Thinking of spending some time exploring the capital and want more information on how to travel by train from Nottingham to London? You’ve come to the right place!
Generally, the train from Nottingham to London takes around 1h 55m, but can take just 1h 35m on the fastest East Midlands Railway services. On this popular route, there around 42 direct trains travelling the 108 miles from Nottingham to London. Once you’ve boarded the train, you can sit back and relax as you don’t need to worry about making any changes along the way.
If you’re travelling on this route, you’ll board an East Midlands Railway train at Nottingham station. Once you’ve found your seat, you can take advantage of the onboard amenities including plug sockets, comfortable seats and free WiFi. If you prefer to travel in style, upgrade to First Class and enjoy quieter carriages spacious seats and complimentary food and refreshments served at your table. Before you know it, you’ll arrive at London St Pancras station.
Combining historic architecture, pristine parks and a vibrant culture, London is the capital of the UK and the perfect location for a short break or day trip. Once you’ve exited the station, you can start heading for the city’s major landmarks. For inspiration, read our guide to the 14 best things to do in London, including a trip to St Paul’s Cathedral and Marble Arch.
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Want to go straight to booking? Start a search for cheap train tickets from Nottingham to London in our Journey Planner at the top of the page. If you want to know more about the journey first, keep reading for our timetable, tips on finding cheap train tickets and FAQs including first and last train times.
The average journey time by train between Nottingham and London is 1 hour and 56 minutes, with around 46 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 Nottingham to London is 1 hour and 36 minutes.
Train ticket prices from Nottingham to London can start from as little as £14.30 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 Nottingham to London without having to change trains. There are 46 direct trains from Nottingham to London each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.
The first train from Nottingham to London leaves at 04:13. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.
The last train from Nottingham to London leaves at 21:40. 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 Nottingham to London 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 Nottingham to London 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 back to London after a day out in Nottingham with friends and arrived at the station around 20 minutes before my train was due to leave. I already had my ticket on my phone so I had time to grab a coffee before heading down to the platform to catch my train.
Travelling with East Midlands Railway
I hopped on my train on platform 7 and it was easy to find my seat as the electronic signs above each row showed the numbers clearly. I had a table seat for my trip down to London which was nice as I had plenty of space for my water bottle and Kindle, and there was a plug socket under the table too so I could keep my phone charged up.
We made three stops along the way, but the journey from Nottingham to London only took an hour and a half, which felt like it whizzed by quickly. One part I love about the trip into London is that you know you’re getting close when you catch a glimpse of Wembley Stadium out of the left window.
Arriving into London St Pancras train station
I stepped off the train onto the platform and scanned my eticket at the barrier to head into the main station. St Pancras is always so eye-catching when you arrive with its iconic arched roof and Tracey Emin’s ‘I Want My Time With You’ writing suspended above the Grand Terrace. The escalator took me down into a row of shops, which I passed as I headed to the Underground to catch the tube.
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.