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Cheap train tickets to Doncaster & South Yorkshire

Doncaster countryside and canal


Whether you’re planning a business trip or visiting family, if you need to book a train ticket to Doncaster, Grand Central has your rail travel needs covered. From outstanding onboard facilities to budget-friendly fares, we’ll make sure your journey to South Yorkshire is smooth and stress-free. 

Maybe you’re heading to Doncaster to catch up with friends before going back to university in Sheffield? Did you know Doncaster also boasts one of the UK’s oldest and largest traditional markets and makes for a great day out? Tracing its origins back to AD 43, Doncaster Market now incorporates a number of iconic buildings such as the International Food Hall, Corn Exchange, Fish Market, Wool Market and a vast area of 150 outdoor stalls. The market runs every Tuesday, Friday and Saturday and a bric-a-brac market also takes place every Wednesday in the outdoor area. Or perhaps you’re planning a stay in the glorious Peak District? Wherever you’re travelling to, we can keep you connected so you can explore everything that South Yorkshire has to offer. 

To find out more about booking your journey with Grand Central, read on. In this guide, we cover the different onboard facilities that are available on our trains, how to book the cheapest train ticket to Doncaster, and what you can do when you get there. 

How to get a cheap train ticket to Doncaster

If you’re budgeting for your visit to South Yorkshire, we’ve made it easy for you to buy the cheapest available train ticket for your Doncaster trip. We have a range of wallet-friendly fares available. Here are some tips to help you find the best value for your journey. 

Before you start looking at the different ticket types, you’ll need to know when you’re travelling and how flexible you can be about when you take the train. These factors can affect the price you’ll pay.   

When you’re searching the different types of train ticket, you’ll see that you can choose from Anytime, Off-peak and Advance. The value fares can be found when you book ahead, so you’re more likely to bag the cheapest train ticket to Doncaster or to other stations in the region if you choose Advance

To qualify for Advance tickets, you’ll need to know the exact time and date you want to travel, so this is a great choice if you need to be in Doncaster for a specific time. Plus, if you’re a student, you can save more when you book Advance by getting a 25% student discount today. You’ll need your university email address to claim a discount code from the Grand Central website.

If you can be flexible about when you travel, it may be worth looking at Off-peak train times to Doncaster. These tickets are usually valid for travel outside the rush hour and are cheaper than tickets that cover travel during the morning and evening commute. 

If you don’t mind when you get there, Anytime tickets can be used on any valid train. This means you’re not committed to travel at a specific time, giving you more time in South Yorkshire. 

Look out for other money-saving opportunities, too. Our Multibuy and Group Travel discounts are also ways to pick up cheap train tickets to Doncaster. 

What facilities are onboard Grand Central trains?

Wherever you’re heading, whether you’re going to Doncaster or travelling on to Barnsley, we want you to have a relaxing, enjoyable train journey from the moment you step on board to when you arrive at your destination. This is why we have a fantastic range of facilities onboard our trains. 

Do you want to catch up on some work emails? Maybe you want to listen to your favourite podcast? We can keep you connected with the free Wi-Fi that’s available for all our passengers. 

Feeling hungry? Take your pick from the tasty treats available from our onboard menu, which includes hot and cold drinks, sandwiches and snacks.

If you want to take relaxation to the next level, you’ll find it when you upgrade to First Class. With large reclining seats, plenty of legroom and complimentary snacks and drinks, it’s the perfect way to unwind as you travel. 

Are there regular train times to Doncaster and South Yorkshire?

There are lots of Grand Central trains that run to Doncaster and across South Yorkshire, so you’re sure to find a service that fits in with your travel plans. The exact timings and the number of services that are available will depend on which station you’re travelling from. 

To find the right train times to Doncaster for your trip, enter your departure station into the box at the top of the page and fill in the rest of your travel details. When you’re ready, tap ‘Search and Buy’ to explore the times that are available. 

For information on the latest arrivals and departures across South Yorkshire, download and print our train timetables. These are a great guide to keep with you while you’re on-the-go.

What to do in Doncaster and South Yorkshire

Doncaster – affectionately known as Donny by the locals – is a historic market town located on the southern edge of South Yorkshire. The markets still run here three times a week, so you can enjoy some shopping while in the centre. You can also explore nature reserves and discover an impressive railway heritage that dates to 1853, when the first locomotive works were established in the city.  

Away from Doncaster, there is another major city in South Yorkshire to visit. Sheffield is known for its connection to steel, as well as being a popular place to study. You can sit in lush green spaces, wander through the Winter Garden or head to the shops before taking a seat in one of the many eateries for a delicious dining experience. 

If you’re looking for an adventure, pop your hiking boots on and make your way to the Peak District. Here, you can walk the trails, hop on a mountain bike or even go alpaca trekking. Thrill seekers can go abseiling or head underground to marvel at the stalagmites and stalactites in Treak Cliff Cavern. 

If you can’t wait to take your trip to South Yorkshire, why not take the first step by booking your train ticket to Doncaster today? Whether you’re visiting Doncaster or travelling across the region, you can enjoy getting there with Grand Central.

Grand Central serve the following stations in this region:

Ideas for days out in Doncaster and South Yorkshire

Doncaster Racecourse

  • Spend a day at the legendary South Yorkshire racecourse.
    • After a £34 million redevelopment Doncaster Racecourse is now a world class venue and one of the busiest racecourses in the country. The main stand includes private hospitality suites, lots of lovely places to eat and drink, plus luxury dining experiences, too.

      There is also a wide calendar of events taking place at the racecourse including live music festivals, concerts and fairs.



      Doncaster Racecourse,
      Leger Way,
      DN2 6BB

      Get directions with Google Maps

Yorkshire Wildlife Park

  • Discover a huge array of furry, feathered and feline friends.
    • Yorkshire Wildlife Park is the UK’s No.1 walk-through wildlife adventure. Home to polar bears, tigers, rhino, monkeys, cheetahs and lions, there are so many amazing animals to see during your visit.

      Just a short drive from Doncaster, the wildlife park offers a sanctuary for children (and adults) who love animals and wildlife. There is indoor and outdoor fun, and a range of cafés and restaurants to keep everyone fed and watered.

      Visit here for more information.

Brodsworth Hall and Gardens

  • Experience the glory of Victorian life.
    • Built in the 1860s, Brodsworth Hall and gardens was originally a home for the Thellusson family and their servants. Here you can wonder through the many rooms of the house, stop for a snack in the tearoom, and discover the recently restored game larder.

      Enjoy a leisurely stroll in the labyrinthine 'grand gardens in miniature', which have been lovingly restored to their Victorian heyday. You will also find grand fountains, beautiful summerhouses and a sentimental pet cemetery, as well as a stunning array of roses, snowdrops, tulips and greenery, sprouting up throughout the seasons.

      Visit here for more information.

South Yorkshire Aircraft Museum

  • Cockpits, jets and propellers a plenty.
    • The South Yorkshire Aircraft Museum is a fascinating exhibit of aviation at its finest. From rare light aircrafts to super-fast modern jets, there is something to discover for any aircraft enthusiast, big or small.

      Explore planes, helicopters and even rockets, both indoors and outdoors, open throughout the year. Diecast models and self-assembling kits can be found in the gift shop and there is also a selection of drinks, snacks and ice-creams to keep you hydrated as you browse.

      Visit here for more information.

Doncaster Museum and Art Gallery

  • A superb helping of local art, history and nature.
    • Explore a combination of natural history, archaeology, local history, fine art and much more during your visit to the Doncaster Museum and Art Gallery. Charting the history of Doncaster from the Ice Age to the present day, you are sure to learn lots during your visit to the museum.

      The Art Gallery’s artworks depict Doncaster’s heritage, from railways to horse-racing and much more, showcasing the works of artists and sculptors including Frank Dobson, John Frederick Herring and Joseph Wright of Derby.

      Visit here for more information.