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Located in the city centre, Leicester’s impressive Victorian station was opened in 1840. Adjacent to the station is a public house named The Parcel Yard, a handy stopping point for travellers waiting for their connection.

Leicester train station is a ten-minute walk from Leicester's busy High Cross shopping centre, the University, and the city's brand-new Richard III Exhibition Centre.

Leicester was one of the first towns in the UK to have a railway station. Today, trains to Leicester arrive at a large modern station that is convenient for the shops, bars, and restaurants of the city centre.

Station details & facilities

Ticket Office opening hours:
  • Monday to Friday open from 05:20:00 until 22:30:00
  • Saturday open from 05:20:00 until 22:30:00
  • Sunday open from 07:15:00 until 22:30:00
Ticket MachineAvailable
Staff helpUnavailable
Staffing levelThe staff is available at all times.
Oyster PrepayUnavailable
Oyster topupUnavailable
Oyster validatorUnavailable
Pre-purchase collectionAvailable
Left LuggageUnavailable
Left Luggage Websitehttps://www.nationalrail.co.uk/
Telephone typesCards and coins
Station BuffetAvailable
Station Buffet notes
Cafe and vending machine.
Bureau de ChangeUnavailable
Tourist Information OfficeUnavailable
Nearest station with more facilities
This is a Category A access station. There is step free access to the main entrance and lifts to all platforms. Customers with wheelchairs who require assistance on graduated slopes should press the ticket gate 'assistance' button located at the bottom of the stairs near the self service ticket machines. To ensure availability of staff to assist, it is imperative that customers book assistance in advance.
Toilets notesThe toilets are located on the Main Concourse, Platform 1/2 and Platform 3/4. The National key toilets are located on Platform 1/2 and Platform 3/4; these toilets are operated by a radar key. The radar key is available from the Duty Manager located on the end of Platform 3/4.
Baby changeAvailable
Staff Help notes
Staff help available 05.20 - 01.00 Passenger Assistance meeting point is at the customer information desk in the front concourse or the ticket gates.
Customer help pointsUnavailable
Carpark nameStation car park
Car parking spaces515
Cycle storageAvailable
Cycle storage spaces222
Sheltered cycle storageAvailable
Cycle storage CCTVAvailable
Cycle storage notes
Cycle hub situated on the lower floor (old Red Star parcels area) which can be accessed via the lift located to the left of the Customer Information desk. Stands also available in main car park and station front near short stay car park.
Cycle storage notesCompound
Step-free accessStep free access is available throughout the whole station.
Ramps for train accessAvailable
Induction LoopAvailable
Accessible ticket machinesAvailable
Accessible Booking Office counterAvailable
Accessible taxisAccessible taxis are available at this station, please see below for more information
Accessible taxis notes

Leicester station is a major station with taxis usually available on a rank. Advance booking is not normally necessary or even possible, unless arriving early in the morning or late at night. Operators who may accept bookings include:

Opening Hours
  • Monday to Friday open from 05:45:00 until 12:30:00
Located At the south end of platform 3/4 Tickets Accepted All First Class ticket holders Facilities Screens with updated train information & also Sky News Refreshments Screens with updated train information & also Sky News Wi-Fi Yes Showers No

Trains to Leicester Station

Leicester train station is mainly served by East Midlands Railway, with CrossCountry trains operating only on the route from Birmingham to Stansted Airport.

Hourly EMR services connect Leicester to Nottingham, London St Pancras, Lincoln, and Sheffield throughout the day, while CrossCountry trains run between Leicester and Cambridge, Birmingham, and Stansted Airport.

Leicester train station arrivals and departures

Want to know when your next train from/to Leicester station departs? Scroll down this page and click on the ‘Departures’ tab if you want to check all trains departing from Leicester railway station or click on the ‘Arrivals’ tab for more information about all services arriving into Leicester.

Making your way through Leicester Station is pretty straightforward. There’s a ramp to enter/exit the station for passengers with mobility needs or with heavy luggage, and the main concourse provides a travel office, ticket machines, electronic departure and arrival boards, British Transport Police office, a WH Smith's, and a branch of Upper Crust.

Leicester train station parking

There’s one car park at Leicester station – it’s a long-stay car park that is connected to the entrance via a walkway. Step-free access is available not only here but also throughout the whole station.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is Leicester train station open?

Leicester train station is open every day that services are running to and from the station. The railway station usually opens just before the first train of the day leaves and then closes after the last train departs. Ticket office opening hours may vary.

Are trains running today from Leicester train station?

Trains arrive into and depart from Leicester station almost every day, although there may be fewer services during the weekends and bank holidays. Check our live train times for up-to-date information on trains running to and from Leicester station.

How far is Leicester University from Leicester train station?

Leicester train station is about 18 minutes away from the University of Leicester on foot, and 10 minutes away by bus. If you prefer travelling by public transport, you can find a bus stop right outside the station.

Are dogs allowed at Leicester train station?

Yes, dogs are allowed at Leicester station, but they should be kept on a lead or in a pet carrier at all times.

Departures and arrivals from Leicester

Want to check the latest departures and arrivals into Leicester station? Find live information for the next trains departing and arriving at the station below.
Departing toTrainTimePlatformStatus
to Stansted AirportEast Midlands Railway05:473On time
to Stansted AirportEast Midlands Railway05:502On time
to Stansted AirportEast Midlands Railway06:023On time
to Stansted AirportEast Midlands Railway06:103On time
to Stansted AirportCrossCountry06:152On time
Arriving fromTrainTimePlatformStatus
from Birmingham New StreetEast Midlands Railway05:443On time
from Birmingham New StreetEast Midlands Railway05:492On time
from Birmingham New StreetEast Midlands Railway06:003On time
from Birmingham New StreetEast Midlands Railway06:093On time
from Birmingham New StreetEast Midlands Railway06:144AOn time
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