Leeds is a bustling city in the heart of the North, full of successful businesses, shops, night-life and culture. With so much to do and see, it’s no wonder 30 million travellers pass through Leeds Train Station each year. With this in mind, we’ve put together some top tips that will help those travelling through the busiest station in the North.
It’s BIG – Allow Enough Time
With 17 platforms, Leeds is the largest station in England outside of London. And it gets extremely busy, too. Make sure you set aside enough time to navigate across the station, it can take a while in rush hour!
If you need to get to and from the train station, there are plenty of transport options right at the station doorstep. If you need to drive and park, there are both long and short stay car parks from just £5 per day, with reduced rates on Sundays.
There is also a taxi rank just outside the entrance to the station on New Station Street. This gets extremely busy especially at peak hours and runs a first come first serve basis, so allocate plenty of time. The taxi industry is huge in Leeds so a great opportunity for any Leeds residents wanting a change of career – why not have a look at Cab Direct to see if this would be a viable option for you?
If you need to get a bus before or after your train journey – be aware that Leeds City Bus Station is around a 15-minute walk from the train station, so don’t get caught out with only five minutes to get there!
All entrances at Leeds Train Station offer step-free access and automatic doors, plus there are lifts to the footbridge offering access to every platform. For those of you requiring assistance, contact your train operator at least a day in advance so they can arrange appropriate help for you to complete your journey.
There are several sets of accessible toilets throughout the station – if you haven’t passed through the barriers you can find some at the New Station Street entrance, or if you have passed through the barriers, at platforms 8 and 12.
Train tickets can be seriously expensive, having risen by around 25% since 2011. Purchasing your tickets in advance will usually get you the best deals on train fares, so check online before you travel. If your journey requires you to get off one train to jump on a connection, it is usually cheaper to buy both parts of your journey separately, rather than from your start point to your destination. If you do need to buy on the day, the ticket office operated by Northern is open 24 hours a day in Leeds, so no need to worry if you couldn’t get a ticket in advance!