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Farringdon is a mainline and London Underground station in Clerkenwell, on the outskirts of the City of London. It opened in 1863 and served as the final stop on the Metropolitan Line, the world's first underground railway. Look up as you enter the station and note the original signage, which features the station's former name of Farringdon & High Holborn. Mainline passenger trains initially shared the track with freight trains full of livestock destined for Smithfield Market - and, although the cows stopped using the station in the 1920s, the cobbled circular cattle ramp behind the building remains. Today, the station serves a London foodie hotspot, with several notable restaurants - including St. John, the temple of 'nose-to-tail' eating. Just around the corner is Leather Lane food market which serves commuters on weekdays where you’ll find a range of food stalls, gym options and great places to grab a coffee fix. Farringdon sees fewer passengers than many other mainline stations based in the capital, but has a busy future as part of London's east-west Crossrail project, which will see it become a major interchange for Thameslink, Crossrail and London Underground services.

Station details & facilities

Ticket Office opening hours:
DayOpening Hours
Weekdays07:30 - 19:30
Saturday 09:30 - 16:30
Sunday 09:30 - 16:30
Ticket MachineAvailable
Staff helpUnavailable
Staffing levelFull time
Oyster PrepayUnavailable
Oyster topupUnavailable
Oyster validatorUnavailable
Pre-purchase collectionAvailable
Travel card zoneZone 1
Telephone typesCoins and cards
Station BuffetAvailable
Bureau de ChangeUnavailable
Tourist Information OfficeUnavailable
Information Systems
  • Announcements
  • Arrival screens
  • Departure screens
Baby changeUnavailable
WiFi notes
Web kioskUnavailable
Customer help pointsAvailable
Cycle storageUnavailable
Cycle storage spaces16
Sheltered cycle storageUnavailable
Cycle storage CCTVAvailable
Step-free accessWhole station
Ramps for train accessAvailable
Induction LoopAvailable
Accessible ticket machinesAvailable
Accessible Booking Office counterUnavailable
Accessible taxisunknown
Accessible taxis notes

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There are several entrances to Farringdon station: one on Turnmill Street and two on Cowcross Street. London Underground trains use platforms 1 and 2 - the best entrances for these are Turnmill Street and the north entrance on Cowcross Street. For National Rail services on platform 3 and platform 4, use either of the Cowcross Street entrances (the southern entrance contains the National Rail ticket office). For step-free access, use either Cowcross Street entrance.

Departures and arrivals from Farringdon

Want to check the latest departures and arrivals into Farringdon station? Find live information for the next trains departing and arriving at the station below.
Departing toTrainTimePlatformStatus
to Gillingham (Kent)Thameslink22:373On time
to West Hampstead ThameslinkThameslink22:394On time
to Three BridgesThameslink22:39Scheduled
to PeterboroughThameslink22:414On time
to BedfordThameslink22:494Late
Arriving fromTrainTimePlatformStatus
from Rainham (Kent)Thameslink22:384On time
from BedfordThameslink22:39Scheduled
from HorshamThameslink22:414On time
from St Albans CityThameslink22:463On time
from BrightonThameslink22:494Late
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