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Cheap train tickets from Leicester to London

Showing times and prices for 26 May

Cheapest

The best way to find a cheap train ticket from Leicester to London is to book your journey as far in advance as possible and to avoid travelling at rush hour.

Cheapest
East Midlands Railway
08:231h50
Leicester station (LEI)
10:13London St Pancras International (STP)
£391One-way
0 changes
East Midlands Railway
08:531h51
Leicester station (LEI)
10:44London St Pancras International (STP)
£481One-way
0 changes
East Midlands Railway
09:561h46
Leicester station (LEI)
11:42London St Pancras International (STP)
£561One-way
0 changes
East Midlands Railway
10:461h33
Leicester station (LEI)
12:19London St Pancras International (STP)
£791One-way
0 changes
East Midlands Railway
10:311h40
Leicester station (LEI)
12:11London St Pancras International (STP)
£841One-way
0 changes

Train timetableLeicester to London

Showing trains for tomorrow, Sunday, 26 May
East Midlands Railway
08:231h50
Leicester station (LEI)
10:13London St Pancras International (STP)
0 changes
East Midlands Railway
08:531h51
Leicester station (LEI)
10:44London St Pancras International (STP)
0 changes
East Midlands Railway
09:271h45
Leicester station (LEI)
11:12London St Pancras International (STP)
0 changes
East Midlands Railway
09:561h46
Leicester station (LEI)
11:42London St Pancras International (STP)
0 changes
East Midlands Railway
10:311h40
Leicester station (LEI)
12:11London St Pancras International (STP)
0 changes
East Midlands Railway
10:461h33
Leicester station (LEI)
12:19London St Pancras International (STP)
0 changes

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Train times from Leicester to London

Showing times and prices for 26 May

Fastest Journey

1 h 33 m

Average

1 h 44 m

Trains per day

6

Distance

143 km

Of the 6 trains that leave Leicester for London every day 6 travel direct so it’s quite easy to avoid journeys where you’ll have to change along the way.

Fastest
East Midlands Railway
10:461h33
Leicester station (LEI)
12:19London St Pancras International (STP)
£791One-way
0 changes
East Midlands Railway
10:311h40
Leicester station (LEI)
12:11London St Pancras International (STP)
£841One-way
0 changes
East Midlands Railway
09:271h45
Leicester station (LEI)
11:12London St Pancras International (STP)
£841One-way
0 changes
East Midlands Railway
09:561h46
Leicester station (LEI)
11:42London St Pancras International (STP)
£561One-way
0 changes
East Midlands Railway
08:231h50
Leicester station (LEI)
10:13London St Pancras International (STP)
£391One-way
0 changes

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Overview: Train from Leicester to London

distanceDistance89 miles
durationAverage train duration1 h 3 min
priceAverage train ticket price£77 (€86)
frequencyTrain frequency50 a day
changesDirect trainYes, there are 50 direct trains a day
carriersTrain providersEast Midlands Trains, West Midlands Trains, Thameslink, Virgin Trains or Bus

Trains from Leicester to London cover the 89 miles long route taking on average 1 h 3 min with our travel partners like East Midlands Trains, West Midlands Trains, Thameslink, Virgin Trains or Bus. Normally, there are 50 trains operating per day, including direct services available. You can get the cheapest train tickets for this trip for as low as £28, but the average price of train tickets is £77. Travellers depart most frequently from Leicester and arrive in London Waterloo.

Train companies: East Midlands Trains, West Midland Trains and Thameslink trains Leicester to London

Find the best trains to London from Leicester with Omio's travel partners East Midlands Trains, West Midland Trains and Thameslink from £36. We can find you the best deals, timetables and tickets when comparing and booking the best trip.

East Midlands Trains is a train company based in the United Kingdom. It operates services from London to the East Midlands, Yorkshire, and the North West. East Midlands Trains operates a fleet of Class 158, Class 156, Class 170, Class 222 and Class 180 diesel multiple units, as well as Class 222 Meridian electric multiple units. East Midlands Trains also offers a range of ticket types, including Advance, Anytime, and Off-Peak tickets. Onboard facilities include free Wi-Fi, power sockets, and a range of food and drink options. The most popular routes for East Midlands Trains are London to Nottingham, Sheffield, and Leeds.

Train information from Leicester to London with East Midlands Trains:

  • Average Duration: 1 h 4 min
  • Cheapest Price: £36

Trains from Leicester to London

Passengers who choose to travel by train depart most frequently from Leicester to a destination in London, Victoria. Trains that run from Leicester to London cover the 89 miles (143 km) long route in approximately 1h 3min. Journey times may be slightly longer on weekends and on bank holidays. The train frequency is roughly 25 per day, and the train tickets are cost effective for most travellers.

Leicester to London Train Time: Daily Departures

When planning your journey, understand that about 25 trains run every 24 hours on this route. The first train from Leicester to London leaves shortly before 05:00, whereas the last train leaves at around 22:52. Leicester to London trains depart every 10-20min throughout the day, with more constant departures at peak times during dawn and dusk.

How long is the journey by train from Leicester to London?

The average journey time to travel from Leicester to London is 1h-1h 30min. Leicester to London trains take off every 10-20min or so throughout the day, with more departures at peak hours during dawn and dusk. To be more exact, you should check out the journey times on your travel dates with the online journey planner or access a timetable from their website.

Trains from Leicester to London: Leicester Town Hall at sunset. Source: Shutterstock

What are the departure and arrival stations for trains from Leicester to London?

Departure train station: All trains heading to London leave from Leicester train station, which is roughly 1 mile (1.6 km) from the city centre. There is a taxi rank and several bus stops at the front of the train station for arrivals from all destinations within the city. Facilities available at this station are subject to change but typically include shops, a seated area, first-class lounge, waiting room, trolleys, station buffet, toilets, baby-changing facilities, showers, cashpoints and a post box, amongst others.

Arrival train station: All arrivals from Leicester stop at London St Pancras station, which is approximately 3 miles (4.8 km) north of central London. Buses, taxis and the King's Cross St. Pancras Underground station are all just outside, for onward travel. Facilities available at this station are subject to change but may include free Wi-Fi, public phones, cashpoints, a chemist, a lost property station, Changing Places facilities, toilets and baby-changing rooms.

Which train companies travel from Leicester to London?

When travelling by train from Leicester to London, you can count on the train companies East Midlands Trains, Avanti West Coast, South Western Railway, CrossCountry and Northern Rail. You can check all possible train companies who offer service between Leicester and London and compare the amenities they offer before you decide to buy a train ticket. The fastest rail service on the 93-mile (150-km) course from Leicester to London is a direct service by East Midlands Trains, typically taking 1h 15min to reach London St Pancras. Most direct trains on this route take 15-20min longer to get to the capital. Indirect train connections to London Euston, through Nuneaton, take around 2h 18min to complete the trip.

Night trains Leicester

The Leicester connection only offers some night trains; unfortunately, you won’t be able to find a train service from Leicester later than around 22:59 on most nights. These trains will have you arriving in London between 00:00 and 01:00.

East Midlands Railway trains from Leicester to London

There are direct trains from Leicester to London which let you travel between these two cities without changing trains. East Midlands Railway runs about five fast, high-speed trains per hour to and from London St Pancras. According to the BBC, East Midlands Railway trains were upgraded to a top speed of 125 mph (200 km/h), contributing to the reduction of the journey duration from Leicester to London.

South Western Railway trains from Leicester to London

Typically, the first train departs from Leicester at around 04:59 and arrives in London at around 06:31. This provider has different types of trains and is in the process of launching high-speed trains for suburban areas like Leicester.

CrossCountry trains from Leicester to London

With this provider, the first trains depart at around 04:59 and arrive at roughly 06:31. CrossCountry has direct trains from Leicester to London, which are all high speed.

Avanti West Coast trains from Leicester to London

Avanti West Coast offers high-speed, long-distance services from Leicester to London. The first train departs at about 04:59 from Leicester and arrives at around 06:58 in London. Currently, Avanti West Coast doesn’t provide direct trains from Leicester to London.

Northern Rail trains from Leicester to London

The average travel time for trains departing from Leicester to London is usually 1h 49min, with the fastest taking about 1h 42min. The first train leaves Leicester at around 04:59, while the last train leaves at roughly 22:45. Northern Rail offers direct trains from Leicester to London and plans to operate state-of-the-art trains with a top speed of 100 mph (160 km/h).

Trains from Leicester to London: Sustainability travel

Indeed, taking the train is a sustainable way of travelling. According to two transport and environmental studies published by the European Environment Agency (EEA), travel by train remains the most environmentally friendly form of motorised passenger transport in Europe, in terms of greenhouse gas emissions compared to travelling by car or plane today. For more ideas, check out our online travel magazine, The Window Seat.

Trains from Leicester to London: Services on Board

With East Midlands Trains, you can travel first or second class, and both are simply fabulous. The East Midlands Trains luggage quota is three pieces of luggage, including one small hand luggage item plus two larger-sized items. All luggage must be safely stowed in luggage racks. If you possess additional belongings, you may need to pay a fee for them. Oversized items such as surfboards aren’t allowed. Dogs, cats, birds and other small domestic creatures are accepted on board East Midlands Trains. You can travel with your bike, but you must first check the bike policy on the travel company website. For persons living with disabilities, East Midlands Trains provides you with discounted train tickets.

Also, wheelchairs and powered wheelchairs can be carried on all train services, so long as they aren’t wider than 27 in (70 cm), not longer than 47 in (120 cm) and not heavier than 500 lb (230 kg), including the passenger. With Northern Rail trains, you can travel first or second class, and feel free to take a maximum of three luggage items. All your luggage should be suitably packed, and you should ensure that it won’t obstruct doorways. Pets are allowed on board, so long as they won’t interrupt you or other passengers. Bikes are accepted on all trains, but you must exercise precaution as indicated in the cycle policy on the company website. South Western Railway has first class and second class train services. A maximum of two small dogs or other domestic pets are allowed on a lead or in a carrier at no cost. You can read about all of these rules on the company website. South Western Railway has a “10 minutes' notice assistance scheme”, where disabled or elderly passengers who require assistance to board trains can turn up and travel instead of requiring to book 6 hours ahead. Anyone can request Assisted Travel during the journey from Leicester to London.

All CrossCountry train services can be accessed by people living with disabilities as well, offering Assisted Travel service if you require help at the available train stations. Avanti West Coast offers first- and second-class services. You can take a maximum of two domestic pets without paying; however, additional pets will incur a fee. Domestic birds are allowed on board. Browse more information on the Avanti Coast pet policy to discover what's new. Bikes are also allowed on trains, and a reservation for your bike is free with Avanti West Coast. When booking your ticket, choose to reserve your bike space under “travel extras”. If you need to print your bike reservation, you must visit the ticket office for further help before boarding a train.

How to find cheaper train tickets from Leicester to London

To save money, you should book early; check for advance tickets, which are released well before the departure date and can be cheaper than buying on the day. You should also be flexible with travel dates and times, so you can select the cheaper fare, while choosing connecting trains or slower journeys is another good idea to find cheap tickets.

Trains from Leicester to London: man relaxing on a train to London. Source: Shutterstock

To London by train—travel tips

London is one of the world's most attraction-filled cities. State-of-the-art architectural sensations, world-class shopping centres and top-notch theatres. Some recommended things to do in London are:

  • Visit Buckingham Palace and witness the Changing of the Guard
  • See the Royal Jewels at The Tower of London and Walk Across Tower Bridge
  • Get cultured at the British Museum
  • Get captivated by Big Ben
  • Visit Houses of Parliament

FAQs: Leicester to London train

FAQs: Travel by train from Leicester to London easily. Whether you want fast, cheap or something entirely different, our travel experts have collected everything you need to know so you can find the best option from Leicester to London.
FAQs
Cheap train tickets from Leicester to London can start from as little as £28 when you book in advance. The average train ticket price for Leicester to London is £77; however, prices vary depending on the time of day and class and they tend to be more expensive on the day.
On average the Leicester to London train travel time is 1 h 3 min   for the 89 mile long route, but the duration can vary if you travel on weekends and holidays.
The first train from Leicester to London leaves at 05: 10. Plan your trip with the Journey Planner   from Omio.
The last train from Leicester to London leaves at 22: 52.
Yes, it is possible to travel from Leicester to London without having to change trains with East Midlands Trains. There are 50 direct trains from Leicester to London each day. There may be fewer direct services available on weekends or holidays.
Yes, there's a high-speed train to London. Take the fast train with East Midlands Trains from Leicester to London.
For the journey from Leicester to London you can take a train with East Midlands Trains, West Midlands Trains, Thameslink, Virgin Trains or Bus. Be sure to check out all possible train providers that offer services to London from Leicester on Omio to compare what amenities they may have.
No, there are no night trains, the latest train for this route is 22: 52.

Passengers board the train most frequently from Leicester, which is located around 1.2 miles (1.9 km) away from the city centre, and they get off the train at London Waterloo, located 1.2 miles (2 km) away from the city centre.

A day trip to London from Leicester is worth doing with a journey time of 1 h 3 min each way. Check with Omio app   the best way to travel.
The cheapest month for a train from Leicester to London is October.
It's helpful to compare your options as there are 2 ways to travel to London from Leicester including taking a train or coach.

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