Considering a trip to the home of Robin Hood and looking for more information on how to travel by train from London to Nottingham? Look no further!
Usually, the train from London to Nottingham takes around 1h 57m, but can take just 1h 32m on the fastest services. With around 45 direct trains running on this popular route each day, you’ll be able to make yourself comfortable and enjoy the journey as you don’t need to change along the way.
When travelling on this popular route, you’ll board an East Midlands Railway (EMR) service at London St Pancras station, travel through 108 miles of Great British countryside before arriving at Nottingham station. If you fancy travelling in style, why not upgrade to First Class? With East Midlands Railway, you’ll enjoy a complimentary breakfast, comfy seats, wider tables, free WiFi and quieter carriages.
Situated in the heart of the Midlands, Nottingham is a historic city revered for its connection to the legend of Robin Hood and his Merry Men. Once you’ve stepped off the train in Nottingham, you can head to the city’s most popular landmarks, including Nottingham Castle, the National Justice Museum and the Old Market Square.
If you want to snap up cheap train tickets from London to Nottingham, book an Off-Peak time – train tickets are generally cheaper when you travel Off-Peak compared to taking the train at Peak times. If you want to save even more, why not get a Railcard? You’ll save up to 1/3 on eligible journeys for a whole year. Find out more information about how to buy cheap train tickets to Nottingham.
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The average journey time by train between London and Nottingham is 1 hour and 55 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.
The fastest journey time by train from London to Nottingham is 1 hour and 32 minutes.
Train ticket prices from London to Nottingham 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.
Yes, it is possible to travel from London to Nottingham without having to change trains. There are 40 direct trains from London to Nottingham each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.
The first train from London to Nottingham leaves at 05:05. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.
The last train from London to Nottingham leaves at 23:35. 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 Nottingham cover a distance of around 108 miles (174 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 Nottingham 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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I was heading for a day out in Nottingham to see friends and arrived at London St Pancras around 20 minutes before my train was due to depart. This meant I had time to grab a coffee and a quick bit of window shopping as I walked from the Underground entrance along the row of shops to the escalator that took me up to the East Midlands Railway platforms.
I scanned my eticket at the barrier and found my seat on the train easily as the numbers were signposted on each door and on the electronic signs inside the carriage.
Travelling with East Midlands Railway
I was travelling in Standard Class today, which offered comfortable seating, free WiFi, and a drop-down table I could use to put my phone, snacks, and water bottle on. EMR also offer First Class on their trains to Nottingham, with quieter carriages, wider seats, and a plug socket for every traveller.
The journey from St Pancras to Nottingham took around an hour and a half, only making three stops along the way at Kettering, Market Harborough, and Leicester, which meant I had a nice amount of time to read my book, listen to music and watch the countryside whisk by the window on the way.
Arriving into Nottingham train station
My train pulled into platform 7 and I headed up the escalator into the main station concourse, which was refurbished a couple of years ago and looks very smart, modern, and welcoming. I headed straight out of the station onto Carrington Street, from here it takes around 15 minutes to reach the city’s iconic Old Market Square, where I was meeting my friends and there are many shops, cafés, bars, restaurants, and a lively atmosphere.
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.