How to take the rail journey from London to Leeds

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London to Leeds by train

How to buy tickets, what's on board the trains, how to use the stations, plus tips for making the most of the journey

Routes you can take to go from London to Leeds

When travelling between most cities by train there is only one logical option, though on other journeys there is a choice between different trains or alternative routes. If different options are available you can use the info to decide which is best for you.

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Route Information

Travel Time (approx)

2hr 13min - 2hr 27min



Travel Info

Mon-Friday = 1 or 2 x trains per hour
Sat/Sun = 1 x train per hour

From 08:03 until 20:33 on Monday - Friday there are 2 x departures per hour

The early morning and late evening trains on Mon-Sat and certain departures on Sundays are slower because they make more station calls.

  • Is the journey direct? = Yes
  • When is the usual approximate earliest arrival at the destination? = before 08:30 on Monday to Friday; before 09:00 on Saturday; before 11:30 on Sunday
  • When is the usual approximate latest departure? = after 23:30 on Monday to Friday; around 22:00 on Saturday; after 22:30 on Sunday
  • Are tickets cheaper if booked in advance? = Yes
  • How soon ahead of travel are tickets typically placed on sale? = 12 weeks; see the Ticket Information
  • What are the child ticket terms? = aged 5 to 15 = 50%; aged 4 and under = free
  • Does the ticket include assigned seats? = Varies; Yes with Advance Tickets; see the Ticket Information
  • Do rail pass users need to book reservations? = No
  • Is catering available on the train? = Yes = bar/bistro car and At Seat Catering; Complimentary catering in 1st class, which can include a full meal service
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