Cheap Train Tickets to Leeds

Explore Leeds, the largest city in Yorkshire, boasting a vibrant world of culture, art, and shopping. Immerse yourself in a creative community, award-winning theatre, and an exceptional independent food scene.

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The city is easily accessible by rail, offering direct connections to London, other long-distance towns and cities, as well as local regional routes. LNER, CrossCountry, Northern Railway, and TransPennine Express serve Leeds. As a result of its connectivity to the rest of the UK, it can make it easier to find cheap train tickets to Leeds through alternative routes and the magic of split ticketing.

The Trainsplit app makes it easy to find cheaper alternative journeys through split ticketing.

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Getting around Leeds

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Getting around Leeds is a breeze. The bus station on York Street in the city centre provides easy access. A complimentary bus service links the train and bus stations with universities, business areas, and shopping districts. Bring your bike via train or use Leeds City Bikes for an electric public bike hire service.

Leeds taxis are distinctive in black and white, available for advance booking or street hailing.

Some great things to do while in Leeds

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The Royal Armouries is home to the UK’s national collection of arms and armour. There are daily events such as gallery talks and armoured combat demonstrations. With over 4500 objects on display discover how arms and armour have shaped history and culture throughout the ages.

Follow the history of medicine by visiting the Thackray Museum. As you wander through the streets of Victorian Leeds, visiting the 19th Century operating theatre, or the 70s-style sexual health clinic,  you can see and discover medical innovations that have changed the world.

Take a tour of sights, smells and flavours of Leeds with Leeds Food Tours. You will visit some of the cities independent eateries and eat your way through local delicacies and learn about the culture of each dish, learn some facts about Leeds and have a great afternoon out. 

Discover exciting and exotic animals at Tropical World. Witness the lifecycle of a hungry caterpillar to a beautiful butterfly. There are so many animals to explore, meerkats, monkeys, crocodiles, butterflies and so much more.

For something a little different why not try Whistle Punks Urban Axe Throwing. You’ll be throwing axes side by side with your friends, family and colleagues. There is a great atmosphere and the experienced coaches will have you throwing like a pro. 

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Places to eat in Leeds 

Fine Dining

Gaucho - 21-22 Park Row, Leeds, LS1 5JF

This steakhouse in Leeds city centre, this restaurant invites you to indulge in the captivating flavours of Argentina. Experience the succulent tenderness of prime, grass-fed steaks, expertly grilled to perfection. With an array of side dishes and an impressive selection of Argentine wines, you will enjoy every bite.

Home Restaurant - 3 Brewery Place, Leeds, LS10 1NE

This  restaurant overlooking the river Aire in Leeds City Centre offers tasting of 5 and 8 courses which are made up creative and ambitious dishes drawing inspiration from nature and art. The menu comprises of a series of tasting dishes presented across multiple plates, sustainable seafood, local lamb, venison and other game, sit alongside seasonal vegetables and fruits. 

The Man Behind the Curtain - 68-78 Vicar Lane Top Floor, Leeds, LS1 7JH

If you are looking for the unconventional, then this is the restaurant for you. Michael O’Hare is a chef who likes to do things his own way. The original and creative dishes many of which come from Asian Influences. Thanks to the music and interior design, which includes everything from skateboard, graffiti and a motorbike, you’ll find that you don’t need to feed off other customers to create your own atmosphere. 

Mid Range Dining

Blue Sakura Leeds - 2-3 Merrion Way, Leeds, LS2 8BT

Blue Sakura offers a unique concept of Japanese style tapas consisting of sushi and Asian style grill dishes at a set price on the all you can eat menu. The restaurant’s comfortable interior is distinguished by it beautiful sakura, ambient lighting and Japanese inspired art. 

Bengal Brasserie - 65 Haddon Road, Burley, Leeds, LS4 2JE

With a fully licenced bar, pleasant surroundings and excellent food the Bengal Brasserie is an ideal choice, whether you are looking for a romantic meal or an enjoyable evening out with friends and family. They offer an extensive menu allowing you to enjoy speciality and traditional Bengali cuisine. 

La Taberna Leeds - Britannia House, 16 York Place Basement Britannia House, Leeds, LS1 2EU

This family owned business, provides an extensive range of tapas dishes in a friendly and relaxing atmosphere. 

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Cheap Eats

Piassa Ethopian Restaurant - 81-83 Roundhay Road, Leeds, LS8 5AQ

Named after Piassa; a place at the very heart of Ethiopia’s capital, the restaurant aims to bring the experience of authentic Ethiopian cuisine to Leeds. The menu incorporates, vegan, vegetarian, meat and poultry dishes all cooked with traditional Ethiopian spices. 

Poco Sicilian Street Food - 360 Kirkstall Road, Leeds, LS4 2HQ

Get ready for a proper Sicillian feast from Pizza, Aranchini to pasta and lasagne, all served with italian coffee and deserts. All of the food is made using the freshest italian ingredients.

The Library - 229 Woodhouse Lane, Leeds, LS2 3AP

Situated on the edge of Hyde Park, this is a favorite destination for Students and like minded people. The library specialises in craft and cask beer, gin spirit infusions and a street food inspired menu with plenty of vegetarian and vegan options.

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Leeds has a strong sporting heritage, along with teams you may reconise such as the Yorkshire County Cricket Club. Leeds United FC and Leeds Rhinos,  Leeds also is host to a number of other sports.

Alongside these teams the city also hosts a variety of other sports, such as hockey, diving, athletics and gymnastics. Leeds is also famous on the international sporting scene and has previously hosted the annual World Triathlon.

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Are you a Sports Fan? Trainsplit has partnered with Pledgeball, a grassroots charity that rallies fellow fans to take action to protect where we play, making changes that improve our air and our green spaces. It can be as simple as swapping to reusable water bottles or taking the train to a match instead of driving. Fans, players, clubs, grassroots teams – the impact we can have together is game-changing.

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Looking to extend your stay? Click here to explore the variety of accommodations for an overnight break. 

Our Top Tips and easy ways on how to get cheap train tickets to Leeds.

Here are a few ways to cut down on your travel costs to Leeds and save money on your train tickets.

Plan ahead and book early - One of the easiest ways to get cheap train tickets is by planning ahead and getting Advance tickets. Booking your train tickets early can help you save money, with Advance tickets becoming available up to 12 weeks before your journey.

Use a railcard - Another easy way to maximise your savings on train tickets is to get a railcard. With a railcard, you could save up to a third on your tickets, making cheap train tickets even cheaprt. If you make a few train journeys, the railcard will pay for itself in no time. Did you know that Trainsplit now sells digital railcards? To see the railcards that we offer and the eligibility requirements, just click here.

Consider an alternative route - Leeds is well-connected to other parts of the country. If you are not traveling from London, but elsewhere in the south, why not consider a route that doesn’t go via London? One possibility if you're travelling from Southampton is to travel via Birmingham, changing trains there. Using Trainsplit’s journey planner we will search for alternative routes, which could possibly make it easier to obtain cheap train tickets. The journey may take a little longer, and you may have to change trains, but the savings could be worth it.

Split your tickets - With Trainsplit’s unique journey planner, we search for the best priced train tickets for your journey. You can easily discover the best split ticketing, a great combination of cheap train tickets for your journey, and best of all is that Trainsplit will do all the work for you.

More than two people traveling together - Going as a group of friends or family? Take a look at GroupSave train tickets; these are a great way to get cheap train tickets for groups of 3-9 people.

Travel at quieter times - Don’t need to travel so early in the morning? Why not travel off-peak to make it easier to obtain cheap train tickets? It's also worth noting that these trains can be a lot quieter.  Off-peak times usually start from around 09:30 onwards from Monday to Friday. 

By using these tips along with Trainsplit’s unique journey planner searching for the best train ticket deals, now is the time to explore new destinations and maximise the savings on your train journeys.

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