Trains to Durham

Cheap Trains to Durham

"If you have never been to Durham before, go there at once. Take my car, it’s wonderful." Bill Bryson

Durham is known as a cathedral city, featuring a fine Norman castle that dates back to the year 1073. Nowadays, the castle, which lies along the loop of the River Wear, is a college of Durham University. Surrounding the castle is a cobweb of hilly cobblestone streets, filled with university students going about their daily life.

Tip 1: Save money with advance tickets.
You can book cheap train tickets to Durham on journeys booked up to 12 weeks before the date of travel. Ensure you get the cheapest tickets by buying in advance, hurry as these are in high demand and sell out fast! Advance tickets are available up to an hour before travel, but they usually sell out before then.

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Tip 2: Don't pay booking fees.
Other retailers may charge you a booking fee for every train fare you purchase. With us, if you make a saving by splitting your ticket we will only deduct 10% of the saving you make. No split = no fee.

When you travel to Durham by train, you can admire the city’s breathtaking views towards the end of the journey. Trains run on the East Coast Main Line coming from London Kings Cross Station and York railway station and trains also travel here from other places in the UK, including Manchester, Leeds, and Birmingham. Durham train station is only a short walk away from the centre, and there is a bus connection to the cathedral.

Tip 3: Use delay repay
If you have the hassle of a delay on your journey - access the Delay Repay scheme run by every train company for a refund. Tickets for trains departing as little as 15 minutes late could be entitled to a partial or full refund. Return fares may not be included in the scheme, so do check with the train company.

The heart of Durham is pretty small, with some narrow roads that are pedestrian-friendly. Durham Cathedral and Durham Castle are included in the UNESCO World Heritage Sites, dating back to 1073.

Tip 4: Avoid peak timesTravelling during busy periods can often cost the most with cheap train tickets normally found for travel on weekdays and during off-peak hours.

See the Treasures of Saint Cuthbert that can be found within the cluster of the buildings in Durham Minster and are home to a wide range of unique artefacts including the coffin of Saint Cuthbert from the 7th century. Also, take time to walk the charming River Wear, through Durham city.

Tip 5: Use groupsave discount.
You can save up to 1/3 on your train tickets by booking as a group, 3-9 adults are needed to get this groupsave discount. The offer is valid whether collecting your ticket on departure or receiving E-Tickets and the discount is deducted automatically during checkout.

The Botanical Gardens that are close to Howlands Park and Ride are also a must-visit. If you want to go shopping, check out the Durham Indoor market, this is a beautiful covered Victorian market selling a wide range of products, including traditional sweets.

Tip 6: Check your ticket type.
On certain popular journeys, it is worth comparing the price of two one-way train tickets versus one return journey. For cheap train tickets to Durham, our booking engine will work out what the best option for you is.

Tip 7: Take the scenic route.
Cheap train tickets can often be found by booking a less direct or slower train. We always show you the best deals to grab you a discount, but also provide the option to just display faster services.

Tip 8: Check standard and first class.
In times of low demand, first Class fares can sometimes be the same price or cheaper than standard tickets This means that you can also enjoy the benefits of first class such as food, drink and extra leg room.

Tip 9: Grab Yourself a Railcard.
Railcards get you 1/3 off your rail fare for the duration of the year. Other benefits include free entry to popular attractions and further discounts on dining and theatre experiences. For only £30 you can purchase the majority of railcards on offer.

The Two Together card allows two adults travelling together to save 1/3 on their journey.

The Family and Friends card offers a 60% discount on childrens' train tickets and 1/3 off all tickets for up to 4 children and 4 adults.

The Senior railcard offers 1/3 off all tickets for passengers over the age of 60, at the reduced cost of only £70 for three years.

The Disabled Persons railcard gives disabled passengers 1/3 off their journey for a fee of £30.

Further offers such as the 16-25, 26-30 Railcard and Network railcard offer similar discounts at similar prices. For more information on the reductions available, visit the National Rail website.

Tip 10: Travel Flexibly.
To get cheap trains to Durham, it is worth being flexible with the date and time of your journey. Buy tickets during the week or book fares for later services to save money.

Frequently Asked Questions

🛤️ Can you get a train to Durham?

Durham is on the main line between London and Edinburgh. There are regular trains, with services from London taking under 4 hours.

🧳 How do I get to Durham?

You can get to Durham by train to the city station, by air to one of the two nearby airports or by road, with Durham just off the A1.

🏛️ What is Durham famous for?

Durham is famous for its University, cobbled streets and old architecture including the Cathedral and Castle.

🏙️ Is Durham a town or a city?

Durham is a small city, due to it having a Cathedral.