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Book your train tickets to Wakefield

A popular West Yorkshire commuter hub, Wakefield is a small city that is nonetheless steeped in history and boasts unique charm and character. Located just eight miles south of Leeds along the River Calder, Wakefield is home to, beautiful architecture and modern leisure facilities.

When you arrive at Wakefield Kirkgate train station, you'll only be a short walk from the city centre. Here, you can enjoy the many retail outlets and restaurants the city has to offer, before heading out to explore.

Booking a train ticket to Wakefield is simple and, chances are, you'll get your hands on budget-friendly fares. When you choose Grand Central, you're free to enjoy a fuss-free journey and a selection of onboard facilities.

Check out our guide below on how to book your train to Wakefield. We'll let you know about popular train routes, how to find the right ticket and what to do when you arrive in Wakefield.

How to find cheap trains to Wakefield

We offer a range of tickets to suit your travel requirements. To ensure you get the best chance of securing a great-value train ticket to Wakefield, look at our money-saving tips below.

Ticket types

  • Advance

Planning your journey in advance? Grand Central Advance fares are the best value tickets we have, offering savings of up to 80% on standard fares. These are typically available up to six months before your chosen departure date, but don't delay, as we only have limited numbers on sale.

Students can make further savings by signing up to our Student Central offer, which cuts our Advance ticket prices by 25%. Plus, if you have a Railcard, you'll make even bigger savings! You'll need a valid student ID and email address to be eligible for our student discount.

  • Off-peak

If you travel outside of peak times, our Off-peak tickets are usually cheaper than our standard fares. Those who are flexible with their travel arrangements can benefit from quieter carriages and more comfortable journeys, as you'll have more chance of grabbing a seat.

  • Anytime

Explore Wakefield at your leisure when you choose our Anytime fares. These are ideal for passengers who don't want to feel restricted by time when visiting or worry about rushing to catch a specific train.

More ways to save

Great-value train tickets don't stop there. If you're travelling to Wakefield in a group of 10 or more passengers, our Group Travel discount could be just what you're looking for.

Or, to save 1/3 on the majority of train journeys, check to see if you qualify for a Railcard. Whether you're younger or older or travelling with friends or family, there's likely to be a Railcard for you somewhere. Simply purchase one online or at local stations.

What facilities are onboard Grand Central trains to Wakefield?

You'll feel relaxed and ready to arrive thanks to our range of onboard facilities. With a buffet service offering a selection of, hot and cold drinks and snacks. And you can even order and pay for your food from the comfort of your seat.

Whether you're travelling for work or leisure, use our onboard Wi-Fi to keep you entertained. Kick back and listen to your favourite podcast or take the time to catch up on emails.

If you're searching for the perfect environment for work or relaxation, our First Class carriages are ready and waiting for you. Unwind in our wide, reclining seats and receive complimentary refreshments.

Are there regular trains to Wakefield Kirkgate?

We have several daily Grand Central services running to and from Wakefield, so you'll likely find a time to suit your busy schedule. We advise you use our planner to find the next available service and book tickets.

You can also download the Grand Central app for a quick and convenient way of booking your tickets. Enjoy safe and contactless journeys by keeping your train ticket to Wakefield secure in your own digital wallet. And check live train times throughout the day so you can stay up-to-the-minute with your journey.

When finding a train to Wakefield, look out for the  logo to find a service that's operated by us. And for the latest travel information regarding trains to and from Wakefield use our timetables.

Popular train routes to Wakefield

Wakefield is a well-connected commuter hotspot, making the city favoured by many for its convenient transport links. Some of our most popular journeys include:

Route Average time
London to Wakefield 2hr 34min
Bradford to Wakefield 50min
Doncaster to Wakefield 46min

What to do in Wakefield

Wakefield offers plenty to do for all the family and makes for an enjoyable day out. With a fantastic selection of cultural attractions, outdoor activities and rich history, there's something for everyone to enjoy.

Wakefield Cathedral dominates the city's skyline and has the tallest spire in Yorkshire. With so much architecture to admire, don't miss the stunning Town Hall and Crown Court, too, which both date back to the 1800s.

The city is also home to several museums and art galleries, including The Hepworth Wakefield and the nearby National Coal Mining Museum and Yorkshire Sculpture Park.

Enjoy a picturesque stroll in one of the many parks the city has to offer. Whether you choose Angler's Country Park, Pugneys Country Park or Newmillerdam Country Park, you'll experience beautiful woodland and peaceful lakes galore.

Shop till you drop at Trinity Walk shopping centre, located right in the heart of the city centre and just minutes from Wakefield Kirkgate train station. With around 70 stores, you'll be sure to find everything you need.

Ready to go? Book a Grand Central train to Wakefield today so you can start planning your trip.