TransPennine Express: Tickets, Timetables and Facilities

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Buy TransPennine Express tickets with Omio

Search, compare and book TransPennine Express tickets online with Omio. TransPennine Express operates routes across the north of England and Scotland, offering inter-region travel between a number of major towns and cities, including Manchester, Leeds , Liverpool , Newcastle , Glasgow and Edinburgh. By using the Omio website or app, you’ll be able to compare a wide range of TransPennine Express routes and find the cheapest tickets available for your journey. To help plan your trip, you can compare times from the TransPennine Express timetable in an easy display.

TransPennine Express: Company Information

TransPennine Express (often known as TPexpress for short) is a major train operator connecting the biggest cities in the north of England and Scotland. Previously operated by First TransPennine Express, the service is now fully owned by FirstGroup. Coverage includes Greater Manchester, Merseyside, the North East, Yorkshire and Cumbria in England; and Motherwell, Glasgow and Edinburgh in Scotland. TransPennine Express runs three main lines out of Manchester—the North Route, the South Route and the Scottish Route—and is one of the main train companies for the north of Britain. TransPennine Express runs more than 300 services every day and transports almost 30 million people a year.

TransPennine Express: Stations and Destinations

Fells and serene waters in the Lake District. Source: Unsplash

From coastal resorts and national parks to brilliant cities and lively towns, TransPennine’s vast rail network allows you to visit some of Britain’s most popular places—which can all be booked with Omio.

Major cities include Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle, Hull, Sheffield and York. On the coast, you can visit Cleethorpes, Morecambe and Scarborough. For the Lake District, trains run to Kendall, Penrith and Windermere.

Other destinations include Carlisle, Darlington, Doncaster, Durham, Huddersfield, Lancaster, Meadowhall, Middlesbrough and Preston.

For travel abroad, there’s also the TPExpress train to Manchester Airport, which can be reached on all three main routes.

TransPennine Express: Popular Routes

Reach exciting cities across the north of England and Scotland with quick, easy and direct TransPennine Express trains.

Hop across the Pennines from Manchester Piccadilly to Leeds and combine two of England’s most dynamic cities in a dual city break. While it’s mostly a commuter service during the week, it’s a great way to visit both places in a short space of time—the journey takes just one hour.

Other popular tourist routes include Manchester Piccadilly to Glasgow Central (3.5 hours), Leeds to York (30 minutes), Newcastle to Leeds (1.5 hours) and Huddersfield to Manchester Piccadilly (45 minutes). For those travelling up from London, it’s worth noting that Manchester and Leeds are the main transport hubs for travel further north, meaning you may have to transfer here.

Popular routes:

  • TransPennine Express trains from Manchester Piccadilly to Leeds
  • TransPennine Express trains from Manchester Piccadilly to Glasgow Central
  • TransPennine Express trains from Leeds to York
  • TransPennine Express trains from Newcastle to Leeds
  • TransPennine Express trains from Huddersfield to Manchester Piccadilly

TransPennine Express: Offers and Fares

TransPennine has a wide range of offers and fares available across its timetable.

For the best prices, search for an Advance ticket on Omio. The further you book in advance, the more likely you are to save on your TPexpress ticket. For the best chance of finding cheap fares, travel outside peak times and make use of Off-Peak and Super Off-Peak tickets. TransPennine Express Off-Peak times generally run outside of standard commuter hours. So, between 9.30 am and 4 pm and after 9 pm

If you’re after flexibility, book an Anytime Day Single—which can be bought before and on the day you intend to travel. In addition to Standard Class, TransPennine Express offers First Class on all trains. Book in advance with Omio for the best chance of a cheap ticket. For more advice on ticket types, check out our Train Ticket Guide.

TransPennine Express: Train Types

TransPennine Express uses a range of trains across its three routes. The fleet is mostly modern, with the operator recently investing £500 million into new trains and services.

Currently, the Stadler UK Light ‘Class 68’ and the newer CAF ‘Nova 3’ operate from Liverpool to Scarborough and Manchester Airport to Redcar. Meanwhile, CAF Civity ‘Nova 2’ operate on the Scottish Route from Manchester to Edinburgh and Glasgow.

Hitachi AT300/ 802/2 ‘Nova 1’ carry passengers between Liverpool and Edinburgh, as well as between Manchester Airport and Newcastle. Siemens ‘Desiro’ can be found across all routes.

All trains carry the distinctive light-blue and silver livery.

TransPennine Express: Travel Across the North of England

Whether you need to travel from east to west, or north to south, TransPennine Express trains will have you there in no time. From Manchester Piccadilly to Newcastle, the average train time is two and a half hours.

Travelling cross country?
Liverpool Lime Street to Hull takes just under three hours. The South TransPennine Route runs from Manchester to Doncaster and Cleethorpes via Sheffield. Meanwhile, the North TransPennine Route covers Liverpool and Manchester to Leeds, Hull, York, Scarborough, Middlesbrough and Newcastle. There’s more coverage on the Scottish Route, which runs up through Cumbria before entering Scotland. Carlisle, Lancaster and the Lake District are the main English destinations on this line.

Docks and skyline in Liverpool. Source: Unsplash

First TransPennine Express connects some of the UK’s greatest cities, with beautiful art, brilliant museums and breathtaking sights at practically every stop.

Art: There’s no shortage of world-class art on First TransPennine Express routes. For abstract and contemporary work, visit the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art in Newcastle and Tate Liverpool in Liverpool. For historic art, The Whitworth in Manchester has one of the finest collections in the north of England, while the Ferens in Hull is known for its collection of European masters.

Museums: With major museums at every turn, you won’t have to travel far for culture in this part of the world. Top picks include the Imperial War Museum North in Manchester, Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum in Glasgow, and the National Railway Museum in York. Travelling with kids? Try the Royal Armouries in Leeds and Edinburgh’s National Museum of Scotland.

Top sights: Whether you love hiking, history or a day on the beach, the TransPennine Express has a destination for you. Take the Scottish Route all the way to Edinburgh and stroll along the Royal Mile up to the city’s iconic medieval castle. Prefer the great outdoors? Just take the train to Kendall, Penrith or Windermere, and explore the pastoral beauty of the Lake District. If the beach is more your thing classic seaside town Scarborough, on Yorkshire’s northern coastline, is the perfect stop.

TransPennine Express: FAQs

I’ve got a voucher, how can I print my ticket?

You can use your voucher code prior to checking out on Omio. The ticket will be emailed to you directly as a PDF. You can either use it as a digital ticket or print it yourself. You can also opt to collect your ticket from your station of departure. You can also have your ticket stored on the Omio app.

What services are offered by the TransPennine Express to people with reduced mobility?

If you require assistance to travel, contact TransPennine Express in advance to arrange support. At the station, First TransPennine Express provide the following: ramps for boarding the train, help to lift luggage, help to use the stairs in stations without step-free access, wheelchairs or buggies, and guidance around the station. Onboard TransPennine Express trains, there are dedicated spaces for wheelchair users, accessible toilets, priority seating, and audio and visual announcements.

How much luggage can I take on a TransPennine Express train?

You can take three pieces of luggage on TransPennine Express trains. This includes one piece of hand luggage and two additional pieces of luggage (these must not be larger than 30 x 70 x 90cm).

Can I bring my bike onboard TransPennine Express trains?

To take a bike on a TransPennine Express train, you must book a space in advance using the customer contact number: 0345 600 1671.

What are the services on board TransPennine Express trains?

Currently, there are no catering services on TransPennine Express trains in standard class, you are welcome to bring your own snacks onboard. First Class does provide food to its travellers. You will find on Transpennine Express Trains toilets, plug sockets and Wi-Fi.

Can I take my pets on a TransPennine Express train?

You can take pets onboard TransPennine Express trains. For dogs, the maximum number is two per passenger and they must be kept on a lead at all times. Smaller pets must be kept in carriers.

Why might a Transpennine train be delayed?

There are many reasons a train could be delayed, such as a technical issue on the line (like signal failures, or, our fave, leaves on the tracks) or an issue with the train itself. There could be congestion on the Transpennine route, planned engineering work or trespassing (commonly referred to as a “person on the line”).

My last train got cancelled, what should I do?

For TransPennine Express cancellations, you are entitled to a full refund within 28 days of the ticket’s expiry date. Contact our customer service team for assistance if you bought your ticket with Omio.

What should I do if my Transpennine train is late?

If your TPexpress train is delayed, you might be able to claim a refund due to the Delay Repay scheme. This is a national scheme and TransPennine Express is happy to take part in it. Refund amounts correlate to how long your train has been delayed. For example, if your train is up to 29 minutes you can claim 25% of your original ticket price, whereas, if your train is more than 120 minutes late you can claim a full refund. You have up to 28 days after your delayed departure train to claim the Delay Repay scheme and you need to keep hold of your ticket as proof of purchase. To claim, head to the TPexpress website and check the company’s passenger charter for more information.

Can children under 12 travel for free?

Children under five can travel for free on all UK trains, including TransPenning Express, while children aged between five and 15 get a 50% discount (unless the company specifies otherwise in both cases).

When do you have to make your group reservation?

While there is no specific advice regarding group reservations, it’s best to book as early as possible to secure your tickets. On TransPennine Express, you can book 24 weeks prior to travel.

 

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