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Glasgow to London by train

It takes an average of 5h 38m to travel from Glasgow to London by train, over a distance of around 345 miles (555 km). There are normally 42 trains per day traveling from Glasgow to London and tickets for this journey start from $42.93 when you book in advance.

First train


Last train


Departure station


Arrival station


Journey time

From 4h 32m


345 miles (555 km)


42 trains per day


Direct trains available


From $42.93

Train operators

Avanti West Coast, Caledonian Sleeper, London North Eastern Railway

Traveling from Glasgow to London by train

Planning a trip to the capital and need more information about the journey from Glasgow to London by train? You’ve come to the right place! 

Typically, the journey from Glasgow to London by train takes around 5 hours and 38 minutes, but can take as little as 4 hours and 28 minutes on the fastest services. With around 32 direct trains traveling the 345 miles from Glasgow to London, you can sit back and relax as you don’t need to worry about changing along the way.  

If you’re traveling on this route, you’ll board a train at Glasgow Central station operated by either Avanti West Coast, London North Eastern Railway (LNER). Whichever provider you end up traveling with, you’ll enjoy an array of onboard amenities, including free WiFi, comfortable seating and plug sockets. Before you know it, your train will arrive promptly at London Euston station.  

Once you’ve left the station, you can start to explore London’s most iconic landmarks. If you’re not sure where to start, head over to our expert guide on the 14 best things to do in London, including a trip to the Tower of London and the Shard.  

If you’d like to snap up the best train deals, try traveling Off-Peak, as tickets tend to be cheaper during quieter travel times. Also, keep an eye out for Advance tickets – these are usually released 12 weeks before the departure date and are generally cheaper than buying tickets on the day of travel.  

Want to book? Start your search for cheap train tickets from Glasgow to London in our Journey Planner today. There’s no need to wait, just head to the top of the page. If you want to find out more about the journey first, continue reading for train schedules, tips on finding cheap tickets and FAQs.

FAQs for Glasgow to London

Want to know more about your journey from Glasgow to London? We've compiled some of the most frequently asked questions by our customers to help you plan your journey.

How long does the train from Glasgow to London take?

The average journey time by train between Glasgow and London is 5 hours and 38 minutes, with around 42 trains per day. The journey time may be longer on weekends and holidays, so use our Journey Planner on this page to search for a specific travel date.

What's the fastest journey time between Glasgow and London by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Glasgow to London is 4 hours and 32 minutes.

How much does the train from Glasgow to London cost?

Train tickets from Glasgow to London can start from as little as $42.93 when you book in advance and are usually more expensive when purchased on the day. Prices can also vary depending the time of day, route and class you book.

Is there a direct train from Glasgow to London?

Yes, it is possible to travel from Glasgow to London without having to change trains. There are 42 direct trains from Glasgow to London each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.

What time does the first train from Glasgow to London leave?

The first train from Glasgow to London leaves at 03:26. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

What time does the last train from Glasgow to London leave?

The last train from Glasgow to London leaves at 23:40. Trains that depart in the early morning hours or very late evening may be sleeper services, time and services may also vary during weekends and holidays.

What's the distance between Glasgow and London by train?

Trains travelling from Glasgow to London cover a distance of around 345 miles (555 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from London to Glasgow.

Cheap train tickets from Glasgow to London

Train tickets from Glasgow to London start at $42.93 one way for a Standard Class ticket if you book in advance. As most UK train companies increase their prices as the departure date approaches, we’ll help you find the cheapest tickets.

Book in advance

Look out for Advance tickets – they usually come out up to 12 weeks before the departure date and can be cheaper than buying on the day. If you’re here a tad early, sign up for our Advance ticket alert today to get notified when your tickets are released.

Consider a Season Ticket

If you catch this train more than 3 times per week, you could save money with a Season Ticket. With annual, monthly and weekly options available, find out if a season ticket for Glasgow to London is right for you.

Use your Railcard

National Railcards offer a 1/3 off eligible train tickets in the UK and can be a great investment if you travel a few times or more in a year. Find out how you can save with a National Railcard here.

Split your tickets

Download our app to find split tickets — courtesy of SplitSave, our handy feature which 'splits' your train tickets where possible to find you a better deal. Learn more about the clever tech behind split tickets, and how to spot SplitSave discounts in our app.

For more money-saving tips on UK and European train travel, read our cheap train tickets guide.

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Another train trip ticked off the bucket list – Glasgow to London on the WCML

Review by Richard Keenan-Heard

Travelling the length of the West Coast Main Line (WCML) has been on my must-take train journeys for a long time, and it does not disappoint! As a child, I’d grown up on Ivor the Engine and Thomas the Tank Engine. I love the history of steam and the stories evoked by the mere mention of the ‘Big Four’ and the race been London and Scotland.

We booked our return tickets from Glasgow Central to London Euston in advance, as always taking advantage of our Two Together Railcard to save some money on the fares. After a long weekend in Glasgow, we decided to jump on the 3.40 pm direct service with Avanti which takes around 4 hours, 30 minutes.

As this had been a weekend away, we’d paid a bit more this time out for First-Class for the extra bit of space, comfort, and complimentary refreshments. I’m also a huge fan of staring out the window on a train journey and just watching the world go by and the big picture windows of the Pendolino train are perfect for this.

There is a First-Class lounge at Glasgow Central where you can grab some complimentary refreshments such as coffee, tea, biscuits, pastries, etc. Well worth getting to the station slightly ahead of time just to slow down and stop for a bit before boarding.

Onboard as always is a treat, and we had a pair of seats facing one another with the big picture framing window all to ourselves. Being a bit of a steam train fan, I was dead excited to be following in the tracks of the LMS Coronation Class locomotive which had briefly held the speed record for steam at 114 mph.

In no time at all really, we were flying along towards Carlisle, the first stop on the journey south having weaved our way through beautiful Scottish countryside for the last hour or so. As you near Lancaster get yourself a view out of the right-hand side of the train and enjoy the breathtaking sea views over Morecambe Bay.

From here on in towns, cities, villages, and rolling countryside all flash by as we wind our way down further and further towards London Euston.

I absolutely love taking the train, and this is certainly one journey that won’t disappoint. So with another journey ticked off the list, next time I hope to return north on the Caledonian Sleeper and venture even further into Scotland by visiting Fort William.


About Richard

Richard is one of our trusted, hand-picked travel writers. The information for this article was recorded first-hand, based on his own genuine experience of the journey.

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