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London to York by train

It takes an average of 2h 4m to travel from London to York by train, over a distance of around 174 miles (280 km). There are normally 60 trains per day travelling from London to York and tickets for this journey start from £15 when you book in advance.
Journey timeFrom 1h 45m
PriceFrom £15
Distance174 miles (280 km)
Frequency60 trains per day
First train05:15
Last train23:00
Departure stationLondon
Arrival stationYork
ChangesDirect trains available
Train operatorsLondon North Eastern Railway, Grand Central Railway

London to York train times

Check out the next trains departing from London to York for Monday 4th July 2022 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
06:15 london kings cross08:33 yorkPlat. 6 estimatedlondon north eastern railway Off Peak2h 18m, direct
07:00 london kings cross08:52 yorkPlat. 5 estimatedlondon north eastern railway Peak1h 52m, direct
07:06 london kings cross09:30 yorkPlat. 2 estimatedlondon north eastern railway Peak2h 24m, direct
07:30 london kings cross09:32 yorkPlat. 6 estimatedlondon north eastern railway Peak2h 2m, direct
08:00 london kings cross09:49 yorklondon north eastern railway Off Peak1h 49m, direct

Travel from London to York by train in just 1h 45m

Want to spend some time exploring a former Viking city and need more information about the journey from London to York by train? We’ve got you covered! 

On average, journey from London to York by train takes around 2h 4m, but can take just 1h 45m on the fastest services. With around 60 direct trains running on this popular route each day, you can make yourself comfortable, as you don’t need to worry about changing along the way.  

If you’re travelling from London to York, you’ll board either a London North Eastern Railway (LNER) or Grand Central Railway service from London Kings Cross station. With both operators, you’ll enjoy free WiFi, onboard catering and power sockets at tables. If you prefer to travel in style, why not upgrade to First Class? With LNER First Class, you’ll enjoy extra legroom, larger tables and complimentary food and drink. On Grand Central Railway First Class, you’ll take advantage of widder reclining seats and free snacks and drinks. In less than 2 hours, you will travel through 174 miles of Great British countryside and arrive at York station.  

From the station, you’re a short walk from the city centre. If you’re not sure where to visit first, you can’t go wrong with a trip to York Minster, a gothic cathedral that towers above the city. If you want to soak in the city’s fascinating history, there’s no better place to do so than a walk around the City Walls – they encircle the entire city and offer spectacular views.  

Want to take advantage of the best train deals? Try travelling Off-Peak, as tickets are generally cheaper during Off-Peak times. If you travel by train a few times a year, why not get yourself a Railcard? You’ll save up to 1/3 on eligible journeys for a whole year.  

Feeling ready to book? Start a search for cheap train tickets from London to York in our Journey Planner at the top of the page. Want to check if trains are running? Use our timetable to view live train times from London to York. For more information, keep reading for journey information, FAQs and tips on how to find the cheapest train fares.

Journey details

Want to know more about your journey from London to York? 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 London to York take?

The average journey time by train between London and York is 2 hours and 4 minutes, with around 60 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 London and York by train?

The fastest journey time by train from London to York is 1 hour and 45 minutes.

How much does the train from London to York cost?

Train ticket prices from London to York can start from as little as £15 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 London to York?

Yes, it is possible to travel from London to York without having to change trains. There are 60 direct trains from London to York each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.

What time does the first train from London to York leave?

The first train from London to York leaves at 05:15. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

What time does the last train from London to York leave?

The last train from London to York leaves at 23:00. 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 London and York by train?

Trains travelling from London to York cover a distance of around 174 miles (280 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

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

Cheap train tickets from London to York

Train tickets from London to York start at £15 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.

Book in advance

Look out for Advance tickets – they usually come out up to 12 weeks before the departure date and can be cheaper than buying on the day. If you’re here a tad early, sign up for our Advance ticket alert today to get notified when your tickets are released.

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 London to York is right for you.

Use your Railcard

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.

Split your tickets

Download our app to find split tickets — courtesy of SplitSave, our handy feature which 'splits' your train tickets where possible to find you a better deal. Learn more about the clever tech behind split tickets, and how to spot SplitSave discounts in our app.

For more money-saving tips on UK and European train travel, read our cheap train tickets guide.

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