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London to Glasgow by train

It takes an average of 5h 38m to travel from London to Glasgow by train, over a distance of around 345 miles (555 km). There are normally 56 trains per day traveling from London to Glasgow and tickets for this journey start from $46.76 when you book in advance.

First train

4:31 am

Last train

11:45 pm

Departure station

London

Arrival station

Glasgow

Journey time

From 4h 30m

Distance

345 miles (555 km)

Frequency

56 trains per day

Changes

Direct trains available

Price

From $46.76

Train operators

Avanti West Coast, Caledonian Sleeper, London North Eastern Railway

Traveling from London to Glasgow by train

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

On average, you can expect the journey from London to Glasgow by train to take around 5 hours and 4 minutes, although the fastest services can take you there in just 4 hours and 29 minutes. As there are around 46 direct trains on this route every day, you don’t need to worry about making any changes along the way.  

When traveling on this route, there are two services to choose from. If you decide to travel with Avanti West Coast, you’ll depart from London Euston station. However, if you opt to travel with London North Eastern Railway (LNER), your journey will start at London Kings Cross station. No matter who you decide to travel with, you’ll enjoy onboard amenities such as free WiFi and comfortable seating. Not only that, but both services will take you directly to Glasgow Central station. If you want to maximize your time in Glasgow, you can also take the Caledonian Sleeper night train from London Euston to Glasgow Central station.  

Once you’ve left the station, you can begin to explore Glasgow! Not sure where to start? Find inspiration in our guide on how to spend a weekend in Glasgow, including a trip to Glasgow Cathedral and Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum.   

Hoping to save money on your tickets? Try traveling during Off-Peak times, as tickets are usually cheaper outside of morning/evening rush hours between Monday and Friday. Also, to save even more, try booking an Advance ticket – they tend to be released 12 weeks prior to the day of travel and are usually cheaper than purchasing tickets on the departure date. 

Want to book? Start a search for cheap train tickets from London to Glasgow in our Journey Planner at the top of the page. If you’d like to know more about the journey, continue reading for train timetables, tips on finding cheap tickets and FAQs including first and last train times.

FAQs for London to Glasgow

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

The average journey time by train between London and Glasgow is 5 hours and 38 minutes, with around 56 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 Glasgow by train?

The fastest journey time by train from London to Glasgow is 4 hours and 30 minutes.

How much does the train from London to Glasgow cost?

Train tickets from London to Glasgow can start from as little as $46.76 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 Glasgow?

Yes, it is possible to travel from London to Glasgow without having to change trains. There are 56 direct trains from London to Glasgow each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.

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

The first train from London to Glasgow leaves at 04:31. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

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

The last train from London to Glasgow leaves at 23:45. 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 Glasgow by train?

Trains travelling from London to Glasgow 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 Glasgow to London.

Cheap train tickets from London to Glasgow

Train tickets from London to Glasgow start at $46.76 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 London to Glasgow 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.

Advance adult single fare. Excludes booking fee. Prices seen by Trainline customers in the last 30 days. Availability limited.

What are my ticket options for this journey?

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