Virgin Trains on Alexa
Book Virgin Trains with Alexa and Amazon Pay
We’re thrilled to be the first ever train company that’s partnered up with Amazon Pay and Alexa, so now you can book selected tickets, check train times and find out about Virgin Trains, just by using the power of your voice.
We’ve got all sorts of handy features, and with new ones being added all the time, you’ll wonder how you ever managed without this little train-loving gadget.
As long as you have an Amazon Alexa-enabled device, like an Amazon Echo or Dot, you can use the Virgin Trains skill. You can book tickets for travel between London King's Cross, Doncaster, York, Darlington, Newcastle, and Edinburgh.
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What can Alexa do for you?
Book a ticket – Simply ask Alexa by saying, “Ask Virgin Trains to book a ticket” and book East or West Coast Virgin Trains with Amazon Pay in a flash.
Speed up booking - For super-fast ticket buying, let Alexa know all your journey details at once. If you say, “Alexa, ask Virgin Trains to book a ticket from London King's Cross to Edinburgh Waverley on 3 September at 10am,” and Alexa will sort it for you.
Check train times - All you have to do is simply ask Alexa for our train times. We know you love Virgin Trains, but occasionally you might want to check train times with other operators, so Alexa can help you with that too.
Any questions? – “Can I bring a dog onboard? Will my baby need a ticket?”Alexa can help you find the answer to most train-related queries.
How to set up Alexa
Install the skill
Head to the Virgin Trains skill on the Amazon website and click ‘ENABLE’.
In the app
Go to the ‘Skills’ section in your Amazon Alexa app, search for Virgin Trains, then select our skill and click ‘ENABLE’.
You’ll need to enable Amazon Pay if you want to buy tickets. Just head to ‘Settings’ within the Virgin Trains skill, click ‘Amazon Pay’ and ‘Manage Settings’, then flick the switch.
You’ll also need to have Voice Purchasing enabled. You can do this by going to the ‘Settings’ in the Alexa App and scrolling right to the bottom.
You can use the Virgin Trains skill without Amazon Pay enabled, but you won’t be able to buy tickets.
You’re good to go
Tell Alexa that it’s our skill you want to use by saying something like, “Alexa, open Virgin Trains,” and get started on booking your next trip.
Talk the talk
|Start using the Virgin Trains skill||"Alexa, open Virgin Trains"|
|Start a conversation to book a ticket||"Book a ticket"|
|Start a conversation to check train times for any train company||"Check train times" or "Train times"|
|Use a shortcut phrase to book a ticket||Say your full booking request, for example: "Book me a ticket from London King's Cross to York on Monday 23 March at 10:15am"|
|Ask a question||
Ask your question, for example: "Can I bring a dog on the train?" (FYI, you can!)