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One of London's busiest stations, Kings Cross shepherds over 50 million commuters in and out of the capital each and every year. Perhaps most famous as the home of platform 9 3/4 - the gateway to Hogwarts for fictional wizard phenomenon, Harry Potter - Kings Cross station has actually played a key role in London's development, and the station sits only a few miles shy of the Roman settlement of Londinium.

Many archaeologists believe Kings Cross to be the site of the battle between Boudicca and Roman invaders in AD 61, and legend says the Warrior Queen's remains are buried under platform 9. The station is called Kings Cross because it was built on the site of a famous King George IV monument.

The railway established itself in the area in 1850 before Kings Cross station officially opened in 1852. In modern times, the station has undergone extreme regeneration with £400m worth of work conducted between 2005 and 2012. The new concourse roof, a complex latticed shell structure, is one of the most visually arresting architectural feats in the whole city.

The nearby area is a cultural hotspot with The British Library, Central St Martins and the major art centre of Kings Place, all within five minutes' walk.

Visit our trains in London page for info on all services and stations in the city.

Station details & facilities

Ticket Office opening hours: The station will remain open until the last train departs.
DayOpening Hours
Weekdays05:00 - 01:36
Saturday 05:00 - 00:36
Sunday 05:30 - 01:36
Ticket MachineAvailable
Staff helpUnavailable
Staffing levelFull time
Oyster PrepayUnavailable
Oyster topupAvailable
Oyster validatorAvailable
Pre-purchase collectionAvailable
Travel card zoneZone 1
Left LuggageAvailable
Left Luggage phone number020 7837 4334
Left Luggage Websitehttp://www.left-baggage.co.uk/locations.php
Shops noteCafes, bars, kiosks, restaurants, delicatessens, confectioners, groceries,  food and drink to eat in or take away. clothes, stationery, flowers, photo processing, mobile phones, bureau de change, shoe repairs, key cutting, Pharmacy and prescriptions, optician, fitness, health and beauty services.
Telephone typesCoins and cards
Station BuffetAvailable
Bureau de ChangeAvailable
Tourist Information OfficeUnavailable
Information Systems
  • Announcements
  • Arrival screens
  • Departure screens
Toilets notesThe toilets including accessible toilets are located next to platform 9. There also toilets on the Mezzanine Level.<br>
Baby changeAvailable
Web kioskUnavailable
Staff Help notes

Help is available at the Rail Information Point in the centre of the concourse, station help points or from any member of staff.

Disability assistance is available to and from platforms, the car park and the taxi rank. You can request this from the Kings Cross Information Point in the centre of the Main Concourse, station help points or from any member of staff. 

It is preferred if disabled assistance is booked 24hours in advance by using the following numbers of your relevant train operator:

Virgin Trains East Coast - 03457 225 225 [Option 3 then Option 4]  textphone 0800 975 1052 or you can email assisted.travel@virgintrainseastcoast.com. Monday - Saturday 08:00-20:00, Sunday 10:00-20:00  

Hull Trains - FREEPHONE 0800 316 1323 or use the booking form on the Hull Trains website

Grand Central - 08440 8110 072 

Great Northern - 0800 0582 844

Customer Service notes

Help is available at the Rail Information Point in the centre of the Main Concourse.

Customer help pointsAvailable
Carpark opening hours:
DayOpening Hours
Weekdays05:00 - 01:36
Saturday 05:00 - 01:11
Sunday 05:00 - 01:36
Carpark nameStation Car Park
Carpark operatorCP Plus
Car parking spaces322
Cycle storageAvailable
Cycle storage spaces204
Sheltered cycle storageAvailable
Cycle storage CCTVAvailable
Cycle storage notes
Platforms 1, 8 & 9
Cycle storage notes<p><br/></p>
Step-free accessWhole station
Step-free access notes

There is level access to all platforms. Lifts provided between concourse & Mezzanine and London Underground ticket hall.

Ramps for train accessAvailable
Induction LoopAvailable
Accessible ticket machinesAvailable
Accessible Booking Office counterUnavailable
Accessible taxisunknown
Accessible taxis notes

Accessible taxis are located at the taxi rank situated on Pancras Road just outside of the station. The taxi rank is located outside the station on Pancras Road. There is a help point at the taxi rank that can be used to request disability assistance. All London Black Cabs can accommodate wheelchair passengers without wheelchair users having to leave their wheelchair.

Opening Hours
DayOpening Hours
Weekdays07:00 - 21:25
Saturday 08:00 - 20:15
Sunday 09:00 - 20:15

Trains to London Kings Cross station

London Kings Cross train station is mainly served by LNER, Thameslink, Grand Central Railway, Great Northern trains.

It's easy to get to London Kings Cross station by train, regardless of the station you're travelling from. Direct LNER services run from Edinburgh to London Kings Cross in 5h 2m, from Leeds to London Kings Cross in 2h 34m and from York to London Kings Cross in 2h 29m.

Thameslink trains connect Royston to London Kings Cross in 56m and Cambridge to London Kings Cross in 1h 9m, while Great Northern trains travel from Ely to London Kings Cross in 1h 23m and from Kings Lynn to London Kings Cross in 1h 57m. Finally, Grand Central Railway covers the routes from Sunderland to London Kings Cross and from Bradford Interchange to London Kings Cross.

Since 25th October 2021, a brand-new train operator called Lumo has been running between Edinbugh and London Kings Cross via the East Coast Main Line, calling at Morpeth, Newcastle and Stevenage. Learn more about Lumo trains.

London Kings Cross station departures and arrivals

Want to know when your next train from/to London Kings Cross station departs? Scroll down this page and click on the ‘Departures’ tab if you want to check all trains departing from London Kings Cross railway station or click on the ‘Arrivals’ tab for more information about all services arriving into London Kings Cross.

Kings Cross station has numerous entrances, but several doors found behind Great Northern Hotel access the main concourse. Avoid the crowds by accessing platforms 1 to 8 via the bridge at the back of the building. Platforms 9a to 11b are also found at the rear of the station.

London Kings Cross station parking

There is a car park just behind Kings Cross train station, which can be accessed via York Road and Goods Way.

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Frequently asked questions

Is London Kings Cross station open?

London Kings Cross station is open every day that services are running to and from the station. The station usually opens just before the first train of the day leaves and then closes after the last train departs. Ticket office opening hours may vary.

Are trains running today from London Kings Cross station?

Trains arrive into and depart from London Kings Cross station almost every day, although there may be fewer services during the weekends and bank holidays. Check our live train times for up-to-date information on trains running to and from London Kings Cross station.

Are there toilets at London Kings Cross station?

Yes, there are toilets available to use at London Kings Cross station.

Are dogs allowed at London Kings Cross station?

Yes, dogs are allowed at London Kings Cross station, but they should be kept on a lead or in a pet carrier at all times.

Can you leave luggage at London Kings Cross station?

Yes. By the entrance of Platform 9, there are services to store your luggage.

Departures and arrivals from London Kings Cross

Want to check the latest departures and arrivals into London Kings Cross station? Find live information for the next trains departing and arriving at the station below.
Departing toTrainTimePlatformStatus
to Edinburgh (Waverley)London North Eastern Railway17:301On time
to LeedsLondon North Eastern Railway17:332On time
to Kings LynnGreat Northern17:399On time
to PeterboroughGreat Northern17:426On time
to LeedsLondon North Eastern Railway17:488On time
Arriving fromTrainTimePlatformStatus
from LeedsLondon North Eastern Railway17:315On time
from Kings LynnGreat Northern17:3310On time
from Edinburgh (Waverley)London North Eastern Railway17:427Late
from HullHull Trains17:463On time
from Edinburgh (Waverley)London North Eastern Railway17:516On time
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