London is well served by trains to and from all parts of Britain and most London termini stations have their own London Underground (Tube) station (with the notable exception of Fenchurch Street where the nearest London Underground station is 400m away at 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 London Underground, DLR 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 stations, 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 on the ticket under ‘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 are allowed to ‘break your transfer journey' once and leave the Underground at any intermediate station, e.g. if you are travelling on the Underground 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 or use Pay as you go to travel to Euston.

List of London Underground and 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 Farringdon Shadwell
Amersham Finsbury Park Shepherds Bush
Baker Street Greenwich (DLR) Southwark
Balham Highbury & Islington Stratford
Bank Kensington Olympia Stratford International (DLR)
Barking Kentish Town Tottenham Hale
Battersea Power Station 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  

Some London termini stations are within a short distance of one another and tickets showing the cross-London ‘ ' symbol will be 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 Woking to London Terminals is valid to:           

  • London Waterloo
  • London Victoria (via Clapham Junction)
  • London Bridge
  • London Blackfriars
  • City Thameslink
  • London Charing Cross
  • London Waterloo East
  • London Cannon Street (via 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, such as the London Underground or London Buses.

The exception to this is where there are National Rail journey opportunities that include a choice of London Terminal stations on the Thameslink route between London Bridge, London Blackfriars, City Thameslink, Farringdon and London St Pancras. For these journeys the London Terminal stations that you can use with a London Terminals ticket, will be determined by whether your journey will start / finish north or south of London as follows:


For information on tickets issued to/from 'London Thameslink' click here

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.

List of London Terminals

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

London Blackfriars Serves stations on the Bedford/Cambridge/Peterborough to Brighton cross-London 'Thameslink' route and also commuter services to areas of south east London 
London Cannon Street Serves London Bridge and stations throughout south east London and Kent.  
London Charing Cross Serves London Bridge and stations throughout south east London and Kent. 
London 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. 

London Fenchurch Street Serves the commuter towns on the north side of the Thames Estuary including Southend. Tower Hill is the nearest Tube station. 
London 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.

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.

From London Bridge there are direct services south to Gatwick Airport, Horsham and the Sussex coast, and north to Bedford, Peterborough and Cambridge.

London Marylebone  Serves central southern Midlands including High Wycombe, Banbury, Leamington Spa, Stratford-u-Avon andpon 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 London Kings Cross.
London 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.

London 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.

Commuter services also operate south to Brighton, Gatwick Airport and Horsham, and north to Bedford, Cambridge, Luton Airport, and Peterborough.

St Pancras International is also the London terminus for Eurostar services to Amsterdam, Brussels and Paris

London Victoria

Serves south and south east coastal towns including Brighton, Dover, Eastbourne, Hastings and Margate, also Chatham and Canterbury.

London Victoria is the London terminus for Gatwick Express services to Gatwick Airport and Brighton, and provides local suburban services to south and south east London.

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 to/from south of London

City Thameslink

Serves stations north of London to Bedford, Cambridge and Peterborough and south of London to Brighton, Gatwick Airport, Horsham and Rainham.

Monday - Saturday only

Vauxhall Serves local suburban services to south west London including Hampton Court, Richmond and Wimbledon.
London Waterloo East

Serves London Bridge and stations throughout south east London and Kent.

From London Bridge there are direct services to Gatwick Airport, the Sussex coast and north to Bedford, Cambridge and Peterborough.

The following station, whilst not technically a London terminus, is considered to be 'London Terminal' for ticketing purposes to/from north of London - See  London Kings Cross (above)

Old Street Provides commuter and local services in an area north and north east of London similar to that served by London Kings Cross.

Please note:

  • Tickets issued to or from 'London Terminals' are only valid as described above, except if travel is allowed on Southeastern High Speed services (see below).
  • Shoreditch High Street is not considered to be part of 'London Terminals'

Tickets for travel on High Speed services

Customers with tickets with an origin or destination of 'London Terminals' and routed "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

Travelling to London and continuing your journey by London Underground or DLR

If you are making one single or return journey and your destination is a London Underground (the Tube) or 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 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 can be found on the Transport for London website 

You can also check service running via Transport for London's live 'Status Updates' indicator for live Tube, Overground, Elizabeth line​​​​​​​, DLR and London Trams information.

Continuing your journey by Bus and London Trams

Bus & Tram Network

Bus and tram services link many of London's main terminal, and suburban rail 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, but may be valid on trams if routed 'via Tramlink'. 

Bus & Tram Fares

London Buses are cashless and accept pay as you go on Oyster Card or contactless payment with a credit or debit card or mobile device for any journeys.

Hopper fare allows unlimited journeys made on London Bus and/or London Trams services within 60 minutes (and with the same payment card, device or Oyster card) to only be charged for the first 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, Cambridge, Luton Airport and Peterborough through central London to Brighton, Croydon, Gatwick Airport and Horsham with the following stations having Tube connections -

  • Elephant & Castle (Northern and Bakerloo Lines),
  • Farringdon (Circle, Metropolitan and Hammersmith & City Lines),
  • London Blackfriars (Circle and District Lines),
  • Kentish Town (Northern Line),
  • London Bridge (Northern and Jubilee Lines),
  • St Pancras International (Northern, Piccadilly, Victoria, Circle, Metropolitan and Hammersmith & City Lines) and
  • West Hampstead Thameslink (Jubilee Line).

London Thameslink

Tickets with an origin/destination of 'London Thameslink' are valid to/from the following stations:

Station Stations on the Bedford Line Stations on the Arun Valley, Brighton Mainline, East/West Coastway and Oxted Lines Stations on the Peterborough/Cambridge Lines
St Pancras International YES YES YES
Farringdon YES YES YES 
City Thameslink YES YES YES
London Blackfriars YES YES YES
London Bridge YES YES YES
Elephant & Castle YES YES YES
Kentish Town YES  NO NO 
London Euston YES (via Bletchley only) NO NO 

Continuing your journey or crossing London by cycle

Santander Cycle Hire offers an 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. There are also several options to 'Pay As You Go' on services in London, such as bPay, Apple Pay, Android Pay or Oyster card. See links in left hand menu for more information.


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)
  • All London Bus services (except some special services and excursions) regardless of the zones for which the ticket is issued
  • London Trams (formerly 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 -

  • Anytime Day Travelcards are valid for travel from 04:30, throughout the day, and until 04:29 the following morning
  • Off-Peak Day Travelcards are valid for travel from 09:30 Monday to Friday, from 04:30 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 from 04:30 on the first day of validity, then at any time until 04:29 the morning following the date of expiry.

If you are travelling from outside London as well, Travelcards can be purchased from most National Rail stations and may be inclusive of travel from your local station - check before you buy your ticket.

For further information on Travelcard Season Tickets click here.

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Boundary Tickets

If you already hold a Travelcard for any zonal combination, then you are permitted to to use any services within those Zones (subject to time restrictions of the Travelcard). If you are travelling beyond what is permitted by your Travelcard and outside of London, then you can purchase a "Boundary Zone" ticket to or from the station outside of London. For example, if you have a 7-Day Zones 1-3 Travelcard and wanted to travel to Brighton, you can purchase a London Boundary Zone 3 - Brighton Day Return. The train you are one does not need to call at a station within Zone 3 to be valid. Boundary tickets can be sold in the opposite direction as well (Brighton - London Boundary Zone 3).

Boundary Zone tickets are difficult to sell online, as there is no defined station to start or end them from that a Journey Planner needs in order to know what to sell, but can be purchased from all staffed National Rail ticket offices. 

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 several guides to getting around London which describes all the accessibility features on the Tube, DLR, Bus and Tram, all of which are available for free from the website.

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Last updated:   23 May 2022