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Buying train tickets

It is a legal requirement to have a valid ticket or pass before you start your journey. Depending on how often you travel and the type of ticket you need, there are a number of different ways you can purchase your ticket:

Where to buy a 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 or

On your mobile 

Selected tickets can now be bought through mobile ticketing, providing a quick, easy and convenient way to buy your ticket while on the move.

Train fares & tickets

Planning ahead and using the train more often will often result in saving money. Below are some examples of tickets and rail cards available:

Ticket type


For a one-way journey


For two trips - one outward and one return


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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

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

Family & Friends Railcard

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

Two Together Railcard

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

Disabled Person Railcard

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Discounted travel rates for eligible disabled people and adult travel companion

Senior Railcard

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Discounted travel for any person over 60 years of age

*Only available on selected routes operated by Northern Rail.

If you hold a Durham County Council issued concessionary pass for elderly and disabled people you can travel for half fare on Bishop Line rail services. This is valid for journeys from Bishop Auckland, Shildon, Newton Aycliffe and Heighington stations to stations along the line as far as Middlesbrough

To find out more about tickets and fares please visit Northern Rail  [external link] or National Rail [external link]

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.

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.

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