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Introducing Grand Central Railway

Grand Central Railway trains operate out of London King’s Cross, providing high-speed train routes to Sunderland and Bradford Interchange on the East Coast Main Line. With 4 daily trains to Bradford and 5 to Sunderland, the journeys are non-stop between Yorkshire and London, making it an ideal rail service for those travelling to London for work.

Grand Central Railway train ticket prices, timetables and travel information can be found using our journey planner. Find out more about onboard facilities, advance booking options and things to do once you’ve reached your destination below, and see where Grand Central trains can take you.

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Peak Hour

Peak Hours

All trains that leave before 09:30 am and between 15:30 to 19:15 pm.

Contact Information

Contact Information

Customer relations: 03300 240 215

Twitter Customer Help: @GC_Rail

Cycle Policy

Cycle Policy

High-speed trains have space for 4 bikes per journey, that must be reserved.



Free WiFi is available on all Grand Central trains.

First Class

First Class

All trains carry First Class services.

Lost Property

Lost Property

For Lost property heading to King’s Cross, contact the station, contact Grand Central for all other destinations.

London King’s Cross to York

One of two Grand Central routes that use the high-speed service takes passengers from King’s Cross onto York, a stop on the Sunderland line of the service. The direct two-hour journey is a fantastic way to get to London from Yorkshire. Travelling by Grand Central into stations such as York and Sunderland also provides passengers with a chance to connect to other stations such as Glasgow or Liverpool on different routes.

York has plenty of things to do for day trippers or families, with plenty of culture and shopping to be in immersed in. The Jorvik Viking Centre is a museum that takes visitors back to the Viking times, where York was a major settlement for Nordic settlers. With a number of exhibitions and artefacts to see, it has become a popular site to visit in the city and is a great place to learn about the local history. York is also home to the National Railway Museum, giving train enthusiasts and the general public a great insight into the history of the locomotive. With free entry, you can couple this trip with cheap train tickets with advance booking, making it a cheap and fun day out for all!

York Minster and Wall

Discover where Grand Central Railway can take you


Trains to London


Trains to York


Trains to Sunderland


Trains to Doncaster

Lister Park in Bradford

Grand Central Railway Routes

While London to York is a popular route on the line, Grand Central trains also run to Doncaster, Bradford and Sunderland, connecting Yorkshire and the North East together on two high-speed routes. With free onboard WiFi on all trains, these services also have ideal facilities for those on longer journeys or commutes, that allows passengers to either complete work, or watch some videos to make the journey fly by.

About Grand Central Railway

Grand Central, owned by Arriva UK Trains, runs solely on the East Coast MainLine and is one of the UK’s few open-access operators. Despite limited station stops and routes, all Grand Central train routes include free WiFi for all, first class availability and high-speed rail routes, making it another great way to travel into London. There are future plans however to expand the network, with the opportunity to operate between London Euston and Blackpool North up for application in 2019.


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