Avanti West Coast
London North Eastern Railway

Prices from hundreds of train and coach companies

Go contactless with digital tickets on your phone

Travel to thousands of destinations in 45 countries

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

Ticket Office opening hours:
  • Monday to Thursday open from 06:00:00 until 20:00:00
  • Friday open from 06:00:00 until 20:00:00
  • Saturday open from 06:30:00 until 19:45:00
  • Sunday open from 08:00:00 until 20:00:00
Ticket MachineAvailable
Staff helpUnavailable
Staffing levelThe staff is available at all times.
Oyster PrepayUnavailable
Oyster topupUnavailable
Oyster validatorUnavailable
Pre-purchase collectionAvailable
Left LuggageUnavailable
Left Luggage Websitehttps://www.nationalrail.co.uk/
Telephone typesCards and coins
Station BuffetAvailable
Bureau de ChangeUnavailable
Tourist Information OfficeUnavailable
Nearest station with more facilities
Darlington has a RNIB 'Map for All' located at the main entrance, adjacent to the taxi rank and accessible parking. Access to the platforms via the Victoria Road entrance is via a steep ramp.
Toilets notesThe toilets are located on the Main Concourse; these toilets can be accessed from all platforms. The National key toilets are adjacent to Platform 2; these toilets are operated by a RADAR key. A RADAR key is available from the Customer Reception on Platform 1 upon request.
Baby changeAvailable
WiFi notes
Web kioskUnavailable
Staff Help notes
Assistance meeting point is Customer Information Point, platform 4.
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 nameStation Car Park
Carpark operatorLondon North Eastern Railway
Car parking spaces382
Cycle storageAvailable
Cycle storage spaces152
Sheltered cycle storageAvailable
Cycle storage CCTVAvailable
Cycle storage notes
stations front
Cycle storage notesCompound
Step-free accessStep free access is available throughout the whole station.
Ramps for train accessAvailable
Induction LoopAvailable
Accessible ticket machinesAvailable
Accessible Booking Office counterAvailable
Accessible taxisAccessible taxis are available at this station, please see below for more information
Accessible taxis notes

Darlington station is a major station with taxis usually available on a rank. Advance booking is not normally necessary or even possible, unless arriving early in the morning or late at night. Operators who may accept bookings include:

Opening Hours
  • Monday to Friday open from 06:00:00 until 20:00:00
  • Saturday open from 06:00:00 until 20:00:00
  • Sunday open from 08:00:00 until 20:00:00
Located Platform 1 Assistance dogs and other well behaved dogs on leads will be permitted in all London North Eastern Railway First Class Lounges Tickets Accepted
  • Fully inter-available First Class Season Ticket (i.e. tickets not specific to one traincompany)
  • Any First ClassAnytimeticket valid for travel on theEast Coastroute
  • AnyLondon North Eastern Railway First Class packages
  • London North Eastern Railway First Advance (routed LNER/LNER& Connections)
  • London North Eastern Railway First Class Reader Offer(routed LNER/LNER & Connections)
  • London North Eastern Railway First Class Flat Fare (routed LNER/LNER & Connections)
  • London North Eastern Railway Rewards First Class Leisure Single(routed LNER/LNER & Connections)
  • London North Eastern Railway Self PrintFirst Class Upgrade voucher(routed LNER/LNER & Connections)
  • Inclusive Tour Tickets (Superbreak etc.)
  • Weekend First
Tickets Not Accepted
  • AllFirst Class tickets valid only on other train operators, includingCaledonian Sleepers
Facilities Toilets, TV, newspapers Refreshments Complimentary: water/ biscuits Wi-Fi Yes Showers No

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.

Hotels near Darlington train station

Looking for a hotel near Darlington railway station? There’s a wide range of hotels you can choose from. Simply click on the button below and book now your accommodation in Darlington.

Check hotel availability


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)London North Eastern Railway16:051On time
to Edinburgh (Waverley)CrossCountry16:101On time
to Edinburgh (Waverley)London North Eastern Railway16:13On time
to Edinburgh (Waverley)CrossCountry16:234BLate
to Edinburgh (Waverley)London North Eastern Railway16:564BLate
Arriving fromTrainTimePlatformStatus
from London Kings CrossCrossCountry16:081On time
from London Kings CrossCrossCountry16:134BOn time
from London Kings CrossTransPennine Express16:15Scheduled
from London Kings CrossCrossCountry16:224BLate
from London Kings CrossLondon North Eastern Railway16:554BLate
Average savings on fares booked prior to day of travel vs full price fares on day of travel in the UK. Subject to availability. Excludes coach.

Europe’s leading train and coach app

We help customers across Europe make more than 172,000 smarter journeys every day.