Where Can I Go and Restrictions

Updated - 10 December 2018

This page contains documents to help you understand how and when you can use your Rail Staff Travel privileges.

Staff travellers are reminded that to 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 entitled 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

Rail Staff Travel Guide for Non-Safeguarded staff
Use this guide if you joined rail employment on or after 1 April 1996. (updated 8 November 2018)

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.
Rail Staff Travel Guide for Safeguarded staff
Use this guide if you joined rail employment on or before 31 March 1996. (updated 8 November 2018)

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.

Staff Travel Restrictions in Great Britain

Staff Travel Restrictions - Winter 2018-19. Valid from 9 December 2018 to 18 May 2019
Restrictions on the use of travel facilities in Great Britain for staff, eligible family members and FIP facilities holders. (updated 7 November 2018)

Staff Travel and Restrictions in Europe

Travel Tips for Europe
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.

This guide provides information on a country by country basis on where you can go and how to book. (updated 23 November 2018)

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.
DB-AG Staff Travel Restrictions Winter 2018-19
Valid from 9 December 2018 to 8 June 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 26 November 2018)

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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