First Class

Since the start of the Coronavirus pandemic, the safety of our customers and our colleagues has been our biggest priority and we have done everything we can to make journeys as safe as possible. This has meant some changes to our first class offering.

We have made the difficult decision to remove catering from our trains in First Class From 6th January 2021

Please click here for the latest information.

Travelling First Class with EMR​

Our First Class train travel offers a relaxed environment, more space to stretch out and lots of complimentary perks. It’s available on all our services to and from London St Pancras.

Here's what's included with an EMR First Class ticket:

  • On weekdays, a range of inclusive drinks and snacks will be served at your seat
  • Spacious, comfortable seats, each with a table
  • Quieter carriages
  • A range of freshly prepared dishes to choose from all day between Monday - Friday, from light snacks to main meals
  • Access to our First Class lounges
  • Plug sockets for laptops and mobile devices
  • Complimentary breakfast on selected trains
  • At weekends and on bank holidays, show your First Class ticket at the buffet bar to get free tea or coffee, and a snack

Upgrade your ticket

If you’re travelling Standard Class with us at the weekend, you can upgrade to First Class on-board for just £12 each way. Ask a member of our team to find out more.

The £12 upgrade is subject to availability and isn't available if you’re travelling on an Advance ticket.

Breakfast is served

Travelling First Class with us Monday to Friday (excluding Bank Holidays)? Enjoy a freshly-prepared breakfast brought to you at your seat by our dedicated First Class hosts, shortly after departure.

On some services you’ll be offered a full breakfast, while on others you can choose from a range of lighter options including sausage or bacon rolls. Whatever you choose, breakfast is on us.

Weekday services offering breakfast

Departing from Services with full breakfast Services with light breakfast
Sheffield 05:31, 06:25, 06:49, 07:25 06:00
Chesterfield 05:44, 06:40, 07:01, 07:37 None
Alfreton None None
Langley Mill None None
Lincoln None 07:05
Nottingham 07:11 05:32, 06:31, 06:52, 07:56, 08:05
Derby 06:04, 07:05, 07:23, 07:54​ 05:02, 05:19, 06:34, 07:30
East Midlands Parkway 06:17, 07:26, 07:34 05:13, 05:43, 06:43, 07:04, 08:05
Loughborough 06:26, 07:22, 07:42 05:20, 05:51, 06:54, 07:51, 08:21
Leicester 06:39, 07:34, 07:43, 07:55, 08:16 05:31, 05:44, 06:04, 06:59, 07:07, 07:19, 08:03, 08:21, 08:32
Market Harborough 06:54, 07:58 05:44, 05:57, 06:19, 07:12, 07:33, 08:18, 08:46
Kettering 07:05, 07:56, 08:09, 08:17 05:55, 06:08, 06:31, 07:23, 07:29, 07:43, 08:29, 08:56
Wellingborough 07:14, 08:04, 08:25 06:03, 06:16, 06:39, 07:31, 07:38, 07:51, 08:38, 09:03
London St Pancras 08:31 05:52, 06:23, 06:52, 07:04, 07:32, 07:35, 08:02, 08:05, 08:31, 08:34

On weekdays, complimentary breakfasts are available until Wellingborough on our long distance trains arriving into London before 10:00, and leaving London before 09:00. First Class tickets include one complimentary breakfast item. We also offer First Class complimentaries on services from Bedford, Luton and Luton Airport Parkway, and new complimentaries on return journeys in the evening.

Please note: on the 08:56 London to Sheffield and the 06:49 Sheffield to London weekday services, a full breakfast is only offered in the front First Class carriages. A lighter breakfast service is available in coaches J and K.

Start your First Class weekend travel off with a complimentary breakfast. On selected Saturday trains you can enjoy a full breakfast served at your seat.

Saturday services offering a full breakfast

Departing from Services with full breakfast
Leeds 06:34
Wakefield Westgate 06:46
Sheffield 07:29, 07:37, 08:29
Chesterfield 07:41, 07:50, 08:41
Alfreton 08:01
Langley Mill 08:09
Lincoln None
Nottingham 08:45
Derby 08:04, 09:04
East Midlands Parkway 08:56
Loughborough None
Leicester 08:25, 09:13, 09:25
Market Harborough 09:26
Kettering None
Wellingborough None

First Class lounges

Open exclusively to all First Class ticket holders, including First Advance, our First Class lounges are open from Monday to Friday. Five of them offer complimentary refreshments: Sheffield, Derby, Nottingham, Leicester and London St Pancras International.

All of our First Class lounges offer superior, comfortable surroundings – plus free WiFi and a selection of newspapers.

Station First Class lounge opening hours
Derby 06:00-18:00
Leicester 06:00-18:00
Nottingham 06:15-18:00
Sheffield 06:00-18:30
London St Pancras 07:00-20:00
East Midlands Parkway 05:30-11:00

First plus parking

Look out for our new First plus parking ticket. It includes return travel and three days’ parking at selected stations.

Total seats per day by route

Route Weekdays Saturdays Sundays
Class First Standard First Standard First Standard
London 13,123 42,231 11,479 38,166 6,710 21,847
Liverpool to Norwich 0 9,486 0 8,946 0 6,732
Local 0 35,342 0 36,833 0 17,356