Travel

Durham City

By rail

Map of the UK. Durham is in the north east of England.

60 InterCity trains from most major centres in the country call at Durham daily including 14 trains from London. The National Express high speed service takes under 3 hours from London King’s Cross on the main East Coast line. First Transpennine Express offers frequent links to Manchester, Sheffield and Leeds, while Cross Country links Durham directly with Scotland, the Midlands, and the South West.

Durham is just over 3 hours from Birmingham, 2½ hours from Manchester, 1½ hours from Edinburgh and 45 minutes from York.

A taxi will take you from the station to any College in about 5 minutes and you can walk to the city centre in 10 minutes.

Advance tickets are usually the cheapest way to travel by train, and generally go on sale 12 weeks before your date of travel. You have to travel on the train you’re booked on, but you get a much cheaper price by foregoing flexible travel times. Full details on Advance tickets can be found here.

By air

Durham is 30 minutes’ drive from Newcastle Airport and about 40 minutes from Durham Tees Valley. Both have regular domestic and international flights. Durham is linked to Newcastle Airport by rail and metro. Travellers into Durham Tees Valley can take advantage of the free Sky Express bus service that links the airport to Darlington railway station, with regular connections to Durham. For those flying into London airports such as London Heathrow or London Gatwick, completing your journey up to Durham by rail would be a straight forward option.

By road

Durham city centre is only two miles from the A1(M). Leave the motorway at Junction 62 on the A690 Durham – Sunderland road and follow signs to Durham City Centre.

Durham is 264 miles from London, 187 miles from Birmingham, 125 miles from Edinburgh and 67 miles from York.

There are several express coach services daily from most major cities. Durham is well served by both regional express services and the local bus network. From the city bus station – a short walk from the railway station – a bus service runs every 15 minutes past the Colleges on South Road.

By sea

Scheduled ferry services link the River Tyne to The Netherlands.

Useful Links

aferry.co.uk

DFDS Seaways

Durham Tees Valley Airport

London North Eastern Railway

Newcastle Airport

Northern Rail

Transpennine Express

Cross Country Trains

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Image Credits: Visit County Durham (Durham city and surrounding area), Durham University (Durham Sport and University buildings), UBC (conference images), ECEHH (sea swimmer).