The first thing visitors notice as they enter Peterborough is the spires of its cathedral reaching high up into the sky. It's a fitting introduction, because the city itself began life as a monastery dedicated to St Peter in 656. The magnificent cathedral followed in the 12th century. Today, Peterborough is an incredibly green city with Green Flag award-winning parks and over 20 nature reserves and country parks in the surrounding area.

Popular train journeys to Peterborough

It's easy to travel to Peterborough by train from all over the UK, including direct routes from some of the country's biggest cities like London, Leeds and Birmingham. Most trains to Peterborough arrive into the city's main railway station, Peterborough 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.

RouteFastest journeyTrain operator
London to Peterborough0h 43mThameslink, London North Eastern Railway
Edinburgh to Peterborough3h 39mLondon North Eastern Railway
Newcastle to Peterborough2h 2mLondon North Eastern Railway
Leeds to Peterborough1h 19mLondon North Eastern Railway
York to Peterborough1h 4mLondon North Eastern Railway
Birmingham to Peterborough1h 48mCrossCountry
Newcastle to Peterborough2h 2mLondon North Eastern Railway


Visiting Peterborough

Your first stop should be the Norman cathedral, just a 10-minute walk from Peterborough station. Its breath-taking grounds and stunning architecture would be the jewel in the crown of any international city, and it's also home to the tomb of Catherine of Aragon, one of Henry VIII's wives.

Afterward, stick with the history theme and head to the nearby Peterborough Museum for an insight into the city's history. Peterborough is also a thriving modern shopping centre - go to the Queensgate Shopping Centre for big-name shops, and the Peterborough Garden Park for smaller independent stores.

The historic City Market is also worth a peek, with loads of bargains and fresh local produce. In the afternoon, relax with a walk along the River Nene, whose riverside pubs and barge restaurants offer pleasant views of weeping willows and passing narrowboats. On the north bank of the river you'll find the 16th-century Customs House, the city's second-oldest building after the cathedral, and beside it the Embankment Park, a large green space that's home to the Key Theatre.

Over on the south bank, check out the Railworld Museum, one of the town's lesser-known attractions. It has a vast collection of indoor and outdoor model railways, as well as full-size steam trains.


How to find the cheapest train tickets to Peterborough

Finding cheap train tickets to Peterborough is probably easier than you might think. Not only that but there are more ways than one to travel to Peterborough by train for less and we've highlighted them below. Whether you are getting a train to Peterborough for work or leisure, our journey planner can help you find the cheapest available tickets on the days you want to travel.

You can get cheap train tickets to Peterborough 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 food, somewhere to stay and entertainment during your time in this charming part of eastern England. To see the different types of Railcards, eligibility requirements and to purchase one online, check out our Railcards page.

Book early and pay less by getting an Advance ticket. In most cases, the earlier you book Advance tickets, the more you will benefit from cheap fares to Peterborough. Advance tickets typically go on sale 12 weeks in advance, so if you're off to Peterborough for a step back in time or to visit friends and family, be on the lookout for “Advance tickets” 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 could go up.

If your travel times aren't set in stone, why not travel during Off-Peak periods, or buy Return train tickets instead of two singles or even catch the train in a group of three to nine people and benefit from a GroupSave discount. To find out more, visit our train ticket types page and discover other useful ways to get the best value train fares.

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

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


Frequently Asked Questions

What is the main train station in Peterborough?

The main train station in Peterborough is Peterborough railway station. Check out live arrivals and station facilities for Peterborough railway station.

Which train companies run services to Peterborough?

The primary operator of trains to Peterborough is LNER. However, you can also catch CrossCountry and Thameslink services to Peterborough.

How do I find cheap tickets to Peterborough?

It's easy to bag cheap train tickets to Peterborough. 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 to Peterborough running?

There are frequent daily services to Peterborough, although there may be fewer services on weekends and bank holidays. Check our live train times for up-to-date information on trains to Peterborough.

Average savings on advance fares booked at least one week before day of travel vs Anytime fares purchased on day of travel. Subject to availability. Excludes coach.

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