An increasing number of train operating companies are providing on board WiFi facilities. WiFi provision is more commonly available on long distance inter-city routes as opposed to shorter commuter routes. The charges and availability varies with different train operating companies as below.
Abellio Greater Anglia
WiFi internet is now available for all customers travelling on Inter-City services between Norwich, Ipswich and London. This is provided free to First Class customers, or for £2.95 per trip, £19 for 4 weeks or £209 per year to Standard Class customers.
Abellio Greater Anglia WiFi is subject to these terms & conditions.
Arriva Trains Wales
WiFi is not currently available on Arriva Trains Wales services.
WiFi is not currently available on c2c services.
WiFi is available free of charge on all Chiltern Railways mainline trains.
WiFi is available on all CrossCountry long-distance services. A guide to the charges for Standard Class passengers is available here.
First Class passengers can enjoy free of charge WiFi.
WiFi internet access is available on East Midlands Trains to and from London St Pancras International. It is free to First Class customers and available in Standard Class for £4.00 per journey (up to 3 hours), £6 per day, £30.00 per month (valid for 28 days) or £300 per year.
WiFi access on board East Midlands Trains services is subject to these terms and conditions.
First Great Western currently offer free WiFi on their Night Riviera Sleeper Service and on 'Class 180' trains running between London Paddington and the North Cotswolds. First Great Western High Speed Trains that run from London to Bristol, the West Country and South Wales are having WiFi installed throughout the remainder of 2014 meaning the First Great Western long distance fleets will be fully WiFi equipped by early 2015.
WiFi is available at some First Great Western stations through the public provider 'The Cloud'.
Free WiFi internet is available on most First Hull Trains services. When on a First Hull Trains service, simply log-on to hulltrains.on.icomera.com (a short registration form needs completing for first-time users).
More information is available from the First Hull Trains WiFi Guide.
WiFi is not currently available on First TransPennine Express services.
WiFi is not currently available on Gatwick Express services.
Free WiFi internet is available on all Grand Central trains.
WiFi is not currently available on Great Northern services
WiFi is not currently available on Heathrow Connect services.
Complimentary 4G-enabled WiFi is available on all Heathrow Express services.
WiFi is not currently available on Island Line services.
WiFi is not currently available on London Midland services.
WiFi is not currently available on London Overground services. However WiFi is available on 56 London Overground stations a map of which can be seen here. The first 60 minutes will be free of charge and will be operated by "The Cloud".
WiFi is not currently available on Merseyrail services.
WiFi is not currently available on Northern Rail services.
Free WiFi is now available on board ScotRail trains that run on the following routes:
- Edinburgh – Glasgow
- Edinburgh / Glasgow – Aberdeen / Inverness
- Aberdeen – Inverness
- Fife Circle (Edinburgh via Dunfermline / Kirkcaldy)
- Glasgow / Edinburgh – Stirling / Alloa
- Glasgow Central – Edinburgh via Carstairs
- Glasgow Central – Ayr / Largs / Ardrossan Harbour
- Glasgow Central – Gourock / Wemyss Bay
- Edinburgh – North Berwick / Dunbar
Carriages fitted with the new equipment have appropriate signs on their windows and doors.
The continuing roll-out means that almost half of all ScotRail trains will have WiFi by April 2015.
WiFi is also available at many stations served by ScotRail, including Edinburgh, Glasgow Queen Street, Glasgow Central, Partick, Exhibition Centre, Anniesland, Paisley, Mount Florida, Dalmarnock, Falkirk High, Perth, Aberdeen, Inverness, Fort William, Ayr, Kilmarnock, Linlithgow, Wemyss Bay, Kirkcaldy, Helensburgh Central, Dunfermline, Stirling, Edinburgh Park, Haymarket, Dundee, Gleneagles, Airdrie, Arbroath, Cambuslang, East Kilbride, Johnstone, Kyle of Lochalsh, Leuchars, Polmont, Rutherglen, Balloch, Aviemore, and Wick
Wi-Fi is now available to passengers on the Class 444 ‘Desiro’ electric trains running on the South West Trains’ Main Line route from London Waterloo to Weymouth and Portsmouth. The Class 444 coaches are predominantly white in colour and all trains which have Wi-Fi available will be clearly labelled on board.
WiFi is not currently available on Southeastern services.
WiFi is not currently available on Southern services.
WiFi is not currently available on Great Northern services.
WiFi internet is available on the majority of Virgin Trains services. Stickers on board the train indicate if your service is Wi-Fi enabled.
The service is free of charge for First Class customers and chargeable in Standard Class, via a number of payment options.
WiFi internet access is available on Virgin Trains East Coast trains, in Virgin Trains East Coast First Class Lounges and throughout York Station.
On-board WiFi is free for First Class customers. In Standard Class, customers get 15 minutes free usage. After this period, access costs are £4.95 per hour, or £9.95 for 24 hours.
For more information, please visit www.virgintrainseastcoast.com/wifi