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Overview
First Class Travel for just a little bit extra... 
Type of offer
Ordinary Promotion 
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Holders of most standard class tickets can upgrade to the added comfort of First Class on selected train companies on Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays on trains which convey First Class accommodation. Sometimes, trains have designated "Weekend First" coaches which are clearly labelled.

You can upgrade on the train - on a first come, first served basis. On some services, you may be able to reserve a seat in advance. If you have a seat reservation and miss your selected service, you can still use it on another service for the same journey on the same date at no extra charge, as long as you're not travelling on an Advance tickets.

Please be aware that many Train Companies offer a reduced First Class service at weekends and on Bank Holidays and may not offer the full service that they offer during the week. Upgrading to First Class during the week is also possible - find out more.

 
Participating train companies
East Midlands TrainsEast CoastFirst Great WesternAbellio Greater AngliaLondon MidlandScotRailSouth West TrainsFirst TransPennine ExpressVirgin TrainsCrossCountry;  

Prices

Adult

CrossCountry

Priced at either  £5.00, £10.00, £15.00 or £20.00 depending on the journey being made. Available to holders of valid Standard Class tickets on board the train, and subject to space being available in First Class.

If purchasing the ticket at the station it is possible to purchase the upgrade in advance and reserve a seat, but a seat is not guaranteed if customer chooses to travel on an alternative service.

Please note customers holding Standard Class Advance fares cannot purchase the First Class upgrade. Customers should purchase a First Class Advance ticket for their journey if they are looking to travel in First Class.

East Coast

Weekend First is available on all Standard class tickets including Advance:

  • Zone 1 - London/Stevenage - Wakefield/York and north thereof £25.00
  • Zone 2 - London/Stevenage Hull/Brough/Selby and all stations south of York and Wakefield £15.00
  • Zone 3 - All non-London journeys, for example: starting and ending at Peterborough or north thereof £15.00

East Midlands Trains (Mainline)

Upgrade between any two East Midlands Mainline stations costs £10.00.

Weekend First upgrade is only available to Advance ticket holders on board the train only, subject to Weekend First accommodation being available.

Through booking is possible when travelling on services of other train operators participating in Weekend First (excluding East Coast), provided the booking generally is made by 1800 on the day before travel.

First Great Western

Upgrade from Standard to First Class on most routes at  weekends and Bank Holidays on payment of a supplement of £5, £10, £15 or £20 dependant on the journey being made.  

You can buy in advance at ticket offices or on board High Speed service.

Weekend First is not available in advance to holders of advance tickets, these tickets can be upgraded on the train, subject to availability.

First TransPennine Express

Upgrade from Standard to First Class on all First Transpennine Express services, subject to available seating, at weekends and Bank Holidays, on payment of a First class upgrade.

Journeys to/from Scotland on a First TransPennine Express service £10.00

Journeys between any other 2 stations on a First Transpennine Express service £6.00

Greater Anglia

Travel between any two Greater Anglia stations £7.00

Through booking is possible when travelling on services of other train operators participating in 'Weekend First' (excluding East Coast), provided the booking generally is made by 1800 on the day before travel.

London Midland

Upgrade from Standard to First Class at weekends and Bank Holidays subject to available seating, available from any staffed station or on the train. £10.00 single or £15.00 return

ScotRail

Weekend First can be only be purchased on board the train (subject to accommodation being available) on the following routes:

  • Edinburgh to Glasgow Queen Street - £3.40 per single trip
  • Edinburgh/Glasgow to Aberdeen - £5.70 per single trip
  • Edinburgh/Glasgow to Inverness - £5.70 per single trip

Through booking is possible when travelling on services of other train operators participating in 'Weekend First' (excluding East Coast), provided the booking generally is made by 1800 on the day before travel.

South West Trains

Weekend First can be only be purchased on board the train (subject to accommodation being available) between any two South West Trains stations for £5.00

If travelling South West Trains and another Train Operating Company's service, Weekend First upgrades may purchase at stations. Not available to holders of Advance tickets or those travelling on special promotions.

Through booking is possible when travelling on services of other train operators participating in 'Weekend First' (excluding East Coast), provided the booking generally is made by 1800 on the day before travel

Virgin Trains 

Upgrades are priced at £15 for adults and £5 for children for a single journey, regardless of the length of journey.

On weekends and Bank Holidays, upgrades to First Class on Virgin Trains is free of charge if holding a Standard Class Anytime ticket by approaching the Train Manager.

For a trial period only, Virgin Trains will be offering the Weekend Upgrade for £10 between Saturday 24th July through to Sunday 5th September between London Euston / Watford Junction / Milton Keynes Central and Rugby / Coventry / Birmingham and Wolverhampton.

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Validity

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Further Information

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Reversible
No
Period of availability
Applies
07/09/2004 - Until further notice

Purchasing

Available to purchase
07/09/2004 - Until further notice
Buying your tickets

Available from most staffed stations, rail appointed travel agents and telesales offices. Also available onboard the train, subject to accommodation being available.

Booking conditions

Sometimes, if trains are very busy, the availability of Weekend First may be restricted to allow for passengers who already hold First Class tickets to take a seat.