Planning a sunny day out at the beach? Trains to Scarborough take just over an hour from Leeds and Hull, and just under an hour from York, so you’ll be enjoying the knock-out beaches and breath-taking scenery in no time. Revered as the world's first-ever seaside resort and home to two of the world's first hotels, The Grand and The Crown, Scarborough town that has been welcoming tourists since the 1600s, and it shows no signs of letting up yet.

We’re here to be your one-stop-shop for cheap train tickets, times and info about how to get to Scarborough by train. If you want to get straight to booking, start a search for times and tickets above, or keep reading to find out more about trains to Scarborough.

How to buy cheap train tickets to Scarborough

There are a few ways you can save money on train travel this summer. Some of our top tips for booking cheap train tickets to Scarborough include:

Travel Off-Peak

Tickets are usually cheaper to Scarborough if you travel during Off-Peak hours. This is normally outside of rush hours during Monday to Friday, and anytime during the weekend. We’ll highlight whether a journey is during Off-Peak train times as your search for tickets.

Book in advance

Train tickets to Scarborough normally go on sale around 12 weeks in advance, usually at their cheapest price. If Advance train tickets aren’t on sale yet, why not sign up to our Ticket Alert tool, and we’ll email you as soon as you can buy tickets for your chosen date.

Save up to 1/3 with a Railcard

Railcards can save you to 1/3 on the price of eligible train tickets to Scarborough. Costing just £30 for one year, it doesn’t take long to make your money back either. Find out if you qualify for one and buy a Railcard online with us today.

Save up to 34% with GroupSave

If you’re heading to Scarborough with three to nine of your favourite pals, we’ll let you know if you qualify for GroupSave when you search. This discount allows groups that are travelling together to save up to 34% on rail fares.

Split your train tickets

Splitting your journey into several sections and buying tickets for each part can sometimes be cheaper than buying a single ticket on longer journeys. Our ticket-splitting app feature, SplitSave, does the hard part for you.

Why not check out our train deals and discounts guide to discover the latest offers from train companies you can book with us.

Popular train journeys to Scarborough

Travelling by train is the easiest and fastest way to get to Scarborough from the other UK destinations. TransPennine Express, Northern and East Midlands Railway (EMR) run frequent services to Scarborough. Have a look at our table below for more information about the most popular routes to Scarborough, or start your search for a different station in our Journey Planner at the top of the page.

RouteFastest journeyTrain operator
Leeds to Scarborough1h 17mTransPennine Express
York to Scarborough48mTransPennine Express, EMR
Filey to Scarborough15mNorthern
Hull to Scarborough1h 13mNorthern
Bridlington to Scarborough36mNorthern


Getting from the train station to Scarborough beach

It takes around 11-minutes to reach Scarborough beach on foot from the train station. Turn right out of the station onto Westborough, then take another right into Vernon Road. Keep walking until you see the roundabout, take a left, then keep walking until you see the beach.

Visiting Scarborough

Scarborough, the first seaside resort in the world, also live on. Completed in 1867, Scarborough’s Grand Hotel, one of the first purpose-built hotels in the world, still stands proudly overlooking South Bay, and the Crown Hotel, twenty years older than the Grand and once the place to be for Victorian society, is again one of the best hotels to stay at in Scarborough.

From the town, it’s just a short trot to the shore, and while the donkey rides and naughty postcards may be long gone, the award-winning beaches are an absolute pleasure, all with Scarborough Castle on the point in sight. And where the original Victorian baths once stood, there’s now a world-class conference and entertainment centre and an artists’ space.

For more culture, head to the Rotunda Museum – an institute dedicated to the coastal geology and dinosaur fossils found in Yorkshire. Established by the Father of English Geology, William Smith, who lived in Scarborough in the 1800s, this is a museum that will inspire and educate with interactive displays and remnants of Smith’s original Victorian collection.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the main train station in Scarborough?

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

Which train companies run trains to Scarborough?

The primary operator of trains to Scarborough is Northern.

How do I find cheap tickets to Scarborough?

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

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

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