Train Travel

Travelling to Leeds by train

Our station is one of the busiest in the country, and services bring in eager visitors from inbound arrivals at hubs like London Heathrow or Manchester airport. Leeds is well served by national rail operators and getting to Leeds by train is quick and easy. LNER run direct trains into Leeds from London with most journey times taking just over two hours, while Edinburgh is only three hours away. TransPennine Express run direct train services from Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle, Scarborough. Northern Rail runs journeys to Nottingham, Skipton, Hull, Blackpool, Knaresborough and Ilkley to name but a few. There are also direct services from Birmingham and Bristol via CrossCountry.


Top tip: booking your train tickets in advance and direct with the train company can result in saving on the ticket price, so why not use the Northern Rail Journey Planner to book your next trip now? 

Leeds Station platforms at night. Credit Carl Milner

Mini guide to the quickest direct trains to Leeds

Frequent inner city routes connect us to nearly every major UK city, including speedy services from London run by LNER, linking with the Eurostar at St Pancras to bring the continent within reach, with Brussels and Paris are five hours away.

  • York: 22m
  • Sheffield: 40m
  • Manchester: 49m
  • Newcastle: 1h 24m
  • Hull: 58m
  • London: 2h 16m
  • Derby: 1h 15m
  • Nottingham: 1h 43m
  • Scarborough: 1h 22m
  • Liverpool: 1h 24m
  • Birmingham: 1h 57m
  • Carlisle: 2h 48m
  • Edinburgh: 2h 54m
  • Bristol: 3h 26m
  • Glasgow: 4h 07m