First Class

Looking for a comfortable and spacious environment where you can take time out and relax while you travel? If you’re travelling for business, First Class enables you to use your journey time productively - working, preparing for a meeting or even having a meeting on the train.

Opening Hours

 Monday to Friday  06:00-23:30
 Saturday  06:00 - 21:00
 Sundays and Bank holidays  10:00 - 23:30

What we offer:

  • a warm welcome on board
  • reclining, spacious leather seats on board our High Speed services
  • quiet, relaxed atmosphere
  • tables at every seat, with power sockets for your laptop or mobile phone 
  • room to work or relax
  • at-seat service from one of our Customer Hosts on many journeys*
  • complimentary refreshments throughout your journey 
  • a selection of products from our Express Café that you can buy at your seat*
  • complimentary newspaper*
  • access to First Class Lounges at London Paddington and Cardiff Central.

* Subject to availability. Not available on all services or at weekends

Quiet Carriage

Carriage G on board all of our High Speed services is a dedicated First Class Quiet Carriage, allowing you to relax in peace. Please respect the wishes of other customers when using this carriage by not using mobile phones or audio equipment and keeping noise to a minimum.  

Food and drink

Customers travelling first class can enjoy a range of complimentary light refreshments, served at your seat. If you would like something more substantial from our Express Café, our Customer Host will be happy to take your order. On most high speed services, refreshments are served at your seat from Monday to Friday until 7pm each day. After this time, or at weekends, present your ticket at the Express Café where our Customer Host will be happy to serve you.

Please note, complimentary refreshments are subject to availability and there is no catering on services between London Paddington and Oxford which start or end at Oxford.

On trains with Travelling Chef services, you can order items from the menu and have them served at your seat, including hot toasted baguettes and sandwiches, fresh salads and soup of the day, as well as other tasty offers.For the ultimate dining experience, why not try our Pullman Restaurant? Choose from a range of superbly cooked dishes from our à la carte menus. The Pullman Restaurant is available on selected services on weekdays to and from the West Country.

Fares and tickets

We offer a range of different First Class tickets, so you can choose how you want to travel in style. 

First Anytime Return / Single

These tickets offer you full flexibility with no time restrictions. The Anytime Single ticket allows you to travel on the date of issue or the following day. The Anytime Return ticket allows you to travel outward within five days of the date of issue, and return within one month.

First Off-Peak

This is a discounted ticket that you can buy at any time before you start your journey. This flexible ticket can be used on all off-peak services. The outward portion of your ticket is valid on the date printed on the ticket, and the return portion of your ticket is valid for up to one month.

Advance Tickets

These tickets offer great value for money when you’re able to plan and book your journey in advance. Travel on your specified train with a free reserved seat.

Executive Tickets

These tickets include parking at the station, a First Class Anytime Return ticket, an on-board catering voucher and free seat reservations. They are available from many stations to Reading, London Paddington and London Zone 1 (which includes travel in Zone 1 on the London Underground). Buy your ticket by visiting your local staffed station, or calling us on 08457 000 125.

Weekend First upgrade

Weekend First lets you upgrade from Standard to First Class on most First Great Western routes at weekends and bank holidays, for as little as £5. You’ll benefit from the extra comfort that First Class accommodation offers, and any complimentary refreshments available, including hot drinks, mineral waters, biscuits and crisps. 

The upgrade price depends on the number of zones you travel through - travel within one zone is £5, two zones £10, three zones £15, four or five zones £20. Download our Weekend First zonal pricing map.

Buy your Weekend First upgrade on board any First Great Western service which has First Class accommodation. Please note Weekend First is not available to purchase at ticket offices. If you need to change onto another First Great Western train as part of your journey, you pay one fare for the whole journey, rather than one fare for each part of the journey.  It is available in conjunction with all Standard Class tickets and passes. A First Great Western Weekend First upgrade is not valid on services run by other train operators.

Luggage Delivery Service

Travel without the worry of taking bulky luggage with you, with our Carry My Luggage service.

We've teamed up with Carry My Luggage to offer you an exclusive 15% discount when you travel with First Great Western, if you book the Carry My Luggage service online or by phone by calling the reservations line on 0845 009 0362. 

First Class Lounges

Enjoy exclusive access to our First Class lounges at London Paddington and Cardiff, providing a comfortable area to work or relax in while you wait for your train.  

London Paddington

The First Class lounge at London Paddington offers the choice of a modern, comfortable bar area or the traditional, Victorian feel lounge.

The modern extension has comfortable chairs and tables with a bar offering complimentary refreshments. It also has workstations with access to the Internet.

There is a large screen TV showing Sky News and also a departures board showing train times. The Victorian lounge offers old world splendour and comfort, with large armchairs and soft lighting, making it the perfect area to relax.

The lounge is located on Platform 1 and is open 05:30 to 23:59 Monday to Friday and 16:00 to 23:59 on Sunday.

Book a meeting room

Why not have your meeting in the First Great Western First Class lounge on Platform 1 at Paddington Station? The room seats up to eight people and is available from 7am to 8pm.
Rates (excluding VAT)
Per hour    £40.00
Per half day (up to four hours)  £140.00
Per full day    £220.00

Rates include complimentary tea, coffee, water and biscuits. A TV screen with PC link-up is available, and you can book lunch from £8.50 per head for a minimum of six people.

To book please call 0207 313 1109 or in person at the lounge.

Cardiff Central

The First Class lounge at Cardiff Central is open from 5.30am to 6.30pm Monday to Friday and is located on Platform 1. Complimentary refreshments are available in the lounge from the dedicated customer host.