London to Glasgow by train

Prices explained

Prices explained

At Rail Europe we believe in price transparency. We use real data from Rail Europe searches to estimate the cheapest fares you should be able to find for your journey.

The cheapest price is the lowest fare we've ever found for this journey. These prices can usually be found by searching when booking opens but they vary due to availability, which depends on factors like the day of the week or time of year.

More popular journeys include 30 day advance and 7 day advance prices. These are updated every two weeks using prices we've found by searching exactly 7 or 30 days from the most recent Thursday (we picked Thursday because this is when average prices are usually found).

30 day and 7 day prices fluctuate based on demand and availability at the time of search. For example, the 7-day price in summer is likely to be more expensive than the same journey in winter.

Prices are sourced in GBP and converted to other currencies using the daily market exchange rate.

We're always seeking to improve how price-checking works, and we welcome feedback on how we can make it better.

More advice about how to find the cheapest tickets can be found in our infographic.

  1. Cheapest Price $32.22
  2. 30 day advance $60.23
  3. 7 day advance $100.85
  • First train
  • Last train
  • Avg changes
  • Fastest journey
    4hr 29m
  • Distance
    554 kilometres
  • Trains per day
  • Avg. journey time
    5hr 6m
  • Train operators

Travelling from London to Glasgow by train

Fast trains from London to Glasgow take around 4 hours and 29 minutes, covering a distance of approximately 554 kilometres. There are frequent services on the rail route between London and Glasgow.

1. Are there direct trains from London to Glasgow?

Direct trains from London to Glasgow have been found.

We usually find around 24 direct trains on the route from London to Glasgow every weekday.

There are typically fewer departures at weekends, when we found around 19 departures.

2. How long is the train journey from London to Glasgow?

The London to Glasgow train travel time is normally about 4 hours and 29 minutes, whatever time you make the journey.

3. What are the London to Glasgow train times and schedule?

On weekdays the earliest direct train to Glasgow is usually scheduled to depart London around 05:30 and the last train is around 23:53. At weekends the first train of the day leaves London around 06:05, and the last at 23:30.

What's the London to Glasgow train price?

The earlier you book the better, and the cheapest tickets we've found for trains from London to Glasgow are $32.22.

Trains departing 30 days in advance will cost around $60 while booking 7 days in advance the price is around $100. Booking on the day of travel is likely to be more expensive, so it is worth booking in advance if you can to save money.

When to book London to Glasgow train tickets?

Trains in the UK usually open for booking around 3 months in advance. If booking is not yet open for your dates then you can set a booking alert to receive an email on the day that the cheapest tickets are released for your journey from London to Glasgow by train.

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Which train companies operate between London and Glasgow?

More than one train company operates on the route from London to Glasgow, so you’ll be travelling with one or more of the following rail operators:

  • Avanti West Coast
  • Caledonian Sleeper
  • Serco Caledonian Sleeper
  • Virgin Trains

You can check which train you’ll be travelling on by looking for the train name in search results.

Glasgow to London by train

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West Coast route

It is an easy journey by train from London to Glasgow. The fastest service is operated by Virgin Trains West Coast. All trains from London Euston to Glasgow offer a choice of First or Standard-Class seating. The second half of the journey is very beautiful, cutting through the edge of the Lake District and then crossing the hills of southern Scotland.

An alternative route from London to Glasgow via Edinburgh leaves from King’s Cross station. This latter route follows the East Coast line to Scotland. It takes more than an hour longer than the more popular route from Euston. There are also two separate overnight trains from London Euston to the Glasgow region, both running under the Caledonian Sleeper brand. One runs to Glasgow Central; the other takes passengers in overnight comfort to Dalmuir just west of the city centre.

London to Glasgow

Virgin Pendolino trains to Glasgow leave from London Euston station. The two principal cities on the line are Preston and Glasgow. Tame landscapes along the first half of the route gives way glorious hill country for the last couple of hours. Sit back and relax as fine scenery slips by beyond the window of your train.

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Child and youth passengers

The definition of "Child" and "Youth" varies by country and operator. This is why we ask for the age of young passengers.

Sometimes children below a certain age can travel without a seat for free. If you want to guarantee a seat for child passengers, enter '6' as the age of the child.

Read more about child and youth passenger ages. See also youth discounts and railcards.