Where Can I Go and Restrictions

Updated - 29 November 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 6 - updated 6 September 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 7 - updated 18 October 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.
Gold and Silver Status Pass Map - London Area including London Underground interavailable route - Version 1 - Nov 2019
Index of stations for the Gold and Silver Status Pass Map - London Area including London Underground interavailable route - Version 1 - Nov 2019
Gold Status pass is valid on all lines in unfaded colours on the map and to/from any stations in black and not crossed out.
Silver Status pass is valid on all lines in unfaded colours on the map and to/from any stations in black and not crossed out except from Euston Square to Baker Street which is not valid.
Lines and station names that have been faded out are not valid for use with Gold and Silver Status passes.
Stations that are crossed out in red are valid to travel through or via (including for interchange purposes where appropriate) but are not valid for entry or exit, i.e. journeys cannot be started or finished here.
The maps are available on-line only. Rail Staff Travel is not making have hardcopies available. The maps are strictly for personal use only by staff travel facilities holders and may not be published in any form, including images of them uploaded to internet and social media sites.
Blue Status Pass Map - Eastern Region - Version 1 - May 2019
Blue Status Pass Map - Eastern Region - London Area including London Underground inter-available routes - Version 1 - Nov 2019
Tyne and Wear Metro is included within the validity of the Eastern Region Blue Status Pass only if specified on the pass.
On the London Area map, lines and station names that have been faded out are not valid for use with the Blue Status Pass.
Stations that are crossed out in red are valid to travel through or via (including for interchange purposes where appropriate) but are not valid for entry or exist, i.e. journeys cannot be started or finished here.
The maps are available on-line only. Rail Staff Travel is not making have hardcopies available. The maps are strictly for personal use only by staff travel facilities holders and may not be published in any form, including images of them uploaded to internet and social media sites.
Blue Status Pass Map - London Midland Region - Version 2 - August 2019
Blue Status Pass Map - London Midland Region - London Area including London Underground inter-available routes - Version 1 - November 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.
On the London Area map, lines and station names that have been faded out are not valid for use with the Blue Status Pass.
Stations that are crossed out in red are valid to travel through or via (including for interchange purposes where appropriate) but are not valid for entry or exist, i.e. journeys cannot be started or finished here.
The maps are available on-line only. Rail Staff Travel is not making have hardcopies available. The maps are strictly for personal use only by staff travel facilities holders and may not be published in any form, including images of them uploaded to internet and social media sites.
Blue Status Pass Map - Scottish Region - Version 1 - May 2019
The maps are available on-line only. Rail Staff Travel is not making have hardcopies available. The maps are strictly for personal use only by staff travel facilities holders and may not be published in any form, including images of them uploaded to internet and social media sites.
Blue Status Pass Map - Southern Region - Version 1 - May 2019
Blue Status Pass Map - Southern Region - London Area including London Underground inter-available routes - Version 1 - November 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.
On the London area map, lines and station names that have been faded out are not valid for use with the Blue Status Pass.
The maps are available on-line only. Rail Staff Travel is not making have hardcopies available. The maps are strictly for personal use only by staff travel facilities holders and may not be published in any form, including images of them uploaded to internet and social media sites.
Blue Status Pass Map - Western Region - Version 2 - August 2019
Blue Status Pass Map - Western Region - London Area including London Underground inter-available routes - Version 1 - November 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.
On the London Area map, lines and station names that have been faded out are not valid for use with the Blue Status Pass.
Stations that are crossed out in red are valid to travel through or via (including for interchange purposes where appropriate) but are not valid for entry or exist, i.e. journeys cannot be started or finished here.
The maps are available on-line only. Rail Staff Travel is not making have hardcopies available. The maps are strictly for personal use only by staff travel facilities holders and may not be published in any form, including images of them uploaded to internet and social media sites.

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 Restrictions - Winter 2019-20. Valid from 15 December 2019 to 16 May 2020
Restrictions on the use of travel facilities in Great Britain for staff, eligible family members. (updated 29 November 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 42 - updated  11 September 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.
DB-AG Staff Travel Restrictions Winter 2019-20
Valid from 15 December 2019 to 13 June 2020.
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 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 3 - Updated 31 July 2019)

Travel Irregularities

Travel Irregularities
Guidelines on what constitutes a Travel Irregularity, what penalties might apply, and how to avoid committing one.
(Version 2 - 1 August 2019)
Travel Irregularity reporting form
Form for Revenue Protection staff to report Travel Irregularities to Rail Staff Travel.
(Version 2 - 19 August 2019)

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.
(Version 2 - 19 August 2019)
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