Flying with Virgin Trains

Flying with Virgin Trains

Making rail journeys faster, greener and more enjoyable

Virgin Trains started with a mission to make British rail journeys faster, greener and more enjoyable. Sixteen years on, they’re one of the most experienced rail operators in Britain, with a fleet of 76 modern tilting trains offering a high speed, high frequency service between the UK’s biggest cities, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Liverpool and Glasgow.

On Virgin Trains routes between London and Birmingham or Manchester you can hop onboard the unique tilting Pendolino train every 20 minutes – and with two additional carriages recently added to each Pendolino, each train can now carry almost 20 per cent more passengers.

As part of Virgin’s continuous efforts to maintain high levels of consumer satisfaction, customers now have increased services between London and Edinburgh to look forward to. From December, there will be a direct service running from London Euston to Edinburgh once every two hours, meaning passengers will be able to complete the whole journey without changing trains.


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The Pendolino

The tilting Pendolino trains, similar to those used in Europe and China, lead the new rail technology that has been key to improving journey times.


Named after the Italian ‘Pendolo’ (pendulum), they can tilt at speeds up to 125mph, meaning they can take corners designed for slower trains much faster than usual, while passengers just sit back and enjoy the comfortable ride.

The Virgin difference

In typical Virgin style, the onboard facilities have been designed with customers in mind.

The First Class service offers a ‘mobile office environment at 125mph’ perfect for business travellers, with access to free wifi and plug sockets accessible at the table areas. There are luxurious reclining seats and more leg room, and complimentary food and drink is provided throughout the day.

Lots of Virgin extras make journeys more enjoyable

Major stations also have First Class Lounges offering free drinks, snacks and newspapers, too.

Pendolino interior

There are also lots of ‘Virgin’ extras in Standard Class too, such as mobile signal boosters, on board walk-in shops stocking a range of food and drink, and free ‘Vkids’ goodie bags to keep the under 6s entertained on longer journeys.

For more information about Virgin Trains visit the Virgin Trains website.