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Trains from Sunderland to York

York City walls

Are you thinking of taking a trip to York? Whether you’re visiting for the day or you’re planning a weekend break, you can enjoy a relaxing, fuss-free journey when you hop on board our Sunderland to York train. 

In a bid to encourage our customers to explore the wonderful destinations along our routes – 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, including our Sunderland to York journey. You can view the videos below (links open in an external window):

Sunderland to York (East View)

Sunderland to York (West View) 

To help you plan your visit, we’ve created this guide to everything you need to know about how you’ll get there with Grand Central. Train times from Sunderland to York, duration and the different services we offer are all covered, so you’ll be perfectly prepared for your trip out of the north east. 

How frequent is the Sunderland to York train?

During the week, our Sunderland to York train runs four times a day, with the first service departing at 06.43. On a Saturday, our first service leaves Sunderland at 06.43 and on a Sunday at 09.23. Look out for the logo when planning your trip so you can be sure to get to York in the style and comfort that we provide on every one of our trains.  

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

On average, our direct train from Sunderland to York takes around 1 hour 40 minutes. All our services for this route are direct, so you’ll be able to settle into your journey without having to worry about getting off and changing halfway. Take your seat, pick up a book or log on to write that email, and allow us to take care of getting you to York.   

What services are available on Grand Central’s Sunderland to York train?

Step onto a Grand Central Sunderland to York train and enjoy an indulgent rail travel experience. The outstanding range of facilities on our Grand Central trains means that your journey will be relaxing and comfortable from the moment you depart to the second you arrive at York. 

We’ve taken care of everything. There are delicious food and drink options to fuel you up for a day of sightseeing, and free Wi-Fi to help you do some last-minute research into where you want to visit first.

Do you want more legroom and a reclining seat so you can have a snooze? Upgrade to First Class so you can really stretch out. Plus, the at-seat service and complimentary refreshments mean you won’t have to move an inch for the whole journey.  

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

The type of ticket you buy depends on different factors, such as when you plan on travelling and how many people you’re travelling with. Also, will you be returning to Sunderland? If you’re heading back after your trip to York, then you’ll need to book a Return ticket. If York is your final destination, then a Single fare is the best option. 

Another thing to consider when choosing the ticket for your Sunderland to York train is how set your timings are. If you know the exact service that you need or you have to be in York for a specific time, then an Advance ticket is probably the best option for you. Can you be flexible about when you travel? An Anytime ticket will cover your travel plans. 

Avoiding the rush hour can also be ideal. Our Off-peak fares mean you can enjoy quieter, cheaper travel to York. 

You can easily see what ticket type your trip qualifies for using our journey planner. If you’re unsure about which ticket to choose, speak to us. Our friendly team is on hand to answer your questions and will point you in the right direction. 

How can I secure cheap train tickets from Sunderland to York?

For cheap train tickets from Sunderland to York, we recommend booking before you travel, rather than on the day that you’ll be travelling. By doing this, you’ll bag a better rate as prices tend to go up on the day of travel. 

You can also make big savings with a Railcard. You could get as much as 1/3 off rail travel on this and other routes across the UK for a whole year. There are different types of Railcard available, so it’s worth checking to see if you’re eligible today. 

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

We’ve made booking your train tickets with us smooth and simple. Once you’ve worked out the best train times for your Sunderland to York train, let us know your travel details in the journey planner, then choose the ticket you want. 

From there, you’ll need to choose the method of delivery that you’d prefer. You can have your tickets sent to your phone as an e-ticket, collect them in the station or have them delivered to you by post. 

After that, tap the ‘Continue’ button, check that your travel details are correct, and complete the payment. Then, your train to York will be all booked. 

Things to do in York

York is packed with things to see and places to go. There are iconic attractions such as York Minster and Clifford’s Tower, hidden gems such as Mansion House and Barley Hall, and relaxing boat and bus tours so you can see the city from a whole new perspective. 

You can walk almost three miles of perfectly preserved Roman walls that encase the centre of the city before stopping for a bite to eat in one of the many independent eateries and pubs. Plus there are plenty of high street stores and high-end names where you can indulge in a spot of retail therapy before you hop on the train home.


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.