Avanti West Coast disruption

From 14th August 2022, Avanti West Coast will be running an amended timetable until further notice. While the new timetable is being finalised, Avanti West Coast have temporarily suspended ticket sales and closed reservations from 14th August to 11th September 2022.
  • The timetables for this period will be released a week at a time
  • If your train is cancelled, you can travel on a service before or after your original booked train
  • If you no longer wish to travel due to the amended timetable, you can claim a full fee-free refund by logging into your account, or by clicking ‘manage booking’ in your confirmation email
  • Every hour, four trains will run from London Euston, to Glasgow, Liverpool, Manchester and Birmingham
  • Trains will run from London to Edinburgh every two hours

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Avanti West Coast – the InterCity West Coast Partnership – took over the West Coast Franchise from Virgin Trains in December 2019. At Trainline we’ll show you where Avanti trains will take you and how to book the best value train tickets for your journey.

To find Avanti train tickets, simply start a search above and we’ll show you the best available journey times and prices.

For more information about accessibility on Avanti West Coast services, check out our Accessible Travel guide.

What to expect on Avanti West Coast

Did you know Avanti means 'Forward' in Italian? As well as taking over operation on all trains on the West Coast line, Avanti West Coast are some innovative upgrades and improvements to tickets, trains and stations over the next few years.

Some of the benefits the new West Coast Partnership are bringing to passengers over the next few years include:

  • A complete refurbishment of all 56 Pendolino trains running on the West Coast Main line
  • More reliable free WiFi coverage
  • Improved onboard catering
  • More seats and 263 extra train services a week by 2022 
  • Station upgrades
  • New environmentally friendly trains
  • Flexible smart ticketing options


The first of Avanti's refurbished Pendolino trains made its debut in April 2022 on the London to Manchester line, with state-of-the-art technology as well as brand new comfortable seats.  

Avanti West Coast route map

Unsure about where to start your Avanti West Coast adventure? Use our map to plan out where you want to go. From London, you can enjoy high-speed services to destinations like Liverpool, Edinburgh and Manchester. 

Avanti West Coast are one of the primary rail operators in the UK, providing services from London Euston and a number of major terminals including Birmingham New Street, Manchester Piccadilly and Liverpool Lime Street.

Many of the routes feature high-speed services with no changes required, making Avanti West Coast an excellent alternative to air travel if you're looking to traverse up or down the length of the country.

How to get cheap Avanti West Coast tickets

If you're after cheap train tickets for Avanti West Coast routes, check out the hints below and see how you could bag yourself a bargain. We'll even highlight the cheapest prices!

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Avanti West Coast train classes

As well as Standard and First Class, Avanti are bringing in a new class this year that offers some of the perks of First Class at a cheaper price. You can’t buy Standard Premium tickets online yet, but you can see what each class onboard Avanti West Coast trains offer below.

Standard Class

  • Free WiFi
  • Access to Avanti’s onboard entertainment system
  • Phone charging
  • At Seat Order

Standard Premium Class

  • Free WiFi
  • Access to Avanti’s onboard entertainment system
  • At Seat Order
  • Wider more comfortable seating
  • Extra legroom
  • Plug sockets and phone charging
  • Guaranteed at-seat table

Available on Pendolino services only. Find out more about Avanti West Coast Standard Premium Class.

First Class

  • Free WiFi
  • Access to Avanti’s onboard entertainment system
  • Phone charging
  • At Seat Order
  • Wider more comfortable seating
  • Extra legroom
  • Plug sockets and phone charging
  • Guaranteed at-seat table
  • Complimentary food and drink

Find out more about Avanti West Coast First Class, First Class trains from London to Edinburgh or First Class trains from London to Manchester.

Avanti West Coast At-Seat Order

Avanti West Coast have recently introduced a new service that allows you to order food and drink during your journey and have it delivered to your seat. 

Called 'At-Seat Order', the service is available on all their trains, just log on to Avanti's onboard WiFi and you'll be able to order and pay for your items on a dedicated page. Your food and drink will then be delivered to your seat by staff onboard, sounds good right?  

If you fancy stretching your legs, there's also a click and collect option on Pendolino trains. You'll receive a notification when your order is ready, then you can just visit the onboard shop to collect your food and drink.

Top Avanti West Coast destinations

Need a bit of information ahead of your next trip? Check out these popular destinations that Avanti West Coast trains travel to for journey details and nearby attractions. 

Avanti West Coast Delay Repay

Did you know you can claim Delay Repay if your Avanti West Coast train was delayed by 15 minutes or more? Check out our dedicated page to Delay Repay for more details.

Good to know

Travelling with Avanti West Coast? Find out everything you need to know about luggage allowance, pets and other onboard Avanti West Coast facilities here.

Avanti West Coast is owned by FirstGroup and Trenitalia. The new West Coast Partnership operates all trains on the West Coast Franchise, taking over from Virgin Trains in December 2019.  

Yes, WiFi is complimentary to passengers travelling in both Standard and First Class. Just connect to the westcoastfreewifi or Avanti_FREE_WiFi networks once onboard the train.

Peak times depend on the route you're travelling, so please research your departure and arrival stations beforehand. At London Euston for instance, Peak hours apply to trains leaving the station before 09:29 and between 16:29 and 19:00 in the evening.

Yes, you can. The service is free, but you must reserve a space in advance due to limited room onboard. You can reserve either at a booking office or by contacting Avanti West Coast via phone.

Pretty fast (depending on your destination and route). Some Avanti West Coast trains whizz past at up to 125mph – that'll blow your hair back! Around cities and junctions though, things calm down and the trains run a little slower for safety reasons. 

Routes that service Manchester and Liverpool are exclusively run on Pendolino trains. Other journeys feature a mix of both Pendolino and Super Voyager trains or sometimes Super Voyager trains only. 

Avanti Media is Avanti West Coast’s free app for onboard entertainment. You can watch popular TV shows and films, enjoy games or read the news. Score!

As long as your pet can physically fit on the train, then you’re good to go! In fact, you can travel with up to two pets free of charge. For any additional furry friends, you’ll have to pay a fee. There could also be a charge for larger pet carriers, but please contact Avanti West Coast in advance if you're unsure.

You’re allowed to bring one item of hand luggage as well as up to two additional items. They can’t be bigger than 30cm x 70cm x 90cm, and any extra items you bring may incur a charge.

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