With the number of rail passengers in the UK steadily increasing, train providers are finally catching up to customers’ demands for more on-board internet access, with over three-quarters of train journeys in the UK now offering on-board WiFi. In an effort to highlight just how accessible on-board WiFi on UK trains is, we analysed 150 of our most popular train routes to determine what journeys offer free, paid, or have no WiFi on-board. Simply enter your departure and/or arrival train station in the table below to find out if your next train journey has a WiFi connection.
Find Out if Your Train Route Has WiFi On-board
To perform a search, simply enter your arrival and/or departure point e.g "Leeds to York".
The interactive table presented above includes the 150 most popular routes which is based on our internal data. Further research was conducted based on individual train companies. Please note that the WiFi availability and charges are based on standard ticket holders only. For first class ticket holders and the respective WiFi options, please check with your service provider. Fees may incur and are liable to change, please see the provider table below for more information regarding charges.
Popular Train Journeys with WiFi On-board
Sitting comfortably in your seat and then realise you've reached your mobile data limit? Book the following routes to make sure you are connected for the duration of your journey.
WiFi Information for National Trains
Look below to find out which national trains across the UK have WiFi, if they're free, and if not how much you can expect to pay while you travel by train.
WiFi on National Trains in the UK
- Abellio Greater Anglia: WiFi service is free to all First Class and Standard ticket holders.
- Arriva Trains Wales: There is currently no WiFi available on this train.
- Chiltern Railways: WiFi service is free to all First Class and Standard ticket holders.
- Crosscountry: WiFi service is free to all First Class ticket holders. For Standard ticket holders: £2 for 1hr, £3 for 2hrs, £4 for 4hrs, £6 for 5hrs and £8 for 24hrs.
- East Midlands Trains: WiFi service is free for 15 minutes to all First Class and Standard ticket holders onboard all to/from London trains. Then journey pass (one-way) for £4 or £6 for a day pass (return-trip).
- Grand Central: WiFi service is free to all First Class and Standard ticket holders.
- Great Western Railway: WiFi service is free for all Fist Class and Standard ticket holders on the Sleeper services and many of Great Western Railway daytime services.
- London Midland: There is currently no WiFi available on this train.
- Northern Rail: WiFi service is free to all First Class and Standard ticket holders on services between Leeds and Doncaster, Skipton, Ilkley and Bradford Forster Square.
- Scotrail: Free WiFi is available on most ScotRail routes for First Class and Standard ticket holders.
- South West Trains: WiFi service is free to all First Class and Standard ticket holders.
- Southeastern: There is currently no WiFi available on this train.
- Southern: There is currently no WiFi available on this train.
- Thameslink: There is currently no WiFi available on this train.
- Transpennine Express: There is currently no WiFi available on this train.
- Virgin Trains: WiFi service is free to all First Class ticket holders. For Standard ticket holders: £5 for 24hrs, £10 for 7 days and £30 for 30 days.
- Virgin Trains East Coast: WiFi service is free to all First Class and Standard ticket holders when booking directly. If you did not book directly, WiFi service is free for 15 minutes, then it's £5.00 for your journey.
More Facilities On-board Your Train
In-coach Entertainment on UK Trains
If you’re travelling with Virgin Trains there is a good chance you’ll be able to access BEAM, their in-coach entertainment service. Simply download the BEAM app onto your smartphone, hook up to the WiFi onboard the Virgin train before flicking through blockbusters and TV box sets.
Taking a Bicycle On-Board
Although bicycles can be carried on-board for free on off-peak trains, it's best to check before you travel as booking before you start your journey may be required. It is compulsory to book your bike on the following trains: Virgin East Coast Trains, Scotrail, Greater Anglia, East Midlands, and for services to and from London with Great Western Railway, Virgin Trains and Transpennine Express. However if you have a fold-up bike, your restrictions will be much less than if you're traveling with a full-sized bike. On rush-hour trains there is a ban on taking full-sizes bikes during 07:00-10:00 and 16:00-19:00.
Self-service Ticket Machines
Travellers can collect their train ticket(s) from self-service ticket machines which can be found at over 1700 train stations. For collection, travellers need the ticket collection reference which can be found on the booking confirmation as well as the debit/credit card used to make the booking. Please note: For some bookings (also when paid with PayPal), any card can be used. You will be notified what is required, before paying for the tickets. In order to collect your tickets from a self-service machine, simply:
- Tap ‘Collect’
- Insert debit/credit card
- Type in reference number
- Wait for tickets to be printed