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London to Liverpool by train

It takes an average of 3h 2m to travel from London to Liverpool by train, over a distance of around 178 miles (287 km). There are normally 62 trains per day travelling from London to Liverpool and tickets for this journey start from £12 when you book in advance.
Journey timeFrom 2h 1m
PriceFrom £12
Distance178 miles (287 km)
Frequency62 trains per day
Departure stationLondon
Arrival stationLiverpool
ChangesDirect trains available
Train operatorsAvanti West Coast

London to Liverpool train times

Check out the next trains departing from London to Liverpool for sabato 8º maggio 2021 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
16:10 On timelondon euston18:43 On timeliverpool lime streetavanti west coast Off PeakGet tickets2h 33m, 1 change
16:30 On timelondon euston18:57 On timeliverpool lime streetavanti west coast Off PeakGet tickets2h 27m, direct
17:07 On timelondon euston19:22 On timeliverpool lime streetavanti west coast Off PeakGet tickets2h 15m, direct
17:10 On timelondon euston19:42 On timeliverpool lime streetavanti west coast Off PeakGet tickets2h 32m, 1 change
17:30 On timelondon euston20:03 On timeliverpool lime streetavanti west coast Off PeakGet tickets2h 33m, 2 changes
17:30 On timelondon euston20:16 On timeliverpool lime streetavanti west coast Off PeakGet tickets2h 46m, 2 changes
18:07 On timelondon euston20:18 On timeliverpool lime streetavanti west coast Off PeakGet tickets2h 11m, direct
18:30 On timelondon euston21:19 On timeliverpool lime streetavanti west coast Off PeakGet tickets2h 49m, 1 change
19:07 On timelondon euston21:27 On timeliverpool lime streetavanti west coast Off PeakGet tickets2h 20m, direct
19:30 On timelondon euston22:10 On timeliverpool lime streetavanti west coast Off PeakGet tickets2h 40m, 1 change

London to Liverpool train times information

Avanti West Coast (formerly Virgin Trains) operates a direct service from London to Liverpool Lime Street departing every 7 minutes past the hour, taking 2h 12m. There’s also a direct West Midlands Trains service, although this stops at more stations along the way and takes around 3h 54m. You can also travel from London to Liverpool via an indirect service, leaving at every 10 minutes and 40 minutes past the hour and changing at Crewe to hop on a West Midlands Trains service, which takes around 2h 33m.

If you’re travelling on a direct Avanti West Coast service, the onboard food shop serves hot and cold drinks and snacks. Free WiFi is available on all Avanti West Coast, as well as free films, tv programmes, magazines, and games via their Avanti Media entertainment service on Voyager trains. Travelling in First Class? You’ll enjoy complimentary at-seat dining during your journey (Monday to Friday only).

Find out more information about how to buy cheap train tickets to Liverpool.

London to Liverpool by First Class train

Tired of travelling in Standard? Why not treat yourself to an upgrade and take a First Class Avanti West Coast train from London to Liverpool? Not only will you be more comfortable on your journey, but you’ll also get to enjoy a bunch of other perks including:

  • Tables so you can eat and drink in a more refined manner, or work on the go
  • Fast, reliable WiFi
  • Power sockets at every seat, so you can keep all your gadgets charged up
  • Complimentary food and drink
  • Access to exclusive First Class lounges at train stations at London Euston and Liverpool Lime Street (on the return journey)

Now, this might just blow your mind, but on odd occasions, First Class tickets can end up cheaper than Standard tickets! That’s right – so always check First Class prices when booking your tickets. You never know, you might end up with an unexpected treat.

Journey details

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

The average journey time by train between London and Liverpool is 3 hours and 2 minutes, with around 62 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 Liverpool by train?

The fastest journey time by train from London to Liverpool is 2 hours and 1 minute.

How much does the train from London to Liverpool cost?

Train ticket prices from London to Liverpool can start from as little as £12 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 Liverpool?

Yes, it is possible to travel from London to Liverpool without having to change trains. There are 62 direct trains from London to Liverpool 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 Liverpool leave?

The first train from London to Liverpool leaves at 04:27. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

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

The last train from London to Liverpool leaves at 21:21. 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 Liverpool by train?

Trains travelling from London to Liverpool cover a distance of around 178 miles (287 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

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

Cheap train tickets from London to Liverpool

Train tickets from London to Liverpool start at £12 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, and even tell you when the prices are likely to increase with Price Prediction.

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 Liverpool 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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A long weekend in Liverpool by train

Review by Richard Keenan-Heard

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.

 

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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