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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:
  • Open Monday to Sunday 24hrs
Ticket MachineAvailable
Staff helpAvailable
Staffing levelThe staff is available at all times.
Oyster PrepayAvailable
Oyster topupUnavailable
Oyster validatorAvailable
Pre-purchase collectionAvailable
Travel card zoneLondon Charing Cross is in Zone 1
Left LuggageAvailable
Left Luggage phone number020 3468 4662
Left Luggage Websitehttp://www.lostproperty.org/locations.php
ShopsAvailable
PostboxUnavailable
TelephonesAvailable
Telephone typesCards and coins
Station BuffetAvailable
ATMAvailable
Bureau de ChangeUnavailable
Tourist Information OfficeUnavailable
Nearest station with more facilities
Yes, the station is all on one level and all platforms are reachable by disabled passengers.
ToiletsAvailable
Toilets notesLocated on the central passage in the main concourse.
ShowersUnavailable
Baby changeAvailable
WiFiUnavailable
WiFi notes
Web kioskUnavailable
Customer help pointsAvailable
CCTVAvailable
Cycle storageAvailable
Cycle storage spaces20
Sheltered cycle storageUnavailable
Cycle storage CCTVAvailable
Cycle storage notes
Within car park and station forecourt
Cycle storage notesThere are stands available.
Step-free accessStep free access is available throughout the whole station.
Ramps for train accessAvailable
WheelchairsAvailable
Induction LoopAvailable
Accessible ticket machinesAvailable
Accessible Booking Office counterAvailable
Accessible taxisAccessible taxis are available at this station, please see below for more information
Accessible taxis notes

London Charing Cross station is a major station with taxis usually available on a rank. Advance booking is not normally necessary or even possible, unless arriving early in the morning or late at night. Operators who may accept bookings include:

There is no First Class lounge at this 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 GravesendSoutheastern05:206Scheduled
to GravesendSoutheastern05:242Scheduled
to GravesendSoutheastern05:344On time
to GravesendSoutheastern05:423Scheduled
to GravesendSoutheastern05:482On time
Arriving fromTrainTimePlatformStatus
from OrpingtonSoutheastern05:382On time
from OrpingtonSoutheastern05:406On time
from OrpingtonSoutheastern05:454On time
from OrpingtonSoutheastern05:531On time
from OrpingtonSoutheastern05:563Scheduled
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