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Glasgow to London by train

It takes an average of 6h 28m to travel from Glasgow to London by train, over a distance of around 345 miles (555 km). There are normally 54 trains per day travelling from Glasgow to London and tickets for this journey start from £34.50 when you book in advance.

First train


Last train


Departure station


Arrival station


Journey time

From 4h 32m


345 miles (555 km)


54 trains per day


Direct trains available


From £34.50

Train operators

Avanti West Coast, Caledonian Sleeper, London North Eastern Railway

Travelling from Glasgow to London by train

Looking to travel from Glasgow to London by train? You've come to the right place!

The train from Glasgow to London takes around 6 hours and 29 minutes on average, but it can take just 4 hours and 32 minutes on the fastest services. With around 54 trains running on this popular route per day, you can get from Glasgow to London in no time when you take the train! You'll most likely be travelling with Avanti West Coast on this route.

Train travel is significantly better for the environment than other modes of transport, such as car and plane. In fact, you save 67% on CO2 emissions when you choose train over car*.

If you're ready to book, start a search with us today for cheap train tickets to London. Or if you want to know more, keep reading for:

Journey details

Want to know more about your journey from Glasgow to London? We've compiled some of the most frequently asked questions by our customers to help you plan your journey.

How long does the train from Glasgow to London take?

The average journey time by train between Glasgow and London is 6 hours and 28 minutes, with around 54 trains per day. The journey time may be longer on weekends and holidays, so use our Journey Planner on this page to search for a specific travel date.

What's the fastest journey time between Glasgow and London by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Glasgow to London is 4 hours and 32 minutes.

How much does the train from Glasgow to London cost?

Train ticket prices from Glasgow to London can start from as little as £34.50 when you book in advance. The cost of tickets can vary depending on the time of day, route and class you book and are usually more expensive if you book on the day.

Is there a direct train from Glasgow to London?

Yes, it is possible to travel from Glasgow to London without having to change trains. There are 54 direct trains from Glasgow to London each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.

What time does the first train from Glasgow to London leave?

The first train from Glasgow to London leaves at 03:26. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

What time does the last train from Glasgow to London leave?

The last train from Glasgow to London leaves at 23:40. Trains that depart in the early morning hours or very late evening may be sleeper services, time and services may also vary during weekends and holidays.

What's the distance between Glasgow and London by train?

Trains travelling from Glasgow to London cover a distance of around 345 miles (555 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from London to Glasgow. If you’re looking for other options, you can also catch the bus from Glasgow to London.

Cheap train tickets from Glasgow to London

Train tickets from Glasgow to London start at £34.50 one way for a Standard Class ticket if you book in advance. As most UK train companies increase their prices as the departure date approaches, we’ll help you find the cheapest tickets.

Book in advance

Look out for Advance tickets – they usually come out up to 12 weeks before the departure date and can be cheaper than buying on the day. If you’re here a tad early, sign up for our Advance ticket alert today to get notified when your tickets are released.

Consider a Season Ticket

If you catch this train more than 3 times per week, you could save money with a Season Ticket. With annual, monthly and weekly options available, find out if a season ticket for Glasgow to London is right for you.

Use your Railcard

National Railcards offer a 1/3 off eligible train tickets in the UK and can be a great investment if you travel a few times or more in a year. Find out how you can save with a National Railcard here.

Split your tickets

Download our app to find split tickets — courtesy of SplitSave, our handy feature which 'splits' your train tickets where possible to find you a better deal. Learn more about the clever tech behind split tickets, and how to spot SplitSave discounts in our app.

For more money-saving tips on UK and European train travel, read our cheap train tickets guide.

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Why should I travel by train from Glasgow to London?

If you want to travel from Glasgow to London, choose the more sustainable option - choose train!

Go green

Taking the train instead of driving lowers your CO2 impact by a whopping 67%.* Keep it simple, keep it low-carbon.

Save time & money

What's faster or cheaper than driving from Glasgow to London? Ah yes, that'd be the train. Cheaper even without a Railcard, too. Win for you. Win for the planet.

Bikes on board

In the UK, you can take your bike on the train, for free! Cool, huh? And, thanks to our bike reservation feature, travelling with your bike has never been easier.

Travel in style

Unlike flying or driving, going by train means no extra luggage charges or parking costs. Plus, you step off the train, right into the city-centre. Aaaand relax.

* Calculations are based on CO2 / passenger km, comparing an average petrol car, using statistics and conversion factors published in the government’s greenhouse gas reporting conversion factors published 7 June 2023 and revised 28 June 2023. See here for more.

Between Glasgow and London, 89% of journeys sold on Trainline from May 2022 to May 2023 were cheaper and faster by rail vs car.

Avanti West Coast trains from Glasgow to London

When travelling from Glasgow to London by train, you’ll most likely be on board an Avanti West Coast train.

Avanti West Coast are one of the primary rail operators in the UK, providing services across the country including from Glasgow Central to London Euston.

Many of its routes, including those from Scotland to England, are served by direct high-speed trains (no changes required), making Avanti West Coast an excellent alternative to air travel if you're looking to traverse the length of the country.

Find out more about Avanti West Coast.

Psst:  Occasionally, you might find a trip from Glasgow to London partially or wholly operated by another train company, such as London North Eastern Railway (LNER), Lumo or ScotRail. And yes, you can even take a sleeper (night) train from Glasgow to London with the Caledonian Sleeper! Take a look at our Journey Planner for all times, tickets and prices.

Avanti West Coast train classes

Avanti West Coast has three classes on board its trains: Standard, Standard Premium and First Class. Find out more about the amenities offered in each class.

Standard Class

  • Free WiFi
  • Phone charging
  • Click & Collect food ordering

Standard Premium Class

  • Free WiFi
  • Click & Collect food ordering
  • Wider, more comfortable seating
  • Extra legroom
  • Plug sockets and phone charging
  • Guaranteed at-seat table

Available on Pendolino services only. Find out more about Avanti West Coast Standard Premium Class.

First Class

  • Free WiFi
  • Phone charging
  • Click & Collect food ordering
  • Wider, more comfortable seating
  • Extra legroom
  • Plug sockets and phone charging
  • Guaranteed at-seat table
  • Complimentary food and drink

Find out more about Avanti West Coast First Class.

Services on board Avanti West Coast trains

When travelling with Avanti West Coast, you’ll be able to access a wide range of services and facilities on board the train.

Everything you need to know about Glasgow Central station

If you’re taking a direct Avanti West Coast train, you’ll leave from Glasgow Central station. Here’s how you get there and information on what the station has to offer.

Glasgow Central station is situated in the centre of the city, close to the River Clyde and Princes Square Shopping Centre. The station is easily accessible on foot or by using the city’s public transport system: 

  • Walk: As Glasgow Central station is in the centre of the city, you can walk here from most parts of the city.
  • Subway: The closest subway station to Glasgow Central station is St Enoch station.
  • Train: You can take ScotRail services to Glasgow Central from other Glasgow stations including Argyle Street, Anderston, Partick and more. 
  • Bus: There is a bus stop directly outside Glasgow Central station which is served by various bus routes.

Top tip: Remember to check which station your train leaves from in Glasgow. Though most services to London leave from Glasgow Central station, there are some journeys which begin at Glasgow Queen Street instead. We’ll show you the correct station when you use our Journey Planner to plan your trip, and it’ll be on your ticket too.

Glasgow Central station facilities

At Glasgow Central station, you’ll find a range of facilities such as:

  • Left luggage services
  • First Class lounge (for Avanti West Coast and Caledonian Sleeper First Class ticket holders)
  • Waiting room
  • Toilets and showers
  • Accessible toilets – you will need a Radar Key to access these
  • Baby changing facilities
  • WiFi
  • ATM
  • Luggage trolleys
  • Wheelchairs

There’s also a wide variety of shops, including food and drink outlets like Costa, Pret and Starbucks, and other retailers such as Boots and WHSmith.

Arriving at London Euston station from Glasgow

When travelling from Glasgow to London by train, you’ll most likely arrive at London Euston station.

London Euston station is conveniently located in the heart of the capital. If you want to explore the city centre, you can head out on foot or use one of the many public transport services London has to offer: 

  • London Overground (orange line): services run between London Euston stationand Watford Junction
  • London Underground services: the Northern (black) and Victoria (light blue) lines stop at Euston. The Hammersmith and City (pink), Circle (yellow) and Metropolitan (magenta) lines stop at Euston Square, just a short walk from Euston train station.
  • Transport for London (TfL) buses: Bus lines 18, 30, 59, 68, 73, 91, 168, 205, 253, 390 and night bus lines N5, N20, N73, N91, N205 and N253 stop at London Euston.

What if my train doesn’t arrive at London Euston?

If your journey includes a leg with another operator, such as LNER, you might arrive at London King’s Cross station instead. Don’t worry! There are lots of public transport options available here too, including London Underground services from King’s Cross St Pancras tube station.

Using public transport in London

The London Underground

The London Underground, commonly known as the Tube, is one of the quickest ways to travel around the city. Once you get off at London Euston station, simply follow the signs to the London Underground station, where you’ll be able to choose from two Tube lines – the Northern (black) and Victoria (light blue) lines. You can also walk a short distance to Euston Square tube station, where you can hop on the Hammersmith and City (pink), Circle (yellow) or Metropolitan (magenta) lines.

Tube services usually run from 05:00 am until midnight, with Night Tube services available on some lines on Friday and Saturday evenings.

Buses in London

London buses are one of the cheapest ways to travel around the city, with plenty of sightseeing opportunities along the way. You can pay with an Oyster Card, Travelcard or a contactless payment card for Tube and bus journeys.

Taxis in London

If you want to get a taxi, you can find a taxi rank outside London Euston station.

Things to see and do in London

Whatever you’re looking for, London’s got it! From parks to restaurants, museums to bars – there’s something for everyone. Take a look at our picks below.

Where to travel next after London

Fancy exploring somewhere else after London? We’ve got you. To help inspire your next trip, here are some of the most popular train journeys from London:

Tips and tricks from our Trainline team

We love helping our customers find inspiration for their next train journey. Discover some travel stories written based on our employees' experiences.

Another train trip ticked off the bucket list – Glasgow to London on the WCML

Travelling the length of the West Coast Main Line (WCML) has been on my must-take train journeys for a long time, and it does not disappoint! As a child, I’d grown up on Ivor the Engine and Thomas the Tank Engine. I love the history of steam and the stories evoked by the mere mention of the ‘Big Four’ and the race been London and Scotland.

We booked our return tickets from Glasgow Central to London Euston in advance, as always taking advantage of our Two Together Railcard to save some money on the fares. After a long weekend in Glasgow, we decided to jump on the 3.40 pm direct service with Avanti which takes around 4 hours, 30 minutes.

As this had been a weekend away, we’d paid a bit more this time out for Avanti First Class for the extra bit of space, comfort, and complimentary refreshments. I’m also a huge fan of staring out the window on a train journey and just watching the world go by and the big picture windows of the Pendolino train are perfect for this.

There is a First Class lounge at Glasgow Central where you can grab some complimentary refreshments such as coffee, tea, biscuits, pastries, etc. Well worth getting to the station slightly ahead of time just to slow down and stop for a bit before boarding.

Onboard as always is a treat, and we had a pair of seats facing one another with the big picture framing window all to ourselves. Being a bit of a steam train fan, I was dead excited to be following in the tracks of the LMS Coronation Class locomotive which had briefly held the speed record for steam at 114 mph.

In no time at all really, we were flying along towards Carlisle, the first stop on the journey south having weaved our way through beautiful Scottish countryside for the last hour or so. As you near Lancaster get yourself a view out of the right-hand side of the train and enjoy the breathtaking sea views over Morecambe Bay.

From here on in towns, cities, villages, and rolling countryside all flash by as we wind our way down further and further towards London Euston.

I absolutely love taking the train, and this is certainly one journey that won’t disappoint. So with another journey ticked off the list, next time I hope to return north on the Caledonian Sleeper and venture even further into Scotland by visiting Fort William.

About Richard

Richard, a Trainline employee, chose to share his experience of the journey between Glasgow and London.

† Average savings on advance fares booked at least one week before day of travel vs Anytime fares purchased on day of travel. Subject to availability. Excludes coach.

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