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About Grand Central

Grand Central is one of many train companies operating passenger services in the United Kingdom on behalf of the UK government. Owned by Arriva UK Trains, Grand Central runs 3 daily trips along the country's east coast main line from Sunderland to London via York. In total, Grand Central has 7 routes connecting 6 cities, including cities in North Yorkshire, Halifax in West Yorkshire, and Doncaster in South Yorkshire.

Grand Central is one of the UK's best rail companies when it comes to both value for money and passenger satisfaction. Passengers can relax on leather-lined seating, stream entertainment via complimentary onboard WiFi, and opt to purchase something from the catering team should they get hungry. There is also air conditioning and a choice of standard and first-class tickets for those who want some extra comfort.

As an official partner of Grand Central since 2018, Wanderu provides up-to-date information for upcoming Grand Central services. Check Grand Central schedules, compare ticket prices, and book the best deals on Wanderu with no hidden fees.

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Grand Central Routes & Network

Grand Central’s train network features 7 train routes that connect 6 cities serving 6 stations. On average, Grand Central performs about 3 train trips every day. The top cities to which Grand Central offers the highest number of daily train service include Sunderland and York.

Top Cities Served by Grand Central

CityRouteEarliest trainLatest train
York26:44 am3:30 pm

Most popular Grand Central routes

The train from Sunderland to York is Grand Central’s most popular route.

Top Grand Central routes

RouteDaily TripsDurationPrice
Sunderland to York31h 38m$20

Grand Central Train Guide & FAQs

Do Grand Central trains have WiFi?

Yes, Grand Central offers WiFi on their trains. Although most trips with Grand Central will have WiFi as advertised, some trains might not come equipped with WiFi and onboard WiFi can lose its connection in rural areas. We recommend you bring a book or download a movie just to play it safe. Grand Central WiFi is generally best used for surfing the web, checking emails and chatting with friends; you shouldn’t count on the WiFi to binge watch your favorite show.

Are there power outlets or USB plugs on the train?

Grand Central does not offer power outlets on their trains at this time. We suggest you charge up your laptop ahead of time and bring a power bank for your phone to extend its battery life for the duration of the trip. And remember - a good book doesn’t require any power.

What is Grand Central's schedule?

On a typical day, Grand Central has 3 scheduled train trips in total. However, the exact departure and arrival times vary depending on the day and route. The best way to find the exact schedule for your trip is to use the search tool on this page.

Can you pick up will call tickets at the station?

Yes, Grand Central offers the option to purchase will call tickets. Will call tickets are an option that allows you to book the tickets ahead of time online, then pick up the tickets from an agent or kiosk once you arrive at the station. Note that you will need to bring the confirmation information you received when you made your ticket purchase. If you choose to use the will call ticket option with Grand Central, please make sure to bring the same credit card you used to purchase the tickets with you when you pick them up.

Do you need an ID to get on the train?

No, Grand Central does not require an ID to board its trains at this time. Of course, it is always a good idea to carry a government-issued ID whenever you hit the road.

What are Grand Central’s COVID-19 policies?

Visit our COVID-19 Travel Guide to view the most up-to-date information about Grand Central’s cleaning protocols and adjusted ticket change policies during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Are there bathrooms on Grand Central trains?

No, there are no bathrooms available on Grand Central trains. Though there are no bathrooms onboard, typically breaks are scheduled in the itinerary to allow passengers to use bathroom facilities along the way.

Are meals or beverages available?

Grand Central provides snacks to satisfy your hunger during your travels. Be sure to pack a credit card and some cash in case you get hungry. Don’t worry about being parched while traveling with Grand Central as they offer a beverage service to make sure you stay hydrated. Though we always recommend bringing a reusable water bottle with you to make sure you have water within easy reach and help reduce unnecessary plastic waste.

Do you have to print your Grand Central ticket?

Yes, Grand Central requires that all passengers have printed tickets to board the train. When you book with Wanderu and activate your account, you will be able to easily find and download your tickets for most trains.

Does Grand Central offer any premium features like extra legroom or movies?

Grand Central focuses on delivering a great travel experience at a low price and currently does not offer premium features like extra legroom or onboard entertainment. But these days, between your laptop, tablet, smartphone and e-reader, you’re the master of your own entertainment even on longer journeys.

How do I get the best deal on Grand Central tickets?

Wanderu is the best place to score cheap Grand Central tickets. Wanderu offers the lowest available fares every day and charges no extra booking fees. Plus, you can compare Grand Central prices with trips offered by other train companies to be sure you’re getting the best deal on your tickets!

Pro travelers know that booking your ticket well in advance is key to finding the lowest price. Ticket prices normally go up the closer you get to the travel date, so don’t miss out on a good deal when you see one. If you can be flexible with your travel date, you can also get cheap tickets by traveling on weekdays instead of weekends.

When you’re ready to book, type your departure city and destination city in the search bar above, select your travel date, and let Wanderu work its magic to show you all of the best bus and train ticket prices available for your trip. Pick the ticket that’s best for your budget, schedule, and preferences, and complete the booking right on Wanderu to secure your great deal.

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