Trains to top sporting venues in the UK
Score big and save money to top sporting venues when you travel by train.
Wherever you are in the UK, there is one thing you can be sure of – you’ll never be more than two metres from a sports fan! Whether they’re diehard footie fans, followers of cricket, or revel in a bit of rugby – sports lovers can be found everywhere.
We’ve all followed cars on the motorway with colourful scarves hanging out of the windows as foolhardy fans make their way to stadiums large and small. But travelling to your favourite sports destinations via car can quickly accumulate a large price tag – with petrol prices soaring and pesky parking fees catching you out.
However, what many people don’t realise is how many iconic venues can actually be reached by train. That is why we have pulled together our very own 'sports bible' to help you pay less and do more when it comes to travelling to the game.
Getting to the football by train
Lets kick things off with arguably the nation’s favourite game, football. Our national stadium Wembley is a straightforward journey from London Euston – alighting from the station the landmark Arch of Wembley Stadium is just a tube ride away.
Plus, London Euston is also a gateway for many football clubs in the Premier and Championship Leagues – including Arsenal, Chelsea, Crystal Palace, Fulham, Queen’s Park Rangers, Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United.
What's also great, is that when you travel by train, you’ll also get access to 2FOR1 stadium tours to a variety of top stadiums.
If you class yourself as one of The Sky Blues, then Coventry City can be found at the Building Society Arena on the outskirts of Coventry at Coventry station – just a little further down the line and conveniently shared with the Wasps rugby team.
For those that would describe themselves as a Potter through and through, the Bet 365 Stadium, home to Stoke City Football Club is where you’ll be headed! A brisk two mile walk from Stoke-on-Trent station won’t take too long, but as an added bonus there is also a shuttle bus service on match days.
Finally, at the top of the line, you’ve also got Liverpool Lime Street. Home to famous clubs Liverpool and Everton - if you’re a fan of either Liverpudlian club. Both Goodison Park (Everton) and Anfield (Liverpool) are walkable from the station, so you can get those steps in and save on money – winning!
Getting to the rugby by train
Coventry and Northampton
Moving on to rugby, as previously mentioned, The Wasps play at the Building Society Arena in Coventry. Whilst rivals, the Saints, are not much further along the network based in Northampton. With both grounds easily accessible via their local train stations.
Taking the Bletchley line to Bedford train station, lifelong fans in one of the few towns in England where rugby is actually more popular than football, can watch the Bedford Blues playing at the Goldington Road Stadium.
And, of course an easy onward journey from London Euston is every rugby fans dream venue, Twickenham. But don’t worry if it’s not match day, Twickenham is home to the World Rugby Museum, or you can take a tour of the stadium to ensure you get your sporting fix. Visit some of the most exciting and select areas including the Royal Box, Players' Tunnel, and the England dressing room.
Getting the train to the cricket
Whilst villages up and down the country do have cricket teams, larger cricket grounds are a bit harder to come by – but the good news is they are easily accessible by train. On our sister's line (West Midlands Railway) you can easily reach lots of county towns with grounds such as Worcester and Hereford just a short journey away. Plus, Edgbaston Cricket Ground is easily reached by taking the train to Birmingham New Street, and then a shuttle bus to your final destination. Who needs a designated driver ay?
Getting to the tennis by train
With easy onward travel from London Euston, treat yourself to a day of strawberries and cream at Wimbledon, but be prepared to queue for your tournament ticket!
Cheap train tickets
So, next time your favourite team is playing think twice before reaching for the car keys. Avoid fuel costs, astronomical parking fees and just the general stress associated with a day out by car! Instead sit back, relax, and enjoy the scenery when you travel by train.