Trains to Leicester

Travel to Leicester – A city rich in culture and diversity

Getting the train to Leicester is easy and convenient with connections to London, Nottingham, Sheffield and other major cities across the UK. Leicester is a beautiful city full of history, culture and attractions. Travelling by train is the best way to visit Leicester. It is easy to see all Leicester has to offer directly from the train, avoiding city centre traffic and parking woes.

From the medieval charm of the Old Town to the cosmopolitan buzz of the city centre, Leicester has something for everyone. Explore the historical gems, heritage and culture by day and the buzzing nightlife by night.

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Frequently asked questions about trains to Leicester

Book cheap train tickets to Leicester with EMR and save on your next trip to this vibrant city. Here are 5 ways to save money on your trains to Leicester today.

  1. The first way to get your hands on cheap rail tickets to Leicester is by using a discount railcard, enabling you to save up to a 1/3 on your train fares. Check to see if you would be eligible for a Railcard.
  2. Booking rail tickets in advance to Leicester is another great way to save even more money on your journey. Advance tickets usually go on sale 12 weeks in advance, so if you already have plans scheduled in, this type of ticket is ideal.
  3. You could also travel during Off-Peak times to avoid the rush and higher fares. It’s usually cheaper and more relaxing to travel at these off-peak times of the day.
  4. Travelling as a group of three or more? There are group discounts available. Find out more about group discounts.
  5. Why not save time and money when booking your next trip to Leicester by downloading the EMR train app.

To see more money saving tips, head over to our guide on how to get cheap train tickets.

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Our intercity services from London to Sheffield and Nottingham stop at Leicester – with a journey time of just over an hour from London. And it's the starting point for regional services across our network.

There are up to five trains an hour running to Leicester from London, Nottingham and Sheffield, and regular direct services from Derby, Lincoln and beyond.

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Leicester train station has everything needed for a simple, stress-free journey.

  • Fully accessible – wheelchair access, assistance to and from platforms, and hearing loops available
  • Food and drink – there are plenty of places to refuel, with coffee shops, bars and shops in the station
  • Parking – the station car park, located on nearby Fox Street, has over 500 spaces
  • WiFi access – there's free WiFi across the station
  • Local connections – to Syston, Sileby and Melton Mowbray. Also a connecting station for services to Cambridge or Ely

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Yes, Leicester is a fairly walkable city, especially in the central area. Many of the city's attractions, shops, and restaurants are within walking distance of each other, making it convenient for pedestrians to get around. However, like any city, the walkability may vary depending on the specific location and your intended destination.

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Must See Leicester Attractions | Trains to Leicester

Must See Leicester Attractions

Leicester has many attractions to explore. Uncover history at King Richard III Visitor Centre, where you can unravel medieval murder plots and follow the journey of the extraordinary evidence gathering that led to the discover of his long-lost grave.

Prepare for lift off at the National Space Centre and see where Leicester gets its ‘Space City’ nickname. Take in a show at the UK’s largest planetarium, explore six interactive galleries full of rockets, satellites and meteorites and ascend the iconic 42m high Rocket Tower, all making for an unforgettable experience.

For more detailed information on must-see Leicester hotspots, read our Ultimate Guide to Visiting Leicester.

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Direct Trains to Leicester | Enjoy Food and Drink

Visit Leicester by train and you’ll be thoroughly spoilt for choice on places to eat in Leicester. Did you know that Leicester is home to over 60 vegetarian eateries? Located in the city centre, you’ll find The World Peace Café offering vegan and vegetarian options in a peaceful setting to relax and unwind.

Kayal is an award-winning restaurant specialising in South Indian cuisine and is a 2-minute walk from the station. Within a 10-minute walk, you’ll find Knight & Garter, an award-winning pub serving stunning lunch, dinner and weekend brunches and a superb roast on a Sunday.

For more insider tips on places to enjoy, read our Ultimate Guide to Visiting Leicester.

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Visit Leicester | Music and nightlife

Attracting some of the biggest names for the last 100 years is De Montfort Hall, who host a range of live music events from pop, musicals, opera and stand-up comedy. The Curve Theatre is home to both original and touring productions and hosts a diverse range of exciting shows.

Leicester boasts a great nightlife and a range of bars for any occasion, including the quirky Après Lounge which gives you an Alpine feeling of being in the mountains, or enjoy the array of independent cocktail bars in the city. To find out more – check out our Ultimate Guide to Visiting Leicester.

Places to stay in Leicester

Whether you’re after travel on a budget or want to treat yourself, Leicester offers a range of hotels for everyone. In the heart of the city centre and a few minutes' walk from Leicester station you’ll find The Belmont Hotel, a boutique hotel in an elegant Victorian townhouse with 74 luxurious rooms.

If you’re after somewhere to stay on a budget the Premier Inn in Leicester City Centre is a 2-minute walk from the station, or the Ibis hotel is just 7 minutes away.

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Train Trips to Leicester | Sports and outdoor

Sports and outdoor

Situated within a 15-minute walk from the station is the Mattioli Woods Welford Road Stadium, where Leicester Tigers plays in Premiership Rugby, England’s top division of rugby.

Visit the King Power Stadium, home to Leicester City, one of the oldest clubs in English football.

If you’re into basketball, you can watch Leicester Riders at The Morningside Arena, which is a 20-minute walk from the station.

If you’re looking to enjoy some of the green spaces in the city centre, you’ll find Victoria Park within a 15 minute stroll from the station. There’s also Abbey Park and Bradgate Park just outside the city centre.

Enjoy Leicester’s Shopping Areas

Enjoy Leicester’s Shopping Areas

From high street brands to independent boutiques, and a 700-year-old market, Leicester ticks all the boxes for shopping destinations - hop on a train to Leicester to enjoy it all.

Located in the city centre is High Cross, home to over 80 of the biggest high street retailers including the likes of John Lewis, Zara and Apple. In contrast to the high street favourites found in Leicester’s sprawling High Cross shopping centre, St. Martin’s Square is the independent heart of the city, full of boutiques and niche independent stores.

Leicester Market has existed on the same city-centre site, for around 700 years. Its 270+ stalls offer an abundance of local produce, including hunks of Red Leicester and plenty of Melton Mowbray pork pies.

For more information on shopping in Leicester read our Ultimate Guide to Visiting Leicester.

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