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Darlington train station is on the East Coast Main Line and serves the town of Darlington, in County Durham.

In 1825, the first passenger steam railway – the Stockton and Darlington Railway – opened, transforming the future of transport and industry in Great Britain, and transforming the town of Darlington as well. The market town soon became an important centre of railway manufacturing and engineering, with locomotives built in the town serving the Indian railways. Darlington-built bridges crossed the Nile and the Amazon, and the Cleveland Bridge and Engineering Company built the Tyne, the Humber, and the Sydney Harbour Bridges.

The current Darlington station opened in the 1880s as part of a range of improvements to the railway services in the town, and it maintains its Victorian charm with ornate station buildings and a roof with original support structures.

Darlington town centre is about a ten-minute walk away from the station across the River Skerne and is particularly known for its eclectic mix of independent shops, especially along Skinnergate and surrounding streets. Darlington is also the nearest station to Richmond Castle, one of the finest surviving Norman fortresses in Britain.

Station details & facilities

Trains to Darlington station

Darlington train station is mainly served by LNER, CrossCountry and Northern trains. Thanks to frequent and direct LNER services, you can easily get to Darlington from London Kings Cross in 2h 59m and from Edinburgh Waverley in 2h 6m. CrossCountry trains connect Darlington to Newcastle, Bristol and Plymouth. Finally, Northern trains cover the routes from Saltburn and Bishop Auckland to Darlington.

Darlington train station arrivals and departures

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

Darlington train station has four platforms, all of which can be easily accessed via the station's main entrance through the ticket barriers. In the station building, you'll find the ticket office and a coffee shop, as well as other shops, including a WHSmith, beyond the barriers on the platforms. The toilets and waiting rooms (including the First Class Lounge) are on the platforms. Finally, there's a bus stop on Park Lane on the town side of the tracks (exit via the subway).

Darlington train station parking

Darlington train station has a car park at Garbutt Square, which is available for both short-stay and long-stay parking. Wheelchair users may require assistance using car park equipment at this station.

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Frequently asked questions

Is Darlington station open?

Darlington 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 Darlington station?

Trains arrive into and depart from Darlington 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 Darlington.

Are there toilets at Darlington station?

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

Are dogs allowed at Darlington station?

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

Departures and arrivals from Darlington

Want to check the latest departures and arrivals into Darlington station? Find live information for the next trains departing and arriving at the station below.
Departing toTrainTimePlatformStatus
to NewcastleTransPennine Express12:414BLate
to Catterick Garrison BusLondon North Eastern Railway12:43On time
to SaltburnNorthern12:551On time
to Bishop AucklandNorthern12:564BOn time
to London Kings CrossLondon North Eastern Railway13:001On time
Arriving fromTrainTimePlatformStatus
from Catterick Garrison BusLondon North Eastern Railway12:32Scheduled
from Liverpool Lime StreetTransPennine Express12:404BLate
from Catterick Garrison BusLondon North Eastern Railway12:52Scheduled
from Bishop AucklandNorthern12:531On time
from SaltburnNorthern12:544BOn time
† 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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