Avanti West Coast
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On 8th December 2019, the rail operator Avanti West Coast took over the InterCity West Coast Franchise from Virgin Trains, and still run the services today. Don’t worry though! All routes remain the same and you can book Avanti West Coast train tickets with us. For clarity, please note that we are not authorised, affiliated or otherwise associated with Virgin Trains.

All services on the West Coast are now operated by Avanti West Coast. At Trainline, we'll show you where Avanti can take you and how to book the best value fares for your journey.

To search for Avanti West Coast train tickets, simply start a search above, and we'll show you the best available journey times and prices.

West coast trains route map

Our map shows where Avanti West Coast services operate in the UK. Use this map to plan out where you want to go. From London, you can fly up the West Coast Main Line on high-speed services to destinations like Liverpool, Edinburgh and Manchester.

The West Coast Main Line is one of the most important railway lines in the UK, linking London with the West Midlands, North West and Scotland via Euston train station. Trains on these routes stop at a number of major terminals including Birmingham New Street, Manchester Piccadilly and Liverpool Lime Street. 

Many of the routes on the line feature high-speed Pendolino trains with no changes required, which makes trains an excellent alternative to air travel for those looking to traverse up or down the length of the country. Other trains on the West Coast Line are Super Voyagers; slightly noisier than Pendolinos, but no less comfortable! 

How to get cheap train tickets

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

Best Fare Finder

You can use our Best Fare Finder to locate the cheapest fares for travel from London to Birmingham, Manchester, Liverpool and beyond.

Our Fare Finder uses data from user journey searches to identify the cheapest fares on or around your chosen date of travel. If you’re flexible to travel at any time throughout the day, there are some great Off-Peak discounts to be found. The Fare Finder will show a seven-day view of the cheapest tickets, so consider whether you can travel on a different day to access the cheapest tickets.

 

Discover digital tickets 

Enjoy smoother rail journeys – go straight to the train when you use tickets on your phone. 94% of our customers wouldn't use anything else! Mobile Tickets will get sent directly to your Trainline app and etickets can be opened on your phone as a PDF. Both let you skip the queues at the ticket machine and breeze straight through the gates using your phone. They’re available on most journeys, so be sure to select this option when you book.

Learn more about Mobile Tickets and etickets.

First Class or Standard seating

Whether you're travelling for work, leisure or a bit of both, find a seat to match. Avanti West Coast offer different seating classes to suit all budgets.

Standard

Perfect if you're travelling on a budget. Enjoy access to power sockets, free WiFi, onboard entertainment and quiet carriages, as well as an onboard shop with treats and drinks.

First Class

Put your feet up while you travel in style. Luxury comes in the shape of extra legroom, at-seat food and drinks service and complimentary WiFi.

Find out more about First Class train tickets.

How to book seat reservations

Having a seat reservation ensures you won’t have to stand if it’s a busy service. If you book with Trainline, we’ll usually make a seat reservation for you automatically based on the preferences you state in the booking process, such facing forward or being near a power socket.

However, if you’re unsure whether you’ve successfully reserved a seat, you can do so in the ‘Bookings’ section of your Trainline account. The process differs slightly depending on the device you are using:

How to reserve a seat on our website:

Log in to your account and click on ‘My Bookings’, which you’ll find by clicking the menu icon in the top right of the page. Locate your ticket and open the ‘Manage My Booking’ tab. Click ‘Change date/time’. This should allow you to select a train and reserve a seat.

How to reserve a seat on our app:

Open our app and click on the ‘My Tickets’ tab, located at the bottom of your screen. Locate your ticket and open the ‘Manage My Booking’ tab. Click ‘Change date/time’. This should allow you to select a train and reserve a seat.

Seating plans

Wondering what the seating arrangement is on the train? Take a look at the seat map for Pendolino and Super Voyager trains. There are four First Class and seven Standard Class carriages on Pendolino trains and a similar set-up on Super Voyagers, depending on whether yours is a 5-car or 11-car train.

Avanti West Coast have since refurbished much of the fleet, freshening the interior of the train. The onboard shop also remains open.

Top destinations

Need a bit of information ahead of your next trip? Check out these popular destinations for travel details and nearby attractions. And why not plan ahead by checking out train times page?

Train services to London

There are still regular services into London since Avanti West Coast took over the franchise.

Services to London terminate at London Euston, one of the busiest stations in the capital. There are direct trains to London from major stops on the West Coast Main Line like Birmingham, Manchester, Liverpool and Glasgow.

Looking to save money on trains to London? Travel during the Off-Peak window and take advantage of discounted fares. The availability of Off-Peak fares depends on where you’re travelling from, but generally speaking, trains arriving at Euston after 11:00am will be Off-Peak. The first Off-Peak service from Birmingham New Street departs at 10:10, Manchester Piccadilly at 09:35 and Liverpool Lime Street at 09:47.

Super Off-Peak tickets are also available between London, Birmingham and Wolverhampton, offering further discounts at the quietest times of day. These are available between 11:40 and 14:00 and after 19:00 on weekdays, with slightly expanded hours on weekends.

Good to know

We've answered some of the most frequently asked questions about train travel on the West Coast Mainline below.

Pretty fast (depending on your destination and route). Some Pendolino 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.

Yes, you can. The service is free, but you must reserve a space in advance on Avanti services due to limited room on board the train.

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 and there could also be a charge for larger pet carriers.

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

Avanti West Coast took over the InterCity West Coast Franchise from Virgin Trains on the 8th December 2019.

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