Why get the train?
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, example fares and journey times for various stations around the Tees Valley, our partner website www.connectteesvalley.com has information about stations at Darlington, Eaglescliffe, Thornaby, Gypsy Lane & Nunthorpe, Redcar and Hartlepool. You can find out more here:
Tips for getting the train
Travelling by train is a cheap, direct and convenient way to get around. 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 by buying tickets in advance or by buying season tickets, such as weekly, monthly or annual passes.
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.
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 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. Often buying your ticket a few weeks in advance may also save you money.
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 they do not open automatically.
Reasons to travel by train
Switching your car for the train could potentially save you hundreds of pounds each year. With a range of season tickets and rail cards available and no parking charges, the train can often be a cheaper alternative to driving.
Lose weight and get fit
Walking to and from the train station can contribute towards the 30 active minutes we need to do each day in order to avoid putting on weight and stay fit and healthy.
Free up your time
If you think there aren't enough hours in the day, commute by train and give yourself back some 'me time'. Whether it’s reading a book, checking emails or just watching the world go by, travelling by train allows you to sit back and relax while someone else does the driving.
Reduce your stress levels
Traffic congestion, bad weather and careless drivers can add up to unpleasant driving conditions. Swap the car for the train and you can start and end your day more relaxed.
Help look after the environment
Did you know that a Bishop Line train can hold approximately 100 seated passengers? This means that just one train journey has the potential to remove 100 single occupancy vehicles from the road. Using the train instead of the car can help to reduce your carbon footprint and also contribute to a much cleaner, greener environment by limiting the number of cars on the road.
If you live or work close to the station, the train can often be a faster and more direct alternative to driving. The train doesn't have to wait in traffic and many stations are located in the centre of towns and cities, close to other transport links.
Travel at your own convenience
With a set timetable and live departure information available, planning your journey around your schedule has never been easier. You only need to be at the station a few minutes prior to departure and you always know the planned time of your arrival.