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Forest Hill is a busy station in south London, serving London Overground, Thameslink and Southern services into the capital. Opened in 1839, it was originally named Dartmouth Arms, after a nearby pub (still there today). The station became Forest Hill in 1846, and the name change gave the area a much-needed pinch of glamour. The relocation of the Crystal Palace from Hyde Park to nearby Sydenham raised its profile yet again, and further residential development followed - by the end of the mid-20th century, Forest Hill had become the popular London suburb it is today. Forest Hill's most famous son is the tea merchant Frederick Horniman. An avid, globetrotting collector, he hoarded everything from musical instruments to rare examples of taxidermy - the Horniman Museum, set in award-winning gardens, houses his collection today, and is a ten-minute walk from the station. On the way you'll pass Forest Hill's array of charming independent shops, restaurants and cafes.

Station details & facilities

Ticket Office opening hours:
DayOpening Hours
Weekdays06:10 - 20:50
Saturday 06:40 - 21:15
Sunday 07:10 - 21:45
Ticket MachineAvailable
Staff helpUnavailable
Staffing levelPart time
Oyster PrepayAvailable
Oyster topupAvailable
Oyster validatorAvailable
Pre-purchase collectionAvailable
Travel card zoneZone 3
Left LuggageUnavailable
Lost PropertyAvailable
Shops notePassport Photo Booth
Telephone typesCoins and cards
Station BuffetAvailable
Station Buffet notes

Coffee kiosk on northbound platform

ATM notes
Located outside main entrance
Bureau de ChangeUnavailable
Tourist Information OfficeUnavailable
Information Systems
  • Announcements
  • Departure screens
Nearest station with more facilities

London Bridge

Baby changeUnavailable
WiFi notes
Web kioskUnavailable
Staff Help notes

Customer service staff available from start until end of service, 7 days a week

Customer Service notes


Call Southern Trains Customer Services 08451 272920 for issues related to Southern train services.

Call London Overground Customer Services 0845 601 4867 for issues related to London Overground trains, station staff and facilities.


Customer help pointsAvailable
Carpark opening hours:
DayOpening Hours
EverydayOpen 24 hours
Carpark nameStation Car Park
Car parking spaces30
Carpark charges
Cycle storageAvailable
Cycle storage spaces13
Sheltered cycle storageAvailable
Cycle storage CCTVAvailable
Cycle storage notes
Platform 1
Step-free accessPart of station
Step-free access notes

Main entrance: step free access to Ticket Office and platform 1 (level) and platform 2 via footbridge/lifts.

Perry Vale entrance direct to platform 2 has steps only.

Nearest fully step-free station is London Bridge.

Ramps for train accessAvailable
Induction LoopAvailable
Accessible ticket machinesAvailable
Accessible Booking Office counterAvailable
Accessible taxisunknown
Accessible taxis notes

For taxi journeys, contact local taxi companies, details of which can be found at www.traintaxi.co.uk.

The main entrance is on Devonshire Road, and leads into the concourse and onto platform 1 (towards central London). There is a ticket desk on the concourse, and ticket machines outside the station. Exit this side for shops and the Horniman. The other entrance, off Perry Vale, has a ticket machine and leads to platform 1 (for southbound trains). A subway connects the two entrances, and there is a footbridge with lift access over the two platforms.

Departures and arrivals from Forest Hill

Want to check the latest departures and arrivals into Forest Hill station? Find live information for the next trains departing and arriving at the station below.
Departing toTrainTimePlatformStatus
to Crystal PalaceLondon Overground13:462On time
to Highbury & IslingtonLondon Overground13:471On time
to West CroydonLondon Overground13:522On time
to Highbury & IslingtonLondon Overground13:541On time
to East CroydonSouthern13:552On time
Arriving fromTrainTimePlatformStatus
from Highbury & IslingtonLondon Overground13:462On time
from West CroydonLondon Overground13:471On time
from Highbury & IslingtonLondon Overground13:522On time
from Crystal PalaceLondon Overground13:541On time
from London BridgeSouthern13:552On time
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