London is a city with twelve major railway stations around the central area of the city. Each station has train services to different regions of the country.

  • Cannon Street: Local stopping services to South East London, and outer suburban services to Kent.
  • Charing Cross: Services to Kent, and the south coast of England.  Local stopping services to Lewisham, Blackheath/Greenwich and south east London.
  • Euston:  Terminus of West Coast Main Line - services to Birmingham (New Street), Manchester, Liverpool, the Lake District and Glasgow.  Overnight sleeper trains to Scottish destinations (Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Inverness and Fort William) also depart from Euston.  Local stopping services to Watford, Milton Keynes and Northampton.
  • Fenchurch Street : Local stopping services to East London suburbs and the Essex coast.
  • Kings Cross: Terminus of East Coast Main Line - services to Peterborough, York, Leeds, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Aberdeen.   Local stopping trains to North London suburbs, Hertfordshire and onwards to Cambridge.
  • London Bridge :  Local stopping services to South London suburbs as well as commuter services to Kent.
  • Liverpool Street :  Terminus of  Great Eastern Main Line - services to East Anglia (Ipswich, Lowestoft and Norwich), local services to East London suburbs and the Essex coast.  Express services to Stansted Airport. Service to Southend Airport
  • Marylebone:  Terminus of Chiltern Line - commuter services to Buckinghamshire towns, Banbury and Birmingham (Snow Hill)
  • Paddington:   Terminus of Great Western Main Line - services to Oxford, Swindon, Bath, Bristol and the South West of England.  Also terminus for the Heathrow Express.
  • St Pancras:   Terminus of Midland Main Line and High Speed One - services to Luton (incl. Luton Airport), Nottingham, Derby and Sheffield.  Eurostar international services to Paris (Gare du Nord) and Brussels.  High Speed services to Kent (from December 2009)
  • Victoria :   Terminus of the Brighton Main Line - services to Brighton, Eastbourne and Hastings.  Local stopping services to South London suburbs.
  • Waterloo : Terminus of the South Western Main line - services to Bournemouth, Southampton and towns along the Dorset coast. 

Eurostar

Eurostar trains run frequently to Brussels , Lille (France) & Paris via the Channel Tunnel from St Pancras International Station .  

Airports

London City (LCY)

London City is in East London in the old Docklands.  There is a DLR (Docklands Light Railway) station which connects to the Jubilee Line Underground at Canning Town and the Central and Northern Lines at Bank.

Heathrow (LHR)

Heathrow is the worst served of all London ’s airports for rail links.   A non-stop service call The Heathrow Express runs to Paddington Station, however this service is very expensive (about £16 single) even though the journey is only around 10-15 minutes.  There is also a cheaper, less frequent service called The Heathrow Connect which runs the same route, but also stops at intermediate stations.    Heathrow is the only London airport with an underground station.  The Piccadilly Line runs from Heathrow to central London with stations at Earls Court, Piccadilly Circus and Covent Garden.  Average journey time around 50 minutes, but can be quite unpleasant and overcrowded at peak times.  There is also an easy change at Hammersmith for the District Line to Westminster. 

Gatwick (LGW )

Gatwick is served by the Gatwick Express  with frequent departures direct to Victoria .   There are also Southern Railway trains to Victoria or Brighton .   These are normal trains and may be crowded at peak times.   These are cheaper than the Express and some trains are just as quick.   First Capital Connect trains also stop at Gatwick and these trains run from Brighton, in the south, to Luton or Bedford , in the north of London .   They also stop at London Bridge and the basement level of St Pancras International Station

Stansted (STN )

During the day, trains depart every 15 minutes for the 45 minute journey to Liverpool Street . The train company is Stansted Express . Liverpool Street Station is on the Central line of the Underground, so quite easy to get to from elsewhere in London .   Trains also run to Stratford in East London and Birmingham, Cambridge, Peterborough and Leicester .

Luton (LTN)

Luton Airport is served by Luton Airport Parkway station which is a short bus ride from the terminal.  First Capital Connect operate regular services via London Bridge and St Pancras Thameslink stations.  Certain services bound for Sheffield or Derby from St Pancras International also call at Luton Airport or Luton itself.  These are considerably faster than the Thameslink services provided by First Capital Connect, but always check as some trains go through Luton without stopping.

Useful Info:  

National Express - Trains and Coaches

National Rail  - has timetables and a journey planner.

Seat 61  - excellent website about train travel from the UK to mainland Europe.

thetrainline - information on travelling in and out of london, cheap advance train tickets and train times.