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London Waterloo

AddressWaterloo Rd, Bishop's, London SE1 8SW, United Kingdom
Distance to City Center1.09km
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Travel to the train station London Waterloo from London city centre

London is considered one of the greatest cities in the world. A vacation to this historic city may include a show on the West End, seeing Buckingham Palace, and going on a boat along the river Thames. The city of London can date its history back to about 50 AD when it was officially founded by the Romans. The train station London Waterloo is one of the most important train stations in London and is a hub that many people will arrive in on the direct line from Heathrow Airport. Waterloo is right near the city centre and provides easy access by the London Underground (subway) to all major sites in the city. Some of the other important train stations to take note of in London are Victoria, Euston, Paddington, and Kings Cross. The transport links to Waterloo and around the city of London are excellent. The majority of locals use public transport for all of their travel needs and very few Londoners own a car.

What is the best way to get to the train station from the city centre

There are four ways of getting around London and getting to the train station London Waterloo. The easiest way to travel around London for most travelers is by the London Underground (subway). There is a map available online and on the walls of every Metro station in London. Piccadilly Circus is one of the main Metro stations, and from there, travelers can walk to sites such as Madame Tussauds and the British Museum of Natural History. The subway from Piccadilly Circus to train station London Waterloo takes about ten minutes on the Bakerloo line. Those starting from Big Ben can take a taxi or walk the 1.1 miles (1.8 kilometers) to the train station London Waterloo. The route takes travelers across Westminster Bridge, past several hotels, to train station London Waterloo, which is located on Westminster Road. The London Eye is just a short 0.3 mile (0.5 kilometers) walk away from Waterloo Station, past the Jubilee Gardens and along Cab Road to the station entrance. Those that would prefer not to walk can take a London Black Cab taxi. London Waterloo is very centrally located, making it easy to access from all the major sites of Central London. 

How far is it from the city centre to the train station

Central London is considered to be Trafalgar Square, and from there to Waterloo Train station is a distance of about 0.8 miles (1.2 kilometers). The easiest way to get there is via the subway from Charing Cross Station, and this journey will take about 13 minutes. The alternative is to walk, which will take around 20 minutes. A taxi journey will take about 20 minutes due to the heavy traffic in central London. The closest train station is Charing Cross, which is situated right next to Trafalgar Square on the Mall Road. Waterloo Train Station can easily be accessed by subway from anywhere in the city of London within a few minutes due to its central location. 

How accessible is the train station for those with limited mobility

The easiest way for those with limited mobility to access Waterloo station is to avoid the main entrance, which has multiple steps, and instead use the side entrance. Those that arrive by taxi with limited mobility will always be dropped at the side entrance. Once on the concourse, the entire train station is level and easy to get around. There is an elevator to access the London Underground (subway) section of Waterloo Station. On the concourse, there are well signposted accessible ticket offices and accessible restrooms. Staff at the train station are happy to help those with limited mobility to transport luggage, find the correct train, and push wheelchairs if needed.

Local tips: the train station points of interest

Travelers should take the side entrance to London Waterloo if carrying large amounts of luggage to avoid the steps at the main entrance. There are escalators and elevators within the station for those moving between the main train station and the subway station. London Waterloo is centrally located and there are plenty of points of interest within a short walk of the station. The London Eye can be found just outside of Waterloo, near the Jubilee Gardens. A ride on the London Eye provides stunning views of the center of London. Waterloo is the busiest train station in the United Kingdom, so travelers should allow plenty of time for getting around inside the station to catch their train in time. 

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