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Want to soak up York’s historic landmarks on a day trip? Or maybe you’re visiting for a long weekend to celebrate a special occasion? Whether you’re heading there for work or for pleasure, secure yourself cheap train tickets to York when you book with TransPennine Express.
If you’re travelling by train to York from any of the destinations along our network, you’ll arrive into the city’s main – and only – rail station. It's ideally situated just seconds from the ancient city walls and a short walk from countless key attractions.
York station is accessible too, with step-free access available on all platforms. Other handy services you’ll find around the station include wheelchair-accessible toilets, cycle storage and lost property.
The times of the first and last trains to and from York will depend on where you're coming from (or going to), so always check your journey for the most up to date times. In general, trains arrive into York from 5am until 1.30am, and depart from just before 5am until just past midnight, with a couple of extra services going later for Manchester Airport.
We run 4 train services an hour to York, plus you'll find a travel centre in the station to help you plan any onward journeys. Is York your final stop? Use First Bus services 3 or 4 to visit all the most popular attractions. For unlimited bus travel around the city, buy a York PlusBus ticket with your train ticket for £3.50 (£2.30 with a Railcard). Local buses stop on Station Road, while the hop-on, hop-off bus tour also stops in front of the station.
Need to leave your car somewhere while you catch a train from York? The station has several car parking options for both short and long term stays.
You’ll find the main long stay York station car park right next door to the entrance. It offers all-day, off-peak parking from as little as £6.75, plus you can also purchase weekly, monthly or annual parking tickets. Only need parking for an hour? The smaller short stay car park costs just £3. Alternatively, there is a NCP car park on nearby Queen Street with parking for £3.95 an hour.
If you want to save some money on your train to York, there are several ways to do this. Firstly, try booking your tickets as early as you can to benefit from our cheaper Advance ticket prices.
You might also qualify for a Railcard which can give you between 1/3 and 50% off your fare. There’s a range of options to suit different groups and ages too, from 16-25 Railcards for students to Two Together Railcards for couples. Flexible with when you travel? Book off-peak for cheaper tickets and generally quieter services.
How long it takes you to get to York by train will depend on where you’re departing from. Whether you’re visiting from a city further north or catching a cheap train to York from the coast, here are a few popular routes and their average journey times:
• Leeds to York – 30 minutes
• Huddersfield to York – 50 minutes
• Manchester Piccadilly to York – 90 minutes
• Scarborough to York – 50 minutes
• Newcastle to York – 1 hour
• Liverpool to York – 1 hour 50 minutes
York has been enticing sightseers since 8,000 BC. Vikings, Romans, Normans – they all travelled to York and now they’re a part of the city’s fascinating history that’s unmatched by any other UK destination. Trains to York take a mere 23 minutes from Leeds and an hour and 15 minutes from Manchester. Book your train ticket to York now and step back in time; for cheap train ticket to York book direct with TransPennine Express.
The Shambles is a winding medieval street packed with shops, cafés and pubs, and a must for a meander when you’re here. Real ale, pizza and live music? What’s wrong with that? Absolutely nothing, as the ever-popular The Hop proves. Don’t just take our word for it though, this is one of the locals’ favourite things to do in York. If you want something spooky (and also historical), York also has several Ghost Walks.
Melton's is a fine-dining restaurant that focuses on the food and sidesteps all the fuss. Its mouth-watering, modern British menu is a hit with the locals but it’s not exactly cheap. Los Moros boasts a menu with modern and innovative North African and Middle Eastern influenced dishes, packed with flavour. La Vecchia Scuola, meaning 'the old school', can be found at the site of the former York School for Girls and serves up exceptionally tasty and traditional Italian dishes.
The Hairy Fig sells speciality food, teas, coffee and chocolate from around the globe, and has an amazing little café next door. A York shopping trip wouldn’t feel right if it didn’t include a clutch of old bookshops, and what better way to work up an appetite than pausing to leaf through a historic tome as you stroll through this beautiful city? If you want to escape the old, you can catch the number 7 Park & Ride bus from York station to York Designer Outlet, where, within moments, you’ll be right up to date with the latest fashions.
For more ideas on what to do in York, check out Visit York.
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