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Introducing Virgin Trains East Coast

Virgin Trains East Coast provides daily services from London King’s Cross, with express trains to Leeds, York, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Newcastle. Train times for these on weekdays can see more than 4 services a day, providing great links between the capital cities.

Virgin East Coast train times, journey planner and ticket prices can be found here, as well as travel information including engineering works and first-class upgrades.

Peak Hour

Peak Hours

Trains leaving London King’s Cross before 08:00 am  and between 16:00 and 18:00 pm.

Contact Information

Contact Information

Travel Inquiries: 03457 225 333
Twitter Customer Help: @Virgin_TrainsEC

Cycle Policy

Cycle Policy

Each train can carry five bikes free of charge, but must be reserved in advance.



WiFi is complimentary in first class, and can be purchased if sat in standard class.

First Class

First Class

First Class is available across the Virgin East Coast network

Lost Property

Lost Property

Contact Virgin Trains East Coast directly for lost property assistance.

Virgin East Coast Trains from London King’s Cross

Virgin East Coast Trains provide the fastest and most direct link between the capital city and the North East of England. Direct trains to London can be reached from Leeds, Glasgow and Edinburgh up to 4 times a day. With journey times taking under 5 hours from London King’s Cross to Edinburgh, train journeys has become a viable and affordable option compared to flights and car travel of the same trip. With scenic views of the British east coast, taking in sights across Yorkshire and Cumbria, train travel on Virgin East Coast offers a relaxing approach for a lengthy journey to your destination.

East Coast train times does depend on the service, however during weekdays, Virgin East Coast provide many high-speed services to all its destinations, increasing the travel options for all passengers, offering flexibility when planning journey schedules.

Things to do

Edinburgh to London trains allow friends and families to experience new cities and take in sights for the first time. For those visiting London, they can grab a tour bus, taking in views of Buckingham Palace, Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament. Furthermore, there is the opportunity to take in some culture from numerous museums, art galleries and musicals.

Edinburgh boasts its own attractions though, and is a welcome break for anyone interested in a city visit away from the capital. The Edinburgh castle is the obvious and most popular sight to see, as well as a trip down the royal mile to buy your souvenirs and watch street performers. During August there is the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, where the country’s top comedians come to perform new material for a wide range of audiences.


Discover where Virgin Trains East Coast can take you


Trains to London


Trains to Leeds


Trains to Edinburgh


Trains to York

About Virgin East Coast Trains

Virgin East Coast Trains won the Intercity East Cast franchise in 2015, and have set about plans to provide upgrades to the entire train service. They will be using new high-speed Azuma trains from 2018, improving train journey times and comfort. Proposals also include adding a service to Middlesbrough from 2019. The on-board refreshment include a discount for all NUS students, plus they allow passengers to purchase WiFi before their journey of they are not in First Class.

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