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East Midlands Railway (EMR) has officially taken over the East Midlands franchise, effective from 18 August 2019 onwards. If you're after train tickets, look no further. At Trainline, we'll show you where EMR can take you and how to book the best value fares for your journey.

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

What's changing?

The East Midlands franchise and all associated routes have officially changed hands from East Midlands Trains to East Midlands Railway (EMR), effective from 18 August 2019 onwards. Look out for the newly re-branded purple trains!

The owners of EMR, Abellio, have promised an investment of £600m into the franchise, rolling out a new fleet of trains, station improvements and an 80% increase in the number of seats on morning peak services to Nottingham, Lincoln and London St Pancras.

To see how the improvements planned for your local line, use the Department for Transport’s interactive map to view how your line will change.

Are my tickets still valid after 18 August?

Yes – all tickets bought for dates after the official takeover of the East Midlands franchise are valid. For instance, if you bought a ticket for Nottingham to London departing on 1 October 2019, your ticket will be completely valid.

Find out how to get the best value train tickets using our website or app.

East Midlands Railway map

Unsure about where to start your adventure? Use our EMR map to plan out where you want to go. From the main hub of London St Pancras, you can enjoy speedy services to Derby, Leicester, Sheffield and many other destinations in between.

East Midlands Railway takes you further. From the Capital to other major cities like Leicester and Nottingham, EMR connects various parts of the Midlands, Central and Northern England, smooth and hassle-free.

How to get cheap East Midlands Railway 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!

Discover Mobile Tickets 

Enjoy smoother EMR 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 EMR journeys, so be sure to select this option when you book.

Learn more about Mobile Tickets and etickets.

East Midlands Railway First Class

Whether you're travelling for work, leisure or a bit of both, East Midlands Railway First Class offers comfort and style.

Travelling in First Class with EMR is a great way to kicking back and cruising in style. You'll find First Class options on most EMR routes including on every service either arriving at or departing from London St Pancras.

So, what do you get when you upgrade to First Class? You'll receive complimentary breakfast on selected trains and a wide range of tasty dishes, from light snacks to main meals on an all-day menu, all freshly prepared on board at great taste and value.

To add to that, you'll enjoy comfy and spacious seats onboard, wider tables, free WiFi and quieter carriages if you need to work or fancy a snooze while you cruise.

Find out more about travelling First Class in the UK.

London to Luton Airport

As well as short and long distance commuter services, East Midlands Railway provides a great way for those coming from central London to get to Luton Airport. 

London Luton Airport is one of the six main international airports in the capital. It mainly serves domestic and European flights, although there are some services to countries in North Africa and certain parts of Asia.

As Luton Airport doesn't have its own designated train station, you’ll need to catch the train from London St Pancras to Luton Airport Parkway which takes around 40m on average. From here, you can hop on the shuttle bus which takes around 10m to reach the airport. The entire journey usually takes just under an hour in total.

If you're heading to London Luton Airport, you will need to buy a train ticket all the way to "Luton Airport" to ensure your ticket on the airport shuttle bus is included. If you only buy a ticket to Luton Airport Parkway, the cost of the shuttle won't be included and you'll have to pay for a Single or Open Return ticket for the shuttle to get to the airport terminals.

 

Top East Midlands Railway destinations

Need a bit of information ahead of your next trip? Check out these popular EMR destinations for travel details and nearby attractions.  

Good to know

Travelling with East Midlands Railway? Find out everything you need to know about luggage allowance, pets and other onboard facilities here.

WiFi is free for First Class passengers, but there is a small charge for the service for Standard Class customers.

There is space for up to two bikes on every train but booking is required to use this facility.

You can bring two suitcases and one piece of hand luggage. Any additional items such as hiking equipment and surfboards may incur an extra fee. 

Peak hours apply to all tickets with departures before 09:30 am and those leaving London St Pancras between 16:29 and 18:57 pm.

Contact information

Got a query about your East Midlands Railway journey? Get in touch either online or on the telephone.

Ticket enquiries and refunds

You might find an answer to your query in our help section. For all enquiries about your booking, do not hesitate to contact us on 033 202 2222.

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