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Virgin Trains was an operating company owned by Virgin Rail Group and ran by Virgin Group and Stagecoach. The operator ran long distance passenger services on the West Coast Main Line, and on the East Coast Line, under Virgin Trains East Coast. Their West Coast services were taken over by Avanti West Coast, with their East Coast services taken over by the government owned LNER.

Virgin Trains Map

If you can’t decide where to go on your travels, use our Virgin Trains train map to plan your trip. You can then buy your tickets through us.

You can go to many cities on the West Coast Main Line for a break, including Glasgow, Liverpool, and Birmingham. Should you fancy a trip to the Lake District, trains also stop at Penrith, Oxenholme Lake District, Lancaster, and Carlisle. All trains stop at London Euston Street with routes also stopping at Birmingham New Street, Liverpool Lime Street, and Manchester Piccadilly.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Does Virgin Trains still exist?

Virgin Trains no longer exists, it’s services were taken over by Avanti West Coast on 7th December 2019.

What is Virgin Trains called now?

Virgin Trains West Coast Main Line is now run by Avanti West Coast. Virgin Trains still sells tickets via their website.

Why did Avanti replace virgin?

Avanti West Coast replaced Virgin Trains because Virgin Trains did not bid to retain their franchise. This was partly because Stagecoach, it’s joint venture partner was disqualified from doing so.

Why did Virgin Trains lose contract?

Virgin Trains lost their contract on the West Coast Main Line because their partner Stagecoach was disqualified from bidding to retain the franchise due to issues with their pensions.

Who owns Virgin Trains?

Virgin Trains is owned by Virgin Rail Group, while they no longer run services they do still sell rail tickets.

Is Avanti the same as virgin?

Avanti took over operation of the West Coast services from Virgin on 7th December 2019.