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Bishops Stortford station opened in 1842 as a temporary terminus on a line from London that would extend, a year later, to Norwich. Trains to the station today run on the Liverpool Street to Cambridge Main Line, with some services to the capital terminating at Stratford. Bishops Stortford is the closest town to Stansted Airport and the station is a stop on the Stansted Express service to Liverpool Street station. The town centre is immediately to the north of the station across the River Stort, and is somewhat dominated by the Jackson Square shopping centre. There are, however, many other shops, including independent stores in the streets around, as well as numerous pubs and restaurants. Also in the town centre, you can explore the remnants of Waytemore Castle, mostly buried beneath a grassy mound, and the Castle Gardens, which run north from the town centre, and the castle ruins alongside the river.

Station details & facilities


Trainline's top spots near Bishops Stortford station

Looking for a coffee on the way to the station? We've collected a list of our favourite independent coffee houses and eateries within walking distance of the station - check them out below!


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Wiggly Willow 6 minutes More than just a coffee shop, helping adults with Learning Disabilities and providing all homemade food.
Coffee House 5 minutes Barista coffee, hand-made cakes, breakfast, and lunch. Fresh food made fast to enjoy on the go!
Ele Coffee Shop 4 minutes Quick and easy food and coffee on the go - takeaway only.
Pop-in cafe 4 minutes Breakfasts, lunches, coffees etc - classic English style café.



There are three platforms at Bishops Stortford Station, platform 1 for trains to Cambridge and Stansted Airport, platform 2 for London Liverpool Street, and platform 3 for Stratford. The platforms are linked to each other by a bridge, with lifts for step-free access. The main building, with ticket hall, toilets, waiting room and shop, is on Dane Street and leads on to platform 1. There is a second entrance on London Road.

Frequently asked questions

Is Bishops Stortford train station open?

Bishops Stortford train station is open every day that services are running to and from the station. The station usually opens just before the first train of the day leaves and then closes after the last train departs. Ticket office opening hours may vary.

Are trains running today from Bishops Stortford train station?

Trains arrive into and depart from Bishops Stortford train station almost every day, although there may be less services during the weekends and bank holidays. Check our live train times for up-to-date information on trains running to and from Bishops Stortford train station.

Are there toilets in Bishops Stortford train station?

Yes there are toilets available to use at Bishops Stortford train station.

Are dogs allowed in Bishops Stortford train station?

Yes, dogs are allowed at Bishops Stortford train station, but should be kept on a lead or comfortable in a pet carrier at all times.

Departures and arrivals from Bishops Stortford

Want to check the latest departures and arrivals into Bishops Stortford station? Find live information for the next trains departing and arriving at the station below.
Departing toTrainTimePlatformStatus
to London Liverpool StreetGreater Anglia05:172On time
to Stansted AirportGreater Anglia05:221On time
to Stratford (London)Greater Anglia05:303On time
to London Liverpool StreetGreater Anglia05:392On time
to Stansted AirportGreater Anglia05:501On time
Arriving fromTrainTimePlatformStatus
from CambridgeGreater Anglia05:162On time
from London Liverpool StreetGreater Anglia05:211On time
from Stansted AirportGreater Anglia05:382On time
from London Liverpool StreetGreater Anglia05:501On time
from CambridgeGreater Anglia05:562On time
† Average savings on advance fares booked at least one week before day of travel vs Anytime fares purchased on day of travel. Subject to availability. Excludes coach.

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