Where Can I Go and Restrictions

Updated - 3 June 2019

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These documents help you understand how and when you can use your Rail Staff Travel privileges.

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Staff travellers must ensure priority is given to fare-paying passengers. They should, whenever possible, seek to travel on lightly-loaded services. When this is not possible and travel is undertaken on a crowded train, they should stand back to allow fare-paying passengers to obtain seats.

Those eligible to travel in first class accommodation may be asked by on-train staff to vacate their first class seat in favour of a standing fare-paying passenger. Retired staff or widow(er)s will NOT be asked to vacate a first class seat in these circumstances.

Where Can I Go guides for Non-Safeguarded Staff

Rail Staff Travel Guide for Non-Safeguarded staff
Use this guide if you joined rail employment on or after 1 April 1996. (Version 5 - updated 3 June 2019)

This guide also gives information about the type of travel facilities you and your dependants can enjoy in European countries. For more detailed information on how you can use that in each country, please check our Travel Tips for Europe Guide.

Where Can I Go guides for Safeguarded Staff

Rail Staff Travel Guide for Safeguarded staff
Use this guide if you joined rail employment on or before 31 March 1996. (Version 5 - updated 3 June 2019)
This guide also gives information about the type of travel facilities you and your dependants can enjoy in European and non-European countries. For more details information on how you can use the facilities in each European country, please check our Travel Tips for Europe Guide.
Blue Status Pass Map - Eastern Region - Version 1 - May 2019
Tyne and Wear Metro is included within the validity of the Eastern Region Blue Status Pass only if specified on the pass.
Blue Status Pass Map - London Midland Region - Version 1 - May 2019
London Midland Region Blue Status Passes are valid on Chiltern Railways services only if specified on the Pass.
Passes that are specified as valid on Chiltern Railways are also valid on London Underground Metropolitan Line services between Baker Street and Amersham, Chesham or Watford but not for alighting/boarding between Baker Street and Harrow-on-the-Hill.
South Acton is the boundary with the former Southern Region. London Midland Blue Status Passes are valid to Gunnersbury, Kew Gardens and Richmond only if specified on the pass.
Blue Status Pass Map - Southern Region - Version 1 - May 2019
An easement has been agreed into St Pancras as when High Speed 1 was opened many services from Kent were divered away from traditional London Terminus stations.
As easement has been agreed for the link between Farringdon and St Pancras, as Farringdon was the previous boundary and many services now terminate at St Pancras.
Southern Region Blue Status Passes are valid on Southeastern High Speed services on HS1, but not Eurostar.
Blue Status Pass Map - Western Region - Version 1 - May 2019
Western Region Blue Status Passes are valid to Heathrow Airport on TfL Rail services. They are not valid on Heathrow Express services.
Western Region Blue Status Passes are valid at Notting Hill Gate only to change trains.

Staff Travel Restrictions in Great Britain

Staff Travel Restrictions - Summer 2019. Valid from 19 May 2019 to 14 December 2019
Restrictions on the use of travel facilities in Great Britain for staff, eligible family members. (updated 16 May 2019).

Staff Travel in Europe and Restricted Services in Germany

Travel Tips for Europe 
This guide provides information on a country by country basis on where you can go and how to book. (Version 40 - updated  3 June 2019)

The facilities that you are eligible for in each country is covered in the Where Can I Go guides at the top of this page.

For more information about International Rail Ltd's services, phone them on 0333 003 0423 (charged as a local call from the UK - your call may be free as a part of your inclusive minutes on UK mobiles and landlines); email them at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or go to www.bookmyrst.co.uk.

International Rail have access to European rail ticketing systems to sell you FIP discounted fares. Sometimes public travel cards, public rate advance purchase fares or promotions are cheaper than an FIP discount on a single/return full fare ticket. The International Rail system cannot guarantee that where a public fare is cheaper than the FIP fare, that they will always find this.
DB-AG Staff Travel Restrictions Summer 2019
Valid from 9 June 2019 to 14 December 2019.
Restrictions on the use of FIP facilities on DB-AG rail services in Germany. FIP free and discounted travel is not permitted on the trains listed. (updated 13 May 2019)

Visitors to Britain with FIP facilities

A Guide in English, French, German and Italian for visitors to Britian using FIP facilities
Guide pour les visiteurs à Grand Bretagne qui utilisent La Carte Internationale de réduction pour agents de chemin de fer (« La carte FIP »).
Führer für Besucher in Großbritanniens mit FIP-Einrichtungen
Guida per i visitatori in Gran Bretagna che utilizzano i servizi FIP
(Version 2 - Updated 15 April 2019)

Travel Irregularities

Travel Irregularities
Guidelines on what constitutes a Travel Irregularity, what penalties might apply, and how to avoid committing one.
Travel Irregularity reporting form
Form for Revenue Protection staff to report Travel Irregularities to Rail Staff Travel.

Leaving Railway Employment

What Happens When I Leave?
Guidelines on whether or not you might keep your national travel facilities when you leave the railway.
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