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“Worst train trip ever!”

Written on: 17/11/2015 by BenjaminMyers221 (1 review written)

My partner and I traveled for his birthday on Virgin from London to York and back. The trains were late on both journeys -- just as they were dirty. On the return trip, our carriage simply did not exist. We had to squeeze between a crowd of passengers fighting for seats. Extremely disappointing… Read Full Review

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“No Quiet Coach”

Written on: 13/11/2015 by 4Harrington (1 review written)

Virgin Trains have now taken away the quiet coach in first class. This is poor. Many passengers need to concentrate on work or just prefer to relax in a pleasant environment. Now, it is a nightmare having to listen to other passengers on their 'phones without any consideration for others. This is a retrograde step.I shall be looking for alternatives… Read Full Review

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Written on: 24/02/2016

I travelled in January on Virgin East Coast and I am absolutely certain I was in a quiet coach. I may have imagined this but two days ago I was booking my next trip and 'quiet coach' was offered. (This is in first class by the way.) Are you sure that 'quiet coach' has been removed from all trains on your route (as opposed to rolling stock problems on the day) or across all routes? I'll look out for that the next time I book.

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★★★★★

“First class service”

Written on: 28/10/2015 by Gelly46 (2 reviews written)

Travelled home from Edinburgh using their first class service which was excellent. The staff were friendly and service was top notch in comparison to another experience of ours in first class with trans pennine express! The journey was comfortable, wifi great, very calm atmosphere, was lovely. Offered refreshments, wine, soft drinks, tea, coffee and not just once. The virgin member of staff even went out of his way to make my son a hot chocolate which was appreciated greatly as he didn't have… Read Full Review

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“Virgin trains excelled on 17:10 from London to Holyhead”

Written on: 21/10/2015 by Willlb (1 review written)

Admittedly our departure was 10 minutes late , but our first class travel experience more then made up ! I did not expect a hot meal , snacks and dessert which in actuality was far better then the British Aiirways business class return flight meal I had experienced earlier in the day . the person I dealt with who was in charge of first class hospitality and could not be more helpful , courteous and clearly went the extra mile to ensure all passengers in coach E received a very good service. I… Read Full Review

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“Quite Satisfactory”

Written on: 24/09/2015 by vbMead415 (1 review written)

On time, clean, pertinent info provided in a timely manner. No problems… Read Full Review

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“Bad odour”

Written on: 16/09/2015 by AngB (1 review written)

Train times and staff efficient and prived really good..but the train was awful the seats were threadbare in places and very worn looking and dirty and the smell in coach B was awful smelt like a dirty ashtray...not good when your on a long (ish)journey ...needs updating badly… Read Full Review

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“Virgin trains suck!”

Written on: 29/08/2015

Paid 390 pounds for 2 first class tickets, outward from Kings Cross to Edinburgh and inward from Glasgow to Birmingham. The outward journey had faulty air condioning in the food car, so they closed it. The sandwiches that were brought round looked dog eared and reminiscent of the bad old British Rail food days. The useless staff had no idea which items were gluten free, and we had to pay for the only items we could find from the shop. The return journey was no better. A large Japanese party… Read Full Review

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“Impressed! ”

Written on: 26/08/2015 by KarenFitz (1 review written)

This was my first journey with Virgin in a long while and I wasn't disappointed. We were a family of 3 travelling with a child and I must say it was enjoyable from start to finish. The trains ran on time, the onboard shops were well stocked, the toilets clean and equipped and the staff were really friendly. I managed to purchase the tickets in the June sale and I can't wait to get the same kind of bargain for my next trip!… Read Full Review

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“TERRİBLE!”

Written on: 17/08/2015 by cerenteselli (1 review written)

I have travelled from Liverpool to London with this company. It was the most UNCOMFORTABLE journey I have ever been! It was an hour delay and there was a lot of garbage under my seat. There was people that travel without a ticket though I paid 30 pound! I do NOT recommend this company to travelling, it was so terrible… Read Full Review

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“low in value compaired to other trains in UK”

Written on: 15/08/2015 by Gomez151 (1 review written)

I purchased tickets prior to coming to UK for a month visit. Knowing nothing of the system, I used a clearance company for our trip. Virgin trains was the third trip we took in UK and it was way below par of the others. We had a smooth ride, no hitches, no being buffeted about in the car like on Virgin. WiFi was offered but at a huge price, for my idea but a lot of what I wanted to look at, at the long 6 hour trip was blocked. No movies, youtube, etc. And when I did get on it was so very… Read Full Review

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“Long delays, poor communication, no service personnel”

Written on: 14/08/2015 by mamurray76 (1 review written)

My trip from Scotland to West Sussex was horrible. Due to an unfortunate accident trains were delayed more than an hour. Poor announcements were made regarding those delays. When a train did finally arrive it was drastically overbooked causing me to stand for more than two hours while traveling with my dog who had to lie in the aisle way. There were several heated arguments over unrecognized reserved seating and no personnel could be found at all. No explanation was made to oncoming… Read Full Review

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★★★★★

“Some Staff go beyond to help !!”

Written on: 10/08/2015 by Rach45 (1 review written)

I meant to write this a while ago, but due to one thing or another have only just got round to it ! The day in question was 17 April 2015. After a hectic journey home with Virgin Atlantic from Orlando via Atlanta, minus our luggage, we ended up in London Euston. We should have flew to Manchester, instead had to take a flight to Heathrow. There was no help cost wise from Virgin Airlines. We stood in line to purchase train tickets, which on a Friday afternoon is no cheap affair. That was… Read Full Review

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“Perfect!!”

Written on: 10/08/2015 by Young1965 (1 review written)

I cannot praise the staff today on Virgin trains enough..I got the train from Milton keyens to Chester at 3.41pm. I'm a support worker for a client who I had with me today who is only 16. Tickets where booked yesterday by him, i got on the train and seen someone was on our seats, i only realised at that point that our tickets where booked for next month. Once I explained to the ticket man (wish I new his name) that I hadn't realised it was booked for the wrong month, he was great, very… Read Full Review

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“Terrible service in first class on Virgin”

Written on: 26/07/2015 by ert53 (1 review written)

I use Virgin trains, West Coast line, every year when visiting UK for work and family visits. In 2014 my experiences were very poor. This year I only needed to take one trip, from Carlisle to London, and was very disappointed to find if anything a deterioration. I booked first class as I normally do, and it was nearly 100 pounds for this three hour trip. It is daylight robbery, really. But if the service had been good I would not have complained. I boarded at about 9.50am and was hoping for… Read Full Review

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“Worst journey”

Written on: 23/07/2015 by KamoraKnight89 (1 review written)

Travelling from Glasgow to London is a nightmare enough as it is, let alone an evening train! Booked a quiet coach in the hope to get a nap on the way as I had already been travelling for 2 hours by this point! The train was then delayed at Glasgow by about half an hour, finally got to our seats. Bought some extortionate priced food on the train £2.25 for 10 chips! Then a gentleman boarded the quiet coach with a baby, which was safe to say ensured the entire coach wasn't quiet, the whole of my… Read Full Review

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“definitely not first class”

Written on: 14/07/2015 by 167Bradford (1 review written)

I hope this experience is never repeated.I bought first class tickets in advance for myself and a friend to travel from Edinburgh to manchester. When the train arrived it was short of four carriages. A member of staff was extremely rude and told us there was a shortage of seats so it was pot luck if we found any unreserved. It was announced during the journey that the train had problems the previous evening and that led to the missing carriages.It is hard to understand why this was not sorted… Read Full Review

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“Treated like cattle”

Written on: 02/07/2015

Except in the UK we have animal welfare standards, which clearly didn't apply to me, my daughter and the other poor souls trapped in a carriage with broken air conditioning on the hottest July day ever recorded. The service, I use the word loosely, was the 15.30 KX/Glasgow yesterday July 1st. The train was already a replacement for a faulty one and, magically, was 'prepared' and left within the time frame you can get a refund for delays (hmm). We had booked seats on Coach B, which was… Read Full Review

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★★★★★

“Saved the day”

Written on: 26/06/2015 by Maureen123456 (1 review written)

We (or rather my husband) left our tickets at home and after a rather expensive taxi ride, the lady at the ticket office approved our tickets for the next train, at no extra cost. So helpful and so much appreciated xxx … Read Full Review

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★★★★☆

“Fab”

Written on: 22/06/2015 by Zieglerbx393 (1 review written)

Kings cross to Newcastle virgin train. On time both ends good leg room great service. Nice comfy train clean toilets. Tickets and seats well explained. I would recommend this service to family and friends and would use it again for east coast. A bit expensive but great all the same. A weekend away was great because the train was prompt both ends… Read Full Review

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“No Virgin No”

Written on: 12/06/2015 by usSmith260 (1 review written)

I was on a train from Glasgow to Birmingham New Street, The train was fairly packed and as we kept going further down the line more people would get on and more seats would be used, the crew made announcement after announcement about no sitting on the floor suitcases on chairs etc. but there was no room the luggage racks were full, the luggage hold room was full and trying to get through to other carriages was a nightmare, I was travelling with a group of 8 and we had 8 suitcases and we had to… Read Full Review

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