Getting around Yorkshire by train
General informationYorkshire is well-connected by train services, easing visits across many parts of the region as well as making Yorkshire a great centre for exploring other parts of Britain.
Eight different passenger train operators run on the rail network in Yorkshire (see below), although a common ticketing system operates through National Rail, run by the Association of Train Operating Companies.
National Rail also runs a rail enquiry service and journey planning website covering all its companies' services. A link to this is provided at the foot of the page.
Some operators are now requiring travellers to have a seat reservation and a ticket specific to their service, reducing opportunity for travel flexibility.
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Which are Yorkshire's busiest railway stations? See our
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The Yorkshire region also has a splendid selection of preserved and steam railways. These are not only great for those delighted by a bit of nostalgia, but can be quite useful transport for days out to some of the most scenic parts of Yorkshire which might otherwise lack regular public transport. For more details see our
Rail operators in Yorkshire
Cross CountryBritain's longest rail journeys from Plymouth to Aberdeen and Penzance to Glasgow cross Yorkshire together with services from Southampton to Newcastle.
Journeys make a detour from their south-west to north-east path between Sheffield and York, usually going via Leeds, but a few trains going via Doncaster. Routes across Yorkshire are
The services do not call at North Yorkshire stations as they head northwards to Darlington, Durham, Newcastle and Scotland. Trains head south from Sheffield through Derby, Birmingham and Bristol towards Plymouth.
Cross Country is part of Arriva - a subsidiary of German state-owned Deutsche Bahn.
East Midlands RailwayRegular services operate between
East Midlands Railway is part of Abellio - part of the Dutch state-owned railway company.
Abellio has been awarded the franchise until 2027.
(Before August 18, 2019 the franchise was operated by the Stagecoach Group as East Midlands Trains.)
Two routes connect Yorkshire with London King's Cross. One route from West Yorkshire is
Grand Central was Britain's highest-rated rail company for overall satisfaction with journey in the Spring 2020 Transport Focus National Rail Passenger Survey with a score of 95%.
Grand Central is part of Arriva - a subsidiary of German state-owned Deutsche Bahn.
Hull TrainsSeveral trains a day operate to London King's Cross on the
Hull Trains is part of First Group, a public limited company based in Scotland.
London North Eastern Railway
Regular services operate from Yorkshire to London King's Cross station via the East Coast Main Line. Yorkshire stations served by regular trains are
There are also services from
Heading south there are trains stopping at Retford, Newark North Gate, Grantham, Peterborough and Stevenage.
Heading north from Yorkshire there are regular services from
London North Eastern Railway Ltd is a publicly-owned company set up by the UK Government's Department for Transport.
(Previous operator Virgin Trains East Coast was a Stagecoach Group and Virgin joint venture.)
LumoLumo, launched on October 21, 2021, operates on the East Coast Main Line through Yorkshire on journeys between Edinburgh and London without stopping anywhere in Yorkshire.
Lumo is operated by First Group, a public limited company based in Scotland.
Since March 1, 2020 Northern has been operated by Northern Trains Ltd, a company run by the UK Government's Department for Transport
(Before March 1, 2020 the franchise was operated by Arriva Rail North - a subsidiary of German state-owned Deutsche Bahn.)
Yorkshire stations served include
Transpennine Express is operated by First Group, a public limited company based in Scotland. After May 28, 2023 this will be taken over by TransPennine Trains Ltd, a company run by the UK Government's Department for Transport
Heritage railwaysSee our page dedicated to
More informationFurther details of trains on the National Rail network can be found at its enquiry website:
National Rail National Rail Enquiries and journey planner (external link).