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Liverpool to London by train

It takes an average of 2h 57m to travel from Liverpool to London by train, over a distance of around 178 miles (287 km). There are normally 31 trains per day traveling from Liverpool to London and tickets for this journey start from $18.48 when you book in advance.

First train


Last train


Departure station


Arrival station


Journey time

From 2h 13m


178 miles (287 km)


31 trains per day


Direct trains available


From $18.48

Train operators

Avanti West Coast

Traveling from Liverpool to London by train in just 2 hours

Planning a trip to the capital and need more information on how to take the train from Liverpool to London? Start your journey with us! 

On average, the journey from Liverpool to London by train takes around 2 hours and 35 minutes, but can take just 2 hours and 3 minutes on the fastest services. As there are around 22 direct trains running on this popular route, you don’t need to make any changes along the way so you can sit back and relax.  

When traveling on this route, you’ll board a train at Liverpool Lime Street operated by Avanti West Coast. On board, you can enjoy on board amenities such as free WiFi, onboard entertainment and power sockets. If you prefer to travel in style, upgrade to Avanti West Coast’s Standard Premium Class or First Class. With the latter, you’ll enjoy complimentary food and drink, bigger seats and more legroom. In just over 2 hours, your train will arrive at London Euston station. 

As soon as you’ve exited the station, you can make your way to London’s most famous landmarks. If you need some inspiration, check out our guide to the 14 best things to do in London, including a visit to the Tate Modern and Trafalgar Square.  

If you’d like to save money on your train tickets, try traveling during Off-Peak hours, as tickets tend to be cheaper outside of morning/evening rush hours between Monday and Friday. To save even more money, keep an eye out for Advance tickets, as they are generally cheaper than buying tickets on the day of travel.  

Eager to book? Start a search for cheap train tickets from Liverpool to London in our Journey Planner at the top of the page. If you’d like to read more information about the journey first, keep reading for FAQs, timetables with first and last train times, as well as tips on how to book cheap train fares.

FAQs for Liverpool to London

Want to know more about your journey from Liverpool 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 Liverpool to London take?

The average journey time by train between Liverpool and London is 2 hours and 57 minutes, with around 31 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 Liverpool and London by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Liverpool to London is 2 hours and 13 minutes.

How much does the train from Liverpool to London cost?

Train tickets from Liverpool to London can start from as little as $18.48 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 Liverpool to London?

Yes, it is possible to travel from Liverpool to London without having to change trains. There are 31 direct trains from Liverpool 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 Liverpool to London leave?

The first train from Liverpool to London leaves at 04:25. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

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

The last train from Liverpool to London leaves at 20:51. 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 Liverpool and London by train?

Trains travelling from Liverpool to London cover a distance of around 178 miles (287 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

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

Cheap train tickets from Liverpool to London

Train tickets from Liverpool to London start at $18.48 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 Liverpool 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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What are my ticket options for this journey?

If you're like us, you've probably seen the sheer number of ticket types available in the UK and wondered "Why are there so many?!" To help, we've put together a handy guide to the main UK ticket types, simply tap the one you’re interested in to find out more.

Tips and tricks from our Trainline team blog

We love helping our customers find inspiration for their next train journey. We also believe about taking those journeys and sharing our experiences with you, so you can sit back, relax and get the most out of your trip.

Liverpool to London – all aboard a Pendolino!

Review by Richard Keenan-Heard

There has to be something said for taking a high-speed Pendolino train, I love the way it takes a curve on the track, gently swaying into the corner with effortless ease and style.

We booked tickets in advance for the 5.47 pm train from Liverpool Lime Street to London and used our Two Together Railcard, saving just over £16 on this one journey alone – if you don’t have a Railcard – I’d highly recommend checking out the savings you could enjoy.

Liverpool Lime Street has a large number of shops and food outlets if you need to grab something before boarding the train. We grabbed some nibbles and a couple of drinks from the M&S just to see us through the journey.

Once we boarded the train, stowed our bags, and settled into our seats (with free Wi-Fi!) the train was just starting to pull out of the station. One of the best spots on the train at this point is on the right-hand side of the carriage as you’ll get a view across the River Mersey as you cross between Widnes and Runcorn.

With the lighter summer evenings, you can still window gaze at your leisure and take in some of the countryside views as you fly by at 125 mph.  There has to be something said for letting the train driver do all the work, whilst you sit back in comfort and relax, certainly beats driving that much I can tell you.

On the approach into London Euston, we tidy away our belongings and grab our bags before heading out through the main concourse and into the bright city lights of London. Next stop, the West End!

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