The majority of journeys on the Sheffield to London route are run by East Midlands Railway (formerly East Midlands Trains), and the average travel time is under two and a half hours. During the day, trains leave the station approximately three times an hour, with fewer departures later in the evening. There are a number of other options to choose from, such as trains with changes at Doncaster, Retford or Derby, which allow you to arrive into London at different stations including London Kings Cross or London St Pancras.
First Class passengers on East Midlands Railway (formerly East Midlands Trains) can enjoy complimentary tea and coffee as they travel, as well as table service, while standard fare passengers can take advantage of the onboard catering.
*Information correct at time of writing (September 2020). May be subject to change
The average journey time by train between Sheffield and London is 2 hours and 34 minutes, with around 43 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 Sheffield to London is 1 hour and 59 minutes.
Train ticket prices from Sheffield to London 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 Sheffield to London without having to change trains. There are 43 direct trains from Sheffield to London each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.
The first train from Sheffield to London leaves at 04:08. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.
The last train from Sheffield to London leaves at 20:50. 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 Sheffield to London cover a distance of around 141 miles (227 km) during the journey.
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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.
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.