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Hull Trains

Hull Trains is an 'Open-Access' rail operator that runs trains between Beverley, Hull and London. Here's our guide to where they go and their train fleet.

Who are Hull Trains?

Hull Trains has been running services from Hull to London since 2000. They were originally established to fill a gap in the market, as there were very few direct trains on this route. It’s an ‘Open-Access’ operator, which means that it runs trains without any financial help from the government. Hull Trains runs services to 11 different stations and has a fleet of five trains.

It runs trains that stop at Beverley, Cottingham, Hull, Brough, Howden, Selby, Doncaster, Retford, Grantham, Stevenage and London King’s Cross. Only some trains run between Beverley and Hull, and Stevenage is only served on a Sunday evening.

They run seven trains each way on a weekday, and six on weekends.

As Hull Trains has to make money in order to keep running, it’s in their interests to offer some competition! This is particularly true on the parts of their route that they share with regular LNER services. Here’s what we see if you’re looking to travel from Doncaster to London two weeks in advance:

They also offer their own dedicated flexible tickets, which mean that you can get a cheaper fare at the last minute. For example, an Off-Peak Day Return from Grantham to London is £50. This gives you an £11 saving compared to a ticket also valid on LNER.

On board services


You’ll find overhead luggage space and several larger luggage stacks at the carriage ends. The overhead racks have enough space for the average cabin-sized suitcase.

Food & Drink

As of December 2023, Standard Class food and drink has been relaunched on Hull Trains. You’ll also find a selection of complementary food and drink in First.


Free WiFi is available on all Hull Trains services.


You’ll need to make a reservation to bring on a non-folding bike on Hull Trains. You can do this up to the day before travel at any staffed ticket office. There’s more information in our dedicated guide to travelling with bikes.


You can find out more about Passenger Assist on our dedicated page. Assistance is

Standard Class

Hull Trains runs a fleet of five Class 802 ‘Paragon‘ trains. They all have five carriages, though some services (usually on Friday and Saturday) will run as a pair of trains coupled together.

Seating in Standard Class is in a 2+2 layout and a 2+1 layout in First Class. All seats have access to a three-pin power socket and a USB port.

The unreserved coach is Coach A.

Can I upgrade to First Class?

Yes, there is First Class available on all services. You’ll get a bigger reclining seat in a 2+1 layout, as well as complimentary food and drink.

According to their website, First Class includes a sandwich (either a hot breakfast sandwich or a cold one), tea, coffee and other light refreshments.

It isn’t as substantial as on LNER, but the fare in First Class is likely to be lower, too.

Information about routes

Beverley – Cottingham – Hull – Brough – Howden – Selby – Doncaster – Retford – Grantham – London