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As of December 8th, Virgin Trains will no longer be operating West Coast Mainline services. West Coast Mainline services will instead be under the control of a new train company – Avanti West Coast. Don’t worry though! Your First Class services on these routes will remain the same for the time being – all the info below is still up to date and will be updated further with any changes made to First Class services by Avanti.


There’s only one way to travel by train along the west coast, and that’s with Virgin Trains First Class. But just what exactly is on offer? Well, from luxurious seats to complimentary meals, we’ll walk you through exactly what’s on board. 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 short guide to Virgin Trains First Class!

What do you get on First Class Virgin Trains?

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

  • Luxurious seats with extra legroom and tables
  • Power sockets at every seat
  • Free WiFi access
  • Access to First Class lounges
  • Complimentary food and refreshments served to your seat
  • Free access to BEAM (an onboard streaming service)

Virgin Trains First Class food

Comprehensive, delicious and bursting with choice, Virgin Trains’ First Class food menu is sure you 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!

Virgin Trains First Class seating plan

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

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.

Virgin Trains First Class WiFi

Great news, WiFi is free to use on all 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 tv. The possibilities are endless!

Virgin Trains First Class Lounges

Purchasing a First Class ticket won’t just get you onboard a fancy carriage, you’ll also get exclusive access to Virgin Trains’ First Class Lounges. Sit back and relax for two hours ahead of your train (or one hour during peak times) and enjoy free drinks and snacks, as well as newspapers, and recline in comfy armchairs. You’ll also be able to access free WiFi

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

Birmingham International

Birmingham New Street

London Euston


Liverpool Lime Street

Manchester Piccadilly


Glasgow Central

How to get cheap Virgin Trains First Class tickets

The key when trying to get cheap train tickets? Book in Advance. We know we like to shout about advance booking here at Trainline, but it’s for a good reason. By using our Ticket Alerts tool and booking tickets as early as possible, you could stand to save as much as 61%! Try it out for yourself by booking a First Class ticket in our Journey Planner.

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