Clayton Tunnel, Sussex

Countryside, capital & coast with Thameslink

Hop on a Thameslink train to find yourself in the heart of London or zoom through the urban landscape to escape to less crowded places, breathe some fresh air and explore hidden gems off the beaten track.

With gorgeous market towns, access to the South Downs National Park and other Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), catching a Thameslink train straight to your destination is a great option.

Check out the Thameslink Art Trail by Rail here and discover galleries, festivals and art trails all with easy access by train along the Thameslink network.

If you're looking for a change of scene for an exciting solo day trip, a short break with friends or you want to linger for a family staycation, check out some top destinations and inspiring itineraries below.

Leave the car behind, sit back and enjoy the views!

Supported by Southeast Communities Rail Partnership, Meldreth, Shepreth & Foxton Community Rail Partnership, Darent Valley Community Rail Partnership, Marston Vale Community Rail Partnership, Beds & Herts Community Rail Partnership, Community Rail Network, Thameslink, South Cambridgeshire District Council.

Brighton Littlehampton Hassocks Redhill East Croydon East Grinstead Sevenoaks Otford Cambridge Foxton London St Albans Luton Bletchley Bedford



Bletchley Park. Photo: Julie Clarke from Pixabay
Home to the iconic Bletchley Park, where the top-secret World War II Enigma Codebreakers made history, Bletchley has lots to offer.


Kings College Cambridge. Photo: alexxxis from Pixabay
The iconic city of Cambridge, known for its history and architecture, is ideal for some sightseeing before exploring the surrounding area by train.


Jack and Jill Windmills in the sunshine
Hassocks is located along the Brighton mainline and the station provides easy access to the beautiful South Downs National Park.


Luton countryside in the sunshine. Photo: Paul Gallimore from Pixabay
Although most commonly known for its international airport, the large town of Luton has so much more to offer.


Shepreth L-Moor. Photo: Meldreth, Shepreth & Foxton Community Rail Partnership
Home of Shepreth Wildlife Park, this quaint village also boasts beautiful gardens, a Grade II* listed church and a site of special scientific interest.
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