Trains run by East Midlands Railway (formerly East Midlands Trains) depart Leicester for London several times an hour during the day and less frequently at night. The average travel time is just under one and a half hours, and all trains run directly to London with no changes.
East Midlands Railway Standard Class travellers can enjoy refreshments from the on-board shop or the trolley service. They will find handy tables at their seats, and the carriages are well lit for comfortable reading. First Class service provides extras like more space, quieter coaches, free WiFi access and hot drinks.
The average journey time by train between Leicester and London is 1 hour and 32 minutes, with around 104 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.
The fastest journey time by train from Leicester to London is 1 hour and 5 minutes.
Train ticket prices from Leicester to London can start from as little as £13 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.
Yes, it is possible to travel from Leicester to London without having to change trains. There are 104 direct trains from Leicester to London each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.
The first train from Leicester to London leaves at 03:39. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.
The last train from Leicester to London leaves at 21:57. 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.
Trains travelling from Leicester to London cover a distance of around 88 miles (142 km) during the journey.
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We arrive at Leicester train station nice and early, excited to spend the day in London. We get there around 20 minutes before our 10:03 train is due to leave, so have time to grab a coffee and a croissant to snack on during the journey, then we head down to the platform to wait for the train.
As the train pulls up, I’m glad to see it’s one of the newer trains, so we’ll have comfier seats and plug sockets at our table. One of the great things about EMR trains from Leicester to London is that certain services have no stops along the way, so once we leave Leicester, we only have just over an hour to wait until we reach St Pancras.
We whizz through towns and countryside on our way down to London, we’ve got a table seat so have plenty of space to stretch out, relax and watch the world go by as we make our way through Market Harborough, Bedford and eventually into the London suburbs, where we spot the arch of Wembley Stadium out of the window to our right.
All East Midlands Railway services arrive into the upper level of St Pancras station, so once we step off the train, we’re torn between heading straight for the champagne bar in front of us (a great way to start a day out in London, no?) or heading down the escalators to hop to the Underground at the other end of the station.
The trip by train was quick, comfortable and we saved a bit of money when booking as we used a Two Together Railcard. What’s not to like?
Jorja is one of our trusted, hand-picked travel writers. The information for this article was recorded first-hand, based on her own genuine experience of the journey.