|Journey time||From 2h 1m|
|Distance||178 miles (287 km)|
|Frequency||62 trains per day|
|Changes||Direct trains available|
|Train operators||Avanti West Coast|
Want to find out more about taking the train from London to Liverpool? Look no further.
The train from London to Liverpool usually takes around 3h 2m but can take just 2h 1m on the fastest services, with around 62 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.
You'll be travelling with Avanti West Coast on this route. All Avanti trains come with free WiFi, power sockets, and luggage racks, as well as a bar carriage where you can buy snacks and drinks throughout your journey.
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 Liverpool.
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 fast and reliable WiFi, at-seat power sockets, complimentary food and drinks, and access to exclusive First Class lounges at the station (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.
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.
The fastest journey time by train from London to Liverpool is 2 hours and 1 minute.
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.
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.
The first train from London to Liverpool leaves at 04:27. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.
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.
Trains travelling from London to Liverpool cover a distance of around 178 miles (287 km) during the journey.
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.
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.
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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.