Trains to Sheffield
Cheap Trains to Sheffield
Known as the Steel City due to its industrial past, Sheffield at one time produced the highest-quality cutlery and steel goods that adorned tabletops all over the world. Nowadays, it is a thriving South Yorkshire metropolis located near to the stunning Peak District and, thanks to its two universities, one of the most popular destinations of choice for a night on the town. With excellent links to Manchester, Leeds, Liverpool, London and more, it is perfect for a weekend away, a day's shopping or a visit to some cultural hotspots. Below we outline our tips to buy cheap rail tickets to Sheffield and the hotspots that you can't miss.
Tip 1: Save Money with Advance Tickets. You can buy cheap train tickets to Sheffield on journeys booked 12 weeks before the date of travel. Ensure you get the cheapest tickets by buying in advance, but please hurry- these are in high demand and sell out fast! You can buy your train tickets on the day of travel up to an hour before your train departs, but these cheaper fares may not be available so late.
Located next to the station, don't miss a visit to the famous Sheffield Tap. Here you can have a number of refreshing craft beers at this friendly local pub, with its own microbrewery on site. A perfect spot for people watching and enjoying a not-so-quiet pint.
If you'd like to venture a little further, be sure to visit Meadowhall. Located in the north of the city, Meadowhall is the biggest shopping location in Yorkshire, boasting over 280 shops, jewellers, restaurants and even its own cinema. With over 150 trains per day from the central terminal, and the average journey time lasting only 10 mins it's easy to get there.
Tip 2: Skip the Fees. Other train companies may charge you a booking fee for every fare you purchase on their platform, but not us. If you secure a saving by splitting your ticket, we will deduct 10% of the saving you make. Simply put, if we don't split your ticket, we don't charge you a fee on your fare.
When journeying to the nation's capital, you can find cheap train tickets from Sheffield to London St Pancras running three trains an hour. From there, you can easily make your way to London Kings Cross by foot. These direct journeys are serviced by East Midlands Trains and normally take 2 hrs and 34 mins, making the journey from London easily doable in 24 hrs.
Tip 3: We Pay for your Delay. Don't be inconvenienced by a delay on your journey - access our Delay Repay scheme if your train runs late. Trains departing as little as 15 mins late could entitle you to partial or full refund on your journey. Return tickets may not be included in the repay scheme, so please do query this with your train company or ticket provider.
One of the biggest attractions is the area's stunning natural surroundings - in fact, it boasts more trees per person than anywhere else in Europe. Nestled in the Peak District, often called the most beautiful National Park in the north of England, you have access to some of the most scenic walks in Yorkshire. From the central square, you can travel to picturesque areas such as Matlock or Grindleford for a spot of lunch, or head to Edale to complete the famous Mam Tor circular walk for breathtaking views over the Peak District. These local journeys can be accessed via the city and run regularly.
Tip 4: Avoid Peak Times. A journey during rush hour can be expensive, especially to popular destinations. 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. Always look at train times to bag yourself a bargain.
For football fans, it's worth exploring the rich history on offer. Originally known as the SFC and founded in 1857, FIFA recognises this football club as the oldest in the world. Now split into two clubs, Wednesday and United, there is still a buzzing culture of football that can be felt on any match day. Local buses and trams can take you from the city to Hillsborough, home of the Wednesday ground in only 30 mins, whilst Bramall Lane can be accessed by foot in under 20 mins. Top tip: take an early train on match days to avoid crowds.
Tip 5: Find A Group Booking 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.
For a spot of culture, take a trip to the theatres and galleries on offer. At only ten mins walk from the town, there are two major theatres; The Crucible and The Lyceum. Both venues host a variety of entertainment including touring productions, home-grown talent and even the annual World Snooker Championships. Just around the corner, you will find Graves Gallery, one of the three major museum sites, with famous artists such as Cezanne, Turner and Damien Hirst on display as well as family-friendly activities for the kids.
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. For cheap train tickets to Sheffield, it can occasionally work out as better value to book two single fares, or compare against a flexible return. Make sure to compare for cheap train tickets.
For a night out, nothing can beat Ecclesall Road. Home to a great number of students, it is a vibrant and fun spot to spend an evening eating, drinking and dancing at the numerous pubs and bistros. In warmer weather, you will see crowds of people sunbathing in the Botanical Gardens, located just off Ecclesall Road - a perfect place for a peaceful stroll through the flower gardens or a spot of tea in the café. Listed by English Heritage as a site of special historical and archeological interest and often exhibiting open-air theatre productions, it's a 30 minute walk from the station.
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 endeavour to show you the best deals to grab you a discount, but will also cater to those of you in a hurry by offering you the fastest routes available. If on a journey to Doncaster or other surrounding areas, the journey from Sheffield is incredibly scenic, passing through beautiful countryside and past the River Don.
Located only a five minute walk from the station is the Millenium Galleries. Part museum, part art gallery, it is a unique cultural visit in which you can learn about the area's history whilst exploring new craft and design exhibitions. A particular highlight is the gift shop, where you can get yourself a bottle of the famous Henderson's relish, available only in South Yorkshire and delicious on your Sunday roast.
Tip 8: Don't Forget First Class. When First Class tickets are in low demand, prices may be reduced to below Standard Fare, allowing you to pay less for your train tickets. This means that you can enjoy the first class facilities such as food, drink and extra leg room whilst still getting a cheap train to Sheffield.
A spectacle of urban beauty, the Winter Garden is an unmissable attraction. Built in 2003, The Winter Garden is large temperate glasshouse that houses over 2,500 plant species from around the world, alongside cafés serving light refreshments. Located near the station, The Winter Garden offers a tranquil oasis in the middle of a busy trip.
Tip 9: Grab Yourself a Railcard. Nothing guarantees you cheap train tickets to Sheffield like buying a railcard, with the majority offering you a 1/3 off your train 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.
For shopaholics, there is a multitude of spots to indulge in some retail therapy. The town centre has undergone a major redevelopment in the last few years, and only a ten minutes walk from the station you will find The Moor and Fargate - two major shopping precincts. With a selection of the biggest high street names, you are sure to grab a bargain. If independent shops are more your thing, head to the Devonshire Quarter, which boasts award-winning independent and vintage boutiques with a vibrant, indie twist. For a refreshing drink, make sure to venture to the friendly local pubs in the area, such as The Devonshire Cat and The Green Room, serving local ales and live music.
Tip 10: Be Flexible with Your Travel. To get cheap trains to Sheffield, 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.
The birthplace of the Arctic Monkeys, Pulp and The Human League, the area is a hub for music lovers. For big name acts, head to the O2 academy or The Leadmill, where you can find gigs to satisfy all music tastes, as well as comedy shows and poetry evenings. If you're interested in smaller, more intimate venues, make sure to check out Yellow Arch Studios, located in Kelham Island, where you can partake in an evening of independent artists showcasing their music.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the name of the station?
Formerly known as Pond Street and later Sheffield Midland, the main terminus is now named Sheffield Station, and is one of the busiest in South Yorkshire. The main terminal is a combined railway and tram stop - directly opposite you will see the Hallam University stop, where you can access the outer areas of town.
How do I get to Sheffield?
The city can be reached from East Midlands airport by travelling on the airport shuttle to Parkway. From here you can buy a train ticket to Sheffield train station and travel straight to the city centre.