London to York Train Tickets



One Way


Delve a little deeper into England’s colorful history by booking a trip from London to York by train! Whether you board with Virgin Trains East Coast, Grand Central, East Midlands Trains or Hull Trains, you’re assured a comfortable, relaxing travel experience with style. Both First and Standard class seating are available on all trains, along with a number of friendly services and handy amenities.

Though most York-bound trains leave London from King’s Cross station, some depart instead from St. Pancras Int. on weekends (East Midlands), with all trains arriving at York railway station. Frequent departures are available each day, allowing you to travel from London to York by train when it suits you best!

Your journey takes you to the historic walled city of York, first established by the Romans during the 1st century BC. Even today, large sections of this ancient defensive wall remain intact. Still, York is a contemporary, cultural city with a host of museums, pubs, cafés and restaurants to satisfy even the most discerning tourist. Particularly of interest are the gothic York Cathedral, National Railway Museum, Jorvik Viking Centre and York Art Gallery.

Purchase your London to York ‘Ticket on Departure & Reservation’ e-ticket here and you’ll receive your order confirmation along with a ticket collection reference number by email shortly thereafter. Simply use this number to retrieve your actual ticket from a local ticket collection machine and you’ll be ready for travel!

Journey Details


Trains depart approximately every 5 to 10 minutes during peak times and every 30 minutes otherwise, with an average of 45 departures daily (non-stop; 1 or 2 changes)

Travel time

1 hour and 48 minutes non-stop (fastest time)

Train stations

London King’s Cross or St. Pancras Int. and York

Train features

London North Eastern Railway, Grand Central, East Midlands Trains and Hull Trains high-speed trains, reaching a maximum speed of 201km/h
Ticket Fares

When booking your ‘Ticket on Departure & Reservation’, the following fare options may be available:


Anytime tickets offer full flexibility. With no time restrictions, you are free to travel aboard any train, even during peak hours.


Advance tickets are less expensive, but have a limited availability. The sooner you book, the less you pay. Ideal for those committed to traveling on a particular date, time and train.

Off-Peak & Super Off-Peak

Off-peak tickets offer some flexibility, allowing you to travel aboard any train operating during off-peak hours on your ticket date. Though peak times may vary, they are typically before 9:30am and between 4:00pm and 7:00pm. Super Off-Peak tickets may be more restrictive.
Ticket Classes

Standard Class

Standard class coaches provide comfortable, quality seating.

First Class

First class coaches are equipped with larger, adjustable seats that offer superior comfort as well as plenty of leg and elbow room. Passengers can enjoy the complimentary at-seat food and drink service and free morning newspaper available on select train lines.
Ticket Discounts

Child discount

Children under 5 years of age travel for free. Children between the ages of 5 and 15 can save up to 50% off the adult ticket price.
Train Services and Amenities
  • Onboard food and drink catering (subject to availability)
  • WiFi internet access
  • Power outlets for charging laptops or other mobile devices
  • Designated storage areas for personal luggage items
  • “Quiet Coach” seating
  • Wheelchair-accessible facilities
Additional Details

Seat reservations

In most cases, your ‘Ticket on Departure & Reservation’ e-ticket will include a seat reservation. Exceptions where the seat may not be reserved at the time of booking include shorter journeys that don’t offer seat reservations or when the allocation of reservable seats is fully booked. In either case, your ticket is still valid and you can sit in any vacant seat.

Ticket Purchase Conditions and Delivery

Tickets for travel from London to York by train may be booked up to 3 months in advance. Refunds and exchanges are not permitted.
Once your e-ticket order has been processed, you will receive an email confirmation with a ticket collection #. Collect your physical ticket simply by using this number at a self-service ticket dispensing machine at the station before boarding.

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