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Leeds has the UK’s third busiest train station outside of London. Trains from York to Leeds take approximately 35 minutes, and thanks to its convenient location, passengers can head from the train station straight into the heart of the action. Once in Leeds, there is lots of culture to be found, like watching a live opera performance at the Grand Theatre. Leeds is also home to several famous sports teams, such as Leeds Rhinos, Leeds United and the Yorkshire County Cricket Club.
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Travelling to Leeds
First CrossCountry train - 06:11
Last CrossCountry train - 20:43
Travelling from York to Leeds
As a vibrant city, Leeds boasts a multitude of attractions and sights to discover. Armley Mills Industrial Museum and Leeds City Museum are both easy to get to, and there are plenty of opportunities to enjoy some shopping. With its large university, Leeds has one of the UK’s highest student populations, earning it a solid reputation for nightlife and entertainment.
Are there direct trains from York to Leeds?
Yes, all the CrossCountry trains will take you directly from York to Leeds.
What amenities are available onboard trains from York to Leeds?
All of the CrossCountry trains from York to Leeds provide passengers with a choice of seating options. The on-board tables have power points, some carriages have dedicated bag storage areas, and food and drink can be enjoyed in the food carriages. Why not book yourself a seat in our First Class carriage and sit back and relax while being truly spoilt?
Does Leeds have step-free access?
Leeds Train Station is fully accessible to people with mobility needs. Assistance is also available to help passengers get to and from the platforms if required, and ramps for train access can also be provided. There are also accessible ticket machines and an accessible ticket office counter.
How far is the city centre?
Leeds Train Station is conveniently located in the centre of the city, making it fast and easy to get from your train into the action.
Does the station have family areas?
Families are well catered for at Leeds Train Station. There are large comfortable waiting rooms and baby changing rooms, as well as various places to get a bite to eat.
For further information on Leeds Train Station, check out our handy station guide.
Once you have arrived in Leeds
Onward travel: Buses & Taxis
There are many buses that operate services outside the train station. These can take you in and around the city, from the tourist hotspots and the hospitals to the university campus and sport venues. Directly outside the station is a busy taxi rank, where you can easily get a cab to wherever you want to go.
Shopping in Leeds
If you love to shop, then Leeds is a great destination. Trinity Leeds and The White Rose Shopping Centre are home to famous department stores and well-known high street brands such as Topshop and New Look. If you are after some designer garb, head to Victoria Leeds; if you’re searching for a bargain, check out the 800 stalls at Kirkgate Market.
Culture in Leeds
As one of the UK’s largest cities, Leeds is rich in culture. There’s no better way to experience its vibrant atmosphere than at the yearly Leeds West Indian Carnival – so many different cultures uniting in one colourful, carefree event. Another cultural hotspot worth a few hours is the Headrow, a street with art galleries like the Henry Moore Institute and the Leeds Art Gallery. A wonderful way to see the city’s natural side is to explore the many parks; if it’s art that excites you, even the city streets are home to beautiful sculptures.
Spending time in Leeds?
However long you plan to spend in Leeds, check out our Guide to Leeds to help you plan your perfect journey.
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