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Trains to Forest Hill

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

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.

Ticket Office

  • Ticket Machine :
  • Staff help available : False
  • Ticket Office opening hours :
    DayOpening Hours
    Weekdays06:10 - 20:50
    Saturday 06:40 - 21:15
    Sunday 07:10 - 21:45
  • Travel card zone : Zone 3
  • Oyster Prepay :
  • Oyster topup :
  • Oyster validator :


  • Left Luggage available : False
  • Lost Property available :


  • Postbox : False
  • Telephones :
  • Telephones type : Coins and cards
  • Station Buffet notes :

    Coffee kiosk on northbound platform

  • 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 points :
  • Nearest station with more facilities :

    London Bridge


  • CCTV :


  • Shops available :
  • Shops note : Passport Photo Booth



  • ATM available :
  • ATM notes : Located outside main entrance


  • Carpark opening hours :
    DayOpening Hours
    EverydayOpen 24 hours
  • Carpark name : Station Car Park
  • Car parking spaces : 30
  • Car parking charges :

Bicycle Facilities

  • Cycle storage available :
  • Cycle storage spaces : 13
  • Sheltered cycle storage :
  • Cycle storage CCTV :
  • Cycle storage location : Platform 1


  • Step-free access : Part 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 access :
  • Wheelchairs available : False
  • Induction Loop :
  • Accessible ticket machines :
  • Accessible Booking Office counter :
  • Accessible taxis : unknown
  • Accessible taxis notes :

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

Trains to Forest Hill


Devonshire Road, Forest Hill, SE23 3HB
Ticket Office Hours
DayOpening Hours
Weekdays06:10 - 20:50
Saturday 06:40 - 21:15
Sunday 07:10 - 21:45

Useful links when visiting Forest Hill by train