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Watford to London by train

It takes an average of 42m to travel from Watford to London by train, over a distance of around 15 miles (25 km). There are normally 278 trains per day travelling from Watford to London and tickets for this journey start from £12.20 when you book in advance.

First train


Last train


Departure station


Arrival station


Journey time

From 15m


15 miles (25 km)


278 trains per day


Direct trains available


From £12.20

Train operators

London Overground, Avanti West Coast

About the train journey from Watford to London

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The train from Watford to London usually takes 42 minutes on average to travel 15 miles (25 km), although the quickest services can take as little as 15 minutes. You can expect to find 278 trains per day running on this popular route. Good news! There are direct trains available to London, so you can just make yourself comfortable as soon as you board the train and just enjoy the journey. Hop on a train operated by either Avanti West Coast or London Overground to reach your destination in no time. These train companies are the main operators of services on this route and run modern comfortable trains to make your journey as relaxing as possible.

You can save money on train tickets from Watford to London if you book in advance, as tickets usually start from £12.20. You can also travel Off-Peak – tickets are usually cheaper during quieter times on weekdays and weekends – or get a Railcard and save up to 1/3 on eligible journeys for a whole year. Use our Journey Planner at the top of the page to compare ticket prices and get the cheapest fares.

If you want to know more about the journey, scroll up for timetables and live train times, or keep reading for tips on finding cheap tickets and FAQs. Want to go straight to booking? Start a search with us today!

Journey details

Want to know more about your journey from Watford to London? We've compiled some of the most frequently asked questions by our customers to help you plan your journey.

How long does the train from Watford to London take?

The average journey time by train between Watford and London is 42 minutes, with around 278 trains per day. The journey time may be longer on weekends and holidays, so use our Journey Planner on this page to search for a specific travel date.

What's the fastest journey time between Watford and London by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Watford to London is 15 minutes.

How much does the train from Watford to London cost?

Train ticket prices from Watford to London can start from as little as £12.20 when you book in advance. The cost of tickets can vary depending on the time of day, route and class you book and are usually more expensive if you book on the day.

Is there a direct train from Watford to London?

Yes, it is possible to travel from Watford to London without having to change trains. There are 278 direct trains from Watford to London each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.

What time does the first train from Watford to London leave?

The first train from Watford to London leaves at 03:15. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

What time does the last train from Watford to London leave?

The last train from Watford to London leaves at 00:28. Trains that depart in the early morning hours or very late evening may be sleeper services, time and services may also vary during weekends and holidays.

What's the distance between Watford and London by train?

Trains travelling from Watford to London cover a distance of around 15 miles (25 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from London to Watford.

Cheap train tickets from Watford to London

Train tickets from Watford to London start at £12.20 one way for a Standard Class ticket if you book in advance. As most UK train companies increase their prices as the departure date approaches, we’ll help you find the cheapest tickets.

Book in advance

Look out for Advance tickets – they usually come out up to 12 weeks before the departure date and can be cheaper than buying on the day. If you’re here a tad early, sign up for our Advance ticket alert today to get notified when your tickets are released.

Consider a Season Ticket

If you catch this train more than 3 times per week, you could save money with a Season Ticket. With annual, monthly and weekly options available, find out if a season ticket for Watford to London is right for you.

Use your Railcard

National Railcards offer a 1/3 off eligible train tickets in the UK and can be a great investment if you travel a few times or more in a year. Find out how you can save with a National Railcard here.

Split your tickets

Download our app to find split tickets — courtesy of SplitSave, our handy feature which 'splits' your train tickets where possible to find you a better deal. Learn more about the clever tech behind split tickets, and how to spot SplitSave discounts in our app.

For more money-saving tips on UK and European train travel, read our cheap train tickets guide.

Advance adult single fare. Excludes booking fee. Prices seen by Trainline customers in the last 30 days. Availability limited.
† 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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