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TAKING THE TRAIN TO THE LAKE DISTRICT? - read our handy hints to make your journey run smooth

Read our essential guide with tips on how to find the best fares when visiting from overseas

Many overseas visitors travel to the Lake District by train from London or Edinburgh. Navigating the range of fares and ticket options is hard enough for us let alone for those with second language English.

Below we will try to answer some commonly asked questions to help you reach the Lake District from London by train:

Is there a direct train to the Lake District from London?

Yes and no!  We warned you it was confusing but stick with us!

There is a direct train from London Euston to a station called Oxenholme – the Lake District. Oxenholme is a station on the main Virgin Trains West Coast Line but is not in the Lake District National Park and has few facilities or accommodation.

To reach the Lake District you have 3 options from Oxenholme:

  1. Change trains at Oxenholme to Windermere station approx. The journey takes 20mins and trains run approx one every hour
  2. Take a taxi from Oxenholme 
  3. The most reliable option is to join one of our tours departing from Oxenholme or contact us for a transfer to your hotel

How long does it take?

A direct train from London to Oxenholme takes just under 3 hrs and a further 20 minutes to Windermere. You can check the train schedules here

Are the trains on time?

Yes and no! Trains are often more than 5 minutes late and although it is not always the operators fault it is of little consolation if you miss the connection to Windermere. If taking a tour the same day as arriving in the Lake District we strongly recommend using our transfer service that is included in all our tours departing from Oxenholme

How do I book a train ticket?

There are a number of online sites to book cheap train tickets including:

The Trainline


National Rail

Tickets can be collected from ticket machines at your departure station. You will need your credit card to use as ID in the machine.

How do I get the cheapest fare?

What facilities are there at Oxenholme station?

There is a small shop called the Cafe Express, a mobile coffee van and outside past the taxi rank a Willans cake and pie shop and the Artisan bakery and coffee shop - note after 5.00pm most if not all will be closed.

What about at Windermere station?

Next to Windermere station is Booths supermarket with cafe and opposite to the right is Lakeland - a large store with upstairs waitress service cafe and excellent food. You are also only 10 minutes walk from the centre of Windermere.

Now you have it go to thetrainline and book the best fare to the Lake District for a great day out!


Published on Friday 8th April 2016

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