Whether you’re looking for things to do in South Yorkshire for your next getaway or you’re ready to book your train tickets, we’ve got all the information you need. South Yorkshire is the perfect destination for architecture lovers, history buffs and families – from the jaw-dropping scenery of the Peak District to some of the UK's finest museums, shopping and nightlife, there’s plenty to discover.

Read our guide to trains in South Yorkshire to plan your trip from start to finish, buy cheap train tickets and get inspired.

Who runs trains in South Yorkshire?

There are five train companies operating in and around South Yorkshire:

  • Northern, who run their services between South Yorkshire and the main cities in Northern England like Manchester and Leeds
  • CrossCountry, who mainly connect Sheffield to Central and North East England
  • London North Eastern Railway (LNER), who run their services from London, the East Coast and Scotland to South Yorkshire
  • East Midlands Railway (EMR), who mainly serve the routes from London to South Yorkshire
  • TransPennine Express, who connect Northern England and Scotland to South Yorkshire

Want to learn more about Yorkshire’s rail network? Read our guide to trains to Yorkshire.

South Yorkshire train times

Want to learn more about some of the most popular train routes in South Yorkshire? Check out our table below and tap the link of the route you’re interested in – you’ll find extra journey details, FAQs and tips on how to book cheap train tickets.

RouteFastest journey timeFirst trainLast train
London to Sheffield2h 38m04:4822:20
Swinton to Sheffield25m06:2100:04
Manchester to Sheffield1h 18m03:1002:11
Leeds to Doncaster39m04:0523:31
Barnsley to Doncaster57m05:2323:05
Conisbrough to Meadowhall24 m06:1323:56
Sheffield to Rotherham Central13m05:1523:30
Swinton to Doncaster18m05:4623:51
Meadowhall to Swinton17m05:2123:36
Leeds to Swinton51m05:3423:11

Train stations in South Yorkshire

There are a number of train stations in South Yorkshire that can take you to some amazing locations, including the Peak District, historic castles and museums.

Doncaster train station

Best for: the Yorkshire Wildlife Park and the Doncaster Museum and Art Gallery

Meadowhall train station

Best for: the Meadowhall Shopping Centre and the Magna Science Adventure Centre

Conisbrough train station

Best for: Conisbrough Castle

Dodworth train station

Best for: Wentworth Castle Gardens

Rotherham Central train station

Best for: Clifton Park Museum, Rotherham Minster and the Market Hall

Sheffield train station

Best for: Weston Park Museum, Sheffield Winter Gardens and the Hope Valley Line through the Peak District

How to buy cheap train tickets to South Yorkshire

There are a number of ways you can get cheap train tickets to South Yorkshire without having to break the bank. Check out our tips below and see how much you can save on your train journey. You can also visit our train deals and discounts page if you want to find all the latest offers on UK train travel.

Book in advance

Train companies like Northern release their tickets up to 12 weeks in advance, usually at their cheapest price. Visit our Advance train tickets page for more information or sign up for Ticket Alert – we’ll email you when your chosen tickets go on sale.

Travel Off-Peak

If you want to snap up the cheapest fares, book an Off-Peak train ticket – prices are usually cheaper during quieter times. Use our Journey Planner to start your search and we’ll highlight the cheapest Off-Peak tickets for you. Learn more about Off-Peak train times.

Get a Railcard

If you’re travelling for more than a few times a year to South Yorkshire, why not get a Railcard – you’ll save up to 1/3 on eligible journeys, plus it’ll cost you just £30 for a whole year. Find and buy Railcards.

Split your train tickets

Did you know? ‘Splitting’ your journey into sections and buying tickets for each part can be cheaper than getting a single ticket on longer journeys. Just use our app feature SplitSave and we’ll do the rest. Learn more about split train tickets.

Top attractions in South Yorkshire

Looking for things to do in South Yorkshire? We’ve highlighted the region’s top attractions for you – simply tap the ones you’re interested in and find out how to get there by train.

Frequently asked questions

Which train companies operate in South Yorkshire?

There are currently five main national train companies that operate in South Yorkshire. They are Northern, CrossCountry, LNER, East Midlands Railway, and TransPennine Express.

Is there a direct train from Sheffield to London?

Yes, you can travel from Sheffield to London without having to change trains. East Midlands Railway run about 43 direct services between Sheffield and London every day.

How much is a train ticket to South Yorkshire?

Ticket prices to South Yorkshire can vary depending on when you want to travel, how far in advance you book and whether you can use a Railcard or special deal.

Learn more about train travel in Great Britain

Want to learn more about the UK rail network? Tap one of our travel guides – we’ll provide you with all the information you need about days out, which trains go where, ticket types and more.

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