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Travel from London to Erfurt by train in 8 hours 22 minutes

If you want to know more about the journey from London to Erfurt by train, look no further!

The average journey time from London to Erfurt by train is 11 hours 52 minutes, although on the fastest services it can take just 8 hours 22 minutes. You'll usually find 9 trains per day traveling the 776 km between these two destinations. You'll need to make 2 changes along the way as there are no direct services to Erfurt. You're likely to be traveling with Eurostar, TGV or Thalys to Erfurt. As the main train operators on this route, all offer plenty of space for luggage and comfortable seating as standard.

Book train tickets from London to Erfurt in advance instead of buying them on the day and they can start from $89.20. We'll always highlight the cheapest prices when you search in our Journey Planner.

Ready to book? Start your search for cheap train tickets with us today. Keep reading for more information, including our train schedule where you can view first and last train times, as well as tips on how to find cheap train tickets.

London to Erfurt by train

It takes an average of 11h 52m to travel from London to Erfurt by train, over a distance of around 482 miles (776 km). There are normally 9 trains per day traveling from London to Erfurt and tickets for this journey start from $89.20 when you book in advance.

First train


Last train


Departure station


Arrival station


Journey time

From 8h 22m


482 miles (776 km)


9 trains per day


2 changes


From $89.20

Train and bus operators

Deutsche Bahn, Eurostar, BlaBlaCar Bus, SNCF, Thalys, Regiojet, Union Ivkoni (Bus), Traveleuro, Flixbus

London to Erfurt train times

Check out the next trains departing from London to Erfurt for Tuesday Apr 4th 2023. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
06:16 15:26 9h 10m, 2 changes
09:01 17:26 8h 25m, 2 changes
11:04 19:26 8h 22m, 2 changes
13:01 21:36 8h 35m, 2 changes
15:31 02:14 10h 43m, 2 changes
16:31 04:18 11h 47m, 4 changes
19:34 11:26 15h 52m, 2 changes
20:01 12:38 16h 37m, 3 changes
20:01 13:26 17h 25m, 2 changes

Eurostar, Deutsche Bahn, SNCF and Thalys trains from London to Erfurt

You can travel from London to Erfurt on Eurostar, Deutsche Bahn, SNCF and Thalys trains. When you search for times and tickets, we might also show you some other options with multiple connections or operators if they’re available.

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Eurostar is the exclusive high-speed train service that links London to Paris, Brussels, Amsterdam and the rest of Europe at speeds of up to 186 mph (300 km/h). All Eurostar trains have modern, comfortable facilities, plenty of room for luggage, and onboard food and beverage car. There are three comfort classes on offer – Standard, Standard Premier (equivalent to Premium Economy, with light refreshments served), and Business Premier (equivalent to First or Business Class, with flexible travel options, priority boarding, lounge access and delicious food and drink included).

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The Deutsche Bahn Group is owned by the German State and controls the majority of rail traffic in Germany as well as in many border regions of the country. Every year, Deutsche Bahn transports several million passengers and many stations in Germany are served exclusively by DB trains, including the ICE, IC and EC fleet.

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SNCF is the national train operator of France. It operates all domestic trains and routes across France, as well as international services to Spain and Germany. There are three different types of domestic trains that operate under the SNCF banner – TGV (high-speed, full-service trains that connect the major cities in France), Intercités (usually a more frequent stopping service, but with all the amenities), and TER (regional train services with basic onboard facilities).

Thalys is the railway company connecting four European countries – France, Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany. Thalys trains run at a speed of up to 186 mph (300 km/h) and have three comfort classes on all services called – Standard, Comfort and Premium (equivalent to the First Class, with access to the Thalys Lounge). All Thalys trains have a car restaurant (called Thalys Welcome Bar) and a free WiFi connection.

Eurostar, TGV INOUI and Thalys classes from London to Erfurt

Compare the different travel classes offered by Eurostar, TGV INOUI and Thalys when traveling from London to Erfurt.

Cheap train tickets from London to Erfurt

The price of train tickets from London to Erfurt starts at $89.20 one-way for a Standard Class ticket if you book in advance. Booking on the day is usually more expensive and costs can vary depending on the time of day, route or class.

Book in advance

Most of the train companies across Europe release their tickets around three to six months in advance, many of which can be cheaper the earlier you book. If you know the dates you want to travel, you may be able to find some cheaper train tickets from London to Erfurt by booking early.§

Be flexible with your travel times

Many of the train services in Europe are also popular commuter services, lots of train companies increase ticket prices during “peak hours” (generally between 06:00 – 10:00 and 15:00 – 19:00 on weekdays). If you can, consider travelling outside of peak hours to find lower priced tickets.

Choose a slower or connecting train

On some of the busier routes, you might also have the option to take a slower or connecting train. It may take a little longer than some high-speed or direct services, but if you have a little extra time on your hands, you might find a cheaper fare. Plus, you'll have more time to enjoy the view of the countryside!

Look out for special deals

Take a look at our handy guides to find out when train operators release their special deals and offers to see if you can find cheap European train tickets for your journey.

For specific information about how to get your hands on cheap tickets, check out our European train tickets hub.

§Some train companies may not offer any Advance ticket types or cheaper deals for early bookings. On rare occasions, train companies may choose to release special offers closer to the date on last-minute or late-release tickets. This is dependent on the individual train operating company you travel with.

FAQs for London to Erfurt

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

The average journey time by train between London and Erfurt is 11 hours and 52 minutes, with around 9 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 London and Erfurt by train?

The fastest journey time by train from London to Erfurt is 8 hours and 22 minutes.

How much does the train from London to Erfurt cost?

Train tickets from London to Erfurt can start from as little as $89.20 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 London to Erfurt?

No, there are no direct train services from London to Erfurt. Travelling from London to Erfurt by train will require a minimum of 2 changes.

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

The first train from London to Erfurt leaves at 06:16. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

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

The last train from London to Erfurt leaves at 20:01. 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 London and Erfurt by train?

Trains travelling from London to Erfurt cover a distance of around 482 miles (776 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

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

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