Trains to York

York is a cathedral city in North Yorkshire founded by Romans in 71AD and raided by Vikings in 866. It became a major wool trading centre in the middle ages and then a hub of the railway network and confectionery manufacturing centre between the 19th and 20th century, which has become part of the city’s identity.

Today the city has a service-based economy with main employers being The University of York and the National Health Service (NHS), with tourism also playing a role and an important element of the local economy.

Popular Routes to York

The station has facilities to make your journey in and out comfortable. There is step-free access available, toilets with baby change facilities and a number of shops and cafes available.

The most popular routes to and from York operate from the following stations:  



Average Travel Time*



2 h 8 min



1 h 10 min



2 h 41 min



45 min



1 h 49 min



2 h 32 min



2 h 7 min

* Please note journey times are based on average and may vary depending on the rail provider and time of travel.

Cheap Tickets to York

Railcards offer value for money if you travel by train, saving you at least 1/3 on most rail fares. With a bit of planning, buying tickets in advance can save you a pretty pound, and if the travel bug has you travelling a lot then a Railcard might be worth your while!

The Railcards available include:


  • 16-25 Railcard
  • Two Together Railcard
  • Family & Friends Railcard
  • Senior Railcard
  • Disabled Persons Railcard
  • 26-30 Railcard

Visit the Railcard Website and buy a Railcard Now!

You may also want to check out our Regional Railcards to see if there are discounts for travelling to and from where you are. 


Under 5 Travel free, accompanied by a fare-paying passenger.
5-15 Are eligible for a 50% discount on most tickets, though proof of age will need to be carried where appropriate.
16-17 Saver Like a Railcard but with bigger discounts for anyone aged 16 or 17.


When in York

York Minster is the jewel in the city’s crown, with the church of England cathedral decorated with fine examples of medieval stained glass and interactive galleries telling the story of the cathedral, its people, and the significance of some of its artefacts. If you can muster a 275 step climb, the Central Tower takes you to the highest point of the city where you will be rewarded with stunning views.

You can explore all aspects of York’s history from its Roman to Viking roots through its number of museums and attractions. Yorkshire Museum and Gardens is the perfect place to start with its collection of archaeological finds, ancient artefacts and medieval treasures found in the city and around the world. York is also proud of its rail and confectionery history, both of which have their own dedicated museums, National Rail Museum and York’s Chocolate Story. 

Shopping in York offers a unique experience with different shopping areas, each with its own speciality. For high street shopping visit Coppergate, Parliament and Coney Street, for those who love to wander Stonegate and Swinegate have various shops among stunning medieval and Georgian architecture. 

Fancy a bite? There is plenty of choices available in York to suit all cravings, dietary requirements, occasions and budgets. Take home some of Yorkshire’s finest produce at a number of artisanal food shops, or sample some of the goods at Shambles Market Food Court.

Explore and save

Interested in exploring more of what York and Yorkshire & Humber have to offer? Check out our Days Out Guide for great deals on attractions and activities.

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Last updated:   11 October 2021