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London to Glasgow Central by train

It takes an average of 6h 20m to travel from London to Glasgow Central by train, over a distance of around 345 miles (555 km). There are normally 43 trains per day traveling from London to Glasgow Central and tickets for this journey start from $32.56 when you book in advance.

First train

04:31

Last train

23:45

Departure station

London

Arrival station

Glasgow Central

Journey time

From 4h 30m

Distance

345 miles (555 km)

Frequency

43 trains per day

Changes

Direct trains available

Price

From $32.56

Train operators

Avanti West Coast, Caledonian Sleeper, London North Eastern Railway

London to Glasgow Central train times

Check out the next trains departing from London to Glasgow Central for vrijdag apr 19de 2024 using our handy timetable below, including platform and live travel information. You can view the full day timetable or search for a different date here.
DepartsArrivesTrainDuration
07:30 On timelondon euston12:01 On timeglasgow centralavanti west coast PeakGet tickets4h 31m, direct
08:30 On timelondon euston13:04 On timeglasgow centralavanti west coast PeakGet tickets4h 34m, direct
09:16 On timelondon euston15:17 On timeglasgow centralavanti west coast PeakGet tickets6h 1m, direct
09:30 On timelondon euston14:02 On timeglasgow centralavanti west coast PeakGet tickets4h 32m, direct
10:30 On timelondon euston15:00 On timeglasgow centralavanti west coast PeakGet tickets4h 30m, direct

Traveling from London to Glasgow by train

Planning a trip to Scotland and looking for more information on how to travel by train from London to Glasgow Central? Start your journey with us! 

On average, the journey from London to Glasgow by train takes around 5 hours and 34 minutes, although the fastest services will take you there in just 4 hours and 29 minutes. Each day, there are around 46 direct trains running on this route, so you don’t need to worry about making any changes.  

When traveling on this route, you have two train operators to choose from. If you opt for Avanti West Coast, you’ll board a train at London Euston station. However, if you decide to travel with London North Eastern Railway, your journey will start at London Kings Cross station. Also, if you want to maximize your time in Glasgow, you can take the Caledonian Sleeper night train from London Euston station. No matter who you decide to travel with, you’ll enjoy onboard amenities such as comfortable seating, free WiFi and generous luggage storage. On all services, your train will arrive at Glasgow Central station.  

Once you’ve arrived, you can begin to explore everything Glasgow has to offer. Not sure where to visit? Check out our guide to the perfect weekend in Glasgow, including a trip to Kelvingrove Museum and Glasgow Botanic Gardens. If you’d like to discover more of Scotland, take a look at our guide to the best day trips from Glasgow.  

Want to book cheap train tickets? Travel at Off-Peak times, as tickets are generally cheaper outside of morning/evening rush hours on weekdays. Also, try to book an Advance ticket, they are usually released 12 weeks prior to the departure date and tend to be cheaper than purchasing tickets on the day of travel.  

Ready to book? Start a search for cheap train tickets from London to Glasgow Central in our Journey Planner at the top of the page. For more information about the journey, keep reading for FAQs, train timetables and tips on booking train tickets.  

FAQs for London to Glasgow Central

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

The average journey time by train between London and Glasgow Central is 6 hours and 20 minutes, with around 43 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 Central by train?

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

How much does the train from London to Glasgow Central cost?

Train tickets from London to Glasgow Central can start from as little as $32.56 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 Central?

Yes, it is possible to travel from London to Glasgow Central without having to change trains. There are 43 direct trains from London to Glasgow Central 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 Central leave?

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

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

The last train from London to Glasgow Central 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 Central by train?

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

Cheap train tickets from London to Glasgow Central

Train tickets from London to Glasgow Central start at $32.56 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 Central 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.

LNER, Avanti West Coast and Caledonian Sleeper trains from London to Glasgow Central

You can travel by train to Glasgow with LNER, Avanti West Coast and Caledonian Sleeper. When searching for times and tickets, you might find some other options with multiple connections or operators if they’re available.

LNER

London North Eastern Railway (LNER) operates trains on the East Coast mainline to popular destinations such as London King’s Cross, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, Harrogate, York, Hull, Newcastle, Inverness and Aberdeen.

LNER boasts a new fleet of state-of-the-art Azuma trains on their major routes, which use technology from the Japanese bullet train to travel faster, quieter and more reliably than ever before.

More information on LNER

Avanti West Coast

Avanti West Coast provides services from London Euston and several terminals including Birmingham New Street, Manchester Piccadilly and Liverpool Lime Street.

Most routes feature high-speed services with no changes required, making Avanti West Coast an excellent alternative to air travel if you're looking to traverse up or down the length of the country.

More information on Avanti West Coast

Caledonian Sleeper

Six nights a week, the Caledonian Sleeper runs overnight from Scotland to London. On the Lowlander route, you can travel from London to either Glasgow or Edinburgh.

There are 4 different tickets to choose from, including Seated Coach, Classic Room, Club Room and the Caledonian Double.

More information on Caledonian Sleeper

LNER train classes from London to Glasgow

LNER offers different seating classes to suit all budgets, whether you're traveling for work, pleasure or a bit of both.

Standard Class

Enjoy family-sized tables, power outlets and quiet cars, all at an affordable price in Standard Class.

Power outlets
Free WiFi
Table at every seat
Baggage storage

First Class

In First Class, you’ll get access to a few extra perks before, during and after your trip, as well as all the usual amenities you'll find in Standard Class.

Complimentary food and drinks
Plenty of legroom
Larger tables
Reclining seats
Power outlets and USB outletat seats
Ambient lighting
LNER’s best ever WiFi connection

Avanti West Coast train classes from London to Glasgow

Avanti offers Standard Premium Class, which includes some of the perks of First Class at a cheaper price, as well as Standard and First Class.

Standard Class

Standard Class is ideal for travelers looking for low-budget fuss-free travel. On board, you will enjoy:

Free WiFi
Access to onboard entertainment system
Power outlets
At-seat order

Standard Premium Class

Standard Premium Class offers the usual amenities you’ll find in Standard Class, as well as a few extra perks, including:

Wider more comfortable seating
Extra legroom
Table at every seat

First Class

Upgrade to Avanti West Coast’s First Class and enjoy complimentary food and drink.

Complimentary food and drink
Reclining seats

Caledonian Sleeper train classes from London to Glasgow Central

On the Caledonian Sleeper, you can travel in 4 different classes, from the comfortable seats of Seated Coach to the luxury of the Caledonian Double.

Seated Coach

Seated Coach offers an economical experience, but still ensures a stylish and comfortable journey.

Adjustable headrest and footrest
Tray table
Individual reading lights
USB charging port and power outlet
WiFi
Secure overhead storage
Dedicated food and drink menu
Complimentary sleep kit
Baggage storage area

Classic Room

Travel between London and Glasgow in your own room, with twin bunk beds and a sink.

Twin bunk beds
Breakfast available
In-room sink
WiFi
Power outlets
Room service
Keycard entry
Temperature control
Dimmable lights

Club Room

Enjoy an en-suite with a shower, as well as comfortable mattresses to ensure a great night’s sleep.

En-suite with toilet and shower
Breakfast included
Complimentary beauty and grooming products
Station Lounge access
Priority Club Car access
Priority boarding
Complimentary chocolate

Caledonian Double

Offering a truly luxurious experience, the Caledonian Double comes with a double bed and a complimentary breakfast to start your day in London the right way.

Double bed
Complimentary beauty and grooming products bag

Food and drink on board trains from London to Glasgow Central

On your way to Glasgow, you can enjoy food and drink no matter which train company you're traveling with. 

Onboard services from London to Glasgow Central

Learn more about the onboard services offered by each train company operating from London to Glasgow.

Traveling from the airport to central London

If you’re visiting London from abroad, you'll probably arrive at one of London's six major airports. If you want to know how to get to central London from each airport, keep reading for more details.

Getting to London Euston and London King's Cross station from central London

Depending on which train operator you’re traveling with, your train will depart from either London Euston station or London King’s Cross station. Read on for more information on how to navigate the city’s public transport to your train.

How to get to London Euston station 

London Euston station is easy to get to from all parts of the city, as it is served by two London Underground lines, the Northern (black line) and Victoria (light blue) lines.  

Driving to London? There are limited parking spaces available nearby. Alternatively, there is a pick-up and drop-off point in the taxi rank by Euston Road. If you’re cycling to the station, there are plenty of cycle spaces to store your bike safely. 

How to get to London King’s Cross station 

London King’s Cross station can be easily reached by National Rail, London Underground, bus services or car. 

King’s Cross St Pancras Underground station is served by six London Underground lines, including the Hammersmith & City (pink line), Circle (yellow line), Metropolitan (purple line), Northern (black line), Piccadilly (dark blue line) and Victoria (light blue) lines. 

If you’re planning to drive to London King’s Cross station, you’ll find a Click and Park car park at nearby London St Pancras International station – it has 315 spaces and is always open, with staff on hand 24/7. Lastly, if you’re cycling to the station, there are plenty of bicycle spaces to store your bike safely. 

Everything you need to know about London Euston and London King's Cross station

While you're waiting for your train, there are plenty of things to do at London Euston station and London King's Cross station. Read on to find everything you need to know, including information on facilities and first-class lounges.

Arriving at Glasgow Central station from London

No matter which train operator you decide to travel with, you’ll arrive at Glasgow Central station.

The station is situated in the hub of the city, close to the River Clyde and Princes Square Shopping Centre. Once you've left the station, you can start soaking up the city’s atmosphere as soon as possible. All areas of Glasgow are easily accessible on foot or by using the city’s public transport system:

  • Walk: As Glasgow Central station is in the center of the city, you can walk to most parts of the city.
  • Subway: The closest subway station to Glasgow Central station is St Enoch station, where you can travel to all parts of the city center and the West End.
  • Train: From Glasgow Central station, you can take ScotRail services to other Glasgow stations including Argyle Street, Anderston, Partick and more.
  • Bus: There is a bus stop directly outside Glasgow Central station which is served by various bus routes.
  • Taxi: The closest taxi rank is opposite the Gordon Street exit.

Want to travel from Glasgow Central station to Glasgow Airport? You can take a short ScotRail train journey to Paisley Gilmour Street station. From here, you can take bus number 757 to the airport. Alternatively, from Glasgow Central Station, walk to St Vincent Street and take the Glasgow Airport Express bus service to Glasgow Airport in just 15 minutes.

Using public transport in Glasgow

Glasgow is a very walkable city, so we recommend exploring the city on foot! However, if you want to reach somewhere quickly, Glasgow boasts a modern public transport system to help you navigate the city.

Taking the subway in Glasgow 

Glasgow is one of three cities in the UK with an underground transit system. The subway is one of the easiest ways to get around Glasgow’s city center, the West End and the Southside. At peak times, the subway runs every 4 minutes. In total, it takes just 24 minutes to complete a full circuit of the 15 stations.  

Before using the subway, you can purchase a single journey ticket or if you’re staying in Glasgow for a few days, you can buy a Subway Smartcard. The Subway passes through some of Glasgow’s most popular areas, including Buchanan Street, St Enoch and Bridge Street. 

Taking the train in Glasgow 

Take advantage of the local ScotRail network to travel around Glasgow by train. From the city’s two biggest train stations, Glasgow Central and Glasgow Queen Street, you can take short train journeys to all parts of the city, including Bellgrove, Cowcaddens, Anderston and more.  

Taking the bus in Glasgow 

Glasgow has one main bus company operating across the city, First Bus Glasgow. Operating over 80 routes across Glasgow, First Bus offers a variety of tickets including single journeys, day tickets and a weekly ticket. 

Explore Europe by train with a Eurail Pass

Once you’ve finished exploring Glasgow, why not continue exploring Europe by train? With a Eurail Pass, you can travel across 33 European countries as much as you want on participating European train networks for a set amount of travel days.

You can use a Eurail Pass if you’re not a European citizen or resident. If you're a European citizen or a non-European who is an official legal resident of a European country, you can use an Interrail Pass instead.

 


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