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Leeds to London Train Tickets

Leeds to London Train Tickets

You can make your way from Leeds to London by train in just a little over 2 hours when you travel with Virgin Trains East Coast. Each day, several of their InterCity high-speed commuters provide a smooth link between these two English cities.

First, shop ‘til you drop in cosmopolitan Leeds! After your fill of stores, museums, art galleries and quaint cafés, slip into the quiet comfort of a stylish first or second class seat aboard the “IC”. As you head for London, renowned mecca of commerce, education, fashion and entertainment, treat yourself to an array of friendly, onboard services.

Your Virgin Trains East Coast ‘Ticket on Departure & Reservation’ can be purchased here, and is valid for either a single or return trip, seat reservation included. Soon after you’ve placed your order with us, you will receive your purchase confirmation, complete with a ticket collection reference number, via email. Use this number to retrieve your actual ticket from a local ticket dispensing machine and you will be ready to travel from Leeds to London by train!

Journey details

Trains depart approximately every 30 minutes from Leeds Central railway station, with an average total of 32 departures daily.

Travel time
2 hours and 15 minutes (direct route)

Train stations
Leeds Central and London King’s Cross

Train features
Virgin Trains East Coast InterCity high-speed trains, reaching a maximum speed of 200km/h

Virgin Trains East Coast fare options

  • Anytime tickets offer full flexibility. With no time restrictions, you are free to travel aboard any train, even during peak hours.
  • Advance tickets are less expensive, but have a limited availability. The sooner you book, the less you pay. Ideal for those committed to traveling on a particular date, time and train.
  • Off-peak tickets offer some flexibility, allowing you to travel aboard any train operating during off-peak hours on your ticket date. Though off-peak times may vary, they are typically before 9:30am and between 4:00pm and 7:00pm.

Virgin Trains East Coast classes

  • Standard Class
    Standard class railcars provide comfortable, quality seating; particularly beneficial for long trips. Passengers have the option of reserving a specific seat on the train when booking their ticket.
  • First Class
    First class railcars are equipped with roomier, reclining seats that offer more leg and elbow room. Passengers can enjoy the complimentary at-seat food and drink service and a free morning newspaper.

Virgin Trains East Coast discounts

  • Child discount
    Children under 5 years of age travel for free. Children between the ages of 5 and 15 can save up to 50% off the adult ticket price.

Services aboard Virgin Trains East Coast

  • Onboard food and drink catering via “The Foodbar”
  • WiFi access
  • Large fold-out tables
  • Power outlets
  • “Quiet Coach” railcars

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Seat reservations
In most cases, a ‘Ticket on Departure & Reservation’ will include a seat reservation. Exceptions where the seat may not be reserved at the time of booking include shorter journeys that don’t offer seat reservations or when the allocation of reservable seats is fully booked. In either case, your ticket is still valid and you can sit in any vacant seat.

Ticket delivery
Once your E-ticket order has been processed, you will receive an email confirmation with a Ticket Collection #. You can easily collect your physical ticket using this number at a self-service ticket machine at a train station in Britain.

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