York is a true melting pot - where Viking and Roman history collide with bohemian cafes, and a Gothic Minster sits alongside charming independent shops.
Trains to York
If you were to design the perfect city, it might look a lot like York. Glorious riverside location? Check. Winding historic streets jammed with independent shops? Check. Thriving arts and culture scene? Check. Jaw-dropping Minster to rival the finest in Europe. One of those too. No wonder York is one of our most visited destinations.
If you need a quick coffee, a bite to eat or even a last minute birthday card, you’ll find everything you need within five minutes of York Station.
Put your wallet away with our guide to free things to do in York.
Encounter rampaging Vikings, explore grand steam trains and step back in time with afternoon tea with our step-by-step guide to a family day out in York.
York is a shopper’s dream – its historic cobbled streets offer everything from quirky independent stores and heritage brands to high street chains.
From history and culture to sport and retail therapy, you’ll never be short of things to do in York.
At the end of a busy day, it’s good to know there are plenty of options to lay your weary head.
York is the foodie capital of the north. It may be best known for its Viking history and spectacular Minster, but it's also acclaimed for its grub. Here’s our guide to a foodie day in York.
Many an hour can be spent shopping in the pleasant surroundings of York – whether your list includes designer clothes, vintage jewellery, quirky gifts or something for the family foodie.
York is a treasure trove of cultural delights, where Viking history collides with the steam age and art-house cinema with Elizabethan painting.
Great value tickets to York
Always one of our most popular destinations, York is an inspiring combination of history and modernity, tradition and innovation. Take a look at our selection of cheap deals on train fares to York, including both Standard tickets and First Class tickets, and make sure your next rail trip to York is one to remember.
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Travel to York by Train
Located roughly half way between Edinburgh and London on the East Coast mainline, York station is one of the most important junctions on the British rail network. Both a terminus and a through station, York is serviced by Virgin Trains East Coast’s half hourly high speed services to London. In fact, Virgin Trains East Coast runs more services between York and London than any other operator, as well as regular inter-city trains to Newcastle, Glasgow and Edinburgh and regional connections across Yorkshire. You can catch regular trains to Hull, Darlington, Durham and Leeds as well as Doncaster and Wakefield. Virgin Trains East Coast offers a great range of value train tickets and cheap rail fares from destinations across England and Scotland.
Travel times to York
Some of our key inter-city routes to and from York include trains to London and Edinburgh as well as local destinations such as connections to Leeds, Doncaster and Durham. It is also serviced by all trains to Scotland, i.e. trains to Glasgow, Inverness and Aberdeen. Travel to York by train and avail of the core benefits of rail travel – it’s often faster and always more relaxing than the alternatives, offers you flexibility and comfort and is perfect for an easy and hassle-free for trip with family and friends. Travel times vary from journey to journey, so please use our journey planner to find the right train for you. But one thing always remains the same: Only we offer Virgin Trains East Coast tickets at the best possible price with no hidden fees. That’s our Price Promise.
York to Doncaster: from 22 minutes
York to Leeds: from 23 minutes
York to Edinburgh: from 2 hours 27 minutes
York to London: from 1 hour 55 minutes