Reaching Hull by rail: Trains, fares and times

Hull Trains Fares

Kingston-upon-Hull may look like one of Britain's more isolated cities, sitting as it does well to the east of other major Yorkshire conurbations such as Sheffield and Leeds, and enjoys fine rail links with the rest of the UK. What follows is a handy guide to Hull trains, fares and timetables, and the best places to find them.

Rail Companies

One company which operates trains to Hull and East Yorkshire is Hull Trains. This company operates trains in the local Hull and East Riding of Yorkshire region, joining the city to towns such as Brough and Hessle, as well as places further afield such as Doncaster in Yorkshire and Grantham in Lincolnshire.

The company operates seven direct services to the capital on each weekday, with five similar services operating on Saturdays and Sundays. The quickest journey time on the route takes a mere two hours and 28 minutes.The company was formed in 2000 with the avowed purpose of linking Hull to the rest of the country efficiently, and its trains now carry approximately three quarters of a million people every year.

A full rundown of Hull Trains fares and timetables, as well as further information about the kind of journey to expect, can be found at Hulltrains.co.uk.

Northern Rail is the other main operator of trains to and from Hull. The largest train operator in the UK, Northern's trains call at over 5,000 stations throoughout the North and North East of England.

As well as Hull, Northern's trains serve an area with a total population of approximately 15 million people. With 2,500 trains operated each week, Northern Rail also links Hull to three National Parks: the nearby North Yorkshire Moors, the Yorkshire Dales and the Peak District.

Full details about Northern's services to and from Hull can be found at Northernrail.org, where travellers can also book tickets and peruse timetables. Fares and any other relevant details can also be found there.

Timetables and Fares

Perhaps the first place many people go when they need rail information is National Rail Enquiries. This is a national service, which allows travellers to plan journeys all over the UK, providing full journey details, train times and fares.

It also suggests the route that should be taken if travellers need to change trains during a journey, though this facility should be treated with some caution. People with some local knowledge may well be able to find easier and more convenient routes with a little patience and planning.

However, in terms of detail and all-round information concerning the UK's rail network, Nationalrail.co.uk is well woth looking at for journeys to and from Hull and further afield.

Another useful resource is Thetrainline.com, which asserts that it can save customers on average 43 per cent on their rail fares. It also provides information about how customers can use services linking to Europe, such as Eurostar.

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