Popular train routes to York


London to York - 1h 51 mins


Cardiff to York - 4h 54 mins


Edinburgh to York - 2h 26 mins


Manchester to York - 1h 30 mins



Travelling to York by train

Founded by the Romans and celebrated in Viking lore, the ancient walled city of York boasts adventure at every turn. This historically-rich city hosts 30 world-class museums, a top-rated racecourse, and a bustling cultural scene.

York is conveniently located on the East Coast Main Line, half-way between London and Edinburgh. One of the most accessible cities in the UK, it's served by direct trains from both London and Edinburgh, with additional direct services from Birmingham, the South West, Liverpool, Manchester, and Newcastle.

How long does it take to get to York?

Travelling from the other side of the country, or coming to visit from down South? London to York trains take around two hours. Depart from King's Cross station where there are around 25 direct trains each weekday.
Neon sign of Gibson's Smokehouse in York

Treat your fork in York

Satisfy your healthy appetite in the dog-friendly garden of Circles Café, enjoy a local ale at The Blue Bell pub or munch your way through the food court in the famous Shambles Market.

Boats on the River Ouse

Places to visit in York

See York Minster Cathedral, watch the galloping hooves at York Racecourse, learn about the city’s grisly past at the York Dungeon and there's a can’t-miss stop at the National Railway Museum.

People dancing

Discover York's nightlife

You’ll find a wide selection of great bars and experiences to make your night a special one, including the convivial York Tap, The Last Drop Inn and Kuda, the city's largest nightclub.

Woman carrying shopping bags

Shopping in York

From the High Street to lovely little independent shops, get your retail therapy at locations including, the Shambles Market, McArthurGlen’s designer outlet and ‘Bishy Road’.


Family outing

Family fun in York

You can keep the whole family entertained and educated with dozens of fun attractions that’ll have them learning and laughing all through your visit.

Aerial shot of York

Beautiful York

Use the Explorer Pass from the Visit York Information Centre to see the city for yourself.
(York photos by Andy Falconer, Ashley Baxter, Andy Holmes and Luke Porter on Unsplash).