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London to York by train

It takes an average of 2h 7m to travel from London to York by train, over a distance of around 174 miles (280 km). There are normally 61 trains per day traveling from London to York and tickets for this journey start from $23.50 when you book in advance.

First train


Last train


Departure station


Arrival station


Journey time

From 1h 46m


174 miles (280 km)


61 trains per day


Direct trains available


From $23.50

Train operators

London North Eastern Railway, Grand Central Railway

Travel from London to York by train in less than 2 hours

Considering a trip to a former Viking city and need more information on how to take the train from London to York? Start your journey with us! 

Generally, the journey from London to York by train takes around 2 hours and 4 minutes, but can take just 1 hour and 45 minutes on the fastest services. On this popular route, there are around 61 direct trains each day, so you don’t need to worry about making any changes along the way.  

On this route, you’ll board a train at London Kings Cross operated by either London North Eastern Railway or Grand Central Railway. Whoever you end up traveling with, you’ll enjoy onboard amenities such as free WiFi and comfortable seating. In less than 2 hours, you’ll arrive at York station. 

After leaving the station, you’re just a short walk from the city centre. If you want to take in York’s unique architecture and fascinating history, take a walk along the City Walls, they will lead you all the way around the city. After that, you can make your way to York Minster, a Gothic cathedral that towers above the cobbled streets.  

Want to save money on your train fares? Try traveling during Off-Peak times, as tickets tend to be cheaper outside of morning/evening rush hours between Monday and Friday. To save even more money, keep your eyes peeled for Advance tickets, as they are generally cheaper than buying tickets on the day of travel.  

Ready to start? Begin a search for cheap train tickets from London to York today! There’s no need to wait, just head to the Journey Planner at the top of the page. For more information, keep reading for FAQs, timetables with first and last train times and tips on booking cheap train tickets.

FAQs for London to York

Want to know more about your journey from London to York? We've compiled some of the most frequently asked questions by our customers to help you plan your journey.

How long does the train from London to York take?

The average journey time by train between London and York is 2 hours and 7 minutes, with around 61 trains per day. The journey time may be longer on weekends and holidays, so use our Journey Planner on this page to search for a specific travel date.

What's the fastest journey time between London and York by train?

The fastest journey time by train from London to York is 1 hour and 46 minutes.

How much does the train from London to York cost?

Train tickets from London to York can start from as little as $23.50 when you book in advance and are usually more expensive when purchased on the day. Prices can also vary depending the time of day, route and class you book.

Is there a direct train from London to York?

Yes, it is possible to travel from London to York without having to change trains. There are 61 direct trains from London to York each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.

What time does the first train from London to York leave?

The first train from London to York leaves at 05:15. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

What time does the last train from London to York leave?

The last train from London to York leaves at 23:00. Trains that depart in the early morning hours or very late evening may be sleeper services, time and services may also vary during weekends and holidays.

What's the distance between London and York by train?

Trains travelling from London to York cover a distance of around 174 miles (280 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from York to London.

Cheap train tickets from London to York

Train tickets from London to York start at $23.50 one way for a Standard Class ticket if you book in advance. As most UK train companies increase their prices as the departure date approaches, we’ll help you find the cheapest tickets.

Book in advance

Look out for Advance tickets – they usually come out up to 12 weeks before the departure date and can be cheaper than buying on the day. If you’re here a tad early, sign up for our Advance ticket alert today to get notified when your tickets are released.

Consider a Season Ticket

If you catch this train more than 3 times per week, you could save money with a Season Ticket. With annual, monthly and weekly options available, find out if a season ticket for London to York is right for you.

Use your Railcard

National Railcards offer a 1/3 off eligible train tickets in the UK and can be a great investment if you travel a few times or more in a year. Find out how you can save with a National Railcard here.

Split your tickets

Download our app to find split tickets — courtesy of SplitSave, our handy feature which 'splits' your train tickets where possible to find you a better deal. Learn more about the clever tech behind split tickets, and how to spot SplitSave discounts in our app.

For more money-saving tips on UK and European train travel, read our cheap train tickets guide.

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