First Class Upgrade from £25


If you’re travelling between now and 5 September you can upgrade your journey from just £25, on any train at any time! Our First Class upgrades let you recline in cosier seats with bags more leg room, and you can enjoy our complimentary food and drink at your seat.

After 5 September you can upgrade at the weekend, on a bank holiday or on a Super Off-Peak train!

How it works

How much is a First Class upgrade?

The cost of a Weekend or Bank Holiday Upgrade is £25 and on weekday Super Off-Peak trains it is £35. If you're on a longer route there is an additional £10. Longer means starting or finishing as far south as London or Stevenage, and going to or from York, Wakefield or beyond. You're getting quite a bit more First Class time for your money, after all.

Use the table below to check the cost of your upgrade.

  Weekend/Bank Holiday Super Off-Peak weekday
Short Journey £25 £35
Long Journey £35 £45


What is included in my First Class upgrade?

You'll be able to enjoy all the comforts of First Class. 

If you're travelling at the weekend or on a Bank Holiday, you'll be treated to our wonderful weekend menu.

On a weekday, enjoy a meal from our hot food menu and complimentary hot and cold drinks and alcohol.

Are all Standard tickets eligible for First Class upgrades?

On a weekend and Bank Holiday, yes! You can upgrade with any valid Standard ticket or Rail Pass (as long as there are available First Class seats on the train).

What are the Weekday Super Off-Peak times?

Super Off-Peak trains travelling north are those that depart London or Stevenage between 09:06 and 14:59 and after 18:59 Monday to Thursday and after 18:15 on a Friday.

Southbound Super Off-Peak trains arrive into London or Stevenage after 11:17 Monday to Friday.

Where do I buy an upgrade?

You can buy your upgrade on the train itself (for that train and any connecting LNER train only). Just speak to the Train Manager and pay the supplement there and then by cash or card.

Can I upgrade on any train?

On weekends and Bank Holiday - Yes. On a weekday, you can only upgrade on a Super Off-Peak train. However, if your train is full, upgrades may not be available (sorry).

Are upgrades valid on services run by other operators?

No, only on our trains and routes.

Can I book my upgrade in advance?

No, you have to buy it on the train itself. Our onboard staff will be happy to help. Alternatively, you can bid for First Class upgrades through the Seatfrog app.

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Terms & conditions

  • Weekend First Class upgrades are only available on LNER trains. Valid Standard tickets include Advance, Super Off-Peak, Off-Peak and Anytime tickets, Rail Rovers, and BritRail tickets.
  • Weekday First Class upgrades are only available on LNER Trains. Valid Standard tickets include Super Off-Peak tickets.
  • First Class upgrades can’t be booked in advance. You have to buy it on the train, and it's dependent on available space in First Class.