Trains to York
Cheap Trains to York
This half-Roman, half Viking city offers a wealth of traveller-friendly attractions & is one of England's favourite tourist destinations. York is perfectly situated 2 hrs from London and 2.5 from Edinburgh making it a perfect place to stop for a weekend too. Go to the famous indie shops down The Shambles with 14th-century houses that loom over your head or look at the famous York Minster - one of the largest of its kind in Europe. Fresh Yorkshire produce from the surrounding areas makes the town's eateries and pubs brilliant for young families or groups of friends looking for good eats.
Tip 1: Cheap fares are nabbed in advance
Cheap train tickets to York are often available about 10-12 weeks in advance of the day you travel. You can book these up to an hour before travel as long as there are some left, they often sell out quickly. So book as early as possible to save the most.
Tip 2: Don't pay for booking fees
Some retailers charge fees whenever you book a fare on their platform - like Trainline that charges up to £1.50 per booking. We don't charge booking fees, instead if you make a saving using our train splitting feature we will deduct 10% of the saving. This means on regular fares you pay no fee all with a National Rail accredited seller.
York has a large central train station, servicing a number of other train stations in York and the surrounding areas with fast links to London. The train station in York is situated within walking distance of the centre, making a London to York train journey a very efficient way to get to the sights. Most of York is pre-industrial meaning beautiful gothic structures covering a narrow maze of beautiful cobblestone streets. The journey time from London KGX station is 2 hrs meaning a day trip is easily possible.
Tip 3: Use delay repay schemes
If your trains are delayed, you are eligible to claim a partial or full refund on any regular priced or cheap train tickets to York. You can get compensation from just 15 minutes delay or more, but the amount you get back is contingent on the delay time. Check with your rail provider as return tickets are not always eligible for delay repay.
Start your journey by going to the York National Railway Museum, especially if you've got kids who like trains and want an easy place to get to. If you're looking for a nice night out, watch a play at the Theatre Royal.
Tip 4: Peak times are the most expensive
The cheapest train tickets to York from London are always available outside peak times, so avoid travelling during weekends, rush hour or holidays. We recommend looking at tickets outside popular times such as during the week to cop the cheapest fares.
For train geeks, the York National Railway Museum is the largest in the world housing over 100 locomotives. This is just a minute's stroll from the station and includes some classic locomotives and carriages including those used by the royal family.
Tip 5: Book together to save big
Companies provide a group save discount, so a group of 3 to 9 people who are looking for cheap train tickets to York can grab a 1/3 discount during off-peak times if booked together. E-tickets are also subject to group save with savings added at the checkout when you book a journey together.
The Jorvik Viking Centre is another great attraction that's fun for children and adults, featuring a real-life look at the day to day living of a Viking invader. Not far from the Viking centre is the York walls - this is a free and beautiful walk along the 13th-century walls that surrounds York and can be done in just an hour.
Tip 6: Check both Singles & Returns
Going to York by train means you'll want to make a return journey, but we recommend looking at the prices of two singles and a normal return when you travel. Sometimes two singles are cheaper when you book in advance, whereas sometimes the open return train ticket can work out at better value and is fully flexible.
York has a vibrant and well-supported independent food scene. Also check out one of the over 300 pubs in the walls, our favourite is The Hop for dinner and dancing just off the high street.
Tip 7: Use the slower trains
York is well served by a variety of rail services, meaning your train journey can be done on a less direct or local line. This can often work out cheaper, but don't worry we'll automatically show you the cheapest and fastest journey times when you travel with us.
York's Chocolate Story is a favourite of ours, perfect for a romantic trip out or with kids. You get a tour of the history of chocolate in York showing you the journey from bean to bar along with the opportunity to make your own personalised chocolate.
Tip 8: Standard & First Class are often misleading
Rail companies often price 1st class tickets lower when demand is low, meaning it can be close to or near a standard class fare. You get food, drinks and free tea and coffee for the same price with a bit more space to stretch out.
The Shambles was the inspiration for J.K. Rowling's Diagon Alley in Harry Potter - it's easy to see why when you spot the overhanging 14th-century shops, cafes and antique stores. There's even The Potions Cauldron a mix your own “potions” apothecary store that offers specially concocted drinks including "Basilisk Blood".
Tip 9: If You're Travelling Regularly, Get A Railcard
Most railcards give you 1/3 off a rail journey plus additional benefits like free entry to attractions & other discounts.
Most railcards cost just £30 - the Two Together Railcard, for example, allows you to save 1/3 on most trains for 2 people.
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 on travel, but at a reduced cost of £70 for three years.
Disabled passengers are able to get discounts on their trains with the Disabled Persons Railcard - £30 a year and 1/3 off almost all travel 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.
Another brilliant way to see York is by riverboat - sightseeing cruises run up the Ouse river regularly leaving from the riverside every hour. Checkout City Cruises York for more details.
Tip 10: Be flexible
Tickets are available through our journey planner to help you find the best dates to travel - often these are subject to change so be flexible with your travel dates to save.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I get cheap train tickets to York?
You can get cheap train tickets to York by splitting your ticket with us, savings of up to 90% are available.
Can you get a train to York?
You can get a train to York from many destinations. Trains from Manchester are 1h15m and you can get there in just 23 minutes from Leeds.
What trains go to York?
The train that goes to York from London is ran by LNER and arrives at York Station in just over 2 hrs.
What train goes to York?
You can go by train directly to York from London Kings Cross with LNER. The journey usually takes around 2 hours.
Can you get a train to York?
If you are looking to take a train to York from Leeds, it will take only 23 minutes from Leeds. If you are travelling from Manchester to York, it is just a 15-minute journey.