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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 become 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 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 ten minutes' walk 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

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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





All four platforms are accessed via the main entrance to the station through ticket barriers. In the station building is the ticket office and a coffee shop, and further shops, including a WHSmith, beyond the barriers on the platforms. Also on the platforms are toilets and waiting rooms (including the First Class Lounge). The bus stop is on Park Lane on the town side of the tracks (exit via the subway).

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 London Kings CrossLondon North Eastern Railway05:171On time
to Liverpool Lime StreetTransPennine Express05:361On time
to London Kings CrossLondon North Eastern Railway05:581On time
to Redcar CentralTransPennine Express06:094AOn time
to SaltburnNorthern06:153Scheduled
Arriving fromTrainTimePlatformStatus
from London Kings CrossLondon North Eastern Railway01:234BOn time
from NewcastleLondon North Eastern Railway05:151On time
from NewcastleTransPennine Express05:351On time
from NewcastleLondon North Eastern Railway05:561On time
from YorkTransPennine Express05:574AOn time

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