It takes an average of 2h 44m to travel from London to Liverpool by train, over a distance of around 178 miles (287 km). There are normally 32 trains per day travelling from London to Liverpool and tickets for this journey start from £13 when you book in advance.
287 miles (178 km)
32 trains per day
Direct trains available
Thinking about travelling from London to Liverpool by train? You’ve come to the right place!
Usually, the train from London to Liverpool takes around 3h 2m. But, if you’re travelling on the fastest services, the journey to Liverpool can take just 2h 1m. With around 62 direct trains running on this popular route per day, you don’t need to worry about changing along the way.
On this route, you’ll be travelling with Avanti West Coast. All Avanti trains come with free WiFi, power sockets and luggage racks, as well as a bar carriage where you can buy drinks and snacks.
Once you’ve arrived in the heart of Liverpool, you can make your way to the Royal Albert Dock to explore the city’s fascinating dockyard history. You can find out more about this at the nearby Museum of Liverpool.
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The average journey time by train between London and Liverpool is 2 hours and 44 minutes, with around 32 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 Liverpool is 2 hours and 15 minutes.
Train ticket prices from London to Liverpool 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 London to Liverpool without having to change trains. There are 32 direct trains from London to Liverpool each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.
The first train from London to Liverpool leaves at 05:33. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.
The last train from London to Liverpool leaves at 22:00. 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 Liverpool cover a distance of around 178 miles (287 km) during the journey.
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When we were looking for a short city break from London, we were surprised to see Liverpool was just over two hours away by train and on the bucket list, it went!
Arriving at London Euston for the 7.02 pm train (which is 2 hours and 6 minutes in total) about 30 minutes early we headed to the Avanti First-Class lounge which offers aside from the complimentary refreshments a bird’s eye view of the station below, which is great for people watching whilst you sip a coffee.
There’s more than coffee on offer too in the lounge, there are newspapers, decent Wi-Fi speeds, and snacks including fresh fruit, cookies, muffins, and assorted pastries. Depending on the time of day, you can even grab an ice-cold beer!
When we boarded the Pendolino train and settled down in First-Class the extra comfy seats by the large window meant we good gaze out the window which for me is the best bit about travelling by train, just watching the world whiz by at over 100mph. And who doesn’t like to race the traffic along the motorways when you’re just sitting back and relaxing?!
Heading out of Euston and once you’re past the London suburbs the countryside swiftly creeps up alongside the track as we head north towards Milton Keynes (our first stop). By this point, we’ve been well looked after by the folks in First-Class and happily watching the world go by. In no time at all really, we’re skirting around Birmingham, through Crewe before stopping for the second and last time at Runcorn just outside of Liverpool.
As the clock ticked past 9 pm we were on the approach to Liverpool Lime Street (a magnificent station) and feeling refreshed and well-fed headed out from the railway station towards the docks and our hotel for the weekend.
In all honesty, the perfect trip and a great way to start our weekend away in Liverpool.
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.