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Trains from London Kings Cross to Thirsk

Looking for a little Yorkshire retreat? Thirsk could be the perfect place for you. This little town was once known as ‘God’s Country’, and for very good reason. Not only is it located next to the stunning North York Moors with exceptional views all over, but Thirsk is also just a short distance away from the larger towns of Harrogate and York.

Whether you are planning a longer stay or just a short day trip, Grand Central trains are the best way to get you there. To help demonstrate just how easy it is to get the train from London Kings Cross to Thirsk, we have put together a handy guide to get you there. We will cover journey planning, buying tickets, our best deals and what to expect when you step on one of our trains. 

How often do trains from London Kings Cross to Thirsk run?

Our London Kings Cross to Thirsk trains run five times a day on weekdays, with the first service departing at 08:27.
We also have four direct services on each weekend day. They start from 11.27 on Saturdays and 13:48 on Sundays.

Finding a Grand Central London Kings Cross to Thirsk train time has never been easier. All you need to do is look out for the GC logo and away you go.

What is the average journey time on a London Kings Cross to Thirsk train?

On average, a Grand Central London Kings Cross to Thirsk train will take around two hours and 15 minutes, getting you up the country in no time at all. Make your life as easy as possible by leaving the car, traffic and stress at home. Just jump aboard and we will do the rest. 

What services are there on Grand Central trains to Thirsk?

You can make the most of our wide range of onboard facilities while travelling with us, making your trip as comfortable as possible.

At Grand Central, we know and appreciate just how valuable your mobile data is. Save yourself from using your hotspot and make the most of our free Wi-Fi as standard. Listening to your favourite podcast or just browsing the web has never been easier.

Whether you’ve forgotten your packed lunch, fancy a snack or just need to quench your thirst, you can get everything you need from our food and drink service. Whenever possible our produce is locally sourced, meaning you get the best every time. 

If you have chosen to upgrade your ticket to First Class, not only do you get extra legroom and reclining seats, but you can also take advantage of free refreshments. So, why not treat yourself? 

Which ticket do I need for my London Kings Cross to Thirsk train?

The purpose and longevity of your trip will determine what type of ticket you may wish to purchase. If you plan to stay in Thirsk for a long time, you may only need a Single. However, if a short day trip is what you’re after then a Return ticket might be right for you. We have a variety of ticket types at Grand Central, so you will always be able to find the one that’s right for you. 

If planning is your forte and you want to ensure you have everything prepared and ready, opt for an Advance fare. Now available up to six months in advance, you can secure your London Kings Cross to Thirsk train ticket way before your chosen travel date.

If you don’t want to tie yourself down to a set time, an Anytime ticket is perfect. With an Anytime ticket, you can hop on and off any Grand Central service whenever you please, allowing you to travel without restrictions. 

Finally, if you can travel at any time of the day, an Off-peak ticket could be the one for you. Secure yourself cheaper fares and travel at quieter times – what’s not to love? 

How can I get cheap train tickets from London Kings Cross to Thirsk?

The best way to secure cheap train tickets from London Kings Cross to Thirsk is to book in advance. As soon as you know the date and time you want to travel, check our website to find the best deals and get a great price. If you leave booking until the day of travel the price of your fare will likely have gone up.

Another great way to save money when you travel is with a Railcard. If you are entitled to one, they can save you up to 1/3 off your tickets. These are a great option for regular travellers as you will save every time you travel. Why not take a look to see if you’re eligible?

How do I book train tickets from London Kings Cross to Thirsk?

Our online journey planner is the best way to plan, book and organise your trip with us. Enter the date you would like to travel and we will provide the appropriate London Kings Cross to Thirsk train times and prices to suit you. All you need to do is select the right journey for you and you’re ready to go. 

You then need to decide how you wish to receive your tickets. If you plan far enough in advance and prefer things the traditional way, you have the option of receiving your tickets by post or collecting them at the station before you travel. However, if you are more technologically minded, a handy e-ticket could be the one for you. With the convenience of having your ticket on your phone, you can just scan it at the station and away you go. 

Finally, you’ll be asked to reserve a seat. You can choose whether you want to be in an aisle or window seat, near a socket or the luggage rack – the choice is yours. Just make sure you complete this step as it is essential for this journey. 

Things to do in Thirsk

Possibly the most notable part of Thirsk is its beautiful surroundings. Nestled between the Yorkshire Dales and the North York Moors, if you want stunning countryside views Thirsk is the place to go. With walks on your doorstep and harder climbs just a short drive away, Thirsk is a great escape for anyone wanting to go back to nature and find some peace.  

This beautiful town charms its visitors with its traditional buildings and cobbled streets, yet it is always bustling with people, giving it a great sense of community spirit. If you’ve explored the centre and are after some new daytime adventures, gorgeous abbeys and castles litter the surrounding area, offering you a taste of history during your stay. 

You may have heard of James Herriot, the world-famous vet and book and TV writer? Whether you have or you haven’t, the World of James Herriot is a fascinating and award-winning day out for all ages. You get the opportunity to explore his restored 1940s home and surgery, see the TV set he worked on and get a taste of just how veterinary science worked all those years ago. It is an unmissable experience, so be sure to visit.

If animals are your thing and you want to try something new, why not try pony trekking? Boltby Pony Trekking and Trail Riding Centre is situated in a village just outside Thirsk, on the edge of the North York Moors national park. They have a range of treks for people of all abilities, so why not make the most of the stunning Yorkshire views on horseback? You won’t regret it. 

There is so much more to explore in Thirsk, so all that’s left to do is book your ticket, pack your bags and jump aboard one of our Grand Central trains from London Kings Cross to Thirsk. We look forward to seeing you.

Timetable - NE Northbound

  • London Kings Cross to Sunderland
    •          Peak services (except Fridays)
               * Service running Monday only
    • Monday - Friday
      London Kings Cross 08:27 11:27 12:56 16:48 19:27
      York 10:25 13:23 14:51 18:43 21:23
      Thirsk 10:43 13:40 15:14 19:01 21:40
      Northallerton 10:59 13:49 15:23 19:10 21:49
      Eaglescliffe 11:17 14:04 15:46 19:28 22:05
      Hartlepool 11:38 14:24 16:13 19:53 22:24
      Sunderland (arrive) 12:04 14:51 16:38 20:21 22:52
    • Saturday
      London Kings Cross 11:27 13:18 16:48 19:27
      York 13:23 15:15 18:45 21:23
      Thirsk 13:40 15:37 19:03 21:39
      Northallerton 13:49 15:45 19:12 21:48
      Eaglescliffe 14:04 16:03 19:30 22:04
      Hartlepool 14:24 16:23 19:55 22:25
      Sunderland (arrive) 14:51 16:51 20:21 22:52
    • Sunday
      London Kings Cross 13:48 16:53 18:22
      York 15:38 18:41 20:12
      Thirsk 15:55 19:00 20:29
      Northallerton 16:07 19:11 20:43
      Eaglescliffe 16:24 19:32 21:01
      Hartlepool 16:46 19:55 21:26
      Sunderland (arrive) 17:10 20:21 21:51
    • One-way system in operation at London King's Cross
      Please be aware that due to COVID-19 restrictions, a one-way system is in operation at London King's Cross station. Please allow additional time for transfers when travelling to or from the station, particularly when using the London Underground.