Villa holidays by train

Green travel is a hot topic right now – more and more travellers want to do their bit for the environment, but without sacrificing their precious holidays. An easy way of doing that is swapping in short-haul flights for trains instead. Not only is the train a more energy-efficient mode of travel, releasing less CO2, but it also provides you with plenty of scenery to enjoy, meaning the journey truly rivals the destination.

To help you on your eco-conscious journey, we've pulled together a collection of villas across the UK and France that are easy to reach by train. We've also made sure that these destinations only require changing trains a maximum of twice if travelling into London -  because we know that families with little ones don’t want to be hopping on and off!

Discover where to travel by train

Reasons to travel by train

  • Free baggage: Say goodbye to hair-raising baggage prices and hello to a more cost-effective method of transport!
  • No hassle: Unlike the airport, you don’t need to be at the train station 2+ hours before departure, stand in a huge check-in queue or wait forever to go through security.
  • Travel by train is more energy-efficient per passenger: CO2 emissions per km are 80% less than cars and up to 90% less than planes.
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Villas You Can Easily Get to by Train

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Where to Travel by Train

Staycations are on the rise, meaning UK holidays are not only giving some much-needed TLC to the world, they’re also incredibly popular (no surprise – the UK is gorgeous, and sometimes we don’t give it enough credit.) But you can also hop over on the Eurostar to some European gems. Plus, Eurostar introduced a tread lightly program back in 2007 and have been reducing their carbon emissions ever since. Such good eggs.

So, where can you travel by train with Oliver’s Travels? See below a list of places and how long it would take you to get there by train from Newcastle, Manchester or London.

The UK

Train journey from London: 58min
Train journey from Manchester: 3hr 45min
Train journey from Newcastle: 4hr 41min

Train journey from London: 1hr 21min
Train journey from Manchester: 3hr 35min
Train journey from Newcastle: 4hr 54min

Train journey from London: 1hr 28min
Train journey from Manchester: 4hr 16min
Train journey from Newcastle: 4hr 31min

Train journey from London: 1hr 30min
Train journey from Manchester: 3hr 32min
Train journey from Newcastle: 4hr 40min

Train journey from London: 1hr 30min
Train journey from Manchester: 4hr
Train journey from Newcastle: 5hr

Train journey from London: 1hr 36min
Train journey from Manchester: 3hr 44min
Train journey from Newcastle: 4hr 31min

Train journey from London: 4hr 15min
Train journey from Manchester: 8hr 23min
Train journey from Newcastle: 6hr 3min

Train journey from London: 4hr 21min
Train journey from Manchester: 4hr 6min
Train journey from Newcastle: 1hr 28min

Train journey from London: 6hr 24min
Train journey from Manchester: 6hr 15min
Train journey from Newcastle: 3hr 53min



Eurostar train direct from London to Paris:          2hr 16min

Eurostar train to Paris or Lille and change to a connecting TGV InOui train: 5hr 49min

Eurostar train from London to Paris, then high-speed TGV train to Nice: 8hr 58min

Top 10 Tips for Travelling by Train

  • Use RailEurope for all train tickets across the UK and Europe – they’ll even see if split ticketing is cheaper… just look for the PriceHack logo. Split ticketing is a bit of a hack, and a way of ensuring you have the cheapest possible journey, so it could be worth it (plus, this way you don’t have to work it out yourself) and make sure to reserve your seats!
  • Buy a UK advance fare ticket about 8-10 weeks before departure – this is when you’ll snag the cheapest tickets.
  • For Eurostar, book as far in advance as you can – also check as you can occasionally find cheaper prices via their website.
  • Get a railcard: There are so many railcards that you can use across the UK to travel by train; you’ve got the 16-17 saver, 16-25 railcard, 26-30 railcard, senior railcard, family and friends railcard, two together railcard, disabled persons railcard or a network railcard. These can save you up to 1/3 off your regular rail fares!
  • Check National Rail and enter your departure station to see the live departure board to make sure your train is running on time. Anything for an extra ten minutes with a cuppa (or a final whip round to make sure you’ve packed everything!)
  • Buy a BritRail pass if you’re an overseas visitor and are going to be making multiple trips across the UK – just double check that it’s the most cost-effective option as sometimes advance fare tickets are actually cheaper.
  • Use a cashback site like TopCashback to get money back when booking through a train ticket provider. Sometimes you can earn more than 3% back, and it all adds up!
  • You can take food and drink on the Eurostar and regular UK trains, so stock up on plenty of goodies for your journey, and you can avoid paying the – frankly scandalous - train prices.
  • Download the citymapper app – it’s hugely beneficial for transport in various cities across Europe… London, Paris and Milan to name a few. If your destination isn’t covered by citymapper, find another app or website to help familiarise yourself with the rail networks. 

How eco-friendly is travelling by train?

  • Train travel is the eco-friendliest method of transport (excluding cycling and walking!) – it emits way less CO2 per passenger than cars and planes do… up to 90% in some cases!
  • According to worldwide stats from the Guardian, cars and other road vehicles account for 71% of transport CO2 emissions, 12.3% for planes and only 1.8% for rail.
  • Travelling by train can usually get you a lot closer to your end destination – sometimes even door to door. This means that there’s way less CO2 being produced by your journey either side of your train trip as you’re not going to have to travel as far by car to get to your villa.
  • Trains contribute less noise pollution than cars and aren’t releasing pollution into the upper atmosphere like planes. They also use up to 70% less energy than planes.
  • The CO2 emissions of travellers on a Eurail pass is about 3 times less than someone going by car, or 4 times less than plane travellers, on average.

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