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.
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|Weekdays||05:00 - 01:36|
|Saturday||05:00 - 00:36|
|Sunday||05:30 - 01:36|
|Staffing level||Full time|
|Travel card zone||Zone 1|
|Left Luggage phone number||020 7837 4334|
|Left Luggage Website||http://www.left-baggage.co.uk/locations.php|
|Shops note||Cafes, 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 types||Coins and cards|
|Bureau de Change||Available|
|Tourist Information Office||Unavailable|
|Toilets notes||The toilets including accessible toilets are located next to platform 9. There also toilets on the Mezzanine Level.<br>|
|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 email@example.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 points||Available|
|Weekdays||05:00 - 01:36|
|Saturday||05:00 - 01:11|
|Sunday||05:00 - 01:36|
|Carpark name||Station Car Park|
|Carpark operator||CP Plus|
|Car parking spaces||322|
|Cycle storage spaces||204|
|Sheltered cycle storage||Available|
|Cycle storage CCTV||Available|
|Cycle storage notes|
Platforms 1, 8 & 9
|Cycle storage notes||<p><br/></p>|
|Step-free access||Whole 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 access||Available|
|Accessible ticket machines||Available|
|Accessible Booking Office counter||Unavailable|
|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.
|Weekdays||07:00 - 21:25|
|Saturday||08:00 - 20:15|
|Sunday||09:00 - 20:15|
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.
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.
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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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.
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.
Yes, there are toilets available to use 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.
Yes. By the entrance of Platform 9, there are services to store your luggage.