Looking to travel to the northeast of England or Scotland? You’ll find yourself on a brand-new Azuma train, operated by London North Eastern Railway (LNER).

Rolling out to commercial service from mid-May 2019, the futuristic Azuma trains bring increased speed, comfort and reliability to passengers travelling between London, the East Midlands, Yorkshire, North East England and Scotland.

At Trainline, we’ll provide you with the best fares for Azuma trains, making it simple for you to book tickets and pay with confidence.

What are Azuma trains?

Azuma is the name for a new fleet of diesel-electric hybrid trains run by London North East Railway (LNER) which formally entered commercial service on 15 May 2019. 

Azuma trains run on the East Coast route from London King’s Cross to the North East of England and to Aberdeen and Inverness in Scotland.

Azuma trains use technology from the Japanese bullet train, making journeys faster and quieter. ”Azuma” means “East“ in Japanese – the name is a homage to the fleet’s Japanese technological roots.

LNER are planning to increase their fleet to more than 65 Azuma trains. You can reach Lincoln, Leeds, York, Newcastle, Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Inverness on Azuma trains.

Azuma trains interior

Azuma passengers will have the option of travelling in Standard Class or First Class. All seats will have access to a plug socket, with First Class passengers also benefitting from an at-seat USB charging port. All passengers will also have access to the onboard Cafe-Bar and snack wagon. Photos provided by LNER.

Standard Class

Standard Class carriages include:

  • Free WiFi
  • Power sockets at every seat
  • Window blinds in all carriages
  • Electronic seat reservation displays
  • 7 cm of extra legroom

First Class

First Class carriages include:

  • Complimentary two-course meal
  • Reclining seats
  • Power sockets and USB sockets at seats
  • Ambient lighting
  • LNER’s best ever WiFi connection

Find out more about LNER First Class.

Azuma train timetables

View up-to-date timetable information for Azuma train services*. Use our app to check live Azuma times - we'll show you if your train is running on time or a little bit late. *Timetable information correct as of 28 November 2019.

Southbound services

Southbound services terminate at London Kings Cross. The timetable lists Azuma services only. There are plenty more regular LNER services running on these routes throughout the day, but they will not use Azuma trains. So, if you want to travel on Azuma, make sure you book one of the trains listed!

Keep in mind that these times are for weekday services. Azuma timetables differ on the weekend - use our Journey Planner to book weekend travel.

DepartsArrivesJourney time
05:4009:404h 00m
06:2610:494h 23m
08:0012:404h 40m
08:3012:494h 19m
10:0014:394h 39m
10:3014:514h 21m
12:0016:394h 39m
17:3122:104h 39m
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05:0507:302h 25m
05:3007:492h 19m
06:0508:312h 26m
06:4008:512h 11m
07:0008:591h 59m
08:2110:492h 28m*
08:4511:012h 16m
10:2112:492h 28m*
10:4513:012h 16m
11:4514:012h 16m
12:1514:312h 16m
12:2114:512h 30m*
13:4516:012h 16m
14:1516:332h 18m
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16:1518:312h 16m
16:4519:012h 16m
17:1419:322h 18m
17:4520:012h 16m
18:1520:312h 16m
18:4520:592h 14m
19:4521:592h 14m
20:4523:092h 24m
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07:0714:397h 32m*
07:5214:516h 59m
09:0416:397h 35m*
14:5222:107h 18m
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05:2607:302h 04m*
06:5408:511h 57m*
07:3009:261h 56m
10:1812:402h 22m*
11:1813:232h 05m
11:4014:232h 43m**
12:2314:392h 16m*
13:2315:232h 00m
13:3016:012h 31m*
13:3716:232h 46m**
14:4616:391h 53m
15:2617:231h 57m
17:1419:232h 09m
20:1923:092h 50m*
DepartsArrivesJourney time
07:0109:092h 08m
08:5710:491h 52m
10:3212:402h 08m
10:5712:491h 52m
12:0214:232h 21m
12:3214:392h 07m
12:5814:511h 53m
14:0216:232h 21m
14:3216:392h 07m
19:3621:592h 23m*
20:0422:102h 06m
20:3623:092h 33m*
DepartsArrivesJourney time
07:0810:223h 14m

Northbound services

Northbound Azuma services begin at London Kings Cross. There is a section of the station dedicated to LNER trains with LNER staff on hand to help you catch the right train. Bear in mind that the timetable only lists Azuma services - there are plenty of other daily trains from Kings Cross.

For routes north of Edinburgh, you'll be able to order from a special menu which celebrates Scottish culinary heritage!

DepartsArrivesJourney time
07:0011:224h 22m
10:0014:214h 21m
14:0018:224h 22m
15:0019:184h 18m
15:3020:134h 43m
17:3022:104h 40m
DepartsArrivesJourney time
05:5508:222h 27m
08:0310:162h 13m
08:3310:472h 14m
09:0311:162h 13m
09:3311:482h 15m
11:0313:162h 13m
11:3313:482h 15m
12:0314:162h 13m
13:3315:482h 15m
14:0316:162h 13m
14:3316:492h 16m
15:0317:162h 13m
15:3317:502h 17m
16:0318:162h 13m
17:0319:172h 14m
17:3319:472h 14m
17:4820:172h 29m
18:0320:212h 18m
19:0321:162h 13m
19:3321:472h 14m
20:0322:212h 18m
20:3322:572h 24m
23:3302:363h 03m
DepartsArrivesJourney time
07:0013:526h 52m*
10:0017:077h 07m
14:0021:167h 16m
15:0021:536h 53m*
DepartsArrivesJourney time
05:5508:122h 17m*
09:0611:142h 08m*
10:0612:041h 58m
12:0614:072h 01m
14:0616:031h 57m
15:3017:482h 18m*
16:0618:082h 02m
18:0320:001h 57m*
DepartsArrivesJourney time
07:0008:511h 51m
09:0611:302h 24m
10:0011:511h 51m
11:0613:292h 23m
14:0015:531h 53m
15:0016:511h 51m
15:3017:312h 01m
17:3019:271h 57m
19:3321:402h 07m*
20:0021:481h 48m
22:0000:382h 38m
DepartsArrivesJourney time
15:2518:182h 53m

Azuma First Class from Lincoln to London

Wondering what First Class is really like? Here’s a peek into the inside of an Azuma First Class carriage from one of our trusted travel writers, Freddie Larkins.

Like most rail travellers, I spend most – if not all – of my time in Standard Class, so to be invited for a First Class journey on Azuma’s maiden service from Lincoln to London was a real treat! Safe to say, Azuma didn’t disappoint.

The interior of the First Class carriage was spacious and comfortable. Seats were arranged in a 2+1 formation, with single seats lining one side of the carriage and tables of four lining the other side. The seats were lined with felt, not the leather that you’ll sometimes find in continental First Class carriages, but they were comfortable nonetheless. I was in a single seat and had plenty of legroom – that’s coming from someone who usually has to stick their legs out into the aisle to sit comfortably.

The service on board was top notch. The service staff were on hand as soon as we set off, offering free tea and coffee. Orders for lunch were taken shortly after departure. Each passenger is given a glossy ‘Let’s Dine’ menu on their folding table; we ordered from the ordinary Rest of Day menu, but there’s also a special menu for journeys north of Edinburgh.

I opted for the chicken casserole for lunch. The food is served on proper crockery with metal cutlery, no paper plates in sight! Complimentary alcoholic drinks were served alongside the main, also in proper glass. The portion sizes are about what you’d receive a long-haul flight; not massive, but enough to fill me up. The meal was capped off with a lemon posset for dessert.

The journey itself was pleasant. Azuma trains were built by the same firm that designed the Japanese Bullet Trains, so they’re quiet even at high speeds. I could tap away on my laptop undisturbed. The train arrived into London Kings Cross at 13:23, making for a journey time of just over two hours.

Azuma destinations

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

Good to know

Can I take a bicycle on an Azuma train?

Yes, but make sure you book in advance! Azuma trains are equipped with special compartments for storing bicycles. All bikes must have a reservation – spaces are limited, so book early! Folding bikes can be stored alongside bags on luggage racks. There are eight bicycle spaces on a nine-coach train and four spaces on a five-coach train.

Are Azuma trains wheelchair accessible?

Yes. Each nine-coach Azuma train has four wheelchair spaces – two in Standard Class and two in First Class. They are adjoined by two companion seats. As with the rest of the seats on the Azuma, wheelchair spaces have power sockets to hand.

Are pets allowed on the train?

Furry friends are welcome on board Azuma trains! You’re allowed up to two small animals with you, provided they are not taking up an extra seat. Each extra animal after the first two will cost £5.

Is there WiFi on Azuma trains?

Yes. Standard Class and First Class carriages have free WiFi, with First Class passengers enjoying LNER’s fastest ever connection.

Frequently asked questions

The first Azuma train officially entered service on 15 May 2019, running from London King’s Cross to Leeds. LNER also replaced its daily service to Hull via Selby with Azuma trains.

LNER also rolled out Azuma services on routes to the North East of England and Scotland, providing more services from Lincoln and Harrogate to London.

By December 2021, LNER plans to run regular services between London and Scotland. Azuma will whisk passengers from London to Edinburgh in just four hours, with regular journeys from London to Leeds – taking only two hours – also becoming typical throughout the day.

The train can reach a maximum speed of 225 km/h but is limited to 200 km/h while travelling.

Both. Equipped with “bi-mode” technology, Azuma trains can switch between electric power via overhead electric wires and diesel power. Most of the time, the trains will run on electricity, but the diesel engine will kick in when required - where there are no power cables available, for example. Azuma's top-spec engine will filter out harmful emissions by 90% compared to existing high-speed train engines, making for a quieter journey.

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