Travelling on an Avanti West Coast train

At a glance

  • High speed train
  • Regional train
  • UK


Avanti West Coast trains are part of the UK's West Coast Partnership Franchise owned by FirstGroup and Trenitalia. Avanti West Coast took over these formerly Virgin-branded trains and offers a rail service that is comfortable, sleek and sustainable.

Named after the Italian word for “Forward,” Avanti West Coast trains run on the same long-distance West Coast Main Line routes in Britain that their Virgin Trains predecessors travelled on, connecting London with cities such as Birmingham, Manchester, Edinburgh, Liverpool and Glasgow.

Avanti West Coast also runs Pendolino trains, also known as Class 390s and coming from the Italian word for pendulum. They are Italian-built tilting trains reaching a maximum speed of 200km/h.

Practical information

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Before you board

Always make sure that you hold a valid ticket before boarding the train.

Some UK train stations require travellers to validate their tickets through automatic gates. Simply insert your ticket orange-side-up into the slot in the gate and it will pop back up through a slot at the top. Take your ticket and the gates will open. If there are no automatic barriers at the station, ticket control will take place once onboard.


Avanti West Coast trains provide ample legroom and offer free wifi as well as plug sockets at most seats.

Travellers onboard Avanti West Coast trains also have access to Avanti Media, a free entertainment platform offering blockbuster movies, TV shows, games and newspapers. Connect to Avanti Media through the train’s free wifi.

There is ample space for bikes onboard Avanti West Coast trains, though these need to be reserved in advance, free of charge. Read our Help article on taking your bikes on trains.

Avanti West Coast trains have an onboard shop selling hot and cold drinks, breakfast options for morning travel and hot and cold snacks made with locally sourced produce, including vegan and vegetarian options.

Booking and printing options

Avanti West Coast tickets are open for bookings 90 days in advance.

Get the lowest prices on Avanti West Coast by booking early and don’t wait until the last minute as cheaper seats sell out quickly.

Advance tickets offer discounts of up to 80% for bookings made well in advance.

Using a railcard may also help to get further discounts when booking UK trains.

Opt for off-peak Avanti West Coast trains when you have to travel at short notice. Off-peak trains are more affordable than ones that run mornings and evenings, Fridays and Sundays or during popular holidays.

Make the most of our Pricehack fares, or split ticket bargains on over 200 million train journeys in Great Britain.

Collect-at-station tickets are available for every UK train.

Classes of service

Avanti West Coast trains provide two classes of service: Standard Class and First Class.

Avanti West Coast First Class

Avanti West Coast trains offer an excellent First Class service with large, comfortable seats, generous legroom and tables. Avanti West Coast’s First Class service offers power sockets at every window seat as well as free wifi. A First Class ticket comes with a complimentary food-service offering locally-sourced food, and hot and cold drinks, as well as the added bonus of using First Class lounges at train stations. You can upgrade a Standard Class ticket to a First Class one from just £15.

Avanti West Coast Standard Class

Seating in Standard Class is airline-style unidirectional seats, in pairs. A small number of seats are arranged in seats of four around a table.

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.