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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

Ticket Office opening hours:
DayOpening Hours
Weekdays05:35 - 18:00
Saturday 05:35 - 16:10
Sunday 08:20 - 16:10
Ticket MachineAvailable
Staff helpUnavailable
Staffing levelPart time
Oyster PrepayUnavailable
Oyster topupUnavailable
Oyster validatorUnavailable
Pre-purchase collectionAvailable
Left LuggageUnavailable
Station BuffetAvailable
Station Buffet notes
Costa Coffee, Platform 1
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
Carpark operatorVirgin Trains East Coast
Car parking spaces85
Carpark charges
Three Monthly£280.00
Cycle storageAvailable
Cycle storage spaces38
Sheltered cycle storageAvailable
Cycle storage CCTVAvailable
Cycle storage notes
north end of Platform 1
Step-free accessWhole station
Step-free access notes

Escorted lift access (staff assistance required). Ticket Office step free, car park some kerb obstacles on route to station that would require some staff attention. Barrow crossing in operation on the low level platform.

Ramps for train accessAvailable
Induction LoopAvailable
Accessible ticket machinesAvailable
Accessible Booking Office counterUnavailable
Accessible taxisunknown
Accessible taxis notes

Advance booking is advisable.

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 StevenageLondon North Eastern Railway05:511On time
to NottinghamNorthern06:132On time
to LincolnNorthern06:244On time
to StevenageLondon North Eastern Railway06:511On time
to SheffieldNorthern07:193On time
Arriving fromTrainTimePlatformStatus
from LeedsLondon North Eastern Railway05:501On time
from SheffieldNorthern06:234On time
from LeedsLondon North Eastern Railway06:501On time
from LincolnNorthern07:193On time
from SheffieldNorthern07:234On time
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