Cheap Train Tickets to Doncaster

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Cheap Trains to Doncaster

Doncaster is an industrial city in South Yorkshire; it is well placed, being close to the cities of Sheffield, Leeds, and York. The countryside is on the doorstep of Doncaster as it is situated in the Don Valley east of the Pennines. The River Don runs just to the west of Doncaster, with Doncaster Racecourse and the Eco-Power Stadium on the West Side of the city. Doncaster only recently gained city status on the 1st of November 2022.

Trains to Doncaster can be taken from almost anywhere in the country, with Doncaster Station on the East Coast Main Line. Doncaster Train Station is situated on the West Side of the city, providing regular services to London, Edinburgh, and Newcastle, with most trains operated by London North Eastern Railway.

On this page, you will find tips to book cheap train tickets to Doncaster.

Tip 1 Buy advance train tickets
Get cheap rail tickets to Doncaster by searching from up to 12 weeks before your trip; this is when train companies release lower-priced advance fares. These tickets are in high demand, so they can sell out fast; we recommend you buy them as early as possible. When they haven't sold out, you can purchase them up to an hour before departure.
Tip 2 Avoid booking and card fees
Many retailers charge booking fees, with some as high as £3.00 but at Split My Fare you won't have to pay any booking fees or card fees. The only charge you will pay is 15% of any savings made by splitting your fare, so if we don't find you a split, then you won't pay a fee.
Tip 3 If you experience a delay, claim a refund
Even if you are 15 minutes late to your destination, you can claim a refund using the Delay Repay scheme. Check the policy of the train operator you are travelling with and then claim the compensation through them.

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TIP 4 Travel on quieter trains
The cheapest way to get to Doncaster can be by avoiding peak hours on busier trains. Making sure not to travel on weekends and during the holidays can also help to get savings. Try to avoid city centre stations if you can; the lower demand for quieter destinations may help get you a cheaper ticket.
Tip 5 Visiting as a group? Book together
There are savings to be made when travelling as a group by train. If a group of 3-9 people book together and take the same off-peak train, they can get as much as 1/3 off the price by getting a groupsave discount. The easiest way to do this is if one of the group books with e-Tickets and then sends them to each group member. Not having to pass on many paper tickets is much simpler, especially if Split My Fare finds you savings with several split tickets.
Tip 6 Look at the price of 2 singles
When you are travelling to and from Doncaster, you may consider booking a return fare; however, this might not provide the best savings. Two single fares can sometimes be cheaper. When you use Split My Fare, we search for the most affordable option for you.

Visit Doncaster


Doncaster is a city with many attractions on offer. Yorkshire Wildlife Park is well worth a visit to see a variety of animals, Broadsworth Hall and Gardens is great to walk around, and The Vulcan Experience is exciting for all, not just those interested in air travel.


Whether you prefer an independent eatery or a high-street chain Doncaster has cuisine on offer for all tastes. La Boca steakhouse offers amazing steak with an Argentian theme, La Fiesta provides a variety of food from the Mediterranean, and La Rustica is great for fans of Italian food.


If you're travelling to Doncaster by train and looking for somewhere to stay, there are plenty of hotels for you to book. The Earl of Doncaster is great for those wanting a luxury stay, Best Western Premier Mount Pleasant Hotel is perfectly situated for those wanting to travel to the Airport, and the Premier Inn Doncaster Central (High Fishergate) hotel is located right in the centre of the city.


You might want to take trains to Doncaster for its shopping. There are several shopping centres in and around Doncaster, including Frenchgate, Lakeside Village Outlet Shopping, and Waterdale Shopping Centre.

Popular Routes to Doncaster

Doncaster Station is a major UK station meaning finding trains to Doncaster is easy. London North Eastern Railway run numerous trains per day between London and Doncaster on the East Coast Main Line with trains on this line also stopping at Edinburgh, Newcastle and York. CrossCountry runs trains through the station on their NE-SW route with services stopping at Bristol Temple Meads, Birmingham New Street, and Leeds.

Frequently Asked Questions

What train line is Doncaster on?

Doncaster is on the East Coast Main Line train line which runs for 393 miles between London and Edinburgh.

What area is Doncaster in?

Doncaster is in the area of the Don Valley in South Yorkshire with the cities of Leeds, Sheffield and York nearby.

Is parking free on a Sunday in Doncaster?

Parking is free at all council operated car parks after 6pm, Monday to Saturday, and all day on Sundays and Bank Holidays except Good Friday.

Why is Doncaster famous?

Doncaster is famous for its horse racing with Doncaster Racecourse very popular for racegoers and one of the oldest racecourses in the world. The racecourse hosts the St Leger Stakes, which is the oldest classic horse race in the world.

Is Doncaster a city or a town?

Doncaster is a city having recently received this status on 1st November 2022. A ceremony to confirm its city status took place on 9 November 2022 as part of a tour of Yorkshire by King Charles III and Queen Camilla.