Train travel

Northamptonshire has a good rail network, making the train an excellent way to travel to destinations all around the country. You can be in London or Birmingham in an hour and from these you can get to anywhere else in the UK.

Northamptonshire has 2 main train routes going through the county:

The East Midlands train route operates from Yorkshire to London St Pancras. It travels through Corby, Kettering and Wellingborough (in both directions) making it easy to get to London, Leicester and Nottingham from Northamptonshire.

The London Midland trains run from Birmingham to London calling at Long Buckby, Northampton and Milton Keynes. This train service also stops at Birmingham International Airport to make flying in and out of the country easy. You can also catch the train to Liverpool from Northampton using this route.

Buying a ticket

If you are buying a one-off ticket, it is easiest to buy this at the station or online on websites such as Trainline, who also have a mobile app. Most stations now have automated ticket machines where you can pay by cash or card.

There are several ticket types:

  • Off-peak – travelling in the evening and at weekends is called off-peak and will often mean cheaper prices
  • Anytime – these are tickets without any restrictions. You can travel anytime, which is helpful if you think your plans are going to change. The ticket may be more expensive as a result
  • Advance – this is when you book a certain train at a defined time and date
  • Season ticket – if you travel to the same place every day (e.g. for work), you may wish to purchase a season ticket. This can be weekly or monthly and will be much cheaper than buying a ticket each day

Young Person’s Railcard

A Young Person’s Railcard can be used between the ages of 16 to 25. It costs £30 a year and you can then claim 1/3 off all your train fares. This is a good way to save money if you are travelling to and from university, long-distance or visiting friends.


Top tip: shop around if you’re travelling long distance by train. You may be able to save money by breaking the journey down into several smaller tickets.