Rail travel in and around Huddersfield

Huddersfield Railway Station Huddersfield railway station is the fourth busiest in Yorkshire after Leeds, York and Sheffield and is used for around five million passenger journeys per year.
Huddersfield is usually served by more than 250 trains a day, although possibly a little fewer at present. They offer direct services to and from more than 80 destinations throughout the north of England, with connecting services to many other places.
More than 100 stations can be reached from Huddersfield in under an hour.

As Yorkshire's sixth largest town or city, Huddersfield used to be able to rely on at least an hourly service to virtually all destinations during weekday daytime. But Government-run Northern, one of the two rail operators at the station has drastically cut its services to Huddersfield during the early stages of the Covid pandemic and even more since.

Now, instead of an hourly train to Wakefield, there are just three peak-hour bus replacement services taking twice as long as the train, albeit still considerably quicker than the 1 hour 15 minutes it takes by the standard bus service to cover a distance of 12 miles as the crow flies.

Also cut from the May 2022 timetable from hourly to two-hourly with no late evening trains on weekdays and Saturdays are services to Brighouse, Halifax and Bradford which also provided a connection to destinations on the Calder Valley line towards Hebden Bridge and Todmorden.

Northern still provide hourly trains on the popular commuter route through some of Huddersfield's surrounding villages to Denby Dale, Penistone, Barnsley and Sheffield.

TransPennine Express provide hourly stopping services to stations on the line to Leeds and in the opposite direction along the Colne Valley towards Manchester.

As at May 2022, there are generally 3 fast trains per hour towards Manchester during weekday daytime with destinations of Manchester Piccadilly, Manchester Airport and Liverpool via Manchester Victoria. Three fast trains towards Leeds and beyond include two stopping at Dewsbury, one heading for Hull and two going via York to either Newcastle or Redcar Central.

Few trains are operating as through services to Scarborough at present, but passengers will be able to change to an hourly service from York.

A new five-coach Transpennine Expess Nova 3 train bound for Scarborough and a new Northern Class 195 three-car diesel unit, both built by CAF of Spain, are pictured at Huddersfield
If travelling by rail to London, this can be achieved on one of several trains per hour requiring one connection for main routes to the capital. Journeys generally take between around 2 hours 56 minutes and 3 hours 16 minutes. There are no direct services from Huddersfield to London.

Our Calder Valley Line page provides information on
Huddersfield - Brighouse - Halifax - Low Moor - Bradford Interchange
and where to change for journeys from Huddersfield to
Sowerby Bridge - Mytholmroyd - Hebden Bridge - Todmorden - Walsden

The Penistone Line page provides information on the useful commuter services to and from Huddersfield from several villages to the south-east of the town on the line which continues to Penistone then via Barnsley and Meadowhall to provide a slow but only direct link to the city of Sheffield.

Our Huddersfield Line page provides details of trains in the direction of Leeds and also the service towards Wakefield (currently reduced to a peak-hour bus replacement):
Huddersfield - Deighton - Mirfield - Ravensthorpe - Dewsbury - Batley - Morley - Cottingley - Leeds
Huddersfield - Deighton - Mirfield - Wakefield Kirkgate - Normanton - Castleford

Our Huddersfield Line to Manchester page has information on westbound trains, including those calling at Slaithwaite and Marsden.

Rail operators running trains from Huddersfield are Transpennine Express, run by First, and Northern, which since March 2020 has been operated by Northern Trains Ltd, run by the UK Department for Transport.

Please check timetables or with rail operators for full and up-to-date details. This travel study is provided for general guidance.

Useful web links

The website of West Yorkshire passenger transport authority Metro offers live departure information for all stations and for bus stops in West Yorkshire together with timetables. National Rail offers a journey planner and live station departure and arrival information across the country.

Metro   West Yorkshire passenger transport authority Metro's website (external link).
National Rail   National Rail Enquiries and journey planner (external link).

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