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Purchasing BritRail Passes

I noticed today at my local unstaffed station that the ticket machines now allow you to purchase any UK Rail Rover or Ranger Ticket, whether or not it is valid in your area. I was investigating what was on where (and yes every UK Rover or Ranger is in there, including the UK all line Rover).

This brand new functionality also includes Brit Rail passes. At the moment only the fares for the regional passes are loaded, not for the National ones.
Doubtless that is a matter of time.

But it is worth being aware that Brit Rail does not have to be pre purchased, in digital form. But can be purchased 'on demand' as paper tickets.

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isn31c, I thought BritRail passes were only something people from other countries were allowed to purchase. Not true? Or used to be true?

Posted by
6050 posts

That's the strange thing. They are only valid for overseas travellers, so it is remarkable that they are on domestic ticket machines. There is also no warning on the system that you need a foreign passport (or indeed any passport). I went all the way through the process, short of paying for one, barely believing what I was seeing.