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Retford train station serves the small market town of Retford in Nottinghamshire. The station lies on the East Coast Main Line and runs regular services to London Kings Cross, Sheffield and Lincoln – and it was once very popular among trainspotters, as it offered the opportunity to view legendary locomotives such as the Flying Scotsman. Its history of rail fandom is still celebrated to this day, with the Bassetlaw Railway Society club room, adjacent to the station, displaying a wide array of local railway memorabilia.

Situated in a valley between the River Idle and the Chesterfield Canal, the town of Retford has an elegant centre that was visited, and highly praised, by travel author Bill Bryson. He wrote in the best-selling Notes from a Small Island that Retford is "a delightful and charming place… its centrepiece is an exceptionally large and handsome market square lined with a picturesque jumble of noble Georgian buildings".

Station details & facilities

Trains to Retford station

Retford train station is mainly served by Northern and Hull Trains. Northern trains cover the routes from Retford to Sheffield in 43m and Retford to Lincoln in 41m. Frequent Hull Trains services connect Retford to London Kings Cross in 1h 56m and Retford to Hull in 1h 14m.

Retford train station departures and arrivals

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

Retford station has four platforms. Platforms 1 (towards London) is adjacent to the ticket hall, and platform 2 (towards Bradford, Skipton and Hull) can be reached via a subway and lifts. Platforms 3 and 4 serve the Sheffield to Lincoln line, and can be reached from the far end of platform 1 – they are several minutes away from the station entrance, so allow plenty of time. The ticket hall houses a manned ticket counter and ticket machines.

Retford train station parking

Retford train station has a car park on Station Road. Both short-stay and long-stay parking are available.

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Frequently asked questions

Is Retford station open?

Retford 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 Retford station?

Trains arrive into and depart from Retford 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 Retford.

Are there toilets at Retford station?

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

Are dogs allowed at Retford station?

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

Departures and arrivals from Retford

Want to check the latest departures and arrivals into Retford station? Find live information for the next trains departing and arriving at the station below.
Departing toTrainTimePlatformStatus
to LincolnLondon North Eastern Railway01:00Early
to LincolnHull Trains01:002Early
to LincolnNorthern01:004Early
to LincolnNorthern01:003Early
to LincolnNorthern01:004Early
Arriving fromTrainTimePlatformStatus
from LeedsLondon North Eastern Railway01:00Early
from LeedsHull Trains01:002Early
from LeedsNorthern01:004Early
from LeedsNorthern01:003Early
from LeedsNorthern01:004Early
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