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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 Trains 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.

From 26 June 2018, all Virgin Trains East Coast routes will be operated by London North Eastern Railway (LNER). Any season tickets and pre-purchased tickets bought for Virgin Trains East Coast will be valid on the new train operator.

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 Trains East Coast network

Lost Property

Lost Property

Contact Virgin Trains East Coast directly for lost property assistance.

Virgin Trains East Coast services from London King’s Cross

Virgin Trains East Coast provides 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 from London King’s Cross to Edinburgh taking less than 5 hours, train journeys have become a viable and affordable option compared to air or car travel. With scenic views of the British east coast, taking in sights across Yorkshire and Cumbria, train travel on Virgin Trains East Coast offers a relaxing approach for long journeys to your destination.

Train times differ depending on the service and route, however, during weekdays, Virgin Trains East Coast provides high-speed services to all its destinations, increasing the travel options for all passengers, offering flexibility when planning journeys.

Things to do

Edinburgh to London trains allow friends and families to experience new cities and take in the 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 break away from London. Edinburgh Castle is the obvious and most popular sight to see, as well as a trip down the Royal Mile to buy souvenirs, watch street performers, and indulge in whiskey in the many bars and restaurants along this strip. 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.

About Virgin Trains East Coast 

Virgin Trains East Coast 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 onboard refreshment includes 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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