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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.

Station details & facilities

Ticket Office opening hours:
DayOpening Hours
Monday Tuesday Wednesday 06:00 - 20:00
Friday 06:00 - 21:00
Saturday 06:30 - 19:45
Sunday 07:45 - 20:00
Ticket MachineAvailable
Staff helpUnavailable
Staffing levelFull time
Oyster PrepayUnavailable
Oyster topupUnavailable
Oyster validatorUnavailable
Pre-purchase collectionAvailable
Left LuggageUnavailable
Telephone typesCoins and cards
Station BuffetAvailable
Bureau de ChangeUnavailable
Tourist Information OfficeUnavailable
Baby changeAvailable
WiFi notes
Web kioskUnavailable
Customer Service notes

We welcome your feedback, suggestions and ideas to help us to make changes that can develop and grow our business.

Customer help pointsUnavailable
Carpark opening hours:
DayOpening Hours
WeekdaysOpen 24 hours
Saturday Open 24 hours
Sunday Open 24 hours
Carpark nameStation Car Park Short stay
Carpark operatorVirgin Trains East Coast Virgin Trains East Coast
Car parking spaces382
Carpark charges
Three Monthly£458.00
Per Hour£2.00
Cycle storageAvailable
Cycle storage spaces152
Sheltered cycle storageAvailable
Cycle storage CCTVAvailable
Cycle storage notes<p>All racks are covered by Council CCTV and there are security patrols every two hours.</p>
Step-free accessWhole station
Ramps for train accessAvailable
Induction LoopAvailable
Accessible ticket machinesAvailable
Accessible Booking Office counterUnavailable
Accessible taxisunknown
Accessible taxis notes

Generally available but advance booking recommended

Opening Hours
DayOpening Hours
Weekdays06:00 - 20:00
Saturday 06:00 - 20:00
Sunday 08:00 - 20:00


Platform 1

Assistance dogs and other well behaved dogs on leads will be permitted in all Virgin Trains East Coast First Class Lounges

Tickets Accepted

  • Fully inter-available First Class Season Ticket (i.e. tickets not specific to one train company)
  • Any First Class Anytime ticket valid for travel on the East Coast route
  • Any Virgin Trains East Coast First Class packages
  • Virgin Trains East Coast First Advance (routed VTEC/VTEC & Connections)
  • Virgin Trains East Coast First Class Reader Offer (routed VTEC/VTEC & Connections)
  • Virgin Trains East Coast First Class Flat Fare (routed VTEC/VTEC & Connections)
  • Virgin Trains East Coast Rewards First Class Leisure Single(routed VTEC/VTEC & Connections)
  • Virgin Trains East Coast Self Print First Class Upgrade voucher  (routed VTEC/VTEC & Connections)
  • Inclusive Tour Tickets (Superbreak etc.)
  • Weekend First

Tickets Not Accepted

  • All First Class tickets valid only on other train operators, including Caledonian Sleepers


Toilets, TV, newspapers


Complimentary: water/ biscuits





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 Edinburgh (Waverley)CrossCountry21:424BLate
to DoncasterLondon North Eastern Railway21:481On time
to MiddlesbroughNorthern21:551On time
to NewcastleLondon North Eastern Railway22:074BOn time
to YorkCrossCountry22:091On time
Arriving fromTrainTimePlatformStatus
from Edinburgh (Waverley)London North Eastern Railway21:461On time
from Bishop AucklandNorthern21:531On time
from SaltburnNorthern21:553Late
from London Kings CrossLondon North Eastern Railway22:054BOn time
from Glasgow CentralCrossCountry22:081On time
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