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First Class

Enjoy your First Class journey with CrossCountry

First class train travel

If you need to work on the move or just want to relax and watch the world go by, why not travel First Class with us.

Travelling First Class you can enjoy larger, reclining seats, more table space and a calm environment. Plus, on many services, enjoy a range of complimentary food and drink served to you at your seat by your First Class Host.

You can also enjoy complimentary WiFi access on our services when you travel First Class with us.

Travelling First Class needn't be expensive - we offer great value fares when you book in advance.

Our First Class tickets can actually be cheaper than Standard Anytime tickets:

Journey First Class Advance Standard Anytime Single Saving
Bristol to Birmingham £34.40 £53.30 £18.90
Reading to Leeds £69.90 £107.60 £37.70
Oxford to Manchester £50.00 £81.70 £31.70

If you're planning last minute, you can also save money by travelling on a First Class Off-Peak ticket. These tickets give you the flexibility to buy them online up to 2 hours before you travel.

If spontaneity is more your thing, then First Anytime tickets are also available - letting you travel at whatever time suits you.

At weekends you can also upgrade to First Class from as little as £5 one-way on many services - now available to buy online.

Something to eat or drink?

To help you make the most of your First Class experience, we offer a variety of complimentary food and drink.

Our First Class menu is available 06.00 to 20.00, Monday - Friday, on services between Birmingham New Street and:

  • Bristol Temple Meads / Plymouth
  • Manchester Piccadilly
  • Newcastle / Edinburgh
  • Reading / Bournemouth

Breakfast, lunch or afternoon, you're assured of a delicious treat made with the best ingredients, plus we always offer vegetarian options.

To start the day, choose from breakfast snacks including breakfast wrap, eggs florentine ciabatta, croissant with jam and butter, Kellogs Special K or porridge.

For lunch or afternoon, you can choose from a sandwich or soup and roll. You'll also be able to purchase additional hot food items and have them served to you at your seat, including bacon baguette, Aberdeen Angus burger, and cheese and onion Panini.

We change our First Class menu every week. To see which menu is offered when, please see the table below.

Menu 1 served week commencing: Menu 2 served week commencing:
16 November 23 November
30 November 7 December
14 December 21 December
28 December 4 January

*Please note that the full First Class Menu is not available on weekend or Bank Holiday services, but an at-seat service of hot and cold drinks and light snacks will be provided.

For full details of what's available when you're travelling with us, please see:

First Class Menu PDF

Throughout the day we also offer light bites including a selection of biscuits, Kettle Chips, fruit cake, as well as a variety of complimentary hot and cold drinks for you to enjoy:

  • Starbucks coffee 
  • Tea 
  • Hot chocolate 
  • Coca-Cola, Diet Coke and Schweppes lemonade 
  • Orange juice 
  • Still or sparkling water

NEW! If you're travelling First Class through Birmingham New Street on our long-distance services you can now order from an exclusive range of food and drink and have it delivered to you later in your journey.

Exclusive range menu PDF

Should you wish to purchase any other items, including beer, cider or wine, please ask your First Class Host, who will be happy to help you.

We also offer complimentary tea / coffee / still water and biscuits on most of our Turbostar services between:

  • Birmingham - Peterborough, 06.22 - 16.22, Monday to Saturday
  • Peterborough - Birmingham, 08.52 - 18.52, Monday to Saturday
  • Birmingham - Peterborough, 11.22 - 15.22, Sundays
  • Peterborough - Birmingham, 13.53 - 17.53, Sundays
  • Cardiff Central - Nottingham, 07.19 - 18.45, Monday to Saturday
  • Nottingham - Cardiff Central, 07.30 - 19.41, Monday to Saturday
  • Cardiff Central - Nottingham, 11.49 - 18.45, Sundays
  • Nottingham - Cardiff Central, 12.30 - 19.10, Sundays

Please note that on some services, catering is only available either to or from Birmingham New Street. 

View full 'Turbostar' service list with catering available

Sit back, relax and enjoy your First Class journey with CrossCountry.

Please note:

  • Our catering facilities, including complimentary First Class refreshments, are not available between Plymouth and Penzance (except on those trains to / from Newquay), or between Edinburgh Waverley and Glasgow Central, Dundee and Aberdeen.
  • Please note that the full First Class Menu is not available on weekend or Bank Holiday services, but an at-seat service of hot and cold drinks and light snacks will be provided. 
  • For those journeys where there is not a dedicated First Class Host, and there is a full at-seat service on the train, this will continue through to First Class - please listen for announcements.
  • On those services between Nottingham and Cardiff and between Birmingham and Leicester and Stansted Airport where there is a full at-seat service, this will continue through to First Class - please listen for announcements.
  • Alcoholic drinks sold and served to over-18s only.
  • All products are subject to availability and are not available on all services. The above menus are subject to change - we are constantly improving our range of food and drink available on board.

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