Fancy a sunny day out on the beach or a weekend getaway? Trains to Skegness take just under two hours from Nottingham and half an hour from Boston, so you’ll be relaxing in this classic holiday destination in no time.

Situated on the east coast of England, Skegness is home to an amusement park, an aquarium, a model village and stretches of unspoilt coastline. We’re here to be your one-stop-shop for cheap train tickets, times and info about how to get to Skegness 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 Skegness.

How to buy cheap train tickets to Skegness

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 Skegness include:

Travel Off-Peak

Tickets are usually cheaper to Skegness 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 Skegness 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 Skegness. 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 Skegness 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 Skegness

Travelling by train is the fastest, easiest and greenest way to get to Skegness from the other UK destinations. East Midlands Railway (EWR) and CrossCountry services frequently run to Skegness throughout the day. If you're travelling from London, or from Newcastle, you will have to change at Grantham along the way, where the final leg of the journey is around 1h 30m. Have a look at our table below for more information about the most popular routes to Skegness, or start your search for a different station in our Journey Planner at the top of the page.

RouteFastest JourneyTrain operator
Nottingham to Skegness1h 55mEMR
Boston to Skegness35mEMR
Leicester to Skegness2h 55mCrossCountry, EMR
Sheffield to Skegness3h 12mCrossCountry, Hull Trains, EMR, LNER
Derby to Skegness2h 40mEMR


Getting from the station to Skegness beach

It takes around 15-minutes to walk from the station to the beach, just head out of the station and onto Lumley Road, keep walking until you reach the roundabout and clock tower and you'll be able to see the beach ahead of you.

Visiting Skegness

Once you arrive in Skegness, you will find a variety of services at the station, such as bicycle storage, toilet facilities and wheelchair accessibility. The ticket office is open from Monday to Saturday, with general information services available all week. 

Public transport in Skegness

Getting around Skegness couldn’t be easier – upon leaving the station, there are bus stands and taxi ranks with transport ready to take you anywhere in the town. The Skegness Seasiders are open-top buses that'll take you between the train station, Butlins, Fantasy Island and Ingoldmells. Buses leave Skegness Interchange at around 06:00, with the last bus of the day departing at just after 23:00. 

As Skegness is a relatively small town, getting around by bicycle is easy too. The train station features a covered bike rack with room for up to 10 bikes, so it is simple enough to leave bikes there while exploring the nearby area for shopping or eating. Skegness, with its unspoilt coastline and seaside attractions, is the ideal spot for cycling along the seafront.

Skegness attractions

The majority of Skegness’s attractions are within easy walking distance of each other. Once you leave the train station, turn right and head towards the beach where you'll find the classic arcades of Harris Amusements and PLR Leisure, as well as a delightful art deco cinema, all situated on Lumley Road. Skegness Clock Tower, Skegness Aquarium and Skegness Model Village are all within a stone’s throw of each other, situated next to the Boating Lake, which is perfect for a leisurely sail in the sun. All of these attractions are within a 10-minute walk from the train station.

A 6-minute walk further up the North Parade gets you to the Natureland Seal Sanctuary, a wonderful experience for all the family. From there, you can catch a Skegness Seasider open-top bus up past Butlins to Fantasy Island amusement park, which offers roller coasters and more gentle rides to suit all ages. The bus journey from the Seal Sanctuary to Fantasy Island will take about 15 minutes. 

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the main train station in Skegness?

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

Which train companies run trains to Skegness?

The primary operator of trains to Skegness is East Midlands Railway.

How do I find cheap tickets to Skegness?

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

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

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