Who is CrossCountry?
CrossCountry runs trains across the length and breadth of Great Britain. Their fleet of 92 trains stop at 120 stations, though CrossCountry themselves don’t run any stations of their own.
Do they offer cheap fares? Not really! CrossCountry are infamous for their incredibly high fares on longer journeys. For example, an Anytime Return ticket from Newcastle to Birmingham will set you back £261.40. If you’re going from Birmingham to Bristol, it’s £140.10 for an Anytime Return.
It’s almost a necessity to book journeys in smaller chunks, even if you’re staying on the same train throughout. For example, an Anytime Return from Birmingham to Cheltenham is £50.20, and an Anytime Day Return from Cheltenham to Bristol is £20.90. That gives you a total of £71.10, a saving of nearly 50% against the fare we quoted above.
Want to know how to do this? Take a look at our guide to cheap fares to Bristol.
On board services
Overhead racks are available on all trains. On Voyager trains space in these is extremely limited with racks only taking very small items. Bulkier items can be stored in dedicated luggage areas in Coach D or J.
On board trolley service is available on most services running between 06:00 and 20:00.
Free WiFi is available on all CrossCountry trains. Use up to 70MB every two hours in Standard Class and 100MB in First.
Voyager trains have two tables in most carriages but these have limited window views. No reservation? Head to Coach B or H for a better chance to find a table seat. There are four table in these carriages.
Bikes are accepted on all trains with a reservation. Book in with CrossCountry directly on their social media accounts or at a station ticket office. There’s more information in our dedicated guide to travelling with bikes.
Up to two dogs, cats or other small domestic animals can travel free. Your pet should wear a lead or be kept in a suitable carry crate.
You can find out more about Passenger Assist on our dedicated page.