If you’re after TransPennine Express 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 TransPennine Express First Class.

What do you get with TransPennine Express in First Class?

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

The added benefits of travelling in First Class on Transpennine Express trains during your journey include: 

  • Spacious more comfortable seating
  • Reclining seats
  • More legroom
  • Power sockets and USB points at seats
  • Free WiFi
  • Complimentary food and drink

TransPennine Express First Class menu


TransPennine Express are currently offering a First Class food and drink service on the majority of their services. They serve a variety of hot drinks and snacks, as well as a range of products for sale from Monday to Friday (07:00 – 18:30) and Saturday to Sunday (09:00 – 18:30).


TransPennine Express First Class seating plan

You’ll normally find First Class seating in coaches C, E or G on TransPennine Express 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.

TransPennine First Class lounges

TransPennine Express First Class lounges can be found at the following stations:

The perfect place to relax before your journey, the First Class lounge at Huddersfield includes sofas, free WiFi, work stations with power sockets, a TV, food and hot drinks, and toilets.

Popular TransPennine Express First Class routes

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

Newcastle to Edinburgh

Departs from


Arrives into

Edinburgh Waverley

First Class lounge



Find out more about travelling from Newcastle to Edinburgh in First Class

Leeds to York

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First Class lounge



Learn more about travelling from Leeds to York by train.

Edinburgh to Manchester

Departs from

Edinburgh Waverley

Arrives into

Manchester Piccadilly

First Class lounge



Read our guide to travelling from Edinburgh to Manchester by train.

How to get cheap TransPennine Express First Class tickets

There are different ways you can get cheap TransPennine Express 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

TransPennine Express 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 TransPennine Express First Class include?

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

Do you get free food with TransPennine Express First Class tickets?

Yes, food is included in First Class tickets at certain times, on certain routes.

Can I use TransPennine Express' First Class lounge?

You can use TransPennine Express’ 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 TransPennine Express

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

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