A short stroll from Waterloo takes in some of the most famous sights and attractions that London has to offer. Just five minutes away from Waterloo Station, visitors will find the Southbank Centre, Hayward Gallery and National Theatre which together host a number of cultural events from the London Literature Festival to the World Press Photo exhibition. Further along the South Bank, the London Eye soars 443ft into the air, offering panoramic views of the city’s skyline.
The River Thames is undeniably one of the most recognisable rivers anywhere in the world, and now thanks to highly ambitious environmental campaigns London can boast of being home to the cleanest river that flows through a major city. A 10-minute walk along the river and across Westminster Bridge takes visitors to the foot of the Houses of Parliament, headed up by majestic Big Ben. Westminster Abbey – the thousand-year-old church that serves as the setting for every Royal coronation – is just one minute’s walk from here.
The National Gallery and National Portrait Gallery are both located at Trafalgar Square, a short distance from Buckingham Palace to the west and Charing Cross station to the east. In the bustling central district of Soho, the area covering Leicester Square and Piccadilly Circus, eclectic crowds of students, artists and office workers relax in the bars, nightclubs and restaurants. London’s West End is home to an extensive list of award-winning musicals and plays making it a popular evening destination for thousands of visitors.
If you are travelling to London from abroad, we recommend the best way to travel the city and take in the sights is to buy a Visitor Oyster Card. You can buy the card with a pre-paid set of credit, which will allow you to use the Underground, Overground and buses for the amount you have paid for. Don't worry if you run out of credit on your Visitor Oyster Card, you can top it up with more money at all Underground stations, as well as many shops across London.
You may also decide to purchase a London Pass, which allows visitors to London receive free access to a number of popular destinations around the capital, a free 1-day bus tour, and a free guidebook to get the most out of your trip to London. Buying a London Pass also includes an option to buy an Oyster travelcard, giving you a quick way to use TfL transport by simply tapping 'in and out' at all Underground stations as well as buses.
How to find the cheapest train tickets to London
There are a number of ways in which you can find cheap train tickets to London to help you save money and explore the capital. Whether you are getting a train to London for work or leisure, our journey planner can help you find the cheapest available tickets on the days you want to travel.
The first way you can get your hands on cheaper train tickets to London is by using a national railcard. If you travel more than a few times a year, buying an eligible railcard can allow you to save up to 1/3 off the price of your train tickets*, meaning you can spend more on things to see and do in the city. To see out the different types of railcards, eligibility requirements and to buy a card online, check out our railcards page.
Another way to save money on train tickets to London is by purchasing an Advanced ticket. In most cases, the earlier you book Advanced tickets, the cheaper these tickets will be. Advance tickets typically go on sale 12 weeks in advance, so if you have a show booked or a night out with friends penciled in the calendar, simply look out for the “Advanced ticket” type when your search for tickets using our Journey Planner, or sign up to our Ticket alert to find out as soon as your tickets go on sale. Make sure you book these tickets as early as possible, because the longer you wait, the more the price can go up.
Cheap fares to London can be found for most journeys into the city. The same can be said for cheap return tickets to London, which is the same as a two-way ticket to London. Booking in advance for these journeys could save you money too, compared to that of buying two single tickets. If you want to compare these prices and how to get to London cheaply, our journey planner will have all the answers for you. Make sure you book these tickets as early as possible, because the longer you wait, the more the price can go up.
Want more handy hints on how to save money on train tickets? Check out our cheap train tickets page.
*Conditions and peak travel time exclusions may apply on some railcard types.