The best way to find a cheap fare is to book your ticket as far in advance as you can and to avoid travelling at rush hour.
The average ticket from London to Leeds will cost around £ 105 if you buy it on the day, but the cheapest tickets can be found for only £ 62.
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Trains per day
Of the 5 train that leave London for Leeds every day 3 travel direct so it’s quite easy to avoid journeys where you’ll have to change along the way.
These direct train cover the 272 km distance in an average of 2h 22m but if you time it right, some train will get you there in just 2h 13m .
The slowest train will take 2h 40m and usually involve a change or two along the way, but you might be able to save a few pennies if you’re on a budget.
|Avg. Train Duration:|
2 hours 20 minutes
|Train Ticket Price:||£72|
|Trains depart from:||London|
|Trains arrive in:||Leeds|
|Train Companies:||London North Eastern Railway, East Midlands Trains, Grand Central Trains|
From its origins as a hub of the wool trade to its industrial heyday, Leeds has long been a major city of the north. It has good rail links with the capital, meaning business travellers and holidaymakers can take frequent direct trains from London to the Yorkshire city. Fastest journey times for trains from London to Leeds are a little over two hours, with connections available from very early morning to late night. Indirect connections with one change en route offer additional options for travel to Leeds.
London North Eastern Railway (LNER) offers daily direct services from London King's Cross to Leeds on the East Coast Main Line. East Midlands Trains also has a slower direct service to Leeds from London St Pancras in the evenings. Indirect journeys involve taking LNER or Grand Central Trains services from King's Cross to York and changing to First Transpennine Express connections to Leeds.
Some LNER services can complete the 175 mile trip north from London to Leeds in two hours and 13 minutes. Other direct services take two to ten minutes longer, East Midlands Trains departures from London St Pancras take three hours and 45 minutes. Indirect connections with a change at York take around two hours and 30 minutes.
LNER's weekday timetable begins with a first departure from London King's Cross just before 6:00 a.m. and continues with trains every half hour throughout the day until a final departure just before midnight. East Midlands Trains offers connections every half hour in the evenings. Sunday schedules are less frequent.
Departure train station: London Kings Cross and St Pancras are located on the northern edge of the city centre, with Underground connections on six lines and city buses stopping on Euston Road. The stations have restaurants, supermarkets, bookshops, free WiFi and taxi ranks.
Arrival train station: Leeds Station is situated on the south side of the city centre, served by CityBus shuttles and local bus stops on New Station Street interchange. Facilities at the station include a first class lounge, cafe, newsagent, supermarket, chemist, bakery, pub and taxi rank.