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Glasgow to London by train

It takes an average of 6h 3m to travel from Glasgow to London by train, over a distance of around 345 miles (555 km). There are normally 33 trains per day travelling from Glasgow to London and tickets for this journey start from £22 when you book in advance.
Journey timeFrom 4h 28m
PriceFrom £22
Distance345 miles (555 km)
Frequency33 trains per day
First train03:26
Last train23:40
Departure stationGlasgow
Arrival stationLondon
ChangesDirect trains available
Train operatorsAvanti West Coast, Caledonian Sleeper, London North Eastern Railway

Glasgow to London train times

Check out the next trains departing from Glasgow to London for Saturday 28th May 2022 using our handy timetable below, including platform and live travel information. You can view the full day timetable or search for a different date here.
04:26 On timeglasgow central09:07 On timelondon eustonPlat. 1 estimatedavanti west coast Peak4h 41m, direct
05:32 On timeglasgow central10:14 On timelondon eustonPlat. 1 estimatedavanti west coast Peak4h 42m, direct
06:30 glasgow central11:10 london eustonPlat. 1 estimatedavanti west coast Peak4h 40m, direct
06:48 glasgow central12:46 london kings crossPlat. 2 estimatedlondon north eastern railway Peak5h 58m, direct
07:09 glasgow central12:40 london eustonPlat. 1 estimatedtranspennine express Peak5h 31m, 1 change

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 usually takes around 5h 31m but can take just 4h 28m on the fastest services, with around 19 trains running on this popular route per day. As soon as you board the train, you'll be able to make yourself comfortable and enjoy the journey as direct services are available.

You'll be travelling with either Avanti West Coast or London North Eastern Railway (LNER) on this route. Whatever service you choose to travel with, you'll get to enjoy plenty of amenities on board, including free WiFi, comfortable seating, and a well-stocked bar carriage where you can buy hot and cold drinks and snacks.

How to get cheap train tickets from Glasgow to London

Want to snap up the cheapest fares? Read our top tips for finding cheap train tickets from Glasgow to London below or check out the latest train deals and discounts:

  • Get a Railcard: Save up to 1/3 on eligible journeys for a whole year
  • Book in advance: Most train companies in the UK usually release tickets 12 weeks in advance
  • Travel Off-Peak: Tickets are usually cheaper during quieter times on weekdays and weekends compared to Peak times
  • Use GroupSave: If you're travelling in a group of 3-9 people, you can save up to 34% on eligible journeys at Off-Peak and Super Off-Peak times
  • Split your train tickets with SplitSave, our new split-ticketing app feature.

If you're ready to book, start a search for cheap train tickets to London with us today. Want to check if trains are running? Use our timetable to view live train times from Glasgow to London.

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 3 minutes, with around 33 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 28 minutes.

How much does the train from Glasgow to London cost?

Train ticket prices from Glasgow to London can start from as little as £22 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 33 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 £22 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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Another train trip ticked off the bucket list – Glasgow to London on the WCML

Review by Richard Keenan-Heard

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 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 is one of our trusted, hand-picked travel writers. The information for this article was recorded first-hand, based on his own genuine experience of the journey.

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