Travelling with children

If you’re planning a trip with the family, we want to make your train journey as simple as possible.

Here we let you know what to expect, help you to plan ahead, share our top tips on saving money on your travel and offer our advice on keeping the kids entertained on the journey.

On board facilities

Bringing pushchairs on the train

You are welcome to bring your pushchairs or prams on board an East Midlands Railway service. Pushchairs and prams need to be folded and stored safely in the luggage compartments on board. We recommend bringing one that is easy to fold and doing so before you board the train. You may want to consider bringing a sling or baby carrier on board for the little ones to make this easier. Pushchairs and prams should not be stored in wheelchair spaces, as these are reserved for wheelchair users.

Baby changing facilities on the train

We have accessible toilets and baby changing facilities on board all our trains.

At station facilities

Baby changing facilities at the station

We know how important it is to have access to toilets when you need them, most of our stations have baby changing facilities. Find out more about our stations.

Top tips for travelling with children

Whether you’re off on a family adventure for a day trip, a holiday or are visiting family, we want to make your journey easy and stress-free. Here’s some of our top tips for travelling with children.

Plan your journey

Any parent will know that planning ahead will help things to run smoothly, and you can relax as soon as you’re on board. Travelling by train takes away the worry of knowing where to park and stops you hitting the traffic on route.

If you can, travelling during off-peak would help for a quieter, more relaxing journey. If you’re travelling Monday to Friday, try to avoid peak times in the morning and evenings.

We have some great destinations to visit along our route, so you can enjoy the perfect family day out. See our blog where we share travel inspiration for some of the UK’s best-known attractions and locations. Read our blog.

Arrive at the station early

To make your journey as stress free as possible, make sure that you arrive at the station early so you have time to find your platform, hop on the train and find your seats.

If you are travelling with children under 5, arriving early will be helpful as they won’t have a seat reservation.

Childrens discounts

Did you know that under 5’s can travel for free on our services and children aged 5 to 15 can save 50% on their train tickets. Plus, you could benefit from purchasing a railcard. The Family and Friends Railcard offers a third off for up to four adults and 60% off for up to four kids. Find out more about children's tickets.

Book in advance

When you plan ahead you can save money, especially when travelling with the whole family. You can save up to 30% when you book in advance and tickets can be purchased up to 12 weeks ahead until the day before your journey. Find out more about Advance tickets.

With Advance tickets you can take advantage of Railcard discounts to make further savings. Find out more about Railcards.

Keep the kids entertained

Looking out of a train window, enjoying the views may only keep the kids entertained for so long, so make sure that you have plenty to keep them distracted during the journey. You could bring your children’s favourite books, jigsaws, colouring books or toys to keep them occupied. If you’re bringing your phone or tablet on board to keep the kids entertained, you can make use of our free Wi-Fi on our intercity services to and from London St Pancras. Find out more about WiFi available at our stations and on board.