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London to Leeds by train

It takes an average of 2h 50m to travel from London to Leeds by train, over a distance of around 169 miles (272 km). There are normally 40 trains per day travelling from London to Leeds and tickets for this journey start from £15 when you book in advance.
Journey timeFrom 2h 10m
PriceFrom £15
Distance169 miles (272 km)
Frequency40 trains per day
First train04:55
Last train23:33
Departure stationLondon
Arrival stationLeeds
ChangesDirect trains available
Train operatorsEast Midlands Railway, London North Eastern Railway

London to Leeds train times

Check out the next trains departing from London to Leeds for Thursday 19th 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.
DepartsArrivesTrainDuration
05:55 On timelondon kings cross08:23 On timeleedsPlat. 7 estimatedlondon north eastern railway Peak2h 28m, direct
06:33 london kings cross08:52 leedsPlat. 6 estimatedlondon north eastern railway Peak2h 19m, direct
07:03 london kings cross09:16 leedslondon north eastern railway Peak2h 13m, direct
07:33 london kings cross09:45 leedsPlat. 3 estimatedlondon north eastern railway Peak2h 12m, direct
08:03 london kings cross10:16 leedsPlat. 2 estimatedlondon north eastern railway Peak2h 13m, direct

Travelling from London to Leeds by train

If you want to travel from London to Leeds by train, you've come to the right place.

The train from London to Leeds usually takes around 3h 6m but can take just 2h 10m on the fastest services, with around 45 trains running on this popular route per day. Once you're on board, you can sit back and relax, as you won’t need to make any changes along the way.

London North Eastern Railway (LNER) is the main rail operator on this route. LNER trains come with a variety of amenities, including free WiFi and a café/bar serving hot and cold drinks and snacks. If you’re travelling in LNER's First Class, you can enjoy at-seat dining and a complimentary meal.

To snap up the cheapest fares, book an Off-Peak time – tickets are usually cheaper when you travel Off-Peak compared to taking the train at Peak times. If you want to save even more, get a Railcard – you’ll save up to 1/3 on eligible journeys for a whole year.

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

Journey details

Want to know more about your journey from London to Leeds? 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 London to Leeds take?

The average journey time by train between London and Leeds is 2 hours and 50 minutes, with around 40 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 London and Leeds by train?

The fastest journey time by train from London to Leeds is 2 hours and 10 minutes.

How much does the train from London to Leeds cost?

Train ticket prices from London to Leeds can start from as little as £15 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 London to Leeds?

Yes, it is possible to travel from London to Leeds without having to change trains. There are 40 direct trains from London to Leeds each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.

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

The first train from London to Leeds leaves at 04:55. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

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

The last train from London to Leeds leaves at 23:33. 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 London and Leeds by train?

Trains travelling from London to Leeds cover a distance of around 169 miles (272 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

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

Cheap train tickets from London to Leeds

Train tickets from London to Leeds start at £15 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 London to Leeds 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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London to Leeds on an Azuma train

Review by Freddie Larkins

My journey from London to Leeds took just under two and a half from station to station. I travelled on one of LNER’s high-speed Azuma trains – a real treat for a train nerd such as myself!

The journey

I had booked an Advance ticket as it was the cheapest option, meaning I had to catch the specific train listed on my ticket. During the booking process I’d specified my seating preferences, so when I boarded I was happy to find that my seat was exactly where I wanted it: forward-facing and next to the window.

Standard Class is perfectly comfortable and served my purposes well. I had access to a fold-down table and a plug socket, and I also connected to the free onboard WiFi. This allowed me to get on with some work, which helped pass the time!

For the purposes of the review, I had a peek into First Class. The carriages are roomier with wider seats. Meals are included as part of the ticket (I was content with bringing my own food on board!) and the seats have plug sockets as well as stand-alone USB ports. Most of the passengers in First Class looked to be travelling on business and were therefore using the USB to charge their phone while their laptop charged in the socket. Suffice to say if the right deal came about, I’d love to travel First Class!

Arrival into London Kings Cross

We arrived into Kings Cross a few minutes late owing to upgrade works taking place on the East Coast Main Line. I was meeting a friend at Granary Square, a bustling canal-side spot with food trucks, which is located conveniently behind Kings Cross station. All in all, it was a very easy and convenient journey.

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