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Watford to Leicester by train

It takes an average of 2h 50m to travel from Watford to Leicester by train, over a distance of around 74 miles (119 km). There are normally 32 trains per day traveling from Watford to Leicester and tickets for this journey start from $41.41 when you book in advance.

First train

04:48

Last train

01:58

Departure station

Watford

Arrival station

Leicester

Journey time

From 1h 38m

Distance

74 miles (119 km)

Frequency

32 trains per day

Changes

1 change

Price

From $41.41

Train operators

CrossCountry, London Overground, East Midlands Railway, Avanti West Coast

Taking the train from Watford to Leicester in 1 hour 38 minutes

Thinking about taking the train from Watford to Leicester? We've got you covered.

It usually takes around 2 hours 50 minutes to travel the 119 km from Watford to Leicester by train, although you can get there in as little as 1 hour 38 minutes on the fastest services. You'll normally find around 32 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.

Train tickets from Watford to Leicester start from $41.41 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 Leicester? 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.

FAQs for Watford to Leicester

Want to know more about your journey from Watford to Leicester? 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 Watford to Leicester take?

The average journey time by train between Watford and Leicester is 2 hours and 50 minutes, with around 32 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 Watford and Leicester by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Watford to Leicester is 1 hour and 38 minutes.

How much does the train from Watford to Leicester cost?

Train tickets from Watford to Leicester can start from as little as $41.41 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 Watford to Leicester?

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

What time does the first train from Watford to Leicester leave?

The first train from Watford to Leicester leaves at 04:48. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

What time does the last train from Watford to Leicester leave?

The last train from Watford to Leicester leaves at 01:58. 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 Watford and Leicester by train?

Trains travelling from Watford to Leicester cover a distance of around 74 miles (119 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

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

Cheap train tickets from Watford to Leicester

Train tickets from Watford to Leicester start at $41.41 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 Watford to Leicester 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?

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