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Sunderland station – the face of 2012’s Intel advert – has changed considerably since rail arrived in the town in 1836 to support the then-burgeoning ship-building industry.

With art installations from three local artists gracing the platforms, the station is looking to the future, celebrating Sunderland’s newest industries, car making and electronic engineering, which took over when the shipbuilding and coal industries fell into steep decline in the 1980s.

Uniquely, Sunderland is the only station in the country where Metro lines and trains on the main line to Newcastle, Carlisle and Middlesbrough use the same platforms. Considerable citywide redevelopment since the 1980s has watched the city go from metropolitan borough to full-blown city in 1992 and has seen the additions of the City Library and Arts Centre, the Stadium of Light football ground and the National Glass Centre.

It’s also a great place to mooch around and walk in the footsteps of LS Lowry, Lewis Carroll, and Horrible Histories writer, Terry Deary.

Station details & facilities

Trains to Sunderland station

Sunderland train station is mainly served by Northern trains. The most popular routes operated by Northern are from Hexham to Sunderland (1h 8m), from Whitby to Sunderland (2h 35m), and from Nunthorpe to Sunderland (1h 35m). 

Need more information about how to get to Sunderland by train? Check out our dedicated page to trains to Sunderland.

Sunderland train station departures and arrivals

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

Sunderland station has four platforms all below ground level but serviced by stairs and lifts. There are three entrances at ground level, two on Union Street and one at the back of the building. There’s a shopping centre between the station buildings. A Burger King, patisserie, and ticket office can be found inside the righthand side building.

Sunderland train station parking

Sunderland train station does not have its own car park. If you need to park your car before taking the train from Sunderland station, you can use St Mary's Car Park and the Bridges Roof Top Car Park, which are nearby.

Hotels near Sunderland train station

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Frequently asked questions

Is Sunderland station open?

Sunderland 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 Sunderland station?

Trains arrive in and depart from Sunderland 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 Sunderland.

Are there toilets at Sunderland station?

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

Are dogs allowed at Sunderland station?

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

Departures and arrivals from Sunderland

Want to check the latest departures and arrivals into Sunderland station? Find live information for the next trains departing and arriving at the station below.
Departing toTrainTimePlatformStatus
to Newcastle(Metro)Tyne & Wear Metro23:583Early
to Newcastle(Metro)Tyne & Wear Metro17:363Scheduled
to HexhamNorthern17:374Late
to Newcastle(Metro)Tyne & Wear Metro17:483Scheduled
to StocktonNorthern17:491On time
Arriving fromTrainTimePlatformStatus
from Newcastle(Metro)Tyne & Wear Metro23:582Early
from NunthorpeNorthern17:364Late
from Newcastle(Metro)Tyne & Wear Metro17:452Scheduled
from MetrocentreNorthern17:491On time
from London Kings CrossGrand Central Railway17:524On 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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