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Sheffield to London by train

It takes an average of 2h 33m to travel from Sheffield to London by train, over a distance of around 141 miles (227 km). There are normally 64 trains per day traveling from Sheffield to London and tickets for this journey start from $23.81 when you book in advance.

First train


Last train


Departure station


Arrival station


Journey time

From 1h 59m


141 miles (227 km)


64 trains per day


Direct trains available


From $23.81

Train operators

East Midlands Railway

Sheffield to London train times

Check out the next trains departing from Sheffield to London for Sunday Apr 14th 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.
09:24 On timesheffield12:11 On timelondon st pancras internationalPlatform 8 east midlands railway Get tickets2h 47m, direct
09:25 On timesheffield11:39 On timelondon kings crossPlatform 3A northern PeakGet tickets2h 14m, 1 change
09:41 On timesheffield12:27 On timelondon kings crossPlatform 4A northern PeakGet tickets2h 46m, 1 change
10:10 On timesheffield12:39 On timelondon kings crossPlatform 2B transpennine express PeakGet tickets2h 29m, 1 change
10:41 On timesheffield12:58 On timelondon kings crossPlatform 3A estimatednorthern PeakGet tickets2h 17m, 1 change

Traveling by train from Sheffield to London

Planning a trip to the capital and need more information about the journey from Sheffield to London by train? Start your journey with us!  

On average, it takes around 2 hours and 32 minutes to get from Sheffield to London, although the fastest services can take you there in just 1 hour and 59 minutes.  As there are around 49 direct trains running on this route each day, you don’t need to worry about making any changes along the way. 

When traveling on this route, you’ll board an East Midlands Railway train at Sheffield station. Once you’re on board you can begin to enjoy the onboard benefits, such as comfortable seating and generous luggage storage. Fancy treating yourself? Upgrade to East Midlands Railway First Class and you’ll enjoy quieter carriages, plug sockets and complimentary catering on some services. Before you know it, you’ll arrive at London St Pancras station.  

Once you’ve left the station, you can begin to explore London’s most iconic landmarks. Not sure where to visit first? Take a look at our guide to the 14 best things to do in London, including a trip to the Tower of London and the Tate Modern.  

Looking to save money on your train tickets? Try traveling during Off-Peak times – outside of morning/evening rush hours on weekdays. To save more, try to book an Advance ticket, they are normally released 12 weeks prior to the day of travel and can be a lot cheaper.  

Ready to start? There’s no need to wait, begin a search for cheap train tickets from Sheffield to London in our Journey Planner at the top of the page. For more information, keep reading for FAQs, timetables with first and last train times and tips on booking cheap train tickets.  

FAQs for Sheffield to London

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

The average journey time by train between Sheffield and London is 2 hours and 33 minutes, with around 64 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 Sheffield and London by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Sheffield to London is 1 hour and 59 minutes.

How much does the train from Sheffield to London cost?

Train tickets from Sheffield to London can start from as little as $23.81 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 Sheffield to London?

Yes, it is possible to travel from Sheffield to London without having to change trains. There are 64 direct trains from Sheffield 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 Sheffield to London leave?

The first train from Sheffield to London leaves at 03:35. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

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

The last train from Sheffield to London leaves at 21:45. 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 Sheffield and London by train?

Trains travelling from Sheffield to London cover a distance of around 141 miles (227 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

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

Cheap train tickets from Sheffield to London

Train tickets from Sheffield to London start at $23.81 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 Sheffield 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

We love helping our customers find inspiration for their next train journey. Discover some travel stories written based on our employees' experiences.

Travelling from Sheffield to London with EMR

I got the bus into Sheffield city centre to reach the station, the entrance to Sheffield train station is an inviting site when leaving or arriving as the two water feature sculptures in Sheaf Square always shine in the sunlight.

I already had my digital ticket on my phone, so inside the station I headed up the stairs and along the walkway to find my platform. As Sheffield is often the starting station on this route into London, my EMR train was already there waiting for me to board. Although East Midlands Railway offer First Class I was sat in Standard Class today and had a fold-down table and plug socket at my seat by the window.

The train only stopped at three stations along the way, Chesterfield, Derby and Leicester, so it only took just over two hours to reach London, which is pretty quick! During the journey, staff offered a trolley service full of hot and cold drinks, alcohol, and snacks.

Once the train pulled into London St Pancras station, I was greeted by the station’s iconic curved roof, and Tracey Emin’s ‘I Want My Time With You’ artwork suspended from the ceiling. I scanned my ticket to get through the barrier, then headed down the escalators and along the row of shops in the lower level arcade to hop on the tube.

About Jorja

Jorja, a Trainline employee, chose to share their experience of the journey between Sheffield and London.

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