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Cheap train tickets from London to Chester

Showing times and prices for 23 May

Cheapest

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

Cheapest
West Midlands Railway
09:462h58
London Euston (EUS)
12:44Chester station (CTR)
£361One-way
1 change
Cheapest
West Midlands Railway
08:462h58
London Euston (EUS)
11:44Chester station (CTR)
£361One-way
1 change
Avanti West Coast
09:332h11
London Euston (EUS)
11:44Chester station (CTR)
£981One-way
1 change
Avanti West Coast
10:022h04
London Euston (EUS)
12:06Chester station (CTR)
£981One-way
0 changes
Avanti West Coast
09:022h03
London Euston (EUS)
11:05Chester station (CTR)
£2001One-way
0 changes

Train timetableLondon to Chester

Showing trains for tomorrow, Thursday, 23 May
Avanti West Coast
08:332h11
London Euston (EUS)
10:44Chester station (CTR)
1 change
West Midlands Railway
08:462h58
London Euston (EUS)
11:44Chester station (CTR)
1 change
Avanti West Coast
09:022h03
London Euston (EUS)
11:05Chester station (CTR)
0 changes
Avanti West Coast
09:332h11
London Euston (EUS)
11:44Chester station (CTR)
1 change
West Midlands Railway
09:462h58
London Euston (EUS)
12:44Chester station (CTR)
1 change
Avanti West Coast
10:022h04
London Euston (EUS)
12:06Chester station (CTR)
0 changes

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Train times from London to Chester

Showing times and prices for 23 May

Fastest Journey

2 h 3 m

Average

2 h 24 m

Trains per day

6

Distance

265 km

Of the 6 trains that leave London for Chester every day 2 travel direct so it’s quite easy to avoid journeys where you’ll have to change along the way.

Fastest
Avanti West Coast
09:022h03
London Euston (EUS)
11:05Chester station (CTR)
£2001One-way
0 changes
Avanti West Coast
10:022h04
London Euston (EUS)
12:06Chester station (CTR)
£981One-way
0 changes
Avanti West Coast
09:332h11
London Euston (EUS)
11:44Chester station (CTR)
£981One-way
1 change
Avanti West Coast
08:332h11
London Euston (EUS)
10:44Chester station (CTR)
£2001One-way
1 change
West Midlands Railway
09:462h58
London Euston (EUS)
12:44Chester station (CTR)
£361One-way
1 change

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Overview: Train from London to Chester

distanceDistance164 miles
durationAverage train duration2 h 2 min
priceAverage train ticket price£75 (€83)
frequencyTrain frequency24 a day
changesDirect trainYes, there are 6 direct trains a day
carriersTrain providersVirgin Trains, West Midlands Trains, Chiltern Railways or Transport for Wales

Trains from London to Chester cover the 164 miles long route taking on average 2 h 2 min with our travel partners like Virgin Trains, West Midlands Trains, Chiltern Railways or Transport for Wales. Normally, there are 24 trains operating per day, including direct services available. You can get the cheapest train tickets for this trip for as low as £30, but the average price of train tickets is £75. Travellers depart most frequently from London Waterloo and arrive in Chester.

Train providers: Virgin Trains, West Midland Trains and Transport for Wales trains London to Chester

Find the best trains from London to Chester with Omio's travel partners Virgin Trains, West Midland Trains and Transport for Wales from £29. We can find you the best deals, timetables and tickets when comparing and booking the best journey.

West Midlands Trains is a train operator based in the United Kingdom, providing services across the West Midlands region. It operates a variety of train types, including the Class 350 Desiro, Class 323 Electrostar, Class 170 Turbostar, and Class 172 Turbostar. These trains offer a range of onboard facilities, such as free Wi-Fi, power sockets, and air conditioning. Passengers can purchase a range of tickets, including single, return, and season tickets. The most popular routes operated by West Midlands Trains include Birmingham to London Euston, Birmingham to Wolverhampton, and Birmingham to Coventry.

London to Chester train information with West Midland Trains:

  • Average Duration: 2 h 58 min
  • Cheapest Price: £29

Trains from London to Chester

If you travel to Chester from London for business or pleasure, you will find the trains servicing the route are fast, comfortable and cheap. There are approximately 164 miles (265 km) to cover during the journey. If you board a high-speed train from London to Chester, you can complete the voyage in about 2h 04min. Some of the trains have a lower speed, getting you to Chester after an estimated 3h 55min. Most trips are not direct. You may switch trains once or twice, at cities like Crewe, Stoke-on-Trent and Stafford. Weekdays have about 27 daily departures, while weekends receive around 24 trains every day.

London to Chester Train Time: Daily Departures

Given that around 27 daily weekday trains and an estimated 24 daily weekend departures connect London and Chester, passengers have approximately 183 weekly train rides to travel aboard. The first train to leave London for Chester moves out around 06:28. However, its travel time is about 3h 22min, and it arrives in Chester at close to 09:50. If you need to reach Chester earlier, we recommend that you board the second departure at roughly 06:36 and alight at your destination around 08:48. The London to Chester route’s last train starts travelling at about 21:48 and completes its journey close to 12:39. Note that during the weekend, the first departure is close to 08:17, while the last sets out at roughly 21:21. Approximately two trains leave London for Chester every hour.

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

A travel time of roughly 2 hours is adequate for trains from London to Chester to connect the two cities. However, the travel duration may increase if the train you board travels at a low speed or has one or two changeovers. The maximum time required to access Chester from London is generally 3h 55min.

Enjoying the train ride from London. Source: Shutterstock

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

Departure train station: London Euston is one of the busiest terminals in London, and it will serve as your departure point when you travel from London to Chester by train. The train station is about 2.5 miles (4 km) from the city centre. If in Central London, you can board a Transport for London bus or take a taxi to arrive at London Euston in about 15min. Transport for London also offers bicycles that can get you to the terminal within a similar duration. At London Euston, you can browse online at no cost, as Wi-Fi is free. Further, a waiting room under a balcony is available. It has cushy seats, where you can surf the internet. You can also access cashpoints, washrooms, luggage storage lockers, parking and assistance for the disabled.

Arrival train station: Any London to Chester train finds a destination at Chester Railway Station. The usually busy terminal is about 0.8 miles (1.2 km) from central Chester. Once you arrive at the station, you can check out services like coffee shops, retail shops, trolleys, toilets, payphones, waiting areas and free internet access. The infrastructure and assistance required by persons with reduced mobility are available at Chester Railway Station. When leaving the terminal for the city centre, you can take the Stagecoach Merseyside or Arriva North West buses, which arrive in an estimated 9min. Taxis are a tad faster; they get to downtown Chester after around 5min, while walking would take you roughly 17min.

Which train companies travel from London to Chester?

Avanti West Coast and West Midlands Trains are the primary providers of trains from London to Chester. Avanti West Coast is a private enterprise under the leadership of a British multinational firm. However, West Midlands Trains financial backers are Dutch and Japanese. While Avanti West Coats trains have medium speed, West Midlands Trains’s locomotives are slower.

Night trains London

If you can’t travel from London to Chester during the day, you can board any of the five departures that make trips at night. At around 7.37 p.m., the first night train starts travelling. Departures continue until nearly 9.48 p.m. during weekdays. If you board this last train, you can reach Chester a few minutes past midnight at roughly 12.38 a.m. Note that you can catch the last London to Chester train on Saturdays and Sundays at about 9.21 p.m.

Avanti West Coast trains from London to Chester

Almost all departures from London to Chester are from Avanti West Coast. The company’s trains provide approximately 26 and 23 rides every day on weekdays and weekends. Travelling at nearly 125 mph (200kph), Avanti West Coast trains require an average of 2h 15min to arrive in Chester from London. If aboard the trains, expect a maximum of two layovers at Crewe, Stoke-on-Trent, or Stafford.

West Midlands Trains trains from London to Chester

West Midlands Trains offers one departure for the London-Chesterroute. The train is relatively slow, with a travel time of approximately 3h 55min. However, you may realise that West Midlands Trains rides are among the cheapest for the route. The train allows one switch at Crewe.

Trains from London to Chester: Sustainability travel

Avanti West Coast ensures that every time you use their trains, you have a chance to enjoy a greener journey compared to driving. The systems used by the company to downscale its carbon footprint have Environmental Management and Energy Management ISO certifications. West Midlands Railway spearheads environmental conservation through technology and innovation. All its trains feature the engine stand-by mode that effectively reduces carbon emissions. Through research, West Midlands Railway identifies pollution agents and devises ways to curb their negative impacts.

Train London to Chester: Services on Board

You can travel in either the Standard or First Class section on the London to Chester trains. Several services are available in the Standard cabin, such as free Wi-Fi. The seats are also specially designed to enhance your travel experience. In addition, the trains also provide passengers with a table and USB plug-in ports for phone charging. If you want a seat near the window to read a magazinein natural light, you can use a seat reservation service. More comfort is available in the First Class section, where widely spaced seats are present. You can also order snacks like breakfast bars or get some hot meals. If you have a pet in a carriage, you will not pay more to bring it into either Standard or First Class cabins. The same goes for two or fewer luggage items and folded bicycles. It would help to make a reservation for a bike that doesn’t fold as there are few slots per train. Avanti West Coast and West Midlands Railway have storage spaces for wheelchairs and offer assistance to the disabled.

How to find cheap train tickets from London to Chester?

Generally, trains from London to Chester are cheaper during off peak hours. If you possess a flexible ticket, be sure to make your trip when trains charge lower. Also, travelling via slower trains can help minimise ticket costs. If you have enough time on your hands, consider taking a long-distance train and pay less. Finally, you can save on most of your trips if you book a ticket a week or two before the departure date. You can also find more information about cheap train tickets here.

Typical Houses in Chester. Source: Shutterstock

To Chester by train—travel tips

A rich history, cheerful outdoors, sporting activities and great food await your arrival in Chester. You can start by walking around the Chester City Walls built several millennia ago. While at it, be sure to stroll through the numerous galleries that make up the Chester Rows. On the city centre’s outskirts, you can bask in the relaxing atmosphere around The Groves on the banks of the renowned River Dee. Also, remember to tour the Chester Zoo, which houses thousands of animals. If you’re keen on exploring the religious side of the city, check out the St John the Baptist’s Church or the Chester Cathedral. Of course, you can enjoy some games at complexes like Chester City Baths, Christleton Sports Centre and Footgolf Chester. In the city, you can eat at some top restaurants in Chester like:

    Marmalade Meltdown Chester The Chef’s Table Zuger’s Chester The Town House Secret Garden 1539 Bar and Restaurant Stile Napoletano

FAQs: London to Chester train

FAQs: Travel by train from London to Chester 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 London to Chester.
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Cheap train tickets from London to Chester can start from as little as £30 when you book in advance. The average train ticket price for London to Chester is £75; however, prices vary depending on the time of day and class and they tend to be more expensive on the day.
On average the London to Chester train time is 2 h 2 min   covering the 164 mile long route, but the journey time can vary depending on specific dates or if traveling on weekends and holidays.
The first train from London to Chester leaves at 05: 43. Plan your trip with the Journey Planner   from Omio.
The last train from London to Chester leaves at 21: 39.
Yes, there are 6 direct trains a day from London to Chester with Virgin Trains. Schedules can vary on holidays or weekends with fewer direct trains.
When taking a train from London to Chester, you can count on Virgin Trains, West Midlands Trains, Chiltern Railways or Transport for Wales for the best way to get you to Chester. You can also check all possible train companies who offer a service between London and Chester and compare the amenities they offer before buying a train ticket.
No, there are no night trains, the latest train for this route is 21: 39.

Passengers board the train most frequently from London Waterloo, which is located around 1.2 miles (2 km) away from the city centre, and they get off the train at Chester, located 1.3 miles (2.1 km) away from the city centre.

A trip to Chester from London is worth doing but not as a day trip with a journey time of 2 h 2 min each way. Check with Omio app   the best way to travel.
The cheapest month to travel from London to Chester by train is December.
You have options as you can travel to Chester from London 3 different ways: train, coach or flight.

Important Stations and Airports in London and Chester

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Chester
The major railway station for departures from London is London Waterloo. Read all the information you need to know about services, amenities and connections at London Waterloo for your trip from London to Chester.
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Public transport options for London Waterloo
Onward travel information: Waterloo is well connected to London's public transport network. Waterloo Underground station serves the Bakerloo, Jubilee, Northern and Waterloo & City Lines. Plan a journey - Transport for London (tfl. Gov. Uk) Buses depart from several points around the station. All Transport for London Buses are accessible with step free access and have a dedicated mobility space. Buses from Waterloo (tfl. Gov. Uk) The station has a dedicated taxi rank for London Black Taxis on the roadway outside exit 3. Santander Hire Bicycles are available from the docking stations outside. Santander Cycles - Transport for London (tfl. Gov. Uk) Waterloo is within easy walking distance of the South Bank and a number of visitor attractions. Walking - Transport for London (tfl. Gov. Uk).
Metro: Waterloo Underground station is served by the Bakerloo, Jubilee, Northern and Waterloo & City Lines. Step free access is available to and from the Jubilee Line. For more information on London Transport accessibility: Plan an accessible journey - Transport for London (tfl. Gov. Uk).
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Mon - Fri: 06: 00 - 00: 00 | Sat: 06: 00 - 23: 00 | Sun: 07: 00 - 00: 00
Public transport options for London Euston
Tube lines: Circle, Hammersmith & City, Metropolitan, Northern (Bank and Charing Cross branches), Victoria
Overground lines: Watford DC
Bus lines: 18, 30, 59, 68, 73, 91, 168, 205, 253, 390, N5, N20, N73, N91, N205, N253
Rail lines: London North Western Railway, London Overground, Avanti West Coast, Caledonian Sleeper
Location for Rail Replacement Services: Go to Platform 2, there is a gate adjacent to the station from the main road.
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Public transport options for London Paddington
Underground lines: Bakerloo Line, Circle Line, District Line, Hammersmith Line
Bus lines: N7, 23, 27, N27, 36, 205, N205, 332, 7, 46, A1, 18, N18
Train lines: Great Western Main Line, Heathrow Express
Metro: Tube Lines.
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Mon - Fri: 05: 45 - 22: 00 | Sat: 06: 00 - 21: 00 | Sun: 08: 00 - 22: 15
Public transport options for London St Pancras International
Subway lines: Circle Line, Hammersmith & City Line, Metropolitan Line, Northern Line, Piccadilly Line, Victoria Line
Train lines: Overground line, High Speed 1, Eurostar
Bus lines: 326, 139
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Public transport options for London Victoria
Onward travel information: Victoria Bus Station at Station Front
Location for Rail Replacement Services: When weekend engineering dictate that replacement bus services will operate, these will usually depart from the immediate Station front/Terminus Place. Travel from London Victoria is usually conveyed by London Buses in these instances. Check posters and staff for more details.
Metro: Underground services: Victoria Line, District Line and Circle Line
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Public transport options for London Liverpool Street
Location for Rail Replacement Services: Replacement transport stop on either Liverpool Street (outside the station entrance), or beside Platform 10, depending on operational requirements
Metro: Liverpool Street underground station has connections to the Central, Circle, Hammersmith & City and Metropolitan lines.
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Mon - Fri: 05: 00 - 01: 36 | Sat: 05: 00 - 00: 36 | Sun: 05: 30 - 01: 36
Public transport options for London Kings Cross
Underground lines: Circle, Piccadilly, Hammersmith & City, Northern, Metropolitan, Victoria
Bus lines: 10, 17, 30, 45, 46, 59, 63, 73, 91, 205, 214, 259, 390, 476
Train lines: Thameslink, Grand Central, Hull, London North Eastern, Gatwick Express
Metro: N/A
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Public transport options for London Bridge
Onward travel information: The Bus Station is located directly outside the main entrance at upper level. There are also bus stops outside on Tooley Street. For further information on buses, a bus information kiosk is also located outside the main doors of the station at upper level.
Location for Rail Replacement Services: Rail replacement bus services are usually found outside the front of the station. However this is sometimes subject to change. Please check engineering posters or consult a member of staff.
Metro: For North and North East Kent and South East London
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Public transport options for London Marylebone
Location for Rail Replacement Services: At station entrance.
Metro: Bakerloo Line.
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Public transport options for London Fenchurch Street
Onward travel information: Rail replacement buses will stop outside HSBC on Fenchurch Street. Aldgate Bus Station. Details of the buses serving Fenchurch Street and Aldgate area, and the Bus Stops they are using is available here
Metro: London Underground (Circle Line and District Line) at Tower Hill - 200m from the Tower Hill exit London Underground (Metropolitan Line, Circle Line) at Aldgate - 300m from Fenchurch Place exit. Docklands Light Railway at Tower Gateway - 300m from the Tower Hill exit.
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Public transport options for London Charing Cross
Metro: Bakerloo Line Northern Line.
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