Planning a day out and looking to travel from London to Leicester by train? You've come to the right place!
The train from London to Leicester usually takes around 1h 35m but can take just 1h 2m on the fastest services, with around 81 trains running on this popular route every day. You won’t need to worry about making any changes along the way either as direct trains are available.
Train services on this route are run by East Midlands Railway (EMR). Their Intercity services are kitted out with free WiFi and a spacious First Class carriage if you feel like treating yourself.
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The average journey time by train between London and Leicester is 1 hour and 36 minutes, with around 87 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 London to Leicester is 1 hour and 2 minutes.
Train ticket prices from London to Leicester can start from as little as £13.50 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.
Yes, it is possible to travel from London to Leicester without having to change trains. There are 87 direct trains from London to Leicester each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.
The first train from London to Leicester leaves at 04:27. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.
The last train from London to Leicester leaves at 00:15. 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 London to Leicester cover a distance of around 88 miles (142 km) during the journey.
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After a busy day of eating, drinking and seeing the sites in London, we arrive back at St Pancras station to take the train back up to Leicester.
We’re here about 30 minutes before our train is due to leave, and the station has quite a buzzy atmosphere as people are heading on nights out. As we entered the station from the main Underground entrance, we wander in and out of the many shops along the lower level, to background music of someone playing one of the pianos that are spotted around the station. We grab some chips from Prime Burger to take on the train back and head up the escalators (only the set furthest away from the platform go up FYI) towards the platform that East Midlands Railway trains depart from.
The train is already on the platform so we board straight away, unlike earlier, we don’t have a table seat this time, but there are individual fold-down tables we can use instead. My seat is facing backwards, so as the train departs and pulls out of St Pancras I get an amazing view of all the nearby buildings (including the BT Tower) lit up in the night. The journey takes slightly longer from London to Leicester, around an hour and a half instead of the hour it took on the way down, as it stops at several stations along the way like Luton Airport Parkway, Wellingborough, and Kettering.
Once the train arrives into Leicester station, we hop off and head up the stairs to the exit and taxi rank. All in all, it was a comfortable relaxing journey after a great day out in London.
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.