A historic city with charm to spare, Ely lies in the heart of East Cambridgeshire's Fen countryside. Its surroundings yield some stunning views, including the one of the River Great Ouse that visitors enjoy as the train glides into town. When you arrive, a ten-minute walk from the station will take you to another spectacular view, this one man-made: Ely Cathedral, one of UK's most breath-taking religious buildings.
Ely's station was built in 1845, and was refurbished in the early 1990s, adding a fort-like facade designed to blend in with the city's architectural surroundings. The station subsequently won Best Medium-Sized Station at the 1987 National Rail Awards.
Just an hour away from London Kings Cross, Ely offers an ideal mini-break from the city. The Stained Glass Museum, the only museum dedicated to stained glass in the UK, can be found in the cathedral and Oliver Cromwell's House is also worth a visit.
|Weekdays||06:00 - 20:00|
|Saturday||06:00 - 20:00|
|Sunday||08:30 - 18:30|
|Staffing level||Full time|
|Telephone types||Coins and cards|
Located on concourse
|Bureau de Change||Unavailable|
|Tourist Information Office||Unavailable|
|Staff Help notes|
Please note that assistance is only available during the station staffed hours (see above), unless pre-booked.
|Customer Service notes|
The hours shown are for the Customer Relations team on 0345 600 7245 (option 8).
Closed on Christmas Day and Boxing Day.
|Customer help points||Unavailable|
|Weekdays||Open 24 hours|
|Saturday||Open 24 hours|
|Sunday||Open 24 hours|
|Carpark name||Station Car Park Premium Bay|
|Carpark operator||National Car Parks Ltd National Car Parks Ltd|
|Car parking spaces||152|
|Cycle storage spaces||216|
|Sheltered cycle storage||Available|
|Cycle storage CCTV||Unavailable|
|Cycle storage notes|
Platform 1 and forecourt
|Step-free access||Whole station|
|Step-free access notes|
|Ramps for train access||Available|
|Accessible ticket machines||Available|
|Accessible Booking Office counter||Available|
|Accessible taxis notes|
Details of nearest taxis are shown on station information poster
Looking for a coffee on the way to the station? We've collected a list of our favourite independent coffee houses and eateries within walking distance of the station - check them out below!
What's it all about?
|Peacocks Tearoom||9 minutes||Prize-winning riverside tearoom with sheltered gardens.|
|Silver Oak Coffee||15 minutes||Own roasted professional barista-made coffee|
|Bagel Bar||14 minutes||
Chef prepared bagels & own roasted coffee
|Lemon Tree Deli Cafe||13 minutes||Homemade cakes in a delightful tearoom setting.|
|Beanies Vegan Coffee Hub||9 minutes||All-vegan cafe offering coffee and baked treats.|
Ely train station is mainly served by EMR, CrossCountry, Greater Anglia, and Great Northern trains. Thanks to frequent EMR and Greater Anglia services, you can easily get from Norwich to Ely in 57m. Greater Anglia also connects Peterborough to Ely in 37m and Stansted Airport to Ely in 53m. Great Northern Trains cover the route from London Kings Cross to Ely in 1h 18m every day.
Need more information about how to get to Ely by train? Check out our dedicated page to trains to Ely.
Want to know when your next train from/to Ely station departs? Scroll down this page and click on the ‘Departures’ tab if you want to check all trains departing from Ely railway station or click on the ‘Arrivals’ tab for more information about all services arriving in Ely.
Ely station has a single entrance that leads into the concourse and to platform 1. A subway with ramp access connects to platform 2 and platform 3. There are toilets on all platforms, and bike racks on platform 1 and on the station forecourt. North and southbound services (to London, Cambridge and King's Lynn) use platforms 1 and 2, while services east and west (towards Ipswich and Liverpool) use platform 3.
Ely train station has one car park right opposite its main entrance. Step-free access is available here, as well as throughout the whole station.
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Ely 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.
Trains arrive in and depart from Ely 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 Ely.
Yes, there are toilets available to use at Ely station.
Yes, dogs are allowed at Ely station, but they should be kept on a lead or in a pet carrier at all times.