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Sheffield to London by train

It takes an average of 2h 36m to travel from Sheffield to London by train, over a distance of around 141 miles (227 km). There are normally 51 trains per day travelling from Sheffield to London and tickets for this journey start from £18.20 when you book in advance.

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Last train


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Journey time

From 1h 59m


141 miles (227 km)


51 trains per day


Direct trains available


From £18.20

Train operators

East Midlands Railway

Travelling from Sheffield to London by train

Want to find out more about taking the train from Sheffield to London? Look no further.

The train from Sheffield to London usually takes around 2h 22m but can take just 1h 59m on the fastest services, with around 52 trains running on this popular route every day. There's no need for any changes along the way either as direct trains are available on this route.

Train services on this route are run by East Midlands Railway (EMR). Their Intercity services are kitted out with free WiFi and a spacious First Class carriage if you feel like treating yourself.

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.

Ready to book? Start a search for cheap train tickets to London with us today. Want to check if trains are running? Use our timetable to view live train times from Sheffield to London.

Journey details

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

The average journey time by train between Sheffield and London is 2 hours and 36 minutes, with around 51 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 Sheffield and London by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Sheffield to London is 1 hour and 59 minutes.

How much does the train from Sheffield to London cost?

Train ticket prices from Sheffield to London can start from as little as £18.20 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 Sheffield to London?

Yes, it is possible to travel from Sheffield to London without having to change trains. There are 51 direct trains from Sheffield to London each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.

What time does the first train from Sheffield to London leave?

The first train from Sheffield to London leaves at 03:35. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

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

The last train from Sheffield to London leaves at 21:45. 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 Sheffield and London by train?

Trains travelling from Sheffield to London cover a distance of around 141 miles (227 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

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

Cheap train tickets from Sheffield to London

Train tickets from Sheffield to London start at £18.20 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.

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 Sheffield to London 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.

Advance adult single fare. Excludes booking fee. Prices seen by Trainline customers in the last 30 days. Availability limited.

Tips and tricks from our Trainline team

We love helping our customers find inspiration for their next train journey. Discover some travel stories written based on our employees' experiences.

Travelling from Sheffield to London with EMR

I got the bus into Sheffield city centre to reach the station, the entrance to Sheffield train station is an inviting site when leaving or arriving as the two water feature sculptures in Sheaf Square always shine in the sunlight.

I already had my digital ticket on my phone, so inside the station I headed up the stairs and along the walkway to find my platform. As Sheffield is often the starting station on this route into London, my EMR train was already there waiting for me to board. Although East Midlands Railway offer First Class I was sat in Standard Class today and had a fold-down table and plug socket at my seat by the window.

The train only stopped at three stations along the way, Chesterfield, Derby and Leicester, so it only took just over two hours to reach London, which is pretty quick! During the journey, staff offered a trolley service full of hot and cold drinks, alcohol, and snacks.

Once the train pulled into London St Pancras station, I was greeted by the station’s iconic curved roof, and Tracey Emin’s ‘I Want My Time With You’ artwork suspended from the ceiling. I scanned my ticket to get through the barrier, then headed down the escalators and along the row of shops in the lower level arcade to hop on the tube.

About Jorja

Jorja, a Trainline employee, chose to share her experience of the journey between Sheffield and London. 

† Average savings on advance fares booked at least one week before day of travel vs Anytime fares purchased on day of travel. Subject to availability. Excludes coach.

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