First Class Train Travel

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First Class service with East Midlands Trains

First Class train travel is available on all our services to and from London St Pancras International.

Customers travelling First Class can enjoy:

  • An at seat service providing a range of inclusive drinks and snacks (Monday to Friday)
  • At the weekend and on Bank Holidays, First Class passengers are able to get their free tea, coffee and a snack from the buffet bar when a First Class ticket is shown
  • Comfy and spacious seats, with a table available at each
  • Quieter carriages
  • Complementary WiFi
  • Complimentary breakfast on selected trains (see below for breakfast train times)
  • A wide range of freshly prepared dishes, from light snacks to main meals in our all day menu
  • Access to East Midlands Trains First Class lounges (Open Monday to Friday and only accessible to East Midlands Trains passengers with a valid First Class ticket)
  • Plug sockets for laptops or mobile devices

At the weekend and Bank Holidays, First Class is quieter so we reduce the price of train tickets to encourage passengers to travel in this accommodation. Cold food items and other hot and cold drinks can also be purchased at the buffet whilst taking advantage of the complimentary WiFi.

A new First plus parking ticket has been introduced, which includes return travel and three days parking at selected stations. 

First Class Breakfast service

Our delicious freshly prepared breakfasts are now available complimentary to anyone holding a First Class ticket on weekday services (excluding bank holidays), served at your seat by our dedicated First Class hosts. Breakfast options range from a Full Breakfast on selected trains, highlighted below, to lighter options including Bacon or Sausage Bread Rolls on other services.*

Weekday Services

Departing From Services Offering Full Breakfast                 Services Offering Light Breakfast
Sheffield 0531, 0625, 0649, 0725 0600
Chesterfield 0544, 0640, 0701, 0737 0613
Alfreton -  -
Langley Mill -  -
Lincoln - 0705
Nottingham 0711 0532, 0631, 0652, 0756, 0805
Derby 0604, 0705, 0723, 0754 0502, 0519, 0634, 0730
East Midlands Parkway 0617, 0726, 0734 0513, 0543, 0643, 0704, 0805
Loughborough 0626, 0722, 0742 0520, 0551, 0654, 0751, 0821
Leicester 0639, 0734, 0743, 0755, 0816 0531, 0544, 0604, 0659, 0707, 0719, 0803, 0821, 0832
Market Harborough

0654, 0758

0544, 0557, 0619, 0712, 0733, 0818, 0846
Kettering 0705, 0756, 0809, 0817 0555, 0608, 0631, 0723, 0729, 0743, 0829, 0856
Wellingborough 0714, 0804, 0825 0603, 0616, 0639, 0731, 0738, 0751, 0838, 0903
London St Pancras 0831 0552, 0623, 0652, 0704, 0732, 0735, 0802, 0805, 0831, 0834

Complimentary breakfasts are offered on long distance weekday trains up until Wellingborough on services arriving in to London before 1000 and on those departing London before 0900 as shown above. First Class tickets include one complimentary breakfast item. Bedford, Luton or Luton Airport Parkway passengers will receive First Class complimentaries and benefit from new evening complimentaries available on return journeys.

Please note: on the 0856 London St Pancras International - Sheffield and the 0649 Sheffield - London St Pancras International weekday services, a full breakfast is only offered in the front First Class carriages. A lighter breakfast service is available in coaches J and K.

First Class Weekend service

Breakfast is now complimentary to all First Class ticket holders on selected trains on Saturdays, with First Class services available from the Buffet bar at all other times at weekends. So sit back, relax and let us serve you at your seat before the start of your action-packed day out.

Saturday Services

Departing From Services Offering Full Breakfast
Leeds 0634
Wakefield Westgate 0646
Sheffield 0729, 0737, 0829
Chesterfield 0741, 0750, 0841
Alfreton 0801
Langley Mill 0809
Lincoln -
Nottingham 0845
Derby 0804, 0904
East Midlands Parkway 0856
Loughborough -
Leicester 0825, 0913, 0925
Market Harborough 0926
Kettering -
Wellingborough -

First Class Lounges

We have recently invested in upgrading our First Class lounges at Derby, Nottingham and London St Pancras to create a more relaxing environment while you wait for your train.  You can now enjoy new carpets, comfy furniture and atmospheric wall art creating a modern and stylish lounge for you to relax within. 

You can now enjoy a complimentary refreshments at five of our First Class lounges including Sheffield, Derby, Nottingham, Leicester and London St Pancras International, providing you with a completely First Class experience from start to finish.

Entry to East Midlands Trains First Class Lounges is complimentary for First Class ticket holders. All lounges offer complimentary WiFi, refreshments and a selection of newspapers while you wait in comfort for your train. First Class Lounges are open Monday to Friday to all First Class ticket holders.

East Midlands Trains First Class Lounges are available at Derby, Leicester, Nottingham, Sheffield, London St Pancras and our Business Lounge at East Midlands Parkway station.

First Class Lounges Opening Hours
Derby 0600-1800
Leicester 0600-1800
Nottingham 0615-1800
Sheffield 0600-1830
London St Pancras 0700-2000
East Midlands Parkway 0530-1100

All First Class ticket holders, including First Advance, can exclusively use our First Class Lounges


Upgrading to First Class

Got a Standard Class ticket but wished you purchased a First Class ticket? At weekends you can upgrade to First Class on board our trains for just £12 each way, allowing you to enjoy larger seats, refreshments (available from the buffet bar when you show your First Class ticket) and complimentary WiFi.

You can purchase your upgrade on board your train.

First Class on Train Menu

On weekday First Class services we offer complimentary breakfast on selected trains and a wide range of tasty dishes, from light snacks to main meals in our all day menu, all freshly prepared on board at great prices. Complimentary refreshments will be offered to you shortly after departure on most weekday London services. A complimentary breakfast service is now offered on selected trains in First Class on Saturdays, with First Class services available from the Buffet bar at all other times at weekends.

We aim to offer the advertised catering services, however there may be occasions when we are unable to do so.

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