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One of London's busiest stations, King's 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 - King's 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 King's 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. It is called King's 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 King's Cross station officially opened in 1852. In modern times, the station has undergone extreme regeneration with £400m's 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 arts centre of Kings Place all within five minutes' walk.

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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
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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

King's 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 King's Cross Train Station accessed via York Road and Goods Way.

Are there toilets at Kings Cross? 
Yes. There are toilets in the Upper Mall and at the back of the new concourse.

Can you leave luggage at 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 CambridgeThameslink05:03On time
to Hertford NorthGreat Northern05:07On time
to PeterboroughThameslink05:18On time
to Watton-at-StoneGreat Northern05:21On time
to CambridgeThameslink05:28On time
Arriving fromTrainTimePlatformStatus
from PeterboroughThameslink04:51On time
from StevenageGreat Northern05:13On time
from Welwyn Garden CityGreat Northern05:48On time
from Letchworth Garden CityThameslink05:49On time
from RoystonThameslink06:20On time
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