Trains to Leeds
Cheap Trains to Leeds
The Jewel of West Yorkshire is fast becoming one of the most vibrant, culturally diverse and fun cities in the country. Here are our top tips for how to get here and what you need to check out when you're here.
With brilliant train links to the Capital, the Midlands and the North, Leeds is among the best places to stop for the weekend. You may want to see Kirkgate Market (the largest covered market in Europe), enjoy a family-friendly trip to The Royal Armouries or eat and drink your way around the plethora of independent restaurants if you have time. It is a great destination with friendly locals - ideal for families and groups of friends and is a very quick train journey if travelling from London. It's particularly good for young people and those who fancy a proper night out in order to have a good time.
Tip 1: Book in advance and get the cheapest fares Lower priced train tickets to Leeds are usually made available by train companies for journeys up to 12 weeks in advance of the day of travel. These low price advance train tickets tend to sell out fast so try to buy them in advance of your journey for the best price. The last time to buy a cheaper advanced fare when you travel can be until around an hour before departure, though often these aren't available by then so try not to leave it too late!
Trains to Leeds are frequent and they service everywhere in the country. It has regular services to Manchester (via Transpennine Express), London (LNER) and Newcastle (Transpennine Express) including some special faster intercity trains to cut journey times when you travel here on your journey. It acts as an interchange for many intercity services, meaning you can usually travel here on journeys from large cities quickly (though we'd advise to avoid rush hour if you want a seat and to save on the fare).
Tip 2: Forget about booking fees Other retailers of tickets charge fees each time a train fare is booked on their platform. Trainline charges up to £1.50 flat rate per booking. We do not charge a booking fee, only if you make a saving by splitting your train tickets will we take 10% of the saving you make, so no split ticket = no fee. We are an accredited retailer of tickets, with purchase protection built-in.
The station is situated right in the centre, walking distance from one of the busiest shopping and dining areas in the UK. Whilst it's easy to arrive via train, there are not a huge number of local train stations - so you'll likely be travelling by bus if you want to explore further out. Roundhay Park is a fantastic destination that's an easy 30-40 minute bus journey from the city centre.
Tip 3: If Your Train is not a time, request a Refund
Delay Repay is a scheme that means you can claim a partial or full refund is available on your train tickets to Leeds when your train journey is delayed. The compensation starts from delays as little as 15 minutes but can vary depending on who you're travelling with. Return train tickets are not always subject to delay repay so do check with your train company.
Among the fastest-growing cities in the UK, Leeds is well known for its lively nightlife and a huge range of shops. The newly constructed Victoria Gate brings a range of new boutiques and high-street stores to complement Trinity - a famous shopping destination featuring a food truck dining hall.
Tip 4: Popular Destinations at Popular Times Are Pricey
There are often cheap trains to Leeds outside peak hours - meaning you're best not travelling during weekends, rush hour and during holidays. Instead, when you search, try travelling on a weekday and you'll likely grab yourself a bargain journey.
As there are regular trains from the train station it's a good idea to leave your car at home. Direct links to the Yorkshire Dales, Manchester and York make it a perfect base for travellers - make sure you stay in a hotel nearby for easy access to Kirkgate Market and all the restaurants.
Tip 5: Book As A Group
National Rail tickets are subject to a group save discount, so if you're journeying here in a group of 3 to 9 people and looking for cheap train ticket for your journey you can get 1/3 discount during off-peak hours if you book together. Mobile E - tickets are also valid using this group save and savings will be automatically added at the checkout when you book together.
The Armouries is among the best museums in the UK and was originally built in 1996 to hold weapons and armouries from the Tower of London. With lots of things to see including armours used for fencing, jousting and even Indian elephants, the Armouries makes for a teriffic family-friendly trip out. To journey here, simply hop on the free ferry from Granary Wharf, at the southern entrance of the Leeds railway station.
Tip 6: Singles and Returns Can Be Misleading
Going to Leeds on rail usually means you want to return at some point, rather than booking one-way travel tickets for your journey it can be worth comparing the price of a return versus the cost of two singles to find a cheap train at the best price. Sometimes two singles can be cheaper when you book and sometimes the fully flexible open return can work out as better value.
Kirkstall Abbey is another popular thing to see here. This medieval cathedral was built in 1152 by the Cistercian monks but most importantly the weekend food market and pop-up events are held on the Abbey grounds from April to November attracting plenty of visitors. The Abbey Home Museum is worth a visit containing beautifully reconstructed shops and buildings as well as exhibitions for children.
Tip 7: Use Slower Trains
If you don't care about getting there fast, another easy way to find the cheapest train tickets to Leeds is to go via a less direct service. If the slower train saves you money we will automatically show you this on our site, although we will show you the fastest journeys to book if you're in a rush too.
For cheap eats, try Bundobost for some incredible vegetarian and vegan Indian street food. Headrow House provides fantastic rooftop terraces to soak up the Yorkshire sunshine, with Belgrave Music Hall & Canteen a favourite for pizzas and a relaxed beer.
Tip 8: Check Standard Class & First
When demand for 1st class is low, sometimes a 1st class train ticket can be reduced to at or sometimes below the normal Standard class fare. This means you can get extra amenities including food, drinks and a larger seat for the same price.
The city is famous for its nightlife, this includes the fantastic Call Lane with a variety of bars including a Tiki Bar & the famous Backroom speakeasy. For a more relaxed drink with local gins and cocktails, check out the Lazy Lounge - it's located just 2 minutes walk from the station's south entrance.
Tip 9: If You're Travelling Regularly, Get A Railcard
Railcards permit you to save 1/3 off rail fares, making it easier to search for cheap train tickets. You will get additional benefits like free entry to attractions & many other discounts.
Most railcards cost just £30 - the Two Together Railcard, for example, allows two adults to save 1/3 on most fares.
The Family and Friends Railcard provides 60% off fares for children and 1/3 off almost all adult fares for up to 4 kids and 4 adults.
The senior railcard offers the same discount, but at a reduced cost of £70 for three years.
Disabled passengers are able to get discounts on their train tickets with the Disabled Persons Railcard - £30 a year and 1/3 off most tickets.
Other Railcards available include the Network Railcard, 16-25 Railcard and 26-30 Railcard.
The railcard website has more details and cards can be found on sale at a National Rail Ticket Office.
Train Fact: Leeds is the busiest railway hub in the UK excluding central London, with over 900 trains and 100,000 passengers daily.
Tip 10: Travel with Flexibility
Different dates and times save you money, the journey planner can help you find advance train tickets to find the cheapest date to travel.
Frequently Asked Questions
How can I get the cheapest train tickets to Leeds
You can get the cheapest train tickets to Leeds by splitting your ticket with us, savings of up to 90% are available.
What is the cheapest way to travel to Leeds?
The train is still the cheapest way to travel to Leeds, use our tips above to save more money.
How far is Leeds Train Station from the Airport?
Leeds Train Station is just 8.4 miles from Leeds Bradford Airport. It is easy to get there by train.
How do I get to Leeds by Train?
You can get to Leeds in under 2h 30m from London Kings Cross. There is now even a faster Azuma Train.