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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:
DayOpening Hours
Weekdays05:20 - 22:30
Saturday 05:20 - 22:30
Sunday 07:15 - 22:30
Ticket MachineAvailable
Staff helpUnavailable
Staffing levelFull time
Oyster PrepayUnavailable
Oyster topupUnavailable
Oyster validatorUnavailable
Pre-purchase collectionAvailable
Left LuggageUnavailable
Telephone typesCoins and cards
Station BuffetAvailable
Bureau de ChangeUnavailable
Tourist Information OfficeUnavailable
Baby changeAvailable
WiFi notes

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Free WiFi is available in the First Lounge

Web kioskUnavailable
Customer help pointsUnavailable
Carpark opening hours:
DayOpening Hours
Saturday Open 24 hours
Sunday Open 24 hours
WeekdaysOpen 24 hours
Carpark nameStation car park Short stay car park
Carpark operatorEast Midlands Trains East Midlands Trains
Car parking spaces525
Carpark charges
Three Monthly£589.00
Cycle storageAvailable
Cycle storage spaces222
Sheltered cycle storageAvailable
Cycle storage CCTVAvailable
Cycle storage notes
Cycle hub underneath the station (old Red Star parcels area), also main car park, and station front near short stay car park.
Cycle storage notes<p>A Cycle Hub is located underneath the station. It is sheltered and secure, with 222 spaces. An application form for the Cycle Hub can be requested by emailing <a href="mailto:lei.cyclehub@eastmidlandstrains.co.uk">here</a>.</p> <p>There are also mixed type stands. Outdoor covered spaces in main car park. Stands at the station front.</p>
Step-free accessWhole station
Step-free access notes

Via 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.

Ramps for train accessAvailable
Induction LoopAvailable
Accessible ticket machinesAvailable
Accessible Booking Office counterAvailable
Opening Hours
DayOpening Hours
Weekdays05:45 - 12:30


At the south end of platform 3/4

Tickets Accepted

All First Class ticket holders


Screens with updated train information & also Sky News


Screens with updated train information & also Sky News





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.

Hotels near Leicester train 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 Birmingham InternationalCrossCountry12:55On time
to London St Pancras InternationalEast Midlands Railway13:053On time
to SheffieldEast Midlands Railway13:062Late
to London St Pancras InternationalEast Midlands Railway13:133On time
to Stansted AirportCrossCountry13:392Late
Arriving fromTrainTimePlatformStatus
from SheffieldEast Midlands Railway13:043On time
from London St Pancras InternationalEast Midlands Railway13:042On time
from NottinghamEast Midlands Railway13:133On time
from NuneatonCrossCountry13:17On time
from Birmingham New StreetCrossCountry13:382Late
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