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Carlisle Train Station – also known as Carlisle Citadel Station – is advantageously placed, with Carlisle Cathedral, Carlisle Castle and Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery all within a few minutes' walk of the station.

Designed in 1847 by the architect that designed the Bank of England and the Royal Exchange, the Tudor Gothic building is one of the most impressive stations in the world. An undercroft was also opened upon completion of the building, and for many years, the darkened rooms down below served as butchers, repositories and rail-staff accommodation. Nowadays the spooky croft acts as a rumour mill for the many ghost stories that surround the station, such as the headless man that wanders platform 8 or the veiled lady of the concourse. Ghost tours have been organised in the past, although one member of staff has said that most people will not venture into parts of The Undercroft. 

Station details & facilities

Ticket Office opening hours:
DayOpening Hours
Weekdays05:00 - 20:00
Saturday 05:00 - 20:00
Sunday 09:00 - 20:00
Ticket MachineAvailable
Staff helpUnavailable
Staffing levelFull time
Oyster PrepayUnavailable
Oyster topupUnavailable
Oyster validatorUnavailable
Pre-purchase collectionAvailable
Left LuggageUnavailable
Lost PropertyAvailable
Shops noteNewsagent
Telephone typesCoins and cards
Station BuffetAvailable
Bureau de ChangeUnavailable
Tourist Information OfficeUnavailable
Baby changeAvailable
WiFi notes
Web kioskUnavailable
Customer Service notes

Monday - Sunday : 09:30 - 17:30. 

Available from the Customer Information point, located by the main entrance, next to the ticket office.

Customer help pointsAvailable
Carpark opening hours:
DayOpening Hours
WeekdaysOpen 24 hours
Saturday Open 24 hours
Sunday Open 24 hours
Carpark nameStation Car Park
Carpark operatorVirgin Trains
Car parking spaces163
Carpark charges
Three Monthly£360.00
Cycle storageAvailable
Cycle storage spaces20
Sheltered cycle storageAvailable
Cycle storage CCTVAvailable
Cycle storage notes
At the top of the long stay car park, and on platform 8.
Step-free accessWhole station
Step-free access notes

ramped footbridge, staff available to assist

Ramps for train accessAvailable
Induction LoopAvailable
Accessible ticket machinesAvailable
Accessible Booking Office counterAvailable

Trains to Carlisle station

Carlisle train station is mainly served by Northern and Avanti West Coast trains. Frequent Northern services connect Newcastle to Carlisle in 1h 32m and Lancaster to Carlisle in 1h 6m, while Avanti West Coast trains cover the routes from London to Carlisle in 3h 57m and Glasgow to Carlisle in 1h 40m.

Need more information on how to get to Carlisle by train? Check out our dedicated page to trains to Carlisle.

Carlisle train station departures and arrivals

Want to know when your next train from/to Carlisle station departs? Scroll down this page and click on the ‘Departures’ tab if you want to check all trains departing from Carlisle railway station or click on the ‘Arrivals’ tab for more information about all services arriving into Carlisle.

Carlisle train station has eight platforms and only one entrance. The concourse opens straight onto platform 4. Platforms 5 and 6 can be found a short distance to the left, platforms 7 and 8 to the right. The concourse has a travel centre and ticket office. A stair-accessed footbridge and a step-free subway link the concourse to platforms 1, 2 and 3. All toilets are located on platform 1.

Carlisle train station parking

Carlisle train station has two car parks: a long-stay car park, which is adjacent to the ticket counter, and a short-stay car park on Carlisle Castle Gate. Both car parks have step-free access.

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Frequently asked questions

Is Carlisle station open?

Carlisle station is open every day that services are running to and from the station. The station usually opens just before the first train of the day leaves and then closes after the last train departs. Ticket office opening hours may vary.

Are trains running today from Carlisle station?

Trains arrive into and depart from Carlisle station almost every day, although there may be fewer services during the weekends and bank holidays. Check our live train times for up-to-date information on trains running to and from Carlisle.

Are there toilets at Carlisle station?

Yes, there are toilets available to use at Carlisle station.

Are dogs allowed at Carlisle station?

Yes, dogs are allowed at Carlisle station, but they should be kept on a lead or in a pet carrier at all times.

Departures and arrivals from Carlisle

Want to check the latest departures and arrivals into Carlisle station? Find live information for the next trains departing and arriving at the station below.
Departing toTrainTimePlatformStatus
to Barrow-in-FurnessNorthern14:412On time
to Glasgow CentralAvanti West Coast14:473On time
to London EustonAvanti West Coast14:494On time
to LeedsNorthern14:505On time
to NewcastleNorthern14:546On time
Arriving fromTrainTimePlatformStatus
from MorpethNorthern14:446On time
from London EustonAvanti West Coast14:463On time
from Barrow-in-FurnessNorthern14:472On time
from Glasgow CentralAvanti West Coast14:494Late
from London EustonAvanti West Coast15:003On time
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