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Taking the train from London to Lens in 2 hours 37 minutes

Thinking about taking the train from London to Lens? We've got you covered.

It usually takes around 5 hours 42 minutes to travel the 236 km from London to Lens by train, although you can get there in as little as 2 hours 37 minutes on the fastest services. You'll normally find around 13 trains per day running on this route. You'll need to make 1 change along the way as there aren't any direct services on this line. You can travel on this route with either Eurostar, TGV or SNCF. As the main train operators on this route, all offer comfortable seating and plenty of space for luggage as standard.

Train tickets from London to Lens start from $75.52 when you book in advance, which can be cheaper than buying them on the day. Start a search in our Journey Planner to check out the latest prices.

Keen to book your train tickets to Lens? No need to wait, start a search with us today! If you want to find out a bit more about the journey first, you can find our train schedule below, tips on booking cheap tickets and our FAQs, including first and last train times.

London to Lens by train

It takes an average of 5h 42m to travel from London to Lens by train, over a distance of around 147 miles (236 km). There are normally 13 trains per day traveling from London to Lens and tickets for this journey start from $75.52 when you book in advance.

First train

07:01

Last train

20:01

Departure station

London

Arrival station

Lens

Journey time

2h 37m

Distance

236 miles (147 km)

Frequency

13 trains per day

Changes

1 change

Price

From $75.52

Train and bus operators

SNCF, Eurostar

London to Lens train times

Check out the next trains departing from London to Lens for Tuesday Feb 14th 2023. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
DepartsArrivesDuration
09:01 11:50 2h 49m, 1 change
10:31 13:08 2h 37m, 1 change
11:04 14:50 3h 46m, 2 changes
11:04 14:53 3h 49m, 1 change
13:01 15:50 2h 49m, 1 change
15:04 17:50 2h 46m, 1 change
16:31 20:37 4h 6m, 1 change
18:04 21:20 3h 16m, 1 change
19:34 05:35 10h 1m, 2 changes
19:34 06:08 10h 34m, 1 change

Eurostar, SNCF, TGV and TER trains from London to Lens

You can travel from London to Lens on Eurostar, SNCF, TGV and TER 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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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).

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TGV is the high-speed train service of the SNCF company. It connects the major cities of France at speeds of up to 200 mph (320 km/h). All TGV trains are equipped with a food carriage, a free WiFi connection, power sockets and fold-down tables. Two comfort classes are offered – First Class and Second Class, with flexible fare options available and access to the Grand Voyageur lounge in some stations.

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TER (Transport Express Régional) trains are the regional service from SNCF that allow you to make trips to nearby towns and villages located within the same region. With 20 regions in France, TER trains are ideal for travelling to destinations not covered by high-speed services, although ticket prices vary between each region. TER trains have dedicated spaces for bicycles and allow animals on board. Not all TER trains include a First Class carriage.

Cheap train tickets from London to Lens

The price of train tickets from London to Lens starts at $75.52 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 Lens 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 Lens

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

The average journey time by train between London and Lens is 5 hours and 42 minutes, with around 13 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 Lens by train?

The fastest journey time by train from London to Lens is 2 hours and 37 minutes.

How much does the train from London to Lens cost?

Train tickets from London to Lens can start from as little as $75.52 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 Lens?

No, there are no direct train services from London to Lens. Travelling from London to Lens by train will require a minimum of 1 change.

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

The first train from London to Lens leaves at 07:01. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

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

The last train from London to Lens 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 Lens by train?

Trains travelling from London to Lens cover a distance of around 147 miles (236 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Lens to London.
The information provided is calculated based on scheduled train services for London to Lens for a typical week day using timetable data for 02/14/2023. On weekends, holidays or other exceptional times, fewer services may be available. The fare range provided has been found by our customers on Trainline on 10/18/2022 for travel on 10/18/2022 and for adult tickets in economy, discount cards and coach journeys excluded.

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