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Trains to London From Sunderland

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Thinking of taking an exciting trip to the capital? Whether you’re visiting family and friends, heading for a weekend break or travelling to see a show or two, get there in style when you hop on board one of our Sunderland to London King’s Cross trains – where travelling in style and comfort comes as standard. 

In a bid to encourage our customers to explore the wonderful destinations along our routes this summer – and beyond – we’ve created an exciting series of videos that have all been shot from the comfort of Grand Central’s very own train carriages on four of our key journeys. You can view the journey between London and Sunderland (and vice versa), via our 'Take the Scenic Route' videos on the links below:

London to Sunderland (Cab view)

Sunderland to London (East view)

Sunderland to London (West view)

We’ve made planning your next trip simple and straightforward. In this handy guide you’ll find everything you need to know about how you’ll get to London King’s Cross with Grand Central. Find the Sunderland to London train times that best suit you, take a look at the services we offer and discover all the things you can do while you’re in the capital. 

How frequent are Sunderland to London trains?

During the week, Sunderland to London trains run five times a day. The first service departs at 06.43  on a weekday, meaning you could be in the capital at 10.15! On a Saturday, the first of our five services leaves Sunderland at 06.43 and on a Sunday, the first of our four services at 09.23. If you want to travel in style and comfort, make sure to look out for the GC logo when planning your trip. 

What is the average journey time on a Sunderland to London train?

On average, trains from Sunderland to London take around four hours and Grand Central’s services run direct, so you’ll be able to settle into your journey and relax with good book or your favourite podcast. Take a seat, grab a coffee, write an email or just enjoy the view, and allow us to take care of getting you to London.

What is available on Grand Central’s trains?

Stepping onto a Grand Central train means enjoying an indulgent rail travel experience. Thanks to our outstanding range of facilities, a journey on one of our Grand Central trains is a relaxing and stress-free one – from the moment you depart to the second you arrive at your destination. 

You’ll never have to worry because we’ve taken care of everything. Indulge in some delicious food and drink while on board to fuel you up for your day ahead, and enjoy our free Wi-Fi which will allow you to answer those all-important emails, watch a film or do some last-minute research into where you’re visiting. 

Fancy a little more legroom and a reclining seat if your journey is particularly long? You’re in luck! Upgrade to First Class so you can stretch out as much as you’d like and take that snooze you’ve been meaning to have. As an added bonus, you’ll enjoy our at-seat service and complimentary refreshments throughout. You won’t have to move an inch for the entire journey. Why wait? Upgrade your ticket today!

Which ticket do I need for my Sunderland to London train?

The type of ticket you buy depends on a number of different factors, such as when you’re planning on travelling, how many people you’ll be travelling with and whether or not you’ll be making a return journey to Sunderland. If you’re heading back after your time in London, you’ll need to book a Return ticket. If you will be staying in the capital, then a Single fare is the best option.

Another thing to consider when choosing the ticket for your Sunderland to London train is how flexible your timings are. If you know the exact service you need or have to be in London for a specific time, then booking an Advance ticket is the best option for you. If you want to be a little more flexible around the time you can travel, book an Anytime ticket instead.

If you’re able to avoid the rush hour, then even better! Our Off-peak fares mean you’re able to enjoy an even quieter and cheaper journey to London.

We’ve made it easy to see what type of ticket your trip qualifies for when you use our journey planner. Here you’re able to view all of the Sunderland to London train times as well as check ticket types and prices. If you’re unsure about which ticket to choose, speak to us. Our friendly team are on hand to answer your questions and will be more than happy to point you in the right direction. 

How can I secure cheap train tickets from Sunderland to London King’s Cross

If you’re searching for cheap train tickets from Sunderland to London, we recommend booking before you travel, rather than on the day you’ll be leaving. By booking ahead, you’ll bag a better rate as prices tend to go up on the day of travel. 

You can also make big savings by using a Railcard too. These will get you as much as 1/3 off rail travel on this and other routes across the UK for a whole year. With a number of different types of Railcard available, from student to senior, it’s worth checking to see if you’re eligible. 

How do I book tickets for my Sunderland to London train?

We’ve made booking your Sunderland to London train tickets quick and simple. Once you’ve found the best train times for your journey, fill in your travel details in the journey planner and choose the ticket you want. 

Then, you’ll need to choose the method of delivery that you’d prefer. Whether you want your tickets sent to your phone as an e-ticket, to collect them at the station or have them delivered to you by post, we’ve got you covered. 

Finally, tap the ‘Continue’ button, give your travel details a check to ensure they’re correct, and complete your payment. Once you’ve done all of that, your train to the capital will be all booked and your journey secured. 

Things to do in London

We all know that London is jam packed full of things to do and places to see. If you’ve never been to the capital before you’re in for a treat. There are the iconic attractions such as the London Eye, Houses of Parliament and Buckingham Palace, as well as hidden gems such as Little Venice, The Painted Hall and Sky Garden. With so much to explore, even if you’ve visited the city before, you’re likely to see if from a whole new perspective. 

You can walk for miles or take the tube to your desired spots, before stopping at one of the hundreds of independent or chain eateries and pubs. Plus, with so many high-street stores to indulge in a spot of retail therapy and theatres offering some incredible performances, you’ll want to come back again and again to make sure you can squeeze it all in!

Sunderland to London Kings Cross

  • Peak services (except Fridays)
  • Service running Monday only
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.