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.

As a general rule, the fare to pay will be the cost of the ticket, or tickets, for the journey you wish to make, minus the value of the ticket you hold.

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

You will need to 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 one direction

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

Anytime, Off-Peak or Super Off-Peak

Return – you will need to pay for a Standard single, plus a First Class Single fare, valid for the time and direction you wish to travel, minus the cost of your current ticket. (In some instances, it may be cheaper to change class of travel in both directions. Ticket Office or on-board staff will inform you at the time)

Off-Peak – You will need to pay the upgrade price where an Off-Peak ticket is held. Only valid on specific Transport for Wales services

Return Tickets - Change of Class in both directions

You will need to 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.

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

Ticket cannot be upgraded. The appropriate First Class Anytime Single fare should be purchased.

Season Tickets

At the Ticket Office or on board, 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. Se our 'Travelling First Class' page for details

Premier Class (Transport for Wales only)

Upgrade from Standard to First Class Monday to Friday on payment of a supplement of £30.00 to £50.00 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