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Glasgow to London Train Tickets E‑TICKET

Glasgow to London Train Tickets

When you travel with Virgin Trains to get from Glasgow to London, you travel in comfort and with style! With speeds reaching 200km/h, Pendolino high-speed trains can swiftly carry you from Scotland’s largest city to the English capital in just four and a half hours direct.

From your seat, enjoy the relaxed, inspired views along the way as you leave the cultural hub of Glasgow for London’s rich tapestry of monarchial history. Several departures from Glasgow Central station are available each day, allowing you to travel from Glasgow to London by train based on your personal schedule.

Purchase your Virgin Trains e-ticket here and you will obtain a confirmation email shortly thereafter. When booking, you will notice that this ticket is called a ‘Ticket on Departure & Reservation’. Simply use the ticket collection reference # provided in the email we send you, to collect your actual train ticket from a self-service ticket machine in Britain.

Journey details

Trains depart approximately every 30 minutes during peak times and every hour otherwise, with an average of 22 departures daily.

Travel time
4 hours and 33 minutes direct (fastest time)

Train stations
Glasgow Central and London Euston

Train features
Virgin Pendolino tilting high-speed trains, reaching a maximum speed of 200km/h

Virgin Trains e-ticket fare options

When booking your Ticket on Departure & Reservation, the following fare options may be available:
  • Advance
    The least expensive fare option, allows you to book up to 12 weeks in advance for travel on a specific date, time and train. Valid in First or Second Class, your seat reservation is guaranteed. No ticket exchanges or refunds allowed. These tickets are available in limited numbers.
  • Anytime
    The most expensive fare option, allows you to book on the travel day itself or up to 12 weeks in advance. There are no time or route restrictions - you have the total freedom to board any train you want whenever you want. Available for single trip tickets (valid for 2 days) and return-trip tickets (valid for up to 30 days).
  • Off-Peak
    A value-priced fare option, allows you to travel for less during off-peak times. Peak hours vary for each train operator but are usually before 9:30 and between 16:00 and 19:00. Purchase on the day of travel itself or book up to 12 weeks in advance. Available for single and return-trip tickets which are valid for 30 days.

Virgin Trains e-ticket classes

  • Standard Class
    • Double seat / aisle / double seat layout.
    • Seats equipped with headrests and armrests that offer adequate passenger comfort.
    • Refreshments (coffee, tea, soft drinks) served directly to your seat via in-car trolley service.
    • Limited power outlet access.
    • WiFi availability
  • First Class
    • Single seat / aisle / double seat layout.
    • Spacious reclining seats that offer luxurious comfort and lots of legroom.
    • Complimentary snacks, hot or cold refreshments, and daily newspapers served directly to your seat via in-car trolley service.
    • First-rate hot meals prepared in a dedicated onboard kitchen.
    • Handy fold-down tables (available at most seats) offer plenty of room for using a laptop or dining.
    • Power outlet access beneath every window.
    • Free WiFi.

Virgin Trains e-ticket 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.

Virgin Trains Pendolino services

WiFi access, power outlet connections, reading lights and overhead storage areas are standard services on all Virgin Pendolino trains. Also, in Coach “C” you will find a convenient walk-in shop where drinks, sandwiches, snacks, treats, newspapers and magazines may be purchased.

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Seat reservations
When booking an Advance fare the seat reservation is included. For Off-Peak and Anytime, reservations are not required and may be available. 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.

E-ticket delivery
Receive your e-ticket collection reference number by email, which can be used to collect your train ticket from a self-service ticket machine in Britain, good for travel from Glasgow to London by train.

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