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If you need to work on the move or just want to relax and watch the world go by, why not travel First Class? A First Class train ticket gives you the luxury of bigger seats, more space, and on some services food and drinks, subject to availability. Learn everything you need to know about First Class train travel with CrossCountry here.

What are First Class train tickets?

Whether you’re travelling from Aberdeen to Penzance or Birmingham to Coventry, a bit of luxury on your train journey wouldn’t go amiss. While we’re certain you’ll be comfortable on all of our seats, First Class allows you to enjoy extra comfort and relaxation. But what exactly do you get when you book a First Class train ticket with us?

  • Larger seats - 97% of our trains have bigger seats in First Class compared to Standard. This means extra space to relax and enjoy the journey.
  • Wi-Fi – Take advantage of our onboard Wi-Fi, with which you can browse online without having to use your data.
  • Extra table space – Whether you’re eating and drinking, working, or just chatting with the passenger opposite, you’ll benefit from more table space.
  •  Food and drink – You’ll receive food and drink on most of our First Class services, subject to availability and keeping you well refreshed until you reach your destination*.

* Food and drink - first-class catering is subject to, route, journey time and is subject to availability.
Please see our First Class Food and Drink page for information.

How to Book First Class Train Tickets

Booking First Class tickets is as simple as booking Standard.

  1. On our website, click the ‘Buy tickets’ button above or find your destination using the route finder below
  2. Alternatively, you can use the CrossCountry mobile app
  3. Select your departure and destination stations
  4. Choose your date of departure. Add your return date if you’re making the journey back, too
  5. Add the number of people travelling, railcards, route preferences, or any promotions you might have
  6. Now for us to do the work. We’ll present you with all the available tickets, with Standard to the left and First Class to the right
  7. Select the First Class ticket you want to travel on and press ‘Continue’ to book.

Once you’ve booked your First Class ticket, the only thing left to do is make the journey.

How to Save on First Class train tickets

First Class needn’t be expensive. In fact, there are a few ways you can save money with great value fares when travelling with CrossCountry.

  • Railcard - You can save up to 1/3 on your train travel with a Railcard. Railcards are only available to people who meet certain criteria, though, so make sure you check and purchase one before you travel. Some of the most popular Railcards are 16-2526-30Family and Friends, and Senior.
  • Travel off-peak - Whenever you can, avoid travelling at peak times as this is when fares are most expensive. Travelling Off-Peak means cheaper tickets and quieter trains. Off-peak times vary per route, but usually avoid the busy rush-hour commute times in the mornings and evenings.

Popular First Class CrossCountry Routes

You can enjoy First Class travel on most of our services, but some of the most popular routes for First Class travel include Glasgow to Edinburgh, Manchester to Birmingham, Bristol to Cardiff, Newcastle to Edinburgh, Leicester to Birmingham, and Leeds to York.

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