1st class service on British Trains
Go First Class all the Way
Why does it seem that you have to accrue tons of miles or save money for years to enjoy a First Class ticket on an airplane?
For what? Leather seats and a hot meal that comes with the same stale coffee they serve in coach. On the train, First Class doesn’t cost so much more than 2nd, so go ahead and treat yourself.
If you’re traveling on business, First Class enables you to use your journey time productively working. If on vacation, simply watch the world go by until a server comes by to offer you a drink, a little nibble or a newspaper.
Not all trains offer First Class service. The following trains offer a range of First Class amenities:
Arriva Trains Wales: Offering full breakfast on the outward journey, 3 course dinner on the return, complimentary hot or cold drinks.
CrossCountry: A range of complimentary food and drinks throughout the day, including breakfast. Daytime menu offers tasty hot and cold sandwiches.
East Coast: First Class Lounges also give you access to complimentary WiFi and business facilities. Complimentary refreshments and newspapers are provided. Onboard, free WiFi, complimentary drinks and a full at-seat meal service.
East Midlands Trains: Enjoy station lounges with business amenities like WiFi. On board, find spacious carriages, large reclining seats, complimentary hot drinks, newspaper, snacks and a glass of wine on select afternoon trains.
First Capital Connect: Take your bicycle on board – hassle free. Enjoy hot and cold drinks and spacious seating.
First Great Western: Exclusive First Class lounges at the station. Onboard, reclining leather seats, tables with power sockets, at-seat service, complimentary refreshments and newspaper. Friday nights, enjoy a glass of wine.
Gatwick Express: Large, reclining seats, tables you can work at, complimentary copy of The Times and The Evening Standard, at-seat refreshment service.
Grand Central: Relax in wider, reclining seats and adjacent power points for phones or laptops. Enjoy complimentary beverages and a regional newspaper. Curtains at the windows offer additional privacy and shade. All tables have imprinted Monopoly®, Cluedo® and Chess Boards for those looking for some entertainment on their journey.
Heathrow Express: With quicker, easier access to the terminals, plus more legroom, uninterrupted mobile coverage/Wi-Fi even in tunnels, you won’t waste a single moment. Read complimentary papers, watch Onboard TV, surf the web.
Hull Trains: Take your bicycle on board – hassle free. Enjoy hot and cold drinks and spacious seating.
London Midland: First Class travel offers wider, more comfortable seats with more legroom, and a smaller, private compartment to either work or relax in. The newer Desiro trains operate some of the services along these routes; they also offer power points and reclining seats.
National Express East Anglia: Offering wider, reclining seats with its own table and more legroom. Enjoy at-seat dining on select routes.
ScotRail: Air-conditioned carriages with superior reclining seating, extra space and plug-in points for laptops or mobile phones, complimentary non-alcoholic drinks, newspapers and magazines. First Class private sleeper cabins come complete with cotton sheets, concealed wash basin and towel and toiletry pack. Be woken with a light breakast.
South West Trains: Receive a complimentary hot drink on services with catering facilities that arrive at London Waterloo prior to 10.00 from Bournemouth, Portsmouth and the West of England.
Southern: When catering facitilites are available, First Class passengers are entitled to a complimentary tea, fair-trade coffee or small mineral water.
Stansted Express: Larger reclining seats with extra legroom make the journey more comfortable. Work at spacious tables, enjoy compimentary copies of The Times and quality drinks and refreshements served at your seat.
Virgin Trains: (Link to Virgin Trains article) These trains offer a wealth of amenities including delicious meals throughout the day, free-Wi-Fi and much more.
Wrexham & Shropshire: The First Class accommodation is laid out with comfort in mind. Every seat has a table – of two or four – so you can chat with friends or work with colleagues. Every seat has a table big enough to work with a laptop. The seats are larger, recline and always have an unobstructed view. And curtains will prevent the sun from getting in your eyes – or on your laptop screen. During your journey you’ll be treated to an seat service of complimentary food and drink, served by your dedicated first class steward.