London Charing Cross station, situated on the Strand right next to the River Thames, is the sixth busiest station in Britain, seeing over 40 million passenger journeys each year. But it has a relatively low number of platforms for such a well-used station - only six, compared to Euston's 18 or Waterloo's 22. Part of the reason for Charing Cross's relatively compact layout is its location: when the station was built in 1864, it took over the narrow site of Hungerford Market, which dated back to 1682. Entering from the Strand side, you'll pass underneath the Renaissance-style Charing Cross Hotel, which opened a year after the station but needed extensive repairs after bombing during the Second World War. And if you're arriving at Charing Cross, you'll find yourself in the heart of London, with Trafalgar Square, the National Gallery, the South Bank and Covent Garden virtually on your doorstep, and Buckingham Palace a short walk away down The Mall.
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|Weekdays||04:30 - 01:05|
|Saturday||04:30 - 01:05|
|Sunday||04:30 - 01:05|
|Staffing level||Full time|
|Travel card zone||Zone 1|
|Left Luggage phone number||020 7930 5444|
|Left Luggage Website||http://www.left-baggage.co.uk/locations.php|
|Telephone types||Coins and cards|
|Bureau de Change||Unavailable|
|Tourist Information Office||Unavailable|
|Toilets notes||Located on the central passage in the main concourse.|
|Customer help points||Available|
|Cycle storage spaces||20|
|Sheltered cycle storage||Unavailable|
|Cycle storage CCTV||Available|
|Cycle storage notes|
Within car park and station forecourt
|Cycle storage notes||10 bike bars which can accommodate two bikes each|
|Step-free access||Whole station|
|Step-free access notes|
Yes, the station is all on one level and all platforms are reachable by disabled passengers.
|Ramps for train access||Available|
|Accessible ticket machines||Available|
|Accessible Booking Office counter||Available|
|Accessible taxis notes|
Accessible taxis are located outside the front of the station
London Charing Cross is all on one level, with step-free access to all six platforms. On the main concourse you'll find ticket machines, toilets, shops and cafes, and several staffed ticket counters. Accessible toilet facilities are in the middle of the three passageways leading from the Strand. For the South Bank, use the small exit near the ticket gates for platform 1 - it leads to the Golden Jubille Bridge over the river.