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Train  •  3h 28m

  1. Take the train from London Kings Cross to Sunderland

£35 - £280

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Bus  •  7h

  1. Take the bus from London Victoria Coach Station to Sunderland National Express / ...

£11 - £29

6 alternative options

Train via Newcastle  •  3h 45m

  1. Take the train from London Kings Cross to Newcastle

£36 - £323

Drive  •  4h 35m

  1. Drive from London King's Cross to Sunderland 276.7 miles

£40 - £65

Fly London Heathrow to Newcastle  •  4h 17m

  1. Fly from London Heathrow (LHR) to Newcastle (NCL) LHR - NCL

£55 - £316

Train to Southampton, fly to Newcastle  •  5h 16m

  1. Take the train from London Waterloo to Southampton Airport Parkway
  2. Fly from Southampton (SOU) to Newcastle (NCL) SOU - NCL

£99 - £458

Fly London Heathrow to Durham, train  •  5h 41m

  1. Fly from London Heathrow (LHR) to Durham (MME) LHR - MME
  2. Take the train from Darlington to Newcastle
  3. Take the train from Newcastle to Sunderland

£79 - £422

Fly London City to Edinburgh, train  •  6h 7m

  1. Fly from London City (LCY) to Edinburgh (EDI) LCY - EDI
  2. Take the train from Edinburgh to Newcastle

£74 - £501

London to Sunderland by train

The train journey time between London and Sunderland is around 3h 28m and covers a distance of around 266 miles. The fastest train normally takes 3h 21m. Operated by Grand Central and LNER, the London to Sunderland train service departs from London Kings Cross and arrives in Sunderland. Typically 33 trains run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

Train route overview

Average train time:
3h 28m
Fastest train time:
3h 21m
Trains per week:
33
Cheapest price:
£35
Carbon emissions:
22 kg CO2

First and last trains

First train departs at:
08:27
Last train departs at:
20:00

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

London to Sunderland train schedules

London → Sunderland
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The cheapest way to get from London to Sunderland is to bus which costs £11 - £29 and takes 7h.

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The quickest way to get from London to Sunderland is to train which costs £35 - £280 and takes 3h 28m.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from London Victoria Coach Station station and arriving at Sunderland. Services depart three times a day, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 7h.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from London Kings Cross and arriving at Sunderland. Services depart five times a day, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 3h 28m.

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The distance between London and Sunderland is 242 miles. The road distance is 276.7 miles.

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The best way to get from London to Sunderland without a car is to train which takes 3h 28m and costs £35 - £280.

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The train from London Kings Cross to Sunderland takes 3h 28m including transfers and departs five times a day.

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London to Sunderland bus services, operated by National Express, depart from London Victoria Coach Station.

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London to Sunderland train services, operated by Grand Central, depart from London Kings Cross station.

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The best way to get from London to Sunderland is to train which takes 3h 28m and costs £35 - £280. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs £11 - £29 and takes 7h, you could also fly, which costs £55 - £320 and takes 4h 17m.

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Map of how to get from London to Sunderland.
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  • Distance: 241.8 miles
  • Duration: 3h 28m

What companies run services between London, England and Sunderland, England?

Grand Central operates a train from London Kings Cross to Sunderland 4 times a day. Tickets cost £95 - £160 and the journey takes 3h 28m. LNER also services this route 5 times a week. Alternatively, National Express operates a bus from London Victoria Coach Station to Sunderland 3 times a day. Tickets cost £11 - £15 and the journey takes 7h. Megabus UK also services this route once daily.

Airlines
British Airways
Website
britishairways.com
Flights from London Heathrow to Newcastle
Ave. Duration
1h 13m
When
Every day
Estimated price
£65 - £290
Flights from London Heathrow to Newcastle via Aberdeen
Ave. Duration
3h 20m
When
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
Estimated price
£65 - £290
Flights from Southampton to Newcastle
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
£100 - £340
Flights from London City to Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
1h 16m
When
Every day
Estimated price
£60 - £370
Loganair
Website
loganair.co.uk
Flights from Southampton to Newcastle
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
£100 - £340
Flights from London Heathrow to Durham
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
£75 - £240
Train operators
LNER
Website
lner.co.uk
Train from London Kings Cross to Sunderland
Ave. Duration
3h 21m
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
£35 - £280
Website
lner.co.uk
Advance Single
£35 - £50
Anytime Day Single
£120 - £170
Anytime Day Single 1st Class
£190 - £280
Train from London Kings Cross to Newcastle
Ave. Duration
2h 48m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
£35 - £280
Website
lner.co.uk
Advance Single
£35 - £50
Anytime Day Single
£120 - £180
Anytime Day Single 1st Class
£190 - £280
Train from Darlington to Newcastle
Ave. Duration
26 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
£4 - £70
Website
lner.co.uk
Advance Single
£4 - £7
Anytime Day Single
£30 - £45
Anytime Day Single 1st Class
£45 - £70
Train from Newcastle to Sunderland
Ave. Duration
21 min
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
£1 - £50
Website
lner.co.uk
Advance Single
£1 - £3
Anytime Day Single
£21 - £30
Anytime Day Single 1st Class
£30 - £50
Train from Edinburgh to Newcastle
Ave. Duration
1h 25m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
£16 - £150
Website
lner.co.uk
Advance Single
£16 - £23
Anytime Day Single
£65 - £95
Anytime Day Single 1st Class
£100 - £150
CrossCountry
Phone
0344 736 9123
Email
customer.relations@crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Website
crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Train from Darlington to Newcastle
Ave. Duration
29 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
£28 - £110
Website
crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Anytime Day
£28 - £35
Anytime Day 1st Class
£75 - £110
Train from Edinburgh to Newcastle
Ave. Duration
1h 28m
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
£60 - £180
Website
crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Anytime Day
£60 - £75
Anytime Day 1st Class
£120 - £180
TransPennine Express Service
Phone
+44 345 600 1671
Email
tpecustomer.relations@firstgroup.com
Website
tpexpress.co.uk
Train from Darlington to Newcastle
Ave. Duration
32 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
£15 - £24
Website
TransPennine Express Service
Advance Single
£9 - £13
Off-Peak Day Single
£11 - £18
Anytime Day Single
£15 - £24
Train from Edinburgh to Newcastle
Ave. Duration
1h 31m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
£35 - £60
Website
TransPennine Express Service
Advance Single
£16 - £23
Off-Peak Day Single
£29 - £45
Anytime Day Single
£35 - £60
Northern Rail
Phone
+44 800 200 6060
Email
enquiries@northernrailway.co.uk
Website
northernrailway.co.uk
Train from Darlington to Newcastle
Ave. Duration
41 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
£14 - £24
Website
northernrailway.co.uk
Anytime Day
£14 - £18
Anytime Day 1st Class
£17 - £24
Train from Newcastle to Sunderland
Ave. Duration
20 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
£5 - £10
Website
northernrailway.co.uk
Anytime Day
£5 - £7
Anytime Day 1st Class
£6 - £10
Bus operators
National Express

National Express Coaches are a quick and convenient way of travelling around the UK. Over 550 National Express coaches run on Britain's roads every day, serving over 900 destinations across the UK. National Express Coaches carry around 19 million passenger journeys every year. For added convenience, National Express operate coach services to all major UK airports 24 hours per day, and is on its way to being 100% wheelchair accessible. The company also has a 24-hour control centre that receives a GPS signal to update on location, speed and the temperature inside coaches, ensuring the smoothest journey possible.

Contact Details
Phone
+44 08717 818178
Website
nationalexpress.com
Bus from London Victoria Coach Station to Sunderland
Ave. Duration
7h
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
£11 - £15
Website
National Express

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The quickest flight from London Heathrow Airport to Newcastle Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 10m.

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London to Sunderland bus services, operated by National Express, arrive at Sunderland station.

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London to Sunderland train services, operated by Grand Central, arrive at Sunderland station.

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Yes, the driving distance between London to Sunderland is 277 miles. It takes approximately 4h 35m to drive from London to Sunderland.

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Loganair and British Airways offer flights from London Heathrow Airport to Newcastle Airport.

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