Who are Avanti West Coast?
After many years of the famous Virgin brand on the West Coast Mainline, Avanti West Coast took over the reins for the route in 2019. They have a fleet of 74 trains, which is made up of 56 Pendolino sets and 18 Super Voyagers. The Super Voyagers will soon by replaced by a fleet of Hitachi-built trains.
As Avanti West Coast are the main long-distance operator on the West Coast Mainline, you might struggle to find a cheap ticket on some routes. If you’re travelling from Liverpool, Crewe or Birmingham to London, you might have better luck with West Midlands Trains.
On some routes though, you can still bag a bargain. For example, the Edinburgh to London via Birmingham service is a fairly slow option, but it can have the edge on cost over the ‘traditional’ route down the East Coast Mainline. Here’s an example:
As you can see, you have two options arriving at the same time. This is because you can either take the slower (but direct) train, or you can take a faster train that bypasses Birmingham, then pick up the slower train in Carlisle instead.
It’s not always guaranteed that these Avanti West Coast tickets will be cheaper than LNER or Lumo, but peak times tend to be a good bet (when fares via the East Coast tend to be a lot higher).
On board services
Luggage storage is available on all trains. ‘Pendolino’ trains have more extensive space available with multiple floor-to-ceiling racks per carriage.
You’ll find a shop on every train selling drinks, snacks and sandwiches.
Free WiFi on all trains in both 1st and Standard Class.
Table seating is available on all trains in every carriage. Coaches D and K are recommended on Super Voyager trains where seats and tables are larger.
All trains accept bikes with a printed reservation. Bikes are stored in the cycle area in Coach A. You can book in at a station ticket office or call 0345 528 0253. There’s more information in our dedicated guide to travelling with bikes.
Up to two dogs, cats or other small domestic animals can travel free in both Standard and First Class.
You can find out more about Passenger Assist on our dedicated page.