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The Northern franchise has been government-operated since Sunday 1st March 2020. Services continue to operate on all Northern routes and timetables haven’t changed. You can still buy your train tickets for Northern journeys with Trainline.


If you're after cheap Northern Railway (Northern Rail) train tickets, look no further. At Trainline, we'll show you where Northern Railway can take you and how to book the best value fares for your journey. To find Northern Railway train tickets, simply start a search above, and we'll show you the best available journey times and prices. Wherever you’re going with Northern Railway, start your trip with us.

For more information about accessibility on Northern services, check out our Accessible Travel guide.

Northern Railway routes

Unsure about where to start your adventure? Have a look at these great route ideas to get you dreaming about your next train trip with Northern RailwayAnd why not plan ahead by checking out our Northern Railway train times page? 

How to get cheap Northern Railway tickets

If you're after cheap UK train tickets, check out the hints below and see how you could bag yourself a bargain. We'll even highlight the cheapest prices!

Buy Northern Flexi Season Tickets with us

Heading into the office less and want to save money on commuting to work? You can buy digital Flexi Season Tickets for Northern routes in our app. Travelling with a Flexi Season Ticket on eligible routes can be cheaper than buying a single or return ticket, plus it provides you with more flexibility than a normal Season Ticket. Why not check out our Commuter Calculator to see which ticket type is best for you.

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The Northern Railway train network

The Northern Railway (or Northern Rail) network consists of a number of commuter routes across the north of England, with the Humber coast line one of its primary train services.

Newcastle, Sunderland, and Middlesbrough are connected by one line. Northern Railway also connects different parts of Yorkshire, calling at Leeds, Bradford, Doncaster, and Huddersfield.

On the west coast, Liverpool Lime Street is connected to Manchester Piccadilly on one route, giving commuters ease of travel between the two major cities.

Between all these routes, the entirety of northern England is brought together on one rail network, giving passengers the option of starting off the morning in Nottingham and being in Liverpool by lunchtime.

Did you know we sell Northern Duo train tickets for certain routes in and out of Leeds and Manchester? Save up to 25% on 2 adults travelling together at weekends. Find out more and book Duo train tickets.

Discover digital tickets 

Enjoy smoother Northern Railway journeys – go straight to the train when you use tickets on your phone. 94% of our customers wouldn't use anything else! Mobile Tickets will get sent directly to your Trainline app and etickets can be opened on your phone as a PDF. Both let you skip the queues at the ticket machine and breeze straight through the gates using your phone. They’re available on most Northern Railway journeys, so be sure to select this option when you book.

Learn more about Mobile Tickets and etickets.

Northern Railway destinations

Need a bit of information ahead of your next trip? Check out these popular Northern Railway destinations for travel details and nearby attractions.  

Northern Delay Repay

Did you know you can claim Delay Repay if your Northern train was delayed by 30 minutes or more? Check out our Delay Repay page for more details.

Northern franchise FAQs

You may have heard that the Northern franchise has been government-operated since Sunday 1st March 2020. Here are some of the most frequently asked questions.

Yes. If you have already purchased a ticket, they will still be valid for the dates shown. This includes all season tickets and all pre-purchased tickets. Any tickets where part of your journey is with another rail company will also still be valid.

Yes. All tickets purchased to travel on Northern services will remain valid for the dates shown on the ticket.

No, you do not need to rebook. All your travel arrangements will be carried forward and this transfer will not affect your journey.

Good to know

Travelling with Northern Railway? Find out everything you need to know about luggage allowance, pets and other onboard Northern Railway facilities here.

No, there aren’t any First Class services on Northern Railway journeys.

There is free WiFi on most trains between Leeds and Doncaster. From 2019 onwards, all Northern Railway routes will have WiFi connectivity.

Yes but there are only two spaces per train and reservation is highly advised.

Peak hours apply to most trains that operate between 16:01 and 18:29 in the evening.

Contact information

Got a query about your Northern Railway journey? Get in touch online.

Customer service enquiries

If you want to get in touch with our customer support team about a booking you've made with us, visit our help section.

Delays, lost property and onboard services

If you would like more information regarding Northern Railway train times, lost property or onboard facilities, then please call Northern Railway on +(44) 800 200 6060.

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