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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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Station details & facilities

Ticket Office opening hours:
DayOpening Hours
Weekdays04:30 - 01:05
Saturday 04:30 - 01:05
Sunday 04:30 - 01:05
Ticket MachineAvailable
Staff helpUnavailable
Staffing levelFull time
Oyster PrepayAvailable
Oyster topupAvailable
Oyster validatorAvailable
Pre-purchase collectionAvailable
Travel card zoneZone 1
Left LuggageAvailable
Left Luggage phone number020 7930 5444
Left Luggage Websitehttp://www.left-baggage.co.uk/locations.php
Telephone typesCoins and cards
Station BuffetAvailable
Bureau de ChangeUnavailable
Tourist Information OfficeUnavailable
Information Systems
  • Announcements
  • Arrival screens
  • Departure screens
Toilets notesLocated on the central passage in the main concourse.
Baby changeAvailable
WiFi notes
Web kioskUnavailable
Customer help pointsAvailable
Cycle storageAvailable
Cycle storage spaces20
Sheltered cycle storageUnavailable
Cycle storage CCTVAvailable
Cycle storage notes
Within car park and station forecourt
Cycle storage notes10 bike bars which can accommodate two bikes each
Step-free accessWhole station
Step-free access notes

Yes, the station is all on one level and all platforms are reachable by disabled passengers.

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

Departures and arrivals from London Charing Cross

Want to check the latest departures and arrivals into London Charing Cross station? Find live information for the next trains departing and arriving at the station below.
Departing toTrainTimePlatformStatus
to DartfordSoutheastern08:121On time
to SevenoaksSoutheastern08:165On time
to GravesendSoutheastern08:222On time
to RobertsbridgeSoutheastern08:253On time
to RamsgateSoutheastern08:403On time
Arriving fromTrainTimePlatformStatus
from TonbridgeSoutheastern08:066On time
from DartfordSoutheastern08:132On time
from GravesendSoutheastern08:195On time
from SevenoaksSoutheastern08:292On time
from RobertsbridgeSoutheastern08:366On time
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