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Trains to London

Travelling from the major European cities to London is easy thanks to the extensive rail network. Being the main transport hub, London is served by direct trains from Manchester, Edinburgh, Birmingham, Glasgow, Brussels and Paris. The direct connections are usually shorter in duration than indirect connections which are also available from Milan, Barcelona and Berlin. There are over 350 train stations in London but the main ones are King's Cross, Fenchurch Street, Waterloo, London Bridge, Victoria, Paddington, Liverpool Street, Charing Cross, St Pancras, and Euston. They connect to central destinations through the bus and tube system.

Which is the main train station in London?

London Waterloo ranks number one in terms of platforms and floor space. With 24 platforms, including underground options, it is the busiest train station in the UK. There are direct tube links and shops where visitors can buy foods, drinks, prescriptions, clothes, and gifts. Trains from Waterloo take people to the South Coast and South West of the UK. Top destinations include Southampton, Poole and Bournemouth. The second largest station, Victoria, is close to Belgravia, Westminster, and Pimlico. The Victoria line is operated by Southeastern and Southern trains which also connect to Gatwick Airport.

Which train companies offer trains to London?

Train companies operating domestic services to London include the Great Western Railway, Virgin Trains, and Southern Railways. Virgin trains provide some of the fastest journeys to London. For instance, travelling from Manchester takes 2 hours 6 minutes while a trip from Leeds is only 1 hour 53 minutes. On the other hand, international services are offered by Eurostar through St Pancras railway station, which is situated north of central London.

Why travel by train to London?

Apart from being the most eco mode of transport, trains to London are faster than flying or driving. Coming from anywhere in Europe, Eurostar trains offer great connections via St Pancras terminal. What’s more, rail services offer cost-effective travel tickets such as Oyster travel smartcards and travelcards. These are electronic smartcards that pay for single trips on public transport. Off-peak seasons also come with low-cost fares.

Before you travel to London by train: good to know

As well as all the obvious tourist attractions, including Buckingham Palace, the theatre district or some of the best museums in the world, travellers can opt for a different experience. Why not take a tour of Westminster, or explore lesser-known boroughs of London such as Shoreditch and Peckham and take advantage of the numerous pubs? The Barbican Conservatory offers an afternoon tea surrounded by exotic plants, but it is essential to book ahead. When travelling in London passengers can purchase an Oyster card that can be used on tubes and buses alike. They are available to buy from all stations as well as corner shops.

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London
London Charing Cross
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London Fenchurch Street
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London Kings Cross
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Where is the train station and what is the best way to get there?
This station is not located in the city centre but it can be reached by public transport.<br>Metro lines Victoria, Circle<br>Bus lines 91, 10, 17, 30, 45, 46, 63, 73, 205, 214
London Paddington
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Where is the train station and what is the best way to get there?
This station is not located in the city centre but it can be reached by public transport.<br>Metro lines Bakerloo, Circle, District<br>Bus lines 7, 15, 18, 23, 27, 36, 46, 105, 436
London Liverpool Street
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Where is the train station and what is the best way to get there?
This station is not located in the city centre but it can be reached by public transport.<br>Metro lines Central, Circle, Hammersmith, City
London St Pancras
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London Victoria
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Where is the train station and what is the best way to get there?
This station is within walking distance of the city centre and is connected to other parts of the city by public transport.<br>Metro lines Circle, District, Victoria<br>Bus lines 22, 211, 239, C1, N11
How long does it take to get from the train station to the city centre?
This station is a 5-10 minute walk from the city centre.
London Waterloo East
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Where is the train station and what is the best way to get there?
This station is not located in the city centre but it can be reached by public transport.<br>Metro lines Bakerloo, Northern, Jubilee, Waterloo, City<br>Bus lines 1, 4, 26, 59, 68, 76, 77, 100, 139, 168, 171, 172, 176
London Euston
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London Bridge
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