Changes to train times


Virgin Money London Marathon

Sunday 22 April 2018


The London Marathon (presently known through sponsorship as the Virgin Money London Marathon) is a long-distance running event held in London, part of the World Marathon Majors. The event was first run on 29 March 1981 and has been held in the spring of every year since.


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Various places throughout London.

Recommended station/s

All runners are entitled to free travel to the start on Southeastern trains from Charing Cross, Waterloo East, Cannon Street and Victoria. If you were to say goodbye at any one of these stations, then it’s an easy transfer onto the London Underground to make your way onto the marathon route, get your spot and probably have time for some breakfast too!

The London Overground has several stations on, or very close to, the marathon route – Surrey Quays, Canada Water (connect with the Jubilee line on the London Underground), Rotherhithe, Wapping and Shadwell (connect with the DLR). Trains run every 10 minutes throughout the day.

London Overground line from Surrey Quays to Clapham Junction links south east and south west London. With fast frequent services, this line offers connections to:

  • Canada Water
  • Clapham High Street
  • Clapham Junction
  • Highbury & Islington
  • Shadwell
  • Shoreditch High Street
  • Whitechapel

What's happening with the trains?

It’s busy! If you are a regular commuter, think rush hour. If not, think what it’s like when you attend a concert or festival. You will often have to queue and some stations may be forced to shut temporarily while staff clear the crowds.

We encourage runners to get to the starts early – the first trains leave central London at 06:50 – so if you travel into London together you will have plenty of time. You won’t be bored – the elite wheelchair race starts at 08:55, followed by the World Para Athletics Marathon World Cup (ambulatory) at 09:00 and the elite women at 09:15. The elite men will start at 10:00, followed by the masses.

From Charing Cross you can take the Northern line southbound to Waterloo. Transferring onto the Jubilee line eastbound gives a number of options. From London Bridge station you can walk along Tooley Street to Tower Bridge Road and see the runners just before they cross Tower Bridge at mile 12. Or, walk over London Bridge into the City of London – the race passes underneath London Bridge.

If you are early enough (between 08:40 and 09:30) you will see the Virgin Money Giving Mini London Marathon age-group races, which start just east of London Bridge. Later on, the main race passes by at mile 23.

If you keep walking you will reach Bank station, a major underground interchange. It also connects with the DLR, so you can head east out towards Canary Wharf and the Isle of Dogs to see the race between miles 14 to 21. Canada Water station on the Jubilee line is a short walk to mile nine at Surrey Quays. If you get back on the Jubilee line eastbound you can get to Canary Wharf (mile 19).

Another option from Charing Cross is to travel south one stop to Embankment and connect with the District & Circle lines eastbound. Get off at Tower Hill and you can watch the runners from a number of locations in this area BUT it will be very, very busy.

The best option is to walk from Tower Hill station to Tower Gateway on the DLR and head east out towards the Isle of Dogs.

Cannon Street and Victoria are also on the District and Circle lines – see suggested connections above.

If you are coming to Waterloo East station then you should head for Waterloo station on foot and follow the travel suggestions above.

For travel updates and to plan your journey using the London Underground, go to

Plan Your Journey to this event

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Last updated:   21 March 2018