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 turned into 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 get cheap train tickets to Durham on journeys booked 12 weeks before the date of travel. Ensure you get the cheapest tickets by buying in advance, but hurry as these are in high demand and sell out fast! Advanced tickets are available up to an hour before travel, but they usually sell out before then.
Tip 2: Don't Pay Fees.
Other train companies may charge you a booking fee for every fare you purchase on their platform. With us, if you make a saving by splitting your ticket we will deduct 10% of the saving you make. No split = no fee and we're national rail accredited too.
Travel to Durham by train so you can admire the city’s breathtaking views on the train in. There are trains running on the East Coast Main Line coming from London Kings Cross Station and York railway station. Trains also come from other places in the UK, including Manchester, Leeds, and Birmingham. The Durham train station is only a short walk away from the centre and is well connected towards the cathedral by Bus.
Tip 3: Use Delay Repay
Don't be inconvenienced by a delay on your journey - access the Delay Repay scheme run by every train company. Trains departing as little as 15 minutes late could entitle you to partial or full refund on your single or return train ticket. Return fares may not be included in the repay scheme, so please do check with your train company.
The heart of Durham is pretty compact, with some small roads that are pedestrian-friendly. There are a number of sites that are worth visiting in the city and the most remarkable of these sites are the Durham Cathedral and the Durham Castle. Both sites are included in the UNESCO World Heritage Sites, dating back to 1073.
Tip 4: Avoid Peak Times.
A journey during busy rush hour times can be the priciest. Cheap train tickets can be found on weekdays and during off-peak hours. Later and earlier services can often work out cheaper than peak time but always check train times prior to travel.
See the Treasures of Saint Cuthbert that can be found within the cluster of the buildings in Durham Minster and is home to a wide range of amazing artefacts including the coffin of Saint Cuthbert from the 7th century. Take time to walk towards the charming River Wear and see where the Durham peninsula was built on top of.
Tip 5: Use A Group Save Discount.
You can save up to a 1/3 on your train tickets by booking as a group - between 3-9 adults are needed to access the group save discount. This offer is valid on National Rail and Mobile E-Tickets and the discount on your train journey will be deducted automatically during checkout.
The Botanical Gardens that are close to Howlands Park and Ride as well as the Collingwood College is also a must-visit. If you fancy shopping, check out the Durham Indoor market. This is a beautiful Victorian covered 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, it can occasionally work out as better value to book two single fares, or compare against a flexible return journey. Make sure to check these both for cheap train tickets.
Tip 7: Take the Scenic Route.
Cheap train tickets can often be found by booking a less direct or slower train service. We will always show you the best deals to grab you a discount, but will also show you faster services.
Tip 8: Check Std and First Class.
In times of low demand, First fares can often be the same price or cheaper than standard. This means that you can enjoy the first class facilities such as food, drink and extra leg room for the same price.
Tip 9: Grab Yourself a Railcard.
Railcards get you a 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 allows two adults travelling together to save a 1/3 on their journey.
The Family and Friends offers a 60% discount on childrens' train tickets and a 1/3 off all tickets for up to 4 children and 4 adults.
The Senior railcard offers 1/3 off of all tickets for passengers over the age of 60, at the reduced cost of only £70 for three years.
The Disabled Persons railcard gives our 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 you 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.