What to expect at the train stations in London
What’s in London Rail Stations?
Welcome to 21st century rail travel. Many structures are old (as is much in Great Britain), but inside you’ll find up-to-date amenities, currency exchange, a tourism office, baggage consignment, restrooms, restaurants and more to make your journey comfortable and convenient.
St. Pancras International
The hub for Eurostar, now the station is a world-class destination too. Originally built in 1868, the station provides excellent connections to the rest of London and the UK. Not to mention Europe’s longest champagne bar. The neighborhood around the station is also more sparkling, thanks to a regentrification project that has added new hotels and attractions. You’ll be in awe – so don’t forget to catch your train!
Underground, you’ll find the following lines: Victoria-Blue, Northern, Piccadilly, Hammersmith City, Circle and Metropolitan.
Cities commonly traveled to from St. Pancras include: Brussels, Paris, Lille, Sheffield and Leicester.
King’s Cross Station
Built as a monument dedicated to King George IV, King’s Cross has been featured in the Harry Potter movies as the home of the mythical Platform 9 3/4. Create your own myth and legend on your journey through the station.
Located in northeast central London, King’s Cross is just a short walk from St. Pancras station, the new British library and London Euston Train Station.
You’ll find GNER and First Scot Rail lines here for travels to York, Newcastle, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Cambridge and beyond.
Euston Train Station
Built in 1837, the London Euston train station is the main provider of service to north west of England and Scotland. Over 50 million rail travelers pass through here each year on their way to destinations such as Birmingham, Crewe, Glasgow, Holyhead, Liverpool and Manchester. Travel by Virgin or Central Train.
Paddington is an important historical sight because it was a part of the original underground railway. Thanks to the addition of the Heathrow Express service, which brings passengers from the airport in just 15 minutes, the station was (necessarily) modernized. Not to worry, many of the historical characteristics of the original station have remained, preserving the authentic feel. (P.S. You can also pick up the Heathrow Express at the train station of the same name.)
People passing through Paddington commonly travel to Wales, Reading, Penzance, Bristol, Plymouth, Birmingham and Oxford. Below, find Bakerloo, Circle and District Tube lines.
Near Buckingham Palace in the west of London, Victoria Station serves over 115 million rail travelers each year to destinations such as Medway towns, Kent coast and routes to Sussex. This station also provides travelers with a direct link to Gatwick Airport using the Gatwick Express. In just 20 or so minutes, this is a fast, convenient and inexpensive option to get to your flight.
Tube lines include Victoria, Circle and District. You can also easily travel to Bath, Exeter, St. Ives, Cantebury and Brighton.
Waterloo is the largest train station in the UK. Originally built in 1848, the station was the home of Eurostar until 2007, when the high-speed train moved to St Pancras International. The station’s main characteristic is the Victory Arch, built of Portland Stone to honor casualties of war. If you have some time before your train departs, wander around and explore this fascinating structure.
Cities commonly traveled to from this station include Portsmouth, Southhampton, Salisbury and Exeter. You can also reach the following Tube lines: Bakerloo, Northern, Jubilee and Waterloo.
The London Charing Cross Train Station is quite unique. Connected to Waterloo and the London Bridge and situated right on The Strand, a street in Westminster that starts at Trafalgar Square and runs east to join Fleet Street at Temple Bar, marking the boundary of the city of London.
Built in 1864, it was named for Charing Cross, the twelve stone monument of Eleanor Cross. Southeastern Trains run through this station, and commonly transport passengers to Dover and Canterbury.
After your journey through the train stations of London, you’ll have plenty of your own tales to tell.