Aerial view of Leicester city centre at night with vehicles on the roads

Trains to Leicester Station

Leicester Station is the sole railway station in the city of Leicester, Leicestershire. Leicester Station is situated at the southeast end of Leicester city centre on London Road, adjacent to Station Street. Leicester Station is owned by Network Rail and managed by East Midlands Trains; CrossCountry also operates trains to Leicester Station. Many places are worth visiting near Leicester Station, including the National Space Centre, Tropical Birdland, and King Richard III Visitor Centre.

Leicester Railway Station is the 83rd busiest train station in the UK; 4.87 million passengers used the station in 2022/23 with 423,000 interchanges.

Leicester Railway Station can be reached from all over the UK, including major cities such as London, Birmingham, and Sheffield. Regional stations also connect to Leicester Station, including Loughborough, Derby, and Nottingham.

Station Area Map

Leicester Station is located on London Road, between Station Street and Conduit Street in Leicester City Centre, east of the River Soar. Leicester Station is the only mainline station in the city of Leicester, with Birmingham New Street Station reachable in 50 minutes and Nottingham Station reachable in 75 minutes on trains operated by CrossCountry.

Leicester Station is managed by East Midlands Trains with four platforms.

Local and inter-city train services operate from Leicester Station, with trains operated by East Midlands Trains and CrossCountry Destinations include Birmingham New Street and London St Pancras International. Leicester Station is on the Midland Main Line and the Ivanhoe Line.

Station Details and Facilities


London Road




General Information

Ticket Office Opening Hours

  • Monday - Friday 05:20 - 22:30
  • Saturday 05:20 - 22:30
  • Sunday 07:15 - 22:30

Tickets and Travel Information

You can book train tickets to Leicester with Split My Fare. You can receive e-Tickets via email or collect your tickets from the self-service ticket machines at Leicester Train Station.

Ticket Office

Accessible Self Service Ticket Machines

There are accessible ticket machines at Leicester Station.

Height-adjusted ticket counter

A height-adjusted ticket counter is available at Leicester Train Station.

Induction Loop

This office has an induction loop.

Station Facilities


There is an ATM available.

Pay Phones

There are pay phones that take cards and coins.

Post Box

There is a post box available.

Public WiFi

There is public WiFi available.


There is a cafe and vending machines available.


The toilets are located on the Main Concourse, Platform 1/2 and Platform 3/4.

Baby Changing

Baby changing facilities are available.

Waiting Rooms

There are heated waiting rooms and sheltered platform waiting areas with accessible seating.

Waiting Room Opening Hours

  • Monday - Friday 05:20 - 22:30
  • Saturday 05:20 - 22:30
  • Sunday 07:15 - 22:30


Staff Help

Staff help available 05.20 - 01.00

Passenger Assistance meeting point is at the customer information desk in the front concourse or the ticket gates.

Staff Help Opening Times

  • Monday - Sunday 24 Hours a Day
  • Monday - Friday 24 Hours a Day
  • Saturday 24 Hours a Day
  • Sunday 24 Hours a Day

Ramp for Train Access

A ramp for train access is available.

Step Free Access Coverage

This is a Category A access station. There is step-free access to the main entrance and lifts to all platforms.  Customers with wheelchairs who require assistance on graduated slopes should press the ticket gate 'assistance' button located at the bottom of the stairs near the self-service ticket machines.  To ensure the availability of staff to assist, customers must book assistance in advance.

This station has tactile paving at the edge of all platforms and at the bottom of all staircases.


Wheelchairs are available.


Wheelchairs are available.

Car Parking


Fox Street





East Midlands Railway


488  with 20 accessible spaces available

Bicycle Parking

The cycle hub situated on the lower floor (old Red Star parcels area) can be accessed via the lift to the left of the Customer Information desk.  Stands are also available in the main car park and station front near the short-stay car park.

Storage spaces


Cycle hub opening hours 0400 to 0200 daily.  Changing facilities available.

Frequently Asked Questions

What line is Leicester station on?

Leicester Station is on the Midland Main Line from London to Sheffield and the Ivanhoe Line from Burton Upon Trent to Leicester.

How many platforms are there at Leicester station?

There are four platforms at Leicester Station, which is known as a bottleneck station.

Where can I drop off at Leicester train station?

Cars can drop off passenger in the short stay car park at Leicester Station with step free access to the concourse and into the station.

Are trains running today from Leicester train station?

Trains run almost every day of the year from Leicester Train Station. Leicester Station is open Monday to Friday open from 05:20:00 until 22:30:00.