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About Northern Rail

Northern Rail is a popular train company offering very affordable ticket options to top travel destinations. You will always find the cheapest Northern Rail tickets by searching Overall, Northern Rail serves 1,218 routes, connecting 162 cities in one country. To cover all these routes Northern Rail runs an average of 438 trips per day and 6,125 trips per month. These train trips range in price from £1.77 to £207.21 based on a variety of factors.

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Northern Rail train coverage

Daily Trips438

Northern Rail Routes & Network

Northern Rail’s train network features 1218 train routes that connect 162 cities serving 232 stations. On average, Northern Rail performs about 438 train trips every day. The top cities to which Northern Rail offers the highest number of daily train service include Manchester and Blackpool.

Top Cities Served by Northern Rail

CityRouteEarliest trainLatest train
Manchester15:00 am8:28 pm
Sheffield15:24 am11:02 pm
Blackpool15:04 am6:53 pm
Windermere18:29 am5:53 pm
St Helens15:10 am6:45 pm
Carlisle15:22 am5:27 pm
Bridlington15:42 am7:59 pm
Sowerby Bridge15:51 am3:36 pm

Most popular Northern Rail routes

The train from Manchester to Blackpool is Northern Rail’s most popular route. Trips from Doncaster to Bridlington and Liverpool to Manchester are also highly popular.

Top Northern Rail routes

RouteDaily TripsDurationPrice
Manchester to Blackpool561h 26m£6
Doncaster to Bridlington101h 39m£11
Liverpool to Manchester451h 6m£3
Nottingham to Sheffield61h 6m£6
Manchester to Windermere71h 55m£8
Manchester to Sheffield481h 23m£5
Manchester to St Helens1060h 34m£3
Liverpool to Sheffield22h 16m£7

Northern Rail Train Guide & FAQs

Do Northern Rail trains have WiFi?

No, unfortunately Northern Rail does not offer WiFi aboard its trains at this time. However, we find that a good book makes the time fly by and streaming services like Netflix allow you download TV shows and movies that you can then watch during your trip. Plan ahead and you will stay entertained during the entire train ride.

Are there power points or USB points on the train?

Northern Rail 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 Northern Rail's schedule?

On a typical day, Northern Rail has 438 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, Northern Rail 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 Northern Rail, 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, Northern Rail 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 Northern Rail’s COVID-19 policies?

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

Are there toilets on Northern Rail trains?

No, there are no bathrooms available on Northern Rail 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 drinks offered during the trip?

Northern Rail does not offer meals or beverages onboard. We recommend you bring a drink and some snacks for your trip. We also suggest packing a reusable water bottle with you to reduce your impact on the environment. However, note that most trains do not allow you to bring your own alcoholic drinks.

Do you have to print your Northern Rail ticket?

Yes, Northern Rail 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 Northern Rail offer any premium features like extra legroom or movies?

Northern Rail 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.

Cheap Northern Rail tickets recently found on Wanderu

With 438 Northern Rail trips per day, there are a lot of great deals to uncover for the bargain hunter and Northern Rail tickets start at just £1.77. Check out some of the latest and greatest deals snatched up by Wanderu users.

How do I get the best deal on Northern Rail tickets?

Wanderu is the best place to score cheap Northern Rail tickets. Wanderu offers the lowest available fares every day and charges no extra booking fees. Plus, you can compare Northern Rail 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.

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