About LNER

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What does LNER stand for?

LNER stands for London North Eastern Railway. We run up and down the East Coast mainline from busy London right up the east side of England to stunning Inverness.

What is the East Coast Line?

This is our main line and it covers 936 miles from London to Peterborough, the East Midlands, Leeds and York, all the way to Newcastle, Edinburgh and beyond to Aberdeen. Then we carry on to lovely Glasgow and Inverness. It’s quite a run.

Is LNER publicly owned?

We are publicly-owned, headquartered in York, and our parent company is DfT OLR Holdings Ltd which is owned by the Secretary of State for Transport

Who is LNER?

We are a proud bunch who love to give all our customers a great experience on every journey. We put our heart into rail travel every day to bring you progressive travel, faster trains and more seats.

How do you pronounce LNER?

LNER is an acronym for ‘London North Eastern Railway’, so the way we pronounce it is by using each letter separately – ‘El’, ‘En’, ‘Ee’, ‘Ar’

Who runs LNER?

The Department for Transport, or DfT runs LNER. They took over the franchise after Virgin Trains East Coast handed it back to the government. For us it’s a brilliant opportunity to bring rail travel up to speed and journey into the future. Are you with us?

How fast does an LNER train go?

Our new shiny Azuma train can reach speeds of up to 125 miles an hour. Not only will your journey be more comfortable and smoother, it will be quicker. Yes, Azuma accelerates out of stations faster than any of our other trains. We love it and think you will too.

How do I get a railcard?

You can buy most of our railcards online, or in our stations. Even saving up to a whopping 60% if you’re eligible. Take a closer look here.

The nine Railcards you can buy are:

  • Two Together
  • 16 to 25
  • 16 to 17 Savers
  • 26-30 Railcard
  • Family & Friends
  • Senior Railcard
  • Veteran Railcard
  • Disabled Persons Rail card