If you’re after London North Eastern Railway (LNER) First Class tickets, look no further. At Trainline, we’ll show you what exactly is on offer, from luxurious seats to complimentary meals and much more. Don’t be put off by the thought of paying more than you would in Standard either, as there are ways to find cheap First Class train tickets too! Read on for a complete guide to LNER First Class.

What do you get with LNER in First Class?

As well as all the usual amenities you'll find in Standard Class on LNER trains (luggage racks, toilets, bike storage, etc.), travelling in First Class means you get access to a few extra perks before, during and after your trip.

First Class on LNER’s Azuma trains

LNER’s ultra-modern Azuma trains launched in 2019, offering increased comfort and quicker journeys for passengers travelling between London, the East Midlands, Yorkshire, North East England and Scotland. Added benefits of travelling in First Class on Azuma trains include:

  • Complimentary food and drinks
  • Plenty of legroom
  • Larger tables
  • Reclining seats
  • Power sockets and USB sockets at seats
  • Ambient lighting
  • LNER’s best ever WiFi connection

LNER’s First Class menu

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LNER offer complimentary food and drinks throughout the day in First Class, meaning you can arrive at your destination full of energy and ready to go.

Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included in their exclusive deli menu, with hot and cold sandwiches to choose from, as well as hot and cold drinks. Alcohol is served from 11:00 or 12:00 depending on the train.

LNER First Class seating plan

You’ll normally find First Class seating in coaches D, E, K, L, or M on LNER trains (look for the First Class sign by the door). The seats are more spaced out than in Standard Class, although they follow the same arrangement on either sitting at a table of four or two seats next to each other. The extra option in First Class are single seats with their own table, perfect for solo travellers who want their own space.

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LNER First Class lounges

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LNER has a number of First Class lounges through the UK that you can relax in before and after your train journey.

LNER First Class lounges can be found at the following stations:

LNER's new First Class lounge at York station

Popular LNER First Class routes

Check out our guides to travelling First Class on some of LNER’s most popular routes.

London to Edinburgh

Departs from

London Kings Cross

Arrives into

Edinburgh Waverley

First Class lounge

London and Edinburgh


Find out more about London to Edinburgh First Class trains.

London to Inverness

Departs from

London Kings Cross

Arrives into


First Class lounge

London only


Learn more about London to Inverness First Class trains.

Newcastle to Edinburgh

Departs from


Arrives into

Edinburgh Waverley

First Class lounge

Newcastle and Edinburgh


Read our guide to Newcastle to Edinburgh First Class trains.

How to get cheap LNER First Class tickets

There are different ways you can get cheap LNER First Class train tickets without having to pay over the odds. Our top tips for saving money on First Class train tickets are:

Travel Off-Peak

Tickets for travel during Off-Peak hours (anytime outside of Monday to Friday rush hours) are normally cheaper, plus the trains are usually quieter too.

Book in advance

LNER usually release Advance tickets up to 12 weeks before the departure date, usually at their cheapest price. So, book your tickets as early as possible if you want to save a pretty penny or two.

Use a Railcard

There are several Railcards in the UK you can use to save up to 1/3 on First Class train tickets. Check out which one you might be eligible for and buy online on our Railcards page.

Search for split tickets

‘Splitting’ your journey into several sections and buying tickets for each part can sometimes be cheaper than buying a single ticket on longer journeys. Our ticket-splitting app feature, SplitSave, does the hard part for you.

Good to know (FAQs)

What does LNER First Class include?

As well as more spacious and comfortable seating, First Class on LNER trains includes lounge access at the station (where available) and complimentary food and drink during your journey.

Do you get free food with LNER First Class tickets?

Yes. All passengers travelling First Class with LNER will get complimentary food and drinks served to their seats.

Can I use LNER’s First Class lounge?

You can use LNER’s First Class lounge if you hold a valid First Class train ticket and there’s a lounge available at either your departure or arrival station.

Find out more about LNER

Want to know more about LNER? Check out some of our guides to travelling with LNER and by train in Great Britain for info on train times, Season tickets and more.

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