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Travelling on an Intercity 225

At a glance

  • Regional train
  • UK

Intercity 225s are electric trains. All of them have been through major refurbishment programmes since they were first introduced in the UK about 25 years ago. Each train has nine air-conditioned, open-plan carriages of which three are designated as First Class. The name Intercity 225 comes from the train’s nominal top speed of 225 km per hour. In practice, Intercity 225 trains never run on the UK network at more than 200 km/h.

The Intercity 225 is Virgin East Coast’s principal train used on fast services from London to Leeds, York and Edinburgh – although you’ll find Intercity 125 trains (also called HSTs) on these routes too. Each Intercity 225 train has over 500 seats. You can take your bike on the train, but this service needs to be pre-booked.

Coach B in Standard and Coach K in First Class are quiet coaches. There are good luggage facilities on board an Intercity 225, particularly in First Class. Seat reservation is advisable in both First and Standard Class, though not required. Download Virgin East Coast’s Beam app to gain access to on-board entertainment on demand (games, TV and blockbuster movies).

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Seating and sleeping on Intercity 225

Standard Class

In Standard Class, seating is arranged in airline-style unidirectional seats that come in pairs, arranged across a central aisle. A small number of seats are arranged in seats of four around a table. Wifi is available in Standard Class, but usually subject to a fee.

Food and drink on Intercity 225

Trolley Service

There is an at-seat trolley service in Standard Class, offering snacks, sandwiches and hot and cold drinks.

Child and youth passengers

The definition of "Child" and "Youth" varies by country and operator. This is why we ask for the age of young passengers.

Sometimes children below a certain age can travel without a seat for free. If you want to guarantee a seat for child passengers, enter '6' as the age of the child.

Read more about child and youth passenger ages. See also youth discounts and railcards.