Our new Azuma trains

Our Azuma trains travel between London, Leeds, York, Newcastle, and Edinburgh and have been designed to connect our destinations in a more comfortable, faster and eco-friendly way.

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Travel on our new Azuma trains

Azuma offers you more seats in Standard, more trains, the same great fares and savings.

Book your tickets direct on the LNER website and you won’t be charged any booking fees. 

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Book and travel with confidence.

  • There's no booking fees, ever!
  • We are maintaining increased cleaning in stations and onboard 
  • Our LNER app allows you to book contactless eTickets and stay up to date with your journey progress, in the palm of your hand.
  • Plans change and that's why our tickets can, too. All changes and refunds are fee-free until 30 September 2022. Find out more on our ticket changes and refunds page.

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Inside Azuma Standard coaches

Bikes on Azuma

New Let's Eat Cafe Bar menu in Standard

Inside our new First Class

Plugs and USBs at every seat in First Class

New two-course menu in First Class

Where does Azuma travel to?

Our Azuma trains call at every destination on our route, the hard part is deciding where you'll go next. 

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What is an Azuma train?

Azuma brings more space for extra comfort, faster free Wi-Fi and plug sockets at every seat and with more seats in Standard we've added more great value fares. But Azuma is more than new trains – this is about us transforming train travel for everyone.

Azuma means “east” in Japanese. Our new trains use Japanese bullet train technology, built by Hitachi's UK manufacturing team in County Durham, using parts supplied from the north east. 

The facts:

  • We'll have more trains - increasing our fleet from 45 to 65 trains.
  • That means more than 100 more seats on every Azuma train will be available - and more seats means more of our great value fares.
  • The trains are a diesel-electric hybrid and are built in the north east of England using lightweight materials to make them more environmentally friendly.
  • Azuma has technology, quality and reliability built in - to  give you smoother, quieter, more reliable journeys.
  • We have 9-coach and 10-coach Azuma trains. You'll only travel on a 10-coach Azuma between London King's Cross and Leeds but because the train is made up of two 5-coach trains you can't walk all the way through. Read more here.

Just look at what they've achieved so far...

Azuma FAQs

About our 10-coach Azuma train

You won't be able to walk from one end of the train to the other, this is because it is made up of two 5-coach trains. 

Food and drink onboard: There's a Let's Eat Cafe Bar in coach B and G.

Wheelchair spaces: Accessible spaces can be found in coach E and M. Book assistance here.

Bike spaces: Bike spaces are in coach K and D, reserve a space here.

First Class: First Class coaches are in M, K & E, D.

Please make sure you board at the correct part of our Azuma 10-coach train.

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What bike storage is there on an Azuma train?

There’s plenty of bike storage on our new trains. Bike storage is located in the following places depending on which type of Azuma train you board, don't worry your bike reservation will tell you which coach to go to.

5-coach Azuma: Two spaces in Coach K or D

9-coach Azuma: Four spaces in Coach K

10-coach Azuma: Two spaces in Coach K and two spaces in Coach D

Find out how to reserve a bike space here or view the Azuma seat maps here.

What wheelchair access is available on Azuma?

At LNER we believe that rail travel should be accessible and enjoyable for everyone, which is why we have made Azuma as accessible as our current trains. As always, our Journey Care team are happy to assist you with planning your journey, and you can see the Azuma seating plans here with wheelchair spaces and accessible toilets clearly marked.

Visit the Assisted Travel page for more information.

*Estimated savings hybrid Azuma train vs a HST on London to Inverness