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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

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 London St Pancras InternationalEast Midlands Railway14:433On time
to Birmingham New StreetCrossCountry14:503On time
to NottinghamEast Midlands Railway14:512Late
to London St Pancras InternationalEast Midlands Railway15:043On time
to SheffieldEast Midlands Railway15:062On time
Arriving fromTrainTimePlatformStatus
from NottinghamEast Midlands Railway14:423On time
from Stansted AirportCrossCountry14:493On time
from London St Pancras InternationalEast Midlands Railway14:502Late
from Birmingham New StreetCrossCountry14:511On time
from SheffieldEast Midlands Railway15:023On time
† Average savings on advance fares booked at least one week before day of travel vs Anytime fares purchased on day of travel. Subject to availability. Excludes coach.

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