While I’ve never been a big fan of flying, if there’s one mode of transport I could commit to for the rest of my life, it’s trains.

From the hustle of the stations and the rush of immediacy as you board, to the scenic offerings as you hurl past cities into the countryside, I just can’t get enough of them – which is handy, considering I have a two-hour round commute on trains six days a week.

As our train back to London Euston from Manchester on Easter Sunday was slightly longer than our way out, we opted to upgrade to First Class seats for an extra £15 each. This upgrade fare is only available on weekends, but boy is it worth doing.

What do you get with First Class?

  • Roomier, reclining seats for a little snooze
  • Free WiFi
  • Plug sockets for electricals
  • A table
  • Newspapers
  • Free teas and coffees
  • Free snack box containing chocolate, crackers, pretzels and biscuits
  • A light on each table

What’s it like?
In my opinion, paying an extra £15 for a 3 1/2 hour journey was well worth it.

The extra room and larger tables meant the time on-board was not wasted – rather, I was able to be far more productive by making use of the extra space to get on with my revision!

Of course, the free tea is a definite bonus for me, while the free WiFi went down well with my boyfriend. We even had the whole carriage to ourselves until Birmingham, so didn’t have to worry about excess noise or people judging us as we adjusted rather enthusiastically to the first class lifestyle…

Upgrades are available on Virgin trains on weekends for up to £15. Either upgrade at the station, or sit in first class seats and pay the extra £15 when the conductor comes round.

Let me know your thoughts if you’ve travelled First Class with Virgin trains before!