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Find your nearest station

To find your nearest station, you can use this handy tool [external link] from the trainline.

If you want to find out about facilities, destinations, estimated journey times, town centre maps and onward travel for various stations around the Tees Valley visit our partner website Connect Tees Valley. Here you will find timetables for the major rail operators as well as downloadable station information leaflets for:

 and an overall Tees Valley Train map.

Tips for getting the train

Travelling by train is a direct and convenient way to get around. By planning your journey in advance and taking advantage of available discounts you could find that train travel is far cheaper than you thought.

Follow our top tips to help you get started:

1. Plan your journey

It’s best to plan your journey before you set off. All you need to know is where you’re travelling from and to, and what ticket you need.

Where are you going?

Visit Northern Rail’s Journey Planner [external link] to find your local station and plan your journey.

Which ticket do you need?

There are many types of tickets and fares available. You can make good savings (more than 50% in some cases) by buying tickets in advance or by buying season tickets, such as weekly, monthly or annual passes.

Buying a return ticket in advance can also be cheaper than buying two one-way tickets. You can also save money by travelling outside specified peak commuting times. If you can be more flexible in terms of what time you travel this is something to bear in mind.

To find out more about tickets and fares please visit our train fares and tickets page.

Get live updates

Trains run frequently, depending on the time of day and day of the week, but delays can happen. It’s best to check before you travel.

For information on how to access live departure information visit Northern Rail's Journey Check [external link] or try National Rail’s Train Tracker app for your phone [external link].

2. Getting on the train

Many stations have electronic screens and/or audio announcements to let you know when your train is due and at which platform it will arrive. If you have bought your ticket in advance you can go through the gate onto the platform by using your ticket.

If you have bought a ticket online that has been delivered to your smartphone this can be scanned at the gate and shown to the conductor on the train.

If you are running late you still need to buy a ticket before getting on a train. If the station has a ticket office or a ticket machine, you must buy your ticket before boarding the train. If there isn't a ticket office or machine, you can purchase your ticket from the conductor when you board the train.

3. Getting off the train

Many trains are fitted with an audio announcement system so the conductor will provide travel updates and let you know which station you are arriving at.

When you are approaching your destination, make sure to have all your belongings with you and head to the exit doors when you’re ready. There is no bell to signify that you want to get off the train, but the train will automatically stop at every station on the route so there is no need to worry about getting left behind.  

You will need to press the button to open the doors as these do not open automatically.


Buying train tickets

Where to buy your train ticket:

At the station 

Ticket vending machines sell a range of tickets for popular destinations for immediate use.

At the ticket office 

You can buy the full range of tickets from staffed ticket offices. This includes weekly, monthly and annual season tickets.

From the conductor 

If the station has no ticket machine or ticket office, or the ticket office is closed, you can buy your ticket from the conductor on the train.


Advance, off-peak and standard any time single and return tickets can be purchased directly from the train operator’s website or at sites such as, National Rail Enquiries or [external sites].

On your smartphone

Selected tickets can now be bought through mobile ticketing, providing a quick, easy and convenient way to buy your ticket while on the move. Simply scan the ticket on your phone at the barrier and get on the train.

Finding the best train fares & understanding ticket types

Planning ahead and using the train more often will often save you money. 

To find out more about tickets and the best prices for your rail journey fares please visit National Rail Enquiries [external link] or [external site].

Other sites like Split TicketsTrain SplitRail Easy and My Train Ticket [external sites] also offer split tickets. This is a way of buying tickets for rail journeys across the UK which could save you money. The overall journey is split into different stages with a separate ticket for each, though there is no need to get off the train. This won't be effective on all journeys but if your journey starts at peak time and ends off-peak you could save. 

We've put together some examples of types of tickets and rail cards commonly available for rail travel:

Ticket type


Use a single ticket for a one-way journey


For two trips - one outward and one return. Buying a return ticket is usually cheaper than buying two singles (one to your destination and one back)


[external link] 

One return train ticket, plus a second for half the price when two adults travel together and return the same day*


Unlimited travel between two stations for one week


Unlimited travel between two stations for a four week period


Unlimited travel between two stations for a whole year

16-25 Railcard

 [external link] 

Discounted travel rates for all people aged 16-25 and people who are 25+ and in full-time education

Family & Friends Railcard

[external link] 

Discounted travel rates for families of up to 4 adults and 4 children aged between 5 - 15

Two Together Railcard

[external link] 

Save 1/3 on journeys when two named people, over the age of 16, travel together.

Disabled Person Railcard

[external link] 

Discounted travel rates for eligible disabled people and adult travel companion

Senior Railcard

[external link] 

Discounted travel for any person over 60 years old

*Only available on selected routes operated by Northern Rail.

Onward Travel by Bus and Metro

Onward travel by bus

If you're travelling by train to Middlesbrough, Newcastle, Darlington or Durham then you can buy a rail PLUSBUS ticket [external link] with a valid train ticket.

The PLUSBUS ticket gives you unlimited bus travel around the whole urban area of the town at the start and end of your train journey. Day tickets and season tickets are available for frequent commuters. Rail card holders get 33% off day ticket prices.

Combined bus & rail cards

If you're travelling by train to/from many stations, including Middlesbrough, Newcastle, Darlington or Durham then you can buy a rail PLUSBUS ticket [external link]. These tickets allow you to travel in the area you are going to/from at a discounted price. 

Travelling further afield?

If you're planning a day out in the region, you can purchase a Ranger and Rover ticket [external link]. These tickets give you the freedom to explore all over the North by train.

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