A step-by-step travel guide. Take the train from London to Mallaig

Trip duration
6 days
Travel time
13h

United Kingdom with a magic twist

Take the train through the United Kingdom and visit well-known cities to later end with one of the most epic train rides you've seen on film - the Glenfinnan Viaduct from Harry Potter.

Day 1

London United Kingdom
Birmingham United Kingdom
Birmingham

Spend 2 nights in Birmingham

There are plenty of great hotel options close to the Birmingham train station. Check out Hotels.com to get the cheapest prices.

Day 3

Birmingham United Kingdom
Glasgow United Kingdom
Glasgow

Spend 2 nights in Glasgow

There are plenty of great hotel options close to the Glasgow train station. Check out Hotels.com to get the cheapest prices.

Day 5

Glasgow United Kingdom
Fort William United Kingdom
Fort William

Spend 1 night in Fort William

There are plenty of great hotel options close to the Fort William train station. Check out Hotels.com to get the cheapest prices.

Day 6

Fort William United Kingdom
Mallaig United Kingdom
Mallaig

Arrive at your final destination, Mallaig.

Check out Hotels.com to find affordable housing in the city centre of Mallaig.

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Leaving from London United Kingdom
Going to Mallaig United Kingdom

Good to know when traveling from London to Mallaig

First and second class

Wouldn’t it be great if there were only a few, standardized, alternatives when choosing class? We agree. However, the train operators themselves choose what they call their different class options, which means they tend to be called things like "Sparpreis", "Super Flex Premium" and sometimes just "Seat". This is not ideal and we are working actively to standardize how ticket options are listed in our service.

Which option you choose to travel with is entirely up to you. The more expensive options usually mean better comfort. If you feel unsure about what applies to each class option, you can check it out on the train operators' websites, or in their terms and conditions.

Is there wifi on the train?

There are few things as nice as watching a movie, listening to a good podcast or getting some work done on the train, and fortunately most long distance trains in Europe today offer free wifi onboard. Eurostar, Renfe, SNCF and Deutsche Bahn let you get access to wifi on the majority of their trains. If it's super important to you, the best way to really know if wifi is available is to google the name of the train (that can be found on your ticket) and you'll find out.

For EU residents

Should the wifi connection let you down, as an EU resident, you still have the luxury to take advantage of free roaming in all EU countries, just remember to turn on roaming in your phone's settings. If you are an EU resident traveling through a non-EU country such as Switzerland, the UK, or Norway, it could be a good idea to bring a 4G dongle in your bag, and switch off roaming to avoid hefty bills.

Travel insurance

International train journeys in Europe are covered by the CIV protection rules, a set of rules to make it easier to travel cross-boarder with train. Primarily providing compensation for lost baggage and a guarantee of onward transport.

You can find out if your journey is covered by CIV by checking the tickets. "CIV" should then be printed in a corner.

But...

...there are many cases when these rules does not apply. Therefore All Aboard advise you to have a valid travel insurance before going on your trip. It's never a fun thing either to miss a connection or to loose your luggage, we know, therefore it's very useful to have an insurance where you're fully covered.