales offers unlimited weekly and monthly train and bus travel. There are different areas, Swansea, Neath, Port Talbot, Bridgend, Llanelli, Carmarthen, Haverfordwest, and Tenby & Saundersfoot.

How much does the FirstBus and Rail Card cost?

Costs vary depending on the area, visit First South & West Wales.

Where can I buy the FirstBus and Rail Card Pass?

From staffed stations, selected self-service ticket machines or by calling First Great Western on 08457 000 125.
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