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How do I get cheap Leeds to London train tickets?

Looking to travel from the ‘Capital of Yorkshire‘ to the Capital? Not a problem. Let’s take a look at what the cheapest train tickets are, how you can book them and what the trains will be like. Here’s the Railsmartr guide to finding cheap Leeds to London train tickets

How do I find cheap Leeds to London train tickets?

Well, let’s start looking for cheap train tickets from Leeds to London by searching on the Railsmartr site. We’ll look for trains around a month in advance on a Friday afternoon:

leeds to london train tickets on railsmartr site

As you can see, it’s cheapest to simply pick the direct trains. So, if you want the fastest trip down to London, it’s pretty straightforward.

It’s also worth remembering that there aren’t any peak restrictions on a Friday. This means that the cheapest Super Off-Peak fares act as a sort of ‘cap’ for the Advance tickets that you see above. As a result, it’s usually the cheapest weekday to travel.

What if I take a slower route?

So, let’s see if we can get cheap train tickets from Leeds to London that are even better value. For example, you’ll find many more trains to London from Doncaster. So, is there a cheap train to Doncaster?

railsmartr website showing step 1 of booking cheap train tickets from leeds to london (northern service from leeds to doncaster)

Yes, the Northern service down to Doncaster is usually cheapest. It’s £3.50 single here, and it’s usually possible to get a cheap ticket on it right up until the train leaves. Now, let’s see what the cheapest options are from Doncaster:

railsmartr website showing step 2 of booking cheap train tickets from leeds to london (grand central service from doncaster to london)

There’s a £15 ticket on the 16:23 Grand Central train down to London. This gives you a total fare of just £18.50. If you’re booking separate tickets at Doncaster and want to change trains, make sure that you leave at least seven minutes between them (so that you’re covered in case the first train is late).

We’d also recommend looking at tickets from Sheffield to London (and then looking at trains from Leeds to Sheffield) as this could give you a saving, as well.

What if I’m travelling from other stations in West Yorkshire?

If you’re travelling from other stations, then it’s worth remembering that Grand Central runs directly from Bradford Interchange, Low Moor, Halifax, Mirfield, Wakefield Kirkgate and Pontefract Monkhill (only some trains) into London King’s Cross.

It’s likely to be cheaper to choose one of these direct trains than to head to Leeds first. They don’t run as frequently though, so it’s worth checking the timetable here.

What are trains from Leeds to London like?

If you’re choosing a direct train from Leeds to London, then you’ll likely be travelling on an LNER Azuma. They have five or nine carriages:

lner azuma train

Once you’re on the train, you’ll find a selection of table and airline seating. There’s free WiFi throughout the train, and every seat has access to a power socket:

interior of lner azuma train

You’ll also find at least two luggage stacks per carriage (at the carriage ends) with some having up to four. See those stickers at the seatbacks? That’s for the Let’s Eat at Your Seat service. If you scan the QR code, then you’ll be able to order hot and cold food to your seat. It doesn’t take your payment until the food is on its way.

Is there anything else I should know?

The final thing we’d recommend is using the Railsmartr website to book your Leeds to London train tickets. We’re completely independent, so we’re happy to ‘tell you like it is’ when it comes to rail fares. Not only that, but we’ll show you the slower, but cheaper options that some websites won’t.

Don’t forget that we don’t charge any fees, either. That includes if you change your mind and want to travel on a different day. If your ticket is refundable, we’ll refund it fee-free, too!

All fares stated on this page are for ONE adult with no Railcard discount and were correct at 13:00 01/08/23. They’re subject to change at any time and Railsmartr are not responsible for any loss or disappointment incurred as a result of the information provided.

Author Richard

Hi, I'm Richard and I've been working for Railsmartr since 2022. I make sure that everything we communicate with customers is top-notch and write exciting and informative content for the website. When I'm not at work, you'll still find me on the rails - though often in the far corners of Europe!