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5 great new reasons to travel by rail this Spring

We’ve got five great new reasons why we’ll all be able to travel by rail this Spring.

A Digital Green Pass for EU countries

It’s looking likely that the European Union will issue a certificate called a Digital Green Pass. This will let travellers who have been vaccinated against the coronavirus travel more freely through Europe. This is one of the great reasons to travel by rail this Spring.

‘The Digital Green Pass will help people move safely in the European Union or abroad — for work or tourism,’ said Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission.

So get set for some great train trips to countries like Switzerland (for the Bernina Express) and France (for the Little Yellow Train of the Pyrenees).

25 million+ of us have been vaccinated

We’re doing very well with its vaccination programme. More than 25 million people in the UK have received their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

This means almost half of the adult population (26.5 million) have already been vaccinated. So travelling by train again will be on the cards very soon.

Heritage railways will reopen

From April 12 many of Britain’s best-loved heritage railways will re-open. To make sure you get a seat on board, be sure to check out their opening dates and book ahead. We’re looking forward to riding the rails on iconic lines like the Bluebell Railway and the North Yorkshire Moors Railway. A trip on the West Somerset Railway would be great too.

Greece is open to Brits

The success of the UK’s fast vaccine roll-out has helped us win favour with Greece.

The Greek Tourism Minister Haris Theoharis recently said: ‘We are happy to open our arms and doors to UK residents earlier than scheduled. This is our plan for some countries that have high vaccination rates.’

So if you fancy a Greek holiday and want to enjoy a trip on trains like Odontotos Rack Railway and Pelion Steam Train, book now.

Train travel agents are still offering flexibility

Britain’s top train travel agencies like Great Rail Journeys, Railbookers and Railtrail understand that booking a rail holiday this year could still be tricky. So they are offering customers flexible deals where you won’t be penalised if you have to cancel last minute. Speak to these companies directly for peace of mind.