Travelling to, from and via London

Information to help you to continue your your rail journey through London.

Introduction

London is well served by trains to and from all parts of Britain and most London termini have their own London Underground (Tube) station (with the notable exception of Fenchurch Street where the nearest London Underground station is Tower Hill). All stations are served by buses and taxis.

Crossing London with tickets marked'

If your journey involves travelling via, or across London to connect with another National Rail service, your ticket should include the cost of transfer on Tube, Docklands Light Railway or Thameslink services between the relevant main London stations.

For example - a Hastings to York ticket is valid for travel on Underground services between Victoria, Charing Cross, Cannon Street or London Bridge and Kings Cross/St Pancras or on Thameslink services from London Bridge or Blackfriars to St. Pancras International.

To check if the cost of travel across London is included in your ticket, look for the ‘' symbol which will be shown in the tickets ‘Route' information, e.g. [‘' ANY PERMITTED].

Tickets displaying this indicator are valid for travel between any two stations shown in the ‘Station List' (below) appropriate to the route of the through journey being made.

You can ‘break your transfer journey' and leave the Underground at any intermediate station, e.g. if you are travelling between Victoria and Euston you can exit at Oxford Circus. However, if you subsequently wish to continue your journey by Underground you will have to purchase another ticket.

List of London Tube / DLR Stations between which single/return tickets valid for travel ‘via London' may be used -subject to route of the through journey being made.

Aldgate

Finsbury Park

Shepherds Bush

Amersham

Greenwich (DLR)

Southwark

Baker Street

Highbury & Islington

Stratford

Balham

Kensington Olympia

Stratford International (DLR)

Bank

Kentish Town

Tottenham Hale

Barking

Kings Cross / St Pancras

Tower Hill

Blackfriars

Lancaster Gate

Upminster

Blackhorse Road

Lewisham (DLR)

Vauxhall

Brixton

Limehouse

Victoria

Canada Water

Liverpool Street

Walthamstow Central

Cannon Street

London Bridge

Waterloo

Charing Cross

Marylebone

West Brompton

Ealing Broadway

Moorgate

West Ham

Edgware Road

Old Street

West Hampstead

Elephant & Castle

Paddington

Whitechapel

Embankment

Queens Park

Wimbledon

Euston

Richmond

Woolwich Arsenal (DLR)

Euston Square

Seven Sisters


Farringdon Shadwell

Some London termini stations are within easy walking distance of one another and tickets showing the cross-London Ԡ' symbol are valid to make the connection between them at street level.


'London Terminal' stations

Tickets issued for travel to/from London usually show 'London Terminals' as the destination/origin rather than naming a specific station. This is because the ticket is valid to more than one London Terminal station provided it’s on any reasonable line of route. Tickets can only be used on National Rail services. For example, a ticket from Brighton to London Terminals is valid to Victoria, Waterloo (changing at Clapham Junction), London Bridge, Blackfriars and City Thameslink or Charing Cross Waterloo East or Cannon Street (changing at London Bridge). It would not be valid to, for example, London Euston or Paddington as this would not be on the line of route and would involve crossing London using another mode of transport.

Tickets which restrict travel on services of a specific train company or some special fares may be valid only to a named London Terminal station, e.g. London Kings Cross.

The list of London termini stations, defined as 'London Terminals' for ticketing purposes are:

  • Blackfriars - Serves stations on the Bedford to Brighton cross-London 'Thameslink' route and also commuter services to areas of south east London.
  • Cannon Street - Serves stations throughout south east London and Kent, and from London Bridge there are direct services to Gatwick Airport, the Sussex coast and north to Bedford.
  • Charing Cross - Serves stations throughout south east London and Kent, and from London Bridge there are direct services to Gatwick Airport, the Sussex coast and north to Bedford.
  • Euston - Serves central and north-west England and western Scotland, including Birmingham, Manchester, Liverpool, Carlisle, Chester, Glasgow, with rail and ferry services to/from both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. Also provides regional services to Milton Keynes and Northampton and local services to Watford Junction. Euston is also the London terminus for sleeper services to/from Scotland.
  • Fenchurch Street - Serves the commuter towns on the north side of the Thames Estuary including Southend. Tower Hill is the nearest Tube station.
  • Kings Cross - Serves the north east and eastern Scotland including Doncaster, Hull, Leeds, York, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Aberdeen and Edinburgh. Also provides regional services to Cambridge, Hitchin, Kings Lynn, Peterborough and Stevenage and commuter and local services to stations north and north east of London.
  • Liverpool Street - Serves stations throughout East Anglia, including Chelmsford, Colchester, Ipswich and Norwich, and is the London terminus for Stansted Express services from Stansted Airport. Also provides commuter and local services in east and north east London.
  • London Bridge - Serves stations throughout south east London and Kent, and from London Bridge there are direct services to Gatwick Airport, the Sussex coast and north to Bedford.
  • Marylebone - Serves central southern Midlands including High Wycombe, Banbury, Leamington Spa, Stratford-upon-Avon and Birmingham and provides commuter and local services to the north west of London including Amersham, Aylesbury.
  • Moorgate - Provides commuter and local services in an area north and north east of London similar to that served by Kings Cross. The National Rail station is generally closed late evenings and most of the weekend although the London Underground line is still available.
  • Paddington - Serves South Wales and the West Country, including Bath, Bristol, Cardiff, Exeter, Oxford, Plymouth, Swansea, and local services along the Thames Valley to Slough, Maidenhead and Reading. Paddington is also the London terminus for the Heathrow Express to Heathrow Airport and the sleeper service to/from Devon and Cornwall.
  • St Pancras International - Serves the East Midlands including Derby, Leicester, Nottingham and Sheffield, and is the terminus for high speed domestic services from Stratford Int'l, Ashford Int'l, Canterbury, Dover and Faversham. Services also operate to Gatwick Airport, Luton Airport, Bedford and Brighton. St Pancras International is the London terminus for Eurostar services to Brussels and Paris.
  • Victoria - Serves south and south east coastal towns including Brighton, Dover, Eastbourne, Hastings and Margate, also Chatham and Canterbury. Victoria is the London terminus for Gatwick Express services to Gatwick Airport and provides local suburban services to south and south east London.
  • Waterloo - Serves the south coast, including Bournemouth, Portsmouth, Southampton, Weymouth also Salisbury and Winchester, and provides local suburban services to south west London including Hampton Court, Richmond and Wimbledon.
In addition, the following stations, whilst not technically a London terminus are considered to be 'London Terminals' for ticketing purposes:

  • City Thameslink - Serves stations on the Bedford to Brighton cross-London 'Thameslink' route and also commuter services to areas of south east London.
  • Old Street - Provides commuter and local services in an area north and north east of London similar to that served by Kings Cross. The National Rail station is generally closed late evenings and most of the weekend although the London Underground line is still available.
  • Vauxhall - Serves local suburban services to south west London including Hampton Court, Richmond and Wimbledon.
  • Waterloo East - Serves stations throughout south east London and Kent, and from London Bridge there are direct services to Gatwick Airport, the Sussex coast and north to Bedford.
Please note:
  • Tickets issued to or from 'LONDON TERMINALS' are only valid as described above. Customers with London Terminals tickets routes "Plus High Speed" are also permitted to travel in either direction on Thameslink services between London St Pancras International and Farringdon, City Thameslink, London Blackfriars, Elephant & Castle, London Bridge
  • Shoreditch High Street is not considered to be part of 'London Terminals'.

 

Travelling to London and continuing your journey by Tube or DLR

If you are making one single or return journey and your destination is a Tube or Docklands Light Railway (DLR) station you are recommended to purchase a ‘through' ticket from your starting station. This will allow you to use the same ticket to continue your journey by Tube and/or DLR once you have arrived in London.

Are you are making multiple journeys whilst you are in London?

Usually the quickest way to travel around London, the Tube operates frequent services on most lines from approximately 05:30 to 00:15 on weekdays. Times may vary at weekends.

The current Tube map is shown below (hold down the left mouse button to navigate around the map).

You can also check service running via Transport for London's live 'Tube service updates' indicator.

 

Continuing your journey by bus

Bus services link many of London's main terminal stations and operate an extensive network of Night Bus or 24-hour services. Through single or return rail tickets are not valid for travel on London Buses. Within the central area, tickets must be purchased from the ticket machines located at bus stops prior to boarding. Alternatively, Oyster pay as you go can be used for any London Bus journey.

Wheelchair users travel free on buses but accompanying passengers will need a valid ticket or pass. Most buses are now fitted with low floors and ramps for easy access

Visit the Transport for London website for full details of Tube and Bus services including full details on all accessibility features on Tube, Bus, DLR and Tram services. Alternatively call 0843 222 1234 (24 hours). Minicom users should call 020 7918 3015.

Thameslink route

Thameslink operates frequent and direct services between Bedford, Luton Airport and Croydon, Gatwick Airport & Brighton via Central London with the following stations having Tube connections -

Elephant & Castle, Farringdon, Kentish Town, London Bridge, St Pancras International and West Hampstead Thameslink.

Continuing your journey or crossing London by cycle

Barclays Cycle Hire offers a alternative to continuing your journey in London or crossing the capital to connect with another train service. We have more information or you can visit the Transport for London website.

Visiting London and making several journeys?

If you are planning to make several journeys or visit different places in and around London, you could save money by purchasing a Travelcard (see below) or obtaining an Oyster card.

Travelcards

Travelcards are zonal tickets allowing unlimited travel on London's public transport network. They can be issued for travel on any one day, seven consecutive days, or for regular commuters, any period between one month and a year. Travelcards are available for travel from stations throughout London and the home counties, the south and south east and further afield on some routes.

Travelcards can be issued in a range of zonal combinations and subject to the zones purchased, you can use your Travelcard on:

  • Tube, DLR and National Rail services (but not Heathrow Express or Heathrow Connect services between Hayes & Harlington and Heathrow)
  • All London Bus services (except some special services and excursions) regardless of the zones for which the ticket is issued
  • London Tramlink services where the Travelcard is valid for travel in Zone 3, 4, 5 or 6 or any combination of these zones.

Where and when can I use my Travelcard?

Your Travelcard must be valid for all the zones you travel in or through. Within the zonal area -

  • Peak Day Travelcards are valid for travel at any time of day and until 04:29 the following morning
  • Off Peak Day Travelcards are valid for travel from 09:30 Monday to Friday, any time at weekends and on public holidays, and until 04:29 the following morning. Railcard holders may purchase certain Off-Peak Day Travelcards at a discount.
  • 7-day or longer period Travelcards are valid at any time until 04:29 the morning following the date of expiry.

Travelcards can be purchased from most stations and may be inclusive of travel from your local station - check before you buy your ticket.

For further information on Travelcard seasons click here.

Accessible transport around London

Transport for London (TfL) have a dedicated webpage giving information about travelling around London on public transport. They have also produced the "Getting around London guide" which describes all the accessibility features on the Tube, bus, DLR and tram. They have created a guide which describes all the accessibility features on the Tube, bus, DLR and tram.