Cheap Train Tickets to York

Looking to save money on your train tickets to York? Discover the historic city with the benefits of split ticketing to enable you to purchase cheap train tickets for your journey to this historic city.

Cheap train tickets to York
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From its Roman Settlement to Vikings, York is steeped in history. This city, circled by its ancient walls, surrounds incredible local businesses, restaurants, and eateries, along with some world-class museums. So, there really is something for everyone, whether for a day trip or a weekend getaway.

Located on the East Coast Main Line, halfway between London and Edinburgh, you can discover cheap train tickets with easy access from major cities. With regular trains to the east coast and nearby local towns, York is an ideal destination for a short break away. With Trainsplit's unique journey planner, you can make great savings by purchasing some cheap train tickets.

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Getting around York

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York is a small, compact city best explored on foot. You can get from one side of the city to the other in just 20 minutes.

ITravel York is a great resource packed with useful information on travelling around the city. Get more information on walking, cycling, buses, or driving in the city. It can also provide you with real-time updates to help you plan your visit.

For a more climate-neutral way to explore the city, why not try a TIER e-scooter? There are several charging stations across the city.

If you want to access some of York's out-of-town attractions, use the local Coastliner service. It runs regular services to Leeds, Malton, Pickering, and to the coast, including Scarborough, Filey, and Whitby. The North Yorkshire Moors Railway is one of the UK's most well-known heritage railways, and includes a stop at Goathland station, which has substituted for Aidensfield in the ITV drama series 'Heartbeat' and also as Hogsmeade in the 'Harry Potter' film series.

Want to visit Castle Howard? Stephenson of Easingwold buses run services to Castle Howard, and you can also get discounted entry on production of your bus ticket.

If you're a keen cyclist, York is the perfect place for all kinds of biking adventures, from leisurely rides around the city to exciting rural routes over moorland and through forests. You can explore York by bike with a guided city tour and explore the city's history or hire a bike and go for an adventure. York has plenty of choice for bike hire, with companies offering something for everyone.

Some great things to do when you're in York

Cheap train tickets to York
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  • Visit the York Chocolate Story and have a guided tour through the history of York’s most famous chocolate-making families and some of their creations. You will discover the origins of chocolate and the secrets behind some of York's greatest chocolates, from the famous Terry's Chocolate Orange to Nestle's Kit Kat.

  • Want to learn more about the Vikings in York? Then take a trip to the York Viking Centre, where you will be taken on a ride through a Viking settlement and experience the sights, sounds, and smells of Viking York as you journey back 1000 years.

  • Home to some of the most famous and iconic locomotives and railway collections, visit the National Railway Museum next door to York station and spend time exploring the stories, places, and engineering behind the railways. You can see inventions like the Japanese Bullet Train along with the world's fastest steam locomotive, the Mallard. You do need to pre-book to visit, but it's free to do so, and visiting the National Rail Museum could be a great option if you're on a budget.

  • Dating back to Medieval times, the Shambles is a historic street in the centre of York. This was once a row of butchers' shops. Now it is one of Europe's most visited streets. Just off the main street, there is the Shambles market, which is open 7 days a week and is a destination for a diverse range of shopping needs.

  • For something a little bit different, why not try the historic pub tour of York? York has a fascinating history, and if you would like to find out more while discovering some of its most historic pubs, let the guide entertain you with stories of its past and the famous highwayman Dick Turpin as you go between charming pub stops along the way.

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Sports Scene in York

York, known for its rich history and cultural heritage, also offers a vibrant sports scene. The city boasts a range of sporting facilities and activities that cater to various interests and skill levels. From traditional sports to contemporary recreational pursuits, York has something to offer for every sports enthusiast.

Football holds a special place in the hearts of the locals, with York City F.C. being the prominent football club in the area. The club's matches draw a significant following, creating a spirited atmosphere that reflects the city's passion for the sport.

For those inclined towards rugby, the York City Knights rugby league team has garnered a strong following, offering exhilarating matches and events throughout the season.

Additionally, York provides ample opportunities for outdoor activities such as cycling, rowing, and golf, with several well-maintained facilities and scenic routes across the city. The picturesque landscapes and historic landmarks make York an ideal setting for various outdoor sports and recreational pursuits.

The city also hosts regular sporting events and competitions, attracting participants and spectators from across the region. Whether you're a dedicated sports enthusiast or someone looking to explore the dynamic sporting culture, York's diverse sporting offerings are sure to leave a lasting impression.

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Places to eat in York on all budgets

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Fine Dining:

  • Roots - 68 Marygate, York, YO30 7BH
    Set in a quiet area of the city, the tasting menu evolves according to the availability of the produce available. The modern dishes are carefully prepared and deceptively simple to look at, yet offer a great depth of flavour. The well-chosen wine list offers plenty of choice with everything available by the glass.

  • Legacy at the Grand Hotel - Station Rise, York, YO1 6GD
    This restaurant in the Grand Hotel, originally built in 1906 as the HQ of the North Eastern Railway Company, provides a menu that uses Yorkshire ingredients to good effect, offering attractive modern dishes, and the knowledgeable professional team adds to the sense of occasion.

  • Arras Restaurant - The Old Coach House, York, YO1 7PW
    This restaurant strives for thought-provoking and interesting food. Set in a former coach house, the well-priced menu offers creative and ambitious cooking, with many of the products locally grown and sourced seasonally to add detail to the food. One not to be missed is the cheese trolley offering a selection of British cheeses on a handmade oak trolley.

Mid-Range Dining:

  • Burgsy’s - 9 Walmgate, York, YO1 9TX
    This independent restaurant recently relocated from Whitby, where it was voted the UK’s second-best burger joint. Their mission is to serve simple food - well. They prepare everything from scratch, hand-make their burgers, and use locally sourced ingredients that are fresh and of great quality.

  • Delrio’s Celler Restaurant - 10-12 Blossom Street, York YO24 1AE
    This restaurant offers home-cooked Italian dishes and fine wines with a strong Sardinian influence. Enjoy a candlelight dinner in this atmospheric cellar restaurant located near the historic Micklegate Bar and just a few minutes' walk from the Railway Station.

  • Love Cheese - 16 Gillygate, York, YO31 7EQ
    As York's only specialist cheese shop and cafe, the simple menu specializes in Cheeseboards, platters, and Grilled Cheese. Try one of the artisan coffees or one of the selected wines, beers, or ciders, or if there is a group or special event, why not try the cheese and wine taster menu.

Cheap Eats:

  • Cresci Pizzeria - 20 Piccadilly, York, YO1 9NU
    This restaurant offers the most traditional Neapolitan pizza; rigorously kneaded, fermented, topped, served, and cooked according to the habits created centuries ago in Naples.

  • Karoo Bar & Kitchen - 18 George Hudson Street, York, YO1 6JL
    If you are looking for something a little bit different, then you should check out this restaurant with traditional South African recipes and delicious authentic comfort food that will leave you feeling satisfied and happy.

  • Baileys Tea Room & Cafe - 7 Museum Street, York, YO1 7DT
    If you are looking for either a cup of coffee and cake or something a bit more substantial, then this family-run cafe and tea room might be just for you. Set opposite the Museum Gardens, the menu offers everything from light bites to jacket potatoes and omelettes.

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Easy ways for you to save money and get cheap train tickets to York

Cheap train tickets to York
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  • Book your train tickets early to get the best prices: A great way to save money on train tickets is to book them in advance. Advance tickets become available up to 12 weeks before your journey, offering greater availability of cheap train tickets.

  • Use a Railcard: Teamed up with a Railcard, you can get up to a third off the cost and save more money on your train tickets. If you make a few train journeys, the Railcard will pay for itself in no time, and your cheap train tickets could end up being even cheaper.

  • Split your tickets: With Trainsplit’s unique journey planner, we search for the best-priced train tickets for your journey. You can easily discover the best split ticketing combinations that maximize the chances of you getting cheap train tickets, and best of all, Trainsplit will do all the work for you and doesn’t charge a booking fee.

  • Avoid Peak times: Don’t need to travel so early in the morning? Why not travel during off-peak hours to save money on more expensive train tickets? These trains usually start from around 09:30 onwards.

  • Multiple people traveling? Take a look at GroupSave train tickets; these are a great way to get cheap train tickets for groups of 3-9 people traveling.

  • Consider an alternative route: If you are not traveling from London, why not consider traveling to your destination without passing through London? CrossCountry operates routes to York that bypass London, and this can be a great way to reduce train travel costs. One possibility from Reading could be to travel via Birmingham New Street. Using Trainsplit’s journey planner will search for alternative routes to York and could come up with some cheap train tickets as a result.

  • Claim Delay Repay: We understand that you don’t like to be delayed on your journey, but if you are delayed, you may be entitled to Delay Repay compensation for your train tickets.

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