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Take the train from Waterloo to London in 3 hours 6 minutes

If you want to travel from Waterloo to London by train, you've come to the right place.

You can expect the journey from Waterloo to London by train to take around 5 hours 10 minutes. If you want to get there as quickly as possible, it can take as little as 3 hours 6 minutes on the fastest services. You'll usually find around 11 trains per day running on this route, which spans 324 km. You'll have to make 1 change along the way on your journey to London. Eurostar, TGV or SNCF are the main rail operators on this route, all of which offer modern trains with plenty of space for luggage and comfortable seating.

Use our Journey Planner at the top of the page to search for cheap ticket prices and we'll show you how much you can save. Tickets from Waterloo to London start from $69.60 when you book in advance.

If you want to know more about the journey, keep reading for train schedules, tips on finding cheap tickets and FAQs, including first and last train times. Want to go straight to booking? Start a search with us today!

Waterloo to London by train

It takes an average of 5h 10m to travel from Waterloo to London by train, over a distance of around 201 miles (324 km). There are normally 11 trains per day traveling from Waterloo to London and tickets for this journey start from $69.60 when you book in advance.
Journey timeFrom 3h 6m
PriceFrom $69.60
Distance201 miles (324 km)
Frequency11 trains per day
First train07:41
Last train20:19
Departure stationWaterloo
Arrival stationLondon
Changes1 change
Train and bus operatorsSNCB, Eurostar, BlaBlaCar Bus, Regiojet, SNCF, Union Ivkoni (Bus)

Waterloo to London train times

Check out the next trains departing from Waterloo to London for Tuesday Dec 13th 2022. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
06:41 09:57 3h 16m, 1 change
07:41 10:47 3h 6m, 1 change
10:41 14:05 3h 24m, 1 change
12:41 16:05 3h 24m, 1 change
13:41 16:57 3h 16m, 1 change
15:41 19:10 3h 29m, 1 change
16:41 19:47 3h 6m, 1 change
18:11 21:57 3h 46m, 1 change
18:19 21:57 3h 38m, 2 changes
19:11 08:30 13h 19m, 2 changes

SNCB, Eurostar, SNCF and TGV trains from Waterloo to London

You can travel from Waterloo to London on SNCB, Eurostar, SNCF and TGV trains. When you search for times and tickets, we might also show you some other options with multiple connections or operators if they’re available.

PhotoMPW57, under licence CC BY-SA 3.0

SNCB is the national railway company of Belgium, with services that include national (Intercity) and regional (Local) express trains. All SNCB trains come with both First Class and Second Class carriages. Belgium has one of the densest rail networks in the world. Seat reservations aren’t possible for any of the company's trains.

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Eurostar is the exclusive high-speed train service that links London to Paris, Brussels, Amsterdam and the rest of Europe at speeds of up to 186 mph (300 km/h). All Eurostar trains have modern, comfortable facilities, plenty of room for luggage, and onboard food and beverage car. There are three comfort classes on offer – Standard, Standard Premier (equivalent to Premium Economy, with light refreshments served), and Business Premier (equivalent to First or Business Class, with flexible travel options, priority boarding, lounge access and delicious food and drink included).

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SNCF is the national train operator of France. It operates all domestic trains and routes across France, as well as international services to Spain and Germany. There are three different types of domestic trains that operate under the SNCF banner – TGV (high-speed, full-service trains that connect the major cities in France), Intercités (usually a more frequent stopping service, but with all the amenities), and TER (regional train services with basic onboard facilities).

PhotoErmell, under licence CC BY-SA 3.0

TGV is the high-speed train service of the SNCF company. It connects the major cities of France at speeds of up to 200 mph (320 km/h). All TGV trains are equipped with a food carriage, a free WiFi connection, power sockets and fold-down tables. Two comfort classes are offered – First Class and Second Class, with flexible fare options available and access to the Grand Voyageur lounge in some stations.

Cheap train tickets from Waterloo to London

The price of train tickets from Waterloo to London starts at $69.60 one-way for a Standard Class ticket if you book in advance. Booking on the day is usually more expensive and costs can vary depending on the time of day, route or class.

Book in advance

Most of the train companies across Europe release their tickets around three to six months in advance, many of which can be cheaper the earlier you book. If you know the dates you want to travel, you may be able to find some cheaper train tickets from Waterloo to London by booking early.§

Be flexible with your travel times

Many of the train services in Europe are also popular commuter services, lots of train companies increase ticket prices during “peak hours” (generally between 06:00 – 10:00 and 15:00 – 19:00 on weekdays). If you can, consider travelling outside of peak hours to find lower priced tickets.

Choose a slower or connecting train

On some of the busier routes, you might also have the option to take a slower or connecting train. It may take a little longer than some high-speed or direct services, but if you have a little extra time on your hands, you might find a cheaper fare. Plus, you'll have more time to enjoy the view of the countryside!

Look out for special deals

Take a look at our handy guides to find out when train operators release their special deals and offers to see if you can find cheap European train tickets for your journey.

For specific information about how to get your hands on cheap tickets, check out our European train tickets hub.

§Some train companies may not offer any Advance ticket types or cheaper deals for early bookings. On rare occasions, train companies may choose to release special offers closer to the date on last-minute or late-release tickets. This is dependent on the individual train operating company you travel with.

FAQs for Waterloo to London

Want to know more about your journey from Waterloo to London? We've compiled some of the most frequently asked questions by our customers to help you plan your journey.

How long does the train from Waterloo to London take?

The average journey time by train between Waterloo and London is 5 hours and 10 minutes, with around 11 trains per day. The journey time may be longer on weekends and holidays, so use our Journey Planner on this page to search for a specific travel date.

What's the fastest journey time between Waterloo and London by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Waterloo to London is 3 hours and 6 minutes.

How much does the train from Waterloo to London cost?

Train tickets from Waterloo to London can start from as little as $69.60 when you book in advance and are usually more expensive when purchased on the day. Prices can also vary depending the time of day, route and class you book.

Is there a direct train from Waterloo to London?

No, there are no direct train services from Waterloo to London. Travelling from Waterloo to London by train will require a minimum of 1 change.

What time does the first train from Waterloo to London leave?

The first train from Waterloo to London leaves at 07:41. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

What time does the last train from Waterloo to London leave?

The last train from Waterloo to London leaves at 20:19. Trains that depart in the early morning hours or very late evening may be sleeper services, time and services may also vary during weekends and holidays.

What's the distance between Waterloo and London by train?

Trains travelling from Waterloo to London cover a distance of around 201 miles (324 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from London to Waterloo.
The information provided is calculated based on scheduled train services for Waterloo to London for a typical week day using timetable data for 12/13/2022. On weekends, holidays or other exceptional times, fewer services may be available. The fare range provided has been found by our customers on Trainline on 11/22/2022 for travel on 11/22/2022 and for adult tickets in economy, discount cards and coach journeys excluded.

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