What to expect when travelling first class on a train

It’s easy to get disillusioned with rail travel, especially if you’re a commuter who needs to head to and from a busy place at rush hour. Your experience of travelling by train might consist of trying to keep yourself balanced while standing inches from other passengers, or maybe even sharing a ride with other people’s luggage! But it doesn’t have to be this way. You know that just a few carriages in front of yours is a world of peace, space and comfort. It seems like bliss when you have your head in a fellow-commuter’s armpit, but what do you actually get for the extra money when you travel first class? 

Peace and quiet

If you’ve ever wandered into a first-class carriage by accident, you’ll have noticed how peaceful it is. It’s one of the key reasons people choose to travel first class. And if this is what you’re looking for, you’ll find you’re surrounded by like-minded folk. People in these carriages generally want to sleep, admire the view or work. Therefore, the only distraction you might have is from being given your courtesy coffee.

More leg and elbow room

Carriages in first class are designed to be exclusive. Companies won’t sell more tickets than they have seats so you’ll be guaranteed a plush seat for your journey (which certainly beats a corridor floor!). You’ll find these chairs are noticeably more spacious and they recline. You’ll be able to stretch those legs when you sit down and you won’t accidentally knock your neighbour with your elbow (unless you’re really careless!). It’s more conducive to napping, of course, and you’ll also feel less stiff after a long journey, and better prepared for a business meeting if you’re travelling for work.

Free WiFi

Many services charge passengers with regular tickets to use their WiFi. But in first class it’ll be free, which is especially handy if you need to do some work while you’re on the move, or if you just need to check emails. 

Free newspaper and snacks

They say that once you go first class, you can’t go back to standard. And one reason for this is the little touches that add a bit of luxury to your journey. You’ll be better looked after, and will be supplied with a few freebies too, be it a cup of coffee, a selection of biscuits or something to read.

You might think all this added glamour will come at a huge cost, but this isn’t always the case. Sometimes off-peak fares are actually cheaper in first class than peak fares are in standard. And if you book in advance, you’ll get the best fares available, so it’s always worth planning ahead and booking early to give yourself a taste of stress-free train journeys.

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