The song was released in 1979 in the UK as a double A-side single with "Confusion". It peaked at number 8 in the UK Singles Chart. However, in the US the two songs charted separately, with "Confusion" in late 1979 followed by "Last Train to London" in early 1980. It peaked at number 39 on the Billboard Hot 100. In Spain the single was released with the Spanish title "Ultimo tren a Londres".
There was a certain period when it seemed we spent years on trains going back and forth from Birmingham to the various TV and radio stations in London. There's the CS-80 again on the solo.
In 1982 Taiwanese singer Frankie Kao had a cover version of this song renamed as 夏天的浪花(The wave of summer).
In 2002 British girl group Atomic Kitten sampled the hook of the song in their single "Be With You". The song was released as a double A-side with the song "The Last Goodbye". The single peaked at #2 in the UK.