Upgrade to First Class

 

Treat yourself to the added comfort of First Class

First Class fares are available for most journeys. If you already hold a ticket for travel in Standard Class accommodation, you are able to upgrade to travel in First Class on payment of an Excess fare.

On some services a Weekend First ticket allows you to upgrade to First Class at weekends and Bank Holidays.

Upgrade to First Class - how much does it cost?

You can upgrade your ticket to First Class at any time before you board the train. Please be aware that buying a ticket on the train when you had the opportunity to buy beforehand may leave you liable to a Penalty Fare.

Single Tickets

Simply pay the difference between the price of the single ticket you hold and the cost of the appropriate First Class Single for the journey you're making.

Return tickets - change of class in both directions

Simply pay the difference between the price of the ticket you hold and the cost of the appropriate First Class Return ticket for the journey you're making.

Return tickets - change of class in one direction

One of the following options, according to the ticket type held:

Standard Anytime Return - simply pay the difference between the Standard and First Class Anytime Single fare.

Off-Peak or Super Off-Peak - simply pay the difference between the fare paid and the Standard Anytime Return PLUS the difference between the Standard Anytime Single and the First Anytime Single fare. It may be cheaper to buy a new First Class Single fare.

Off-Peak - Simply pay the upgrade price where an Off-Peak ticket is held. Only valid on specific Arriva Trains Wales services.

Advance Single - As long as you are on the train shown on your ticket, simply pay the difference between your ticket and the First Class Single.

BritRail Pass - holders of a Standard Class BritRail Pass may upgrade by paying the difference in fare between Standard Class ticket and First Class ticket for that single journey.

Season Tickets

At the Ticket Office or on a Train, where there WAS NOT an opportunity to buy ticket

The difference between the price of the Standard and First Class Single Anytime ticket which would be appropriate at the time of travel (Anytime or Off Peak, depending of the time of day you're travelling).

- On the Train, where there WAS an opportunity to buy ticket:

The full First Class Single fare for the journey being made - please be aware that buying a ticket on the train when you had the opportunity to buy beforehand may leave you liable to a Penalty Fare.

Weekend First

Weekend First may be available if you're travelling on a Saturday, Sunday or on a Bank Holiday.

Abellio Greater Anglia

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Travel between any two stations served by a Abellio Greater Anglia reservable mainline service £10.00

CrossCountry

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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 Midlands Trains

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Upgrade between any two East Midlands (mainline) stations costs £10.00 when buying on board the train.

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 18:00 on the day before travel.

Great Western Railway

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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 on board our high speed services.

London Midland

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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

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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 - £3.60 per single trip.
  • Edinburgh/Glasgow to Aberdeen - £6.00 per single trip.
  • Edinburgh/Glasgow to Inverness - £6.00 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 18:00 on the day before travel.

South West Trains

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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, £10.00 or £15.00, with kids travelling for half price.

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 18:00 on the day before travel.

TransPennine Express

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

This upgrade is only available to be purchased on board First TransPennine Express services.

  • Journeys to/from Scotland on a TransPennine Express service £10.00.
  • Journeys between any other two stations on a TransPennine Express service £6.00.

Virgin Trains East Coast

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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 £20.00
  • Zone 3 - All non-London journeys, for example: starting and ending at Peterborough or north thereof £20.00

Not inter-operable with Virgin Trains (West Coast).

Virgin Trains

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Upgrades are priced between £10 and £25 on Virgin Trains routes, you should talk to the Train Manager for prices for your journey.

Under-16s go from £5 each way on top of their Standard ticket and under-5s travel for free.

On weekends and Bank Holidays, upgrading to First Class on Virgin Trains is free of charge if a Standard Class Anytime ticket is held.

Not inter-operable with Virgin Trains East Coast.


Premier Class (Arriva Trains Wales only)

Upgrade from Standard to First Class Monday to Friday on payment of a supplement of £30 to £50 dependant on journey length and subject to availability.

Available on the following services:

  • 05:32 Holyhead to Cardiff Central
  • 18:21 Cardiff Central to Holyhead

First Class passengers will be treated to a complimentary cooked breakfast on the morning service and a three course meal on the north bound service in the evening