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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.

Station details & facilities


Trainline's top spots near Ely station

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!


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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.



Trains to Ely station

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.

Ely train station departures and arrivals

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 parking

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.

Hotels near Ely train station

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Frequently asked questions

Is Ely station open?

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.

Are trains running today from Ely station?

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.

Are there toilets at Ely station?

Yes, there are toilets available to use at Ely station.

Are dogs allowed 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.

Departures and arrivals from Ely

Want to check the latest departures and arrivals into Ely station? Find live information for the next trains departing and arriving at the station below.
Departing toTrainTimePlatformStatus
to CambridgeGreat Northern10:533On time
to Kings LynnGreat Northern10:561On time
to PeterboroughGreater Anglia11:001On time
to Birmingham New StreetCrossCountry11:151On time
to NorwichEast Midlands Railway11:173BOn time
Arriving fromTrainTimePlatformStatus
from CambridgeGreat Northern10:531On time
from IpswichGreater Anglia10:591On time
from Liverpool Lime StreetEast Midlands Railway11:133BOn time
from CambridgeCrossCountry11:141On time
from Kings LynnGreat Northern11:162On time
† Average savings on advance fares booked at least one week before day of travel vs Anytime fares purchased on day of travel. Subject to availability. Excludes coach.

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