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Harpenden station first opened in 1868. It's a small, quaint building that originally had just two tracks, but since 1905 it has boasted four open-air platforms, serving southeast London, Bedfordshire and the south coast. The arrival of the rail line brought about a sudden growth of population, and the one-time farming settlement expanded rapidly - although its rural roots remain in the form of Rothamsted Research, one of the oldest agricultural research institutions in the world. Fittingly, Harpenden was made a Fairtrade town in 2008, and the monthly Farmer's Market is a splendid way to spend a Sunday. Many of the town's buildings are listed and the town centre, brimming with shops, restaurants, cinemas and theatres, is classified as a conservation area. The famous comedian Eric Morecombe lived in Harpenden for several years, and the main room at Harpenden Public Halls, just around the corner from the station, is named after him.

Station details & facilities

Ticket Office opening hours:
DayOpening Hours
Weekdays05:45 - 20:15
Saturday 06:15 - 19:15
Sunday 07:15 - 20:15
Ticket MachineAvailable
Staff helpUnavailable
Staffing levelFull time
Oyster PrepayUnavailable
Oyster topupUnavailable
Oyster validatorUnavailable
Pre-purchase collectionAvailable
Telephone typesCoins and cards
Station BuffetAvailable
Bureau de ChangeUnavailable
Tourist Information OfficeUnavailable
Baby changeUnavailable
WiFi notes
Web kioskUnavailable
Staff Help notes
Please phone the Helpline to ensure arrangements are in place on 0800 058 2844.
Customer help pointsAvailable
Carpark opening hours:
DayOpening Hours
EverydayOpen 24 hours
Carpark operatorMeteor Parking Ltd
Car parking spaces209
Carpark charges
Three Monthly£330.00
Cycle storageAvailable
Cycle storage spaces304
Sheltered cycle storageAvailable
Cycle storage CCTVAvailable
Cycle storage notes
Platform 1, and station car park
Cycle storage notesCycle storage on both sides of the station
Step-free accessWhole station
Step-free access notes
Step free access to all platforms via lifts
Ramps for train accessAvailable
Induction LoopAvailable
Accessible ticket machinesUnavailable
Accessible Booking Office counterUnavailable
Accessible taxisunknown
Accessible taxis notes

Accessible taxis are available

Harpenden station is accessible on either side. At the Victoria Road entrance you'll find a ticket office and direct access to platform 4 (towards Bedford). The other entrance has ticket machines and direct access to platform 1 (towards south London and the south coast). Platforms 2 and 3 serve northbound and southbound trains respectively. All four platforms are connected by a footbridge with lifts for step-free access. Toilets are located on platform 4.

Departures and arrivals from Harpenden

Want to check the latest departures and arrivals into Harpenden station? Find live information for the next trains departing and arriving at the station below.
Departing toTrainTimePlatformStatus
to Gatwick AirportThameslink10:461Late
to BedfordThameslink10:502Late
to LutonThameslink10:522Late
to BrightonThameslink10:561Late
to Rainham (Kent)Thameslink10:561On time
Arriving fromTrainTimePlatformStatus
from BedfordThameslink10:451Late
from BrightonThameslink10:502Late
from Rainham (Kent)Thameslink10:522Late
from BedfordThameslink10:551Late
from LutonThameslink10:561On time
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