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On 8th December 2019, the rail operator Avanti West Coast took over the InterCity West Coast Franchise from Virgin Trains, and still run the services today. However, they offer the same First Class Experience as Virgin Trains.

If you’re after Virgin Trains 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 Virgin Trains First Class.

What do you get on First Class Virgin Trains?

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Here’s what you can get on First Class Virgin Trains:

  • Luxurious seats with extra legroom and tables
  • Power sockets at every seat
  • Free WiFi
  • Exclusive access to First Class lounges
  • Complimentary food and refreshments served to your seat
  • Free onboard entertainment

Virgin Trains First Class food and drinks

Avanti First Class breakfast

Comprehensive, delicious and bursting with choice, Virgin Trains’ First Class food menu is sure to keep you satisfied on any long or short-haul trip. No matter what time of day you travel, there’s a fantastic food menu ready to cater to you. Veggie meals, vegan meals and gluten-free options are included too, so nobody goes wanting!

The food menu slightly changes if you’re travelling over the weekend – more menu options are available on weekdays. Coffee, tea, water and fruit juice are served multiple times throughout the day, so you won’t have to worry about keeping hydrated! Alcoholic beverages are usually included in the lunch/evening menu, however, following recent government guidance, they’re currently not being served on Avanti West Coast services.

Breakfast usually starts with a glass of fruit juice and a cup of coffee or tea, followed by a warm pastry. For your main breakfast, you can choose between different meals, from the filling Breakfast Grill to the bacon roll (the gluten-free option is also available) and the different kinds of porridges. As for the rest of the day, there’s a wide selection of sandwiches, salads, snacks and drinks you can choose from – you’ll be spoilt for choice! For more details, check out Avanti West Coast’s weekday and weekend menus.

Virgin Trains First Class seating plan

Avanti West Coast (formerly Virgin Trains) are split between two main types, Pendolino and Super Voyager trains. On Pendolino trains, coaches G, H, J and K are First Class, while on the Super Voyager the First Class sections are in carriages E and L.

Check out our Virgin Trains First Class seating plan. For each carriage, you can view exactly where key amenities are, such as luggage areas, power sockets, toilets and priority seats, making it easier for you to book your ticket with us.

For example, on Pendolino trains there are accessible toilets in coaches B, D and J next to the wheelchair user spaces. On Super Voyager trains, accessible toilets can be found in coaches A and E (also L and G when double trains operate) next to the wheelchair user spaces.

Virgin Trains First Class WiFi

Great news, WiFi is free to use on all Avanti West Coast services (formerly Virgin Trains), in any class – ideal for those who need to keep working while on the go, and just as great for anyone who wants to connect, send messages or catch up on their favourite TV shows. The possibilities are endless!

Virgin Trains First Class Lounges

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Purchasing a First Class ticket won’t just get you on board a fancy carriage, you’ll also get exclusive access to Avanti (formerly Virgin Trains) First Class Lounges for two hours ahead of your train (or one hour during peak times).

Sit back and relax away from the hustle and bustle of the station crowds. Help yourself to hot or soft drinks, delicious snacks and newspapers, all for free. If you’re working on the go, head to the dedicated corporate area – with desks, free WiFi and screens showing BBC News, you’ve got the perfect place to get a bit of work done before your journey.

To access Avanti (formerly Virgin Trains) First Class Lounges, simply flash a valid Business, First Anytime or Advance First ticket.

You can find these trendy, peaceful First Class lounges at the following train stations:

How to get cheap Virgin Trains First Class tickets

There are different ways you can get cheap Avanti (formerly Virgin Trains) 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 – Friday rush hours) are normally cheaper, plus the trains are usually quieter too.

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Book in advance

Avanti West Coast (formerly Virgin Trains) 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.

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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.

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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.

Frequently asked questions

Do you get free food on Virgin Trains First Class?

Yes. All passengers travelling on board Avanti (formerly Virgin Trains) First Class will get complimentary food and drinks served to their seats.

Can I upgrade to First Class on Virgin Trains?

Yes. The simplest way to upgrade to First Class on Virgin Trains (now Avanti West Coast) is to select a First Class train ticket when booking online with us. If you've already booked a Standard ticket and you want to upgrade once you're on the train, just speak to the Train Manager – you'll pay the difference on board. You can also get a Weekend First upgrade if you’re travelling on Saturdays, Sundays and bank holidays – prices start from £15 each way.

Can I use Virgin Trains First Class lounge?

You can use Avanti (formerly Virgin Trains) First Class lounge if you hold a valid First Class train ticket. You can find Virgin Trains First Class lounges at the following train stations: Birmingham International, Birmingham New Street, London Euston, Crewe, Liverpool Lime Street, Manchester Piccadilly, Runcorn and Glasgow Central.

Is Virgin Trains First Class worth it?

Overall, Avanti (formerly Virgin Trains) First Class tickets can definitely be worth the cost. Most of the times, there’s a minimal price difference between First and Standard Class, which is worth paying for if you don't want to give up more comfort. At Trainline, we’ll automatically show you if there are cheap First Class tickets available, so you won’t miss out on any bargain. If you find that First Class tickets are cheaper than Standard Class fares, then it means that First Class is still fairly empty, while the cheaper Second Class tickets have already sold out.

Learn more about Virgin Trains

Want to know more about Virgin Trains? Click on one of the Virgin Trains pages below to read about Virgin Trains train times, season tickets and more. Why not check out our Virgin Trains route map guide as well.

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