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Trains from York to Thirsk

James Herriott Country

Are you having a day at the races? Or maybe you want to visit James Herriot country? Whatever you’ve got planned, hop on one of Grand Central’s York to Thirsk trains for a stress-free start to your day. Whether you want to wander along the cobbled streets or have a break in one of the town’s coaching inns, our trains will get you there in no time. 

To help you plan your trip out of the city, read on. We’ve covered everything you need to know, from journey duration and how to get a great deal on your fares, to the train times from York to Thirsk, so all you’ll need to do is sit back, relax and enjoy the journey to this historic market town in comfort. 

How frequent is the York to Thirsk train?

Our York to Thirsk timetable runs five times a day on weekdays and Saturdays, with services starting at 13.23. On Sundays, there are three Grand Central trains departing from York, starting at 15.38. These times are likely to be updated, however, so be sure to check before you book.  

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

Typical train times for a York to Thirsk journey take around 20 minutes. The majority of these are a direct service, although there is the occasional service that includes a change, taking the timings to around 34 minutes. Be sure to check for the routes that include a change when you book your travel. 

Whichever service you choose, you can be sure of an easy, relaxing journey when you hop on a Grand Central York to Thirsk train. 

What services are there on Grand Central trains from York to Thirsk?

When you travel on a Grand Central York to Thirsk train, you can indulge in our selection of onboard facilities. There’s free Wi-Fi for our passengers, so you can easily check your emails, listen to a podcast, or do some last-minute planning for your day trip in Thirsk without worrying about running out of data.  

Ready for refreshments? Select something tasty from the range of drinks, sandwiches and snacks available from our onboard buffet service. We offer local food from independent companies wherever we can, so you can tuck into freshly prepared treats. 

While our standard seating is a comfortable option, our First Class service offers reclining seats with extra legroom. Plus, we treat all First Class passengers to an at-seat service and complimentary refreshments. 

Whichever of our onboard services you opt for, you can make the journey on your York to Thirsk train your own with Grand Central. 

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

When you check the train times from York to Thirsk here on the Grand Central site, you’ll also need to select the train ticket that suits your travel needs. There are several different types of train tickets that we offer and the one you choose will depend on factors such as the time of day you want to travel and the number of people in your group. 

If you’re travelling after the morning rush, you might be able to save money with our Off-peak fares. Or, if you don’t need to commit to a set time to take the York to Thirsk train, take a look at our Anytime tickets. Should you know exactly when you want to travel, we also have Advance fares that allow you to book specific trains.  

The ticket you choose will also depend on whether you’ll be heading back to York. You’ll need to book a Return if you’re doing a day trip and if Thirsk is your final destination, you’ll just need a Single ticket. 

How can I secure tickets for a Grand Central York to Thirsk train?

Prices can vary daily, however the fare is usually cheaper if you book in advance rather than waiting to buy on the day. To help you get the best price for your journey, take a look at the York to Thirsk train timetable as early as possible and see how much the tickets will be for the times you’re thinking of travelling. 

One way to save money on your trip to Thirsk is by investing in a Railcard. If you’re eligible for one of these, you could get as much as 1/3 off most fares, plus they last for a year so you can make even more savings on train travel. There are different Railcards available, so it’s worth checking to see if you qualify for one. 

How do I book tickets for a York to Thirsk train?

It’s easy to book your trip on a York to Thirsk train. When you’re ready, head to our journey planner and add in your travel details. 

Once you’ve selected the train fare that works for your travel plans, you’ll be asked to let us know how you would like your tickets to be delivered. This could be an e-ticket, collection from the vending machine at the station, or sent to you in the post. You’ll also be asked if you’d like to reserve a seat for your journey. 

From there, tap the ‘Continue’ button, double-check everything on your order, and pay. Then, your tickets for your trip to Thirsk will be secured. 

Things to do in Thirsk

There’s a lot to love about Thirsk. One of the town’s biggest draws is its racecourse, which is set to celebrate its centenary in 2023. However, horseracing has taken place here for over 300 years and today it attracts huge crowds across all the major fixtures. Look out for information on when the next events are due to take place. 

It’s also worth taking a trip to World of James Herriot. This museum details the life of Thirsk’s most famous resident, the author behind the much-loved All Creatures Great and Small. 

There are also regular market days for you to enjoy and plenty of walks. The three-mile-long White Horse Walk is a particular treat that starts at Sutton Bank and leads to a view described by James Herriot as the finest in England.

Bring your walking boots and hop on the next York to Thirsk train to explore this town for yourself.  

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