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Durham train station is on the East Coast Main Line and serves the town of Durham, in the North East of England. Trains to Durham glide into town from a hill to the north, before traversing a viaduct and pulling up overlooking the beautiful Wharton Park.

With its open-air theatre and 1950s folly, as well as a sculpture donated by British Rail, the views of Durham from the park are majestic. The 19th-century philosopher John Ruskin described the skyline, including the Durham Cathedral and railway viaduct, as 'the Eighth Wonder of the World'.

The station building itself is equally picturesque, with long canopied platforms giving way to open air and blue skies, and a booking hall located in the original stone station building from 1857.

Refurbishment in 2008 added a new lounge, toilets, travel centre, lifts and shops - as a result, the station won Overall Station of the Year at the 2008 National Rail Awards.

The town's main shopping hub is a short walk from the station, but visitors to Durham University will need to take a taxi or bus.

Station details & facilities

Ticket Office opening hours: Advance purchase tickets can only be purchased before 17:30
DayOpening Hours
Monday Tuesday Wednesday 06:00 - 19:30
Friday 06:00 - 20:00
Saturday 06:00 - 19:00
Sunday 08:00 - 20:00
Ticket MachineAvailable
Staff helpUnavailable
Staffing levelPart time
Oyster PrepayUnavailable
Oyster topupUnavailable
Oyster validatorUnavailable
Pre-purchase collectionAvailable
Left LuggageUnavailable
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 pointsAvailable
Carpark opening hours:
DayOpening Hours
EverydayOpen 24 hours
Carpark nameStation Car Park Short stay
Carpark operatorVirgin Trains East Coast Virgin Trains East Coast
Carpark charges
Three Monthly£475.00
Per Hour£2.00
Cycle storageAvailable
Cycle storage spaces72
Sheltered cycle storageAvailable
Cycle storage CCTVAvailable
Cycle storage notes

North end of Platforms 1 and 2

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Step-free accessPart of station
Step-free access notes

Level both sides, no interchange (subway/steps) - Difficult route around station for 200 yards. Ticket office and Car Park are step free. There is now a lift available from platforms 1&2.

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

Trains to Durham station

Durham train station is mainly served by LNER, CrossCountry and TransPennine Express trains.

Thanks to frequent and direct LNER services, you can easily get to Durham from London Kings Cross in 3h 20m and from Edinburgh in 1h 50m. CrossCountry trains connect Durham to Plymouth and Glasgow, whereas TransPennine Express cover the routes from Newcastle and Liverpool Lime Street to Durham.

Durham train station departures and arrivals

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

It's easy to find your platform at Durham station: northbound trains use platform 2, and southbound trains platform 1. There are entrances on either side of the station, and a subway with ramp access connects the two platforms. The main ticket office is at the eastern entrance off Station Approach, next to platform 1. There are toilets and taxi ranks on both sides of the station, and local buses depart from the forecourt on Station Approach.

Durham train station parking

Durham train station has one car park. Step-free access is available from the car park to the station.

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Frequently asked questions

Is Durham station open?

Durham 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 Durham station?

Trains arrive into and depart from Durham 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 Durham.

How far is Durham station from the city centre?

Durham Station is just a ten-minute walk from the city centre. Be ready for a bit of a climb though, as most of the city is on a hill.

Are dogs allowed at Durham station?

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

Departures and arrivals from Durham

Want to check the latest departures and arrivals into Durham station? Find live information for the next trains departing and arriving at the station below.
Departing toTrainTimePlatformStatus
to Edinburgh (Waverley)CrossCountry11:17Scheduled
to Edinburgh (Waverley)London North Eastern Railway11:272On time
to London Kings CrossLondon North Eastern Railway11:431On time
to PenzanceCrossCountry11:531On time
to Edinburgh (Waverley)CrossCountry11:59Late
Arriving fromTrainTimePlatformStatus
from London Kings CrossLondon North Eastern Railway11:252On time
from Edinburgh (Waverley)London North Eastern Railway11:411On time
from NewcastleCrossCountry11:521On time
from Liverpool Lime StreetTransPennine Express11:572Late
from DerbyCrossCountry11:58Late
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