Reach London in speedy comfort by taking the train from Darling to London. London North Eastern Railway (LNER) operates a direct train from Darlington at least once per hour throughout the day, with a journey time of just over two and a half hours. This cuts the car journey almost in half – and removes the worry of tackling the capital's busy roads on arrival. CrossCountry and Grand Central services go as far as Doncaster and York respectively, then you'll need to take an LNER service to complete your journey. Rail travel is easily the most convenient way to reach London from Darlington.
In no time at all you'll find yourself in the beating heart of the UK's capital city, arriving at one of London's major rail terminals, Kings Cross. Kings Cross station is home to the famous Platform 9 ¾ from Harry Potter, whilst there are adjacent attractions like the British Library, you'll probably head off on the London Underground to Oxford Street and beyond.
With a generous luggage allowance and the chance to sit back and enjoy leisurely views, the train from Darlington to London is the most pleasant way to travel. Bicycles may be taken on trains from Darlington to London, visit our guide to taking bikes on trains to find out more. All LNER trains offer free WiFi in every carriage, as well as a café bar serving tasty snacks. There are handy power sockets on board too, and a First Class upgrade gives you even more legroom and complimentary food served at your seat. If you're ready to arrive at the capital in style, use our Journey Planner above to help secure cheap tickets for your train to London.
*Information correct at time of writing (September 2020). May be subject to change
The average journey time by train between Darlington and London Kings Cross is 3 hours and 5 minutes, with around 58 trains per day. The journey time may be longer on weekends and holidays, so use our Journey Planner on this page to search for a specific travel date.
The fastest journey time by train from Darlington to London Kings Cross is 2 hours and 18 minutes.
Train ticket prices from Darlington to London Kings Cross can start from as little as £19.50 when you book in advance. The cost of tickets can vary depending on the time of day, route and class you book and are usually more expensive if you book on the day.
Yes, it is possible to travel from Darlington to London Kings Cross without having to change trains. There are 58 direct trains from Darlington to London Kings Cross each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.
The first train from Darlington to London Kings Cross leaves at 04:17. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.
The last train from Darlington to London Kings Cross leaves at 21:48. Trains that depart in the early morning hours or very late evening may be sleeper services, time and services may also vary during weekends and holidays.
Trains travelling from Darlington to London Kings Cross cover a distance of around 215 miles (346 km) during the journey.
If you catch this train more than 3 times per week, you could save money with a Season Ticket. With annual, monthly and weekly options available, find out if a season ticket for Darlington to London Kings Cross is right for you.
National Railcards offer a 1/3 off eligible train tickets in the UK and can be a great investment if you travel a few times or more in a year. Find out how you can save with a National Railcard here.
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