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If you're looking for train tickets to Nottingham, look no further. Secure cheap East Midlands Railway (EMR) tickets by booking in advance. Download our app to take advantage of our SplitSave feature, which will look for opportunities to split your ticket to Nottingham - saving money without you having to lift a finger.

Nottingham is the home of one of Britain's best-loved and most enduring legends - but there's much more to this historic university city than Robin Hood. Its famous castle dates back to the 11th century, and later centuries saw Nottingham establish a reputation for fine lace manufacture, giving the city centre a rich legacy of industrial architecture. Today, former warehouses are home to shops, bars, and apartments, giving Nottingham an attractive, modern centre perfect for city breaks and shopping trips.

Popular train journeys to Nottingham

It's easy to travel to Nottingham by train from all over the UK, including direct routes from some of the country's biggest cities like London, Birmingham and Manchester. Most trains to Nottingham arrive into the city's main railway station, Nottingham station. We've highlighted some of the most popular routes below, or you can start your search from any UK destination in our Journey Planner at the top of the page.

Route Fastest journey Train operator
London to Nottingham 1h 31m East Midlands Railway
Birmingham to Nottingham 1h 6m CrossCountry
Manchester to Nottingham 1h 43m East Midlands Railway
Newcastle to Nottingham 2h 32m CrossCountry, East Midlands Railway, TransPennine Express
Leeds to Nottingham 1h 31m East Midlands Railway
Liverpool to Nottingham 2h 34m East Midlands Railway
Peterborough to Nottingham 1h 1m East Midlands Railway


How to find the cheapest train tickets to Nottingham

There are a number of ways in which you can find cheap train tickets to Nottingham to help you save money and explore the city that Robin Hood made famous all around the world. Whether you are getting a train to Nottingham for work or leisure, our journey planner can help you find the cheapest available tickets on the days you want to travel.

The first way you can get your hands on cheaper train tickets to Nottingham is by using a national railcard. If you travel more than a few times a year, buying an eligible railcard can allow you to save up to 1/3 off the price of your train tickets*, meaning you can spend more on things to see and do in the city. To see the different types of railcards, eligibility requirements and to buy one online, check out our railcards page.

Another way to save money on train tickets to Nottingham is by purchasing an Advance ticket. In most cases, the earlier you book Advance tickets, the more you will benefit from cheap fares to Nottingham. Advance tickets typically go on sale 12 weeks in advance, so if you are off to hit the shops or a night out with friends penciled in the calendar, simply lookout for the “Advance ticket” type when you search for tickets using our Journey Planner or sign up to our Ticket alert to find out as soon as your tickets go on sale. Make sure you book these tickets as early as possible, because the longer you wait, the more the price can go up.

You could also travel at Off-Peak periods, buy return train tickets instead of two singles and catch the train with 3-9 friends and benefit from a GroupSave discount. To find out more, visit our types of train tickets page and see useful ways to get the best value train fares.

Want even more handy hints on how to save money on train tickets? Check out our cheap train tickets page.

*Conditions and peak travel time exclusions may apply on some railcard types.


Visiting Nottingham

Start with a trip into Nottingham’s long and colourful history. Nottingham Castle towers over the city from Castle Hill, and makes a natural focal point for visitors – as well as visiting the museum, you can enjoy panoramic views, pose by the famous Robin Hood statue and tour the medieval caves at the foot of the hill. After that, stop for a drink at Ye Olde Trip To Jerusalem, a historic pub that claims to be England’s oldest.

For another angle on Nottingham history, visit the Museum of Nottingham Life. Housed in five 17th century cottages, it tells the story of the city’s inhabitants through objects they have made or owned.

In the heart of the city centre, get a taste of modern Nottingham in the Lace Market quarter, with industrial architecture and upmarket shopping and dining. There’s also high street shopping in the intu Broadmarsh centre, but with an unusual extra – an entrance on the first floor leads down to the City of Caves attraction, a warren of caverns deep beneath the shops.

If you’re looking for culture, visit Nottingham Contemporary, a large modern art centre; and sports fans will want to visit the grounds of Nottingham Forest or Notts County – the latter is the world’s oldest professional football club.


Frequently asked questions

What's the main train station in Nottingham?

The main train station in Nottingham is Nottingham station, which is located just south of the city centre.

Which train companies run trains to Nottingham?

The main train company that runs services to and from Nottingham station is East Midlands Railway.

How can I get cheap train tickets to Nottingham?

It’s easy to grab yourself cheap train tickets to Nottingham. We’d recommend using a Railcard, buying your ticket in advance or travelling during Off-Peak hours if you can. Read our cheap train tickets guide to find out more.

Are trains running to Nottingham?

Trains run frequently almost every day to Nottingham, although there may be less services during the weekends and bank holidays. Check our live train times for up-to-date information on trains to Nottingham.

Can I use my Railcard to save up to 1/3 on my trip to Nottingham?

Yes, there are several types of Railcards you can use to save up to 1/3 on your trip to Nottingham, these include:

  • Two-Together Railcard (Great for couples and friends who always travel together)
  • 16-17 Saver (You can save up to 50% with this one)
  • 16-25 Railcard (Ideal for students)
  • 26-30 Railcard (Also known as the Millennial Railcard)
  • Senior Railcard (For those aged 60 and over)
  • Friends & Family Railcard (Great for families of up to 4 adults with up to 4 kids)
  • Disabled Railcard (If travelling with another adult they can save too)

Having a Railcard means you can use it whenever you want outside of Peak times for a whole year too. 

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