The Hertfordshire town of Watford is a fascinating destination characterised by top entertainment, Victorian architecture and convenient links to London. The town offers theatres, lavish public gardens to explore and a wide variety of international restaurants, so why not book a train to Watford and see it for yourself? Watford also serves as a gateway into the wider London area, with convenient transportation links to popular destinations.

Visiting Watford

If you’re visiting Watford from outside the London area, you’ll likely arrive at Watford Junction station, which is about 20 minutes on foot from the town centre. A popular route is to take the train from Manchester Piccadilly to Watford Junction. For travellers from the West Midlands, Watford Bushey station is your entry point. From here you can also catch the 142 bus (to Watford Junction) straight to the centre. Watford’s pleasant attractions make it a popular destination not only for tourists but for London residents as well, with most visitors arriving at the Watford Underground Station. This is covered by the Metropolitan line, making it an easy station to get to from many of London’s popular locations, including Baker Street.

Public transport in Watford

Once you’ve arrived in Watford you shouldn’t have too much difficulty finding your way to the centre, with a variety of public transportation options all readily available. Both Watford Junction and Watford High Street stations are well covered by Greater London’s extensive bus network, which also connects to destinations throughout the capital. Getting to the centre from either Watford Underground or Watford North Station does require a taxi, however. It is also possible to walk from either station, taking 15 and 30 minutes, respectively. 

Getting around Watford by bus is a cost-effective and efficient way to travel. Bus services from Watford Junction include routes 142, 258 and 320, all of which head directly to the town centre. You can also catch numerous services from the popular Bushey station, many of which also head into the centre. Thankfully, Watford’s bus services run frequently, highlighting the efficiency of Greater London’s wider bus network. 

For tube services, head to Watford Underground Station for the Metropolitan line, which conveniently links to some of London’s most popular locations. The London Overground service from Watford Junction is excellent as well, giving visitors to Watford plenty of alternative travel options. In fact, London Overground has connections to 112 stations, so you'll never have to feel as if you can't reach your destination.

Watford attractions

Watford is filled with exciting things to see and do, all of which are well within walking distance of each other. For the shopaholics, check out the huge Intu shopping centre, located only a couple of minutes’ walk from the town centre. Inside you’ll find a cornucopia of restaurants, cafés, fashion outlets and more.

From the shopping centre, take the time to explore Watford’s bustling high street, which includes a vibrant selection of eateries offering both local and international cuisine – sure to pique the interest of even the most discerning foodie.  Quality entertainment is in no short supply either, with a host of exciting venues all situated within 5 minutes of the town centre. For a classy evening out, catch a show at the Watford Palace Theatre, where new productions often launch before heading down to the West End in London. If you’re looking for something a little more raucous, visit the Watford Colosseum and watch a gig or comedy show. When a booking a hotel in Watford, consider staying on the centrally located Exchange Road, which conveniently links much of Watford’s highlights together.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the main train station in Watford?

The main train station in Watford is Watford Junction. Check out live arrivals and station facilities for Watford Junction.

Which train companies run trains to Watford?

The primary operator of trains to Watford is London Northwestern Railway. However, you can also catch West Midlands Railway services to Watford Junction.

How do I find cheap tickets to Watford?

It's easy to bag cheap train tickets to Watford. We'd recommend using a Railcard, buying your ticket in advance or travelling during Off-Peak hours if you can. Read our cheap train tickets guide to find out more.

Are trains to Watford running?

There are frequent daily services to Watford, although there may be fewer services on weekends and bank holidays. Check our live train times for up-to-date information on trains to Watford.

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