TransPennine Express Trains

FirstGroup owns TransPennine Express which runs services across Northern England and Scotland.

All TransPennine trains go through Manchester, along three routes. Services run regularly 24 hours a day, including on New Year’s Eve.

TransPennine Express Train Map

TransPennine operates across several major cities, including Edinburgh, Liverpool, Sheffield, Leeds, York, and Newcastle. Use our train map to plan where you would like to go and then book your tickets.

If you’re looking to take a short break, TransPennine can take you to the popular UK seaside destination of Scarborough. If you fancy a trip further afield, trains also run to Manchester Airport.

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TransPennine Express Customer Relations

Telephone: 0345 600 1671 Open Monday to Sunday 06.00 - 23.00

WhatsApp: 07812 223 336

Post: Customer Relations, TransPennine Express, Freepost, ADMAIL 3878, Manchester, M1 9YB

Cycle Reservations: 0345 600 1671 (option 3)

Assisted Travel: 0800 107 2149

Lost property: Visit the TransPennine Lost Property page.

Service Disruptions

Bad weather or work on the line can cause delays to your train.

You can check on the status of your journey on the TransPennine JourneyCheck page.

Delay Repay

If there is a delay to your journey with TransPennine Express you can claim compensation as follows:

15 - 29 minutes delay – 25% for a single ticket or 12.5% on a return ticket

30 - 59 minutes delay - 50% for a single ticket or 50% on the delayed portion of a return ticket

60 - 119 minutes delay - 100% for a single ticket or 100% on the delayed portion of a return ticket

120+ minutes delay - 100% for a single ticket or 100% of a return ticket, not just the delayed portion

You can find more information on the TransPennine Express Delay Repay page.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who operates TransPennine Express?

Transpennine Express has been operated by FirstGroup since 2003

Can you reserve seats on TransPennine Express?

You can not currently reserve seats on TransPennine Express trains. If you have an advance ticket you should travel on the train you have booked, those with flexible tickets can board any train without a reservation.

What time is off peak on TransPennine Express trains?

TransPennine Express do not have set Off Peak hours but you will be told at what times you are permitted to use an Off Peak ticket when you book.

Is TransPennine express part of Northern Rail?

TransPennine Express is not part of Northern Rail, while they both operate across Northern England they are separate operators.

Do TransPennine trains have plug sockets?

TransPennine trains have plug sockets at table seats in Standard Class and at all seats in First Class.

Where does the TransPennine Express stop?

TransPennine Express trains stop at stations across the North, and Scotland, including Edinburgh, Glasgow, Liverpool, Sheffield, Hull, Leeds, York and Newcastle.

What is the route of the TransPennine Express?

Transpennine Express trains operate on three main routes: North TransPennine includes all routes between Manchester Piccadilly and Leeds; TransPennine North West, which operates on the West Coast Main Line and South TransPennine, which includes services running on the Hope Valley line and the South Humberside Main Line.

Can I take my bike on TransPennine Express?

Bikes are allowed on board Transpennine Express trains but you will have to book your space beforehand and if the train is exceptionally busy you still may not be allowed to bring it on.