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Darlington to London Kings Cross by train

It takes an average of 3h 5m to travel from Darlington to London Kings Cross by train, over a distance of around 215 miles (346 km). There are normally 58 trains per day travelling from Darlington to London Kings Cross and tickets for this journey start from £19.50 when you book in advance.
Journey timeFrom 2h 18m
PriceFrom £19.50
Distance215 miles (346 km)
Frequency58 trains per day
First train04:17
Last train21:48
Departure stationDarlington
Arrival stationLondon Kings Cross
ChangesDirect trains available
Train operatorsLondon North Eastern Railway, Grand Central Railway

Darlington to London Kings Cross train times

Check out the next trains departing from Darlington to London Kings Cross for Tuesday 15th June 2021 using our handy timetable below, including platform and live travel information. You can view the full day timetable or search for a different date here.
DepartsArrivesTrainDuration
07:32 On timedarlington10:03 On timelondon kings crossPlat. 1 london north eastern railway PeakGet tickets2h 31m, direct
08:02 On timedarlington10:41 On timelondon kings crossPlat. 1 london north eastern railway Off PeakGet tickets2h 39m, direct
08:30 On timedarlington10:53 On timelondon kings crossPlat. 1 london north eastern railway Off PeakGet tickets2h 23m, direct
08:59 On timedarlington11:39 On timelondon kings crossPlat. 1 estimatedlondon north eastern railway Super Off PeakGet tickets2h 40m, direct
09:17 On timedarlington12:22 On timelondon kings crossPlat. 1 estimatedtranspennine express Super Off PeakGet tickets3h 5m, 1 change
10:02 On timedarlington12:41 On timelondon kings crossPlat. 1 estimatedlondon north eastern railway Super Off PeakGet tickets2h 39m, direct
10:28 On timedarlington12:49 On timelondon kings crossPlat. 1 estimatedlondon north eastern railway Super Off PeakGet tickets2h 21m, direct
11:00 On timedarlington13:38 On timelondon kings crossPlat. 1 estimatedlondon north eastern railway Super Off PeakGet tickets2h 38m, direct
11:28 On timedarlington13:53 On timelondon kings crossPlat. 1 estimatedlondon north eastern railway Super Off PeakGet tickets2h 25m, direct
12:02 On timedarlington14:40 On timelondon kings crossPlat. 1 estimatedlondon north eastern railway Super Off PeakGet tickets2h 38m, direct

Taking the train from Darlington to London

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

Journey details

Want to know more about your journey from Darlington to London Kings Cross? We've compiled some of the most frequently asked questions by our customers to help you plan your journey.

How long does the train from Darlington to London Kings Cross take?

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.

What's the fastest journey time between Darlington and London Kings Cross by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Darlington to London Kings Cross is 2 hours and 18 minutes.

How much does the train from Darlington to London Kings Cross cost?

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.

Is there a direct train from Darlington to London Kings Cross?

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.

What time does the first train from Darlington to London Kings Cross leave?

The first train from Darlington to London Kings Cross leaves at 04:17. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

What time does the last train from Darlington to London Kings Cross leave?

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.

What's the distance between Darlington and London Kings Cross by train?

Trains travelling from Darlington to London Kings Cross cover a distance of around 215 miles (346 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from London Kings Cross to Darlington. If you’re looking for other options, you can also catch the bus from Darlington to London Kings Cross.

Cheap train tickets from Darlington to London Kings Cross

Train tickets from Darlington to London Kings Cross start at £19.50 one way for a Standard Class ticket if you book in advance. As most UK train companies increase their prices as the departure date approaches, we’ll help you find the cheapest tickets, and even tell you when the prices are likely to increase with Price Prediction.

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Consider a Season Ticket

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.

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