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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

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 Maidstone EastSoutheastern18:295Scheduled
to SevenoaksSoutheastern18:312On time
to RamsgateSoutheastern18:346Scheduled
to DartfordSoutheastern18:363On time
to Hayes (Kent)Southeastern18:381On time
Arriving fromTrainTimePlatformStatus
from SevenoaksSoutheastern23:582Early
from Hayes (Kent)Southeastern18:303Late
from HastingsSoutheastern18:335Scheduled
from GravesendSoutheastern18:352Scheduled
from Hayes (Kent)Southeastern18:404Scheduled
† Average savings on advance fares booked at least one week before day of travel vs Anytime fares purchased on day of travel. Subject to availability. Excludes coach.

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