Travel by train to, from and within Northumberland: services, fares, and how to obtain more information
Two railways in the UK’s national network run through
Northumberland. The East Coast Main Line passes through the
county between Newcastle, Berwick-upon-Tweed and Edinburgh.
The Hadrian’s Wall Line passes across the county between Newcastle,
Hexham and Carlisle.
East Coast Main Line
- Virgin Trains East Coast provides trains south
to Durham, Darlington, York and London King’s Cross. It
also runs north to Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen and
Inverness. Trains call within Northumberland at Berwick,
Alnmouth and Morpeth. They call more frequently at
- CrossCountry runs south to Durham, York,
Leeds, Sheffield and Birmingham. It runs beyond to places in
south west England. It also runs north to Edinburgh and
beyond. Some trains call within Northumberland at Berwick,
Alnmouth or Morpeth. They call more frequently at
- Northern Rail provides a local service between
Morpeth, Cramlington, Newcastle and Metrocentre. Trains run
approximately hourly on Mondays to Saturdays. A commuter
train runs to Newcastle and back from Chathill, Alnmouth,
Acklington, Widdrington and Pegswood.
Hadrian’s Wall Line (or Tyne Valley line)
The Hadrian’s Wall or Tyne
Valley line is one of England’s scenic railways. It
provides a fast convenient way to travel for local residents as
well as for visitors. In conjunction with the Hadrian’s Wall
Bus you can use the line to gain access to all the historic sites
of the Hadrian’s Wall area. For more information on
travelling around Hadrian’s Wall country, click here to go to the
Visit Hadrian's Wall website. Most trains on the Tyne Valley line
are operated by Northern Rail.
- Between Carlisle and Newcastle trains run
hourly for most of the day, every day including Sundays. All trains
call within Northumberland at Haltwhistle, Hexham and Prudhoe.
Several trains make additional calls at Bardon Mill, Haydon Bridge
and other stations east of Hexham. A small number of trains run
beyond Carlisle to Dumfries, and Glasgow.
- Other trains run hourly between Hexham and
Newcastle calling at all stations in Northumberland. Many
run through to or from Sunderland and Middlesbrough.
Connecting trains at Newcastle and Carlisle
You can connect with further trains at
Newcastle including First TransPennine Express to
Leeds and Manchester. At Carlisle Virgin West
Coast runs south to Preston and beyond. Virgin West Coast and
TransPennine Express also run north to Glasgow and Edinburgh.
We have compiled summary timetables from information published
by the operators and the GB Rail Timetable, but you should make a
final check with the National Rail Enquiry Service
before you travel, in case of any last-minute changes. These
timetables take effect from 14th December
for a timetable for trains between Newcastle, Chathill, Berwick
upon Tweed and Edinburgh
for a timetable for trains between Newcastle and Carlisle
for a summary timetable for trains between Newcastle and London
The links below take you to the websites of the train operators
mentioned on this page:
Virgin Trains East
Virgin Trains (at
Many different ticket types are available for travel by train.
They include advance purchase tickets, ranger and rover tickets,
and season tickets for regular travel. For full details of the
range of possibilities, contact the train operators or the National
Rail Enquiry Service (see below).
If you are travelling to Hexham or
Alnmouth stations you can buy a through ticket to
complete your journey by local bus. The scheme is also available in
Newcastle and Carlisle. For more
information go to the PlusBus website.
Enquiries about train travel
For the latest information on train times and fares contact the
National Rail Enquiry Service, by phone on 08457
484950, open 24 hours daily. You can get comprehensive
information from the National Rail website. Phone
callers with hearing difficulties have an alternative phone number
0845 60 50 600, open daily 6 am to 9 pm.
The organisation Passenger Focus exists to help
travellers using trains, buses and coaches and to liaise with the
operators, or Nexus (Tyne and Wear PTE) for Metro services, on the
quality of services provided.
Rail users wishing to comment about train services in
Northumberland should firstly contact the train operator - use the
links to them above. If you are not satisfied with the reply to any
complaint, contact Passenger Focus, Freepost
RTEH-XAGE-BYKZ, PO Box 5594, Southend on Sea, SS1 9PZ, phone 0300
123 2350, or email email@example.com.
For more information consult the website www.passengerfocus.org.uk
Tyne Valley Community Rail Partnership
The county council supports the Tyne Valley Community Rail
Partnership (TVCRP), which has the aim of promoting the Hadrian’s
Wall (Tyne Valley) line for residents and visitors. Find out more from the TVCRP
This page was last updated on 2nd March 2015.