First class train from Scotland to London, England, for $257

Avanti West Coast is a UK-based train company providing services on the west coast between Scotland, North Wales and several English cities, including London.

The exterior of the Avanti West Coast train I traveled on.

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Ticket types include first class, standard premium and standard class.

About six weeks before my departure, I bought a one-way ticket from Glasgow Central Station to London Euston Station for $257, or about £209. It was my first time buying a first-class ticket. In comparison, standard tickets start at around $40, or £32.80, depending on timing.

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A screenshot of my train ticket.

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Insider paid for the trip, according to our reporting standards.

The journey was supposed to take four hours and 37 minutes, but ended up being delayed by about 40 minutes. I was still happy because even with the delay it took less time than the drive which takes almost 7 hours.

google map from glasgow to london

A map showing the time it takes to drive from Glasgow, Scotland to London, England.

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My journey started on the morning of 1 June at Glasgow Central Station. I arrived more than an hour before my scheduled departure time so I could enjoy the station’s first-class lounge.

Glasgow Central Station

The interior of Glasgow Central Station.

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The first class lounge was located at the information desk. The door was locked and I was called in by an employee who did not ask for my ticket.

The entrance to the first class lounge at Glasgow Central Station

The entrance to the first class lounge at Glasgow Central Station.

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Once inside I noticed several other customers who came in after me were also not asked to show their tickets. I was surprised that anyone could walk in.

Glasgow Central Station first class lounge

The premier lounge at Glasgow Central Station.

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An Avanti West Coast representative declined to comment on the file when contacted by Insider regarding access to the first-class lounge.

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