Train travel to Skegness this Summer

The seaside resort is as popular as ever with our customers, and we are expecting another busy summer as beachgoers head to Skegness for their holidays.

We are encouraging you to book your train tickets in advance to Skegness to get the best price and availability. You can book up to 12 weeks in advance. By doing this, you’ll be able to select the train you wish to travel on and will be able to book your return journey at the same time. There isn’t the option to book a specific seat, but it will guarantee you a place on the train of your choice and a place in the priority boarding queue.

Frequently asked questions

Before you travel

We’ve introduced a service for you to pre-book your place on your chosen train. Booking as early as possible will help you get the best price and availability. You can book up to 12 weeks in advance. By doing this, you’ll be able to select the train you wish to travel on and will be able to book your return journey at the same time.

There isn’t the option to book a specific seat, but it will guarantee you a place on the train of your choice.

This will mean that all the spaces on that train have already been reserved. You will not be able to buy an advance ticket for that service. You will be able to buy an anytime travel ticket, but you are not guaranteed a place on a specific train. Please consider travelling on another service.

A queuing system will be in place at both Nottingham and Skegness stations. A ‘fast-track’ queue, for customers who have a pre-booked ticket for a specific train and a separate queue for customers who have purchased on the day.

Anyone who decides to not pre-book a ticket / decide to travel on the day, will be asked to join the ‘paid on the day’ queue, if there is space available on the train after all the pre-booked customers have boarded, then you can board the train.

Between 7 July 2024 and 7 September 2024, you will be able to book a place on the train but will not get a specific seat reservation.

Advance tickets are available to buy from up to 12 weeks in advance. You can check what Advance ticket dates have been released here. If your date isn’t yet released, you can sign up for a ticket alert and we will send you an email when your date is available to book. Find out more about Advance tickets.

If you hold a season ticket and will be travelling from Nottingham or Skegness, you will be able to join the Fast Track queue and do not need to book a space. If travelling from the stations in between, you will be able to join the train as normal.

If you’re travelling with children under 5, they’re completely free when accompanied by fare-paying parent or guardian.

You can find ways to book passenger assistance for your journey here. With East Midlands Railway you can book assistance up to 2 hours before travel, we recommend booking in advance if you can, but if you are not able to, we will always be there on the day to help you.

Yes, there will also be a number of Skegness Summer Special services which will depart from Derby on Saturdays between 7 July 2024 - 7 September 2024.

Tickets are on sale now.

Luggage guidance

As space is limited on trains, we recommend bringing only one bag per person to ensure it can be safely stowed on board.

Smaller bags can be stowed in the luggage racks above your head (maximum size 55cm(h) x 40cm(w) x 20cm).

Holdalls can be stored between the sets of seats. Larger bags will need to be placed in the main luggage racks in each carriage.

To help customers travel smoothly, we are offering customers the option to pick up free vacuum packs, which can be used to shrink the space taken up by their luggage, meaning more space for everyone on board.

Contact our Customer Relations Team here, phone us on 03457 125 678 or email [email protected] to order your free pack.

You will be asked to provide the following details:

  • Postal address
  • Date you intend to travel
  • Quantity required

Arriving at the station

We advise that you arrive at the station at least 30 minutes prior to your pre-booked train departure time.

To help manage demand, we will be operating a queuing system at both Nottingham and Skegness stations – one for those who have booked in advance and have reserved a space on a service, this is the Fast-Track queue - and one for those who have paid on the day and have an Off-Peak or Anytime ticket.

Our friendly and helpful staff will be able to guide you to the right queue and support you if you don’t have a reservation.

There will be a dedicated service team available in branded Skegness Summer uniform at Nottingham and Skegness stations, who will be able to help with any assistance needed upon arrival.

We’re committed to providing the support you may need to enjoy a safe and comfortable journey. We can assist you with:

  • Planning your journey, including information about train services around the UK
  • Sharing information about onward modes of transport
  • Selecting the most appropriate tickets for your journey
  • Claiming any fare reductions you’re entitled to
  • Arranging help to get on and off trains and at stations, including assisting with your luggage
  • Helping you transfer between different trains

Find out more information about booking assistance.

The busiest days are Fridays, Saturdays, and Mondays. On these days, the busiest time to travel is between 0700 – 1300 in both directions.

Not everyone travelling to Skegness will be boarding the train at Nottingham.

The information below will help you plan your journey from the intermediate stations or if you are a commuter that travels along this route.

Services are expected to be busy departing Nottingham and Skegness but will not be at full capacity.

If you commute between these intermediate stations, then it is advised you book your space on the specific train you require to guarantee a space.

Services are expected to be busy departing Nottingham and Skegness but will not be at full capacity.

If you commute between these intermediate stations, then it is advised you book your space on the specific train you require to guarantee a space.

On board our trains

Smaller bags can be stowed in the luggage racks above your head (maximum size 55cm(h) x 40cm(w) x 20cm).

Holdalls can be stored between the sets of seats. Larger bags will need to be placed in the main luggage racks in each carriage.

You must fold down your pushchair prior to boarding and store it in one of the dedicated luggage areas.

Coming home

Yes, please ensure you have pre-booked your return ticket and keep any vacuum bags safe for use again on the journey home.