How to future proof your next train holiday

We’ve got the green light from Boris Johnson to travel again, so read on to find out how to future proof your next train holiday

Know your dates

Boris Johnson has announced the restart dates for holidays in Britain as part of his road map out of lockdown.

Holidays in England can restart from April 12 – but only for one household – while hotels can reopen from May 17.

The earliest you will be able to holiday abroad is May 17 but you will have to wait until an announcement on April 12 for confirmation of this.

Give yourself some leeway

Unless you’re absolutely desperate to travel on the first dates the Prime Minister has given for when the holiday lockdown will be lifted, try and build in another month on the official dates so you know your rail holiday can happen.

Talk to the experts

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The leading train travel agents including Great Rail Journeys, Railbookers, Planet Rail, Tailor Made Rail, Ffestiniog Travel and Railtrail can help you book a train journey that will go ahead. These specialist rail experts really know their stuff and this year especially, their skills will be invaluable in helping you book a great train journey.

Book with a company who are flexible on dates

Booking a rail holiday this year is going to be a bit complicated so make sure you book with a reputable agent who will honour your booking if there’s any reason the trip gets cancelled or you need to cancel your booking.

Keep it local to start

A great way of getting back on board a train is by booking a trip on one of our many fantastic vintage trains. These trips will be very popular this summer so it pays to book now. Fancy dressing up? Then treat yourself and a loved one to a day trip on the Belmond British Pullman or the fabulous Northern Belle. And vintage train lovers should book on a trip on great lines like the Bluebell Railway, the West Highland Line and the North Norfolk Express.