London Charing Cross

London, (United Kingdom)

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About the station

Charing Cross station has a superb location on The Strand - the Eleanor Cross, from which all distances from central London have been measured, is on the station’s forecourt.

Many of the most popular attractions in the West End of London, including Covent Garden, the Courtauld Institute of Art, Leicester Square, the National Gallery, the National Portrait Gallery, The Mall and Piccadilly Circus and Somerset House are within an easy 10 min walk of Charing Cross station.

It is also a compact station with only six platforms (tracks) and as it’s a terminus, London Charing Cross is also a comparatively simple station to navigate.
The concourse is level with the streetscape along the frontage of the station, so the access to the taxi-rank is step-free.

Because most of the station’s users are commuters, Charing Cross becomes busy and crowded between 16:30 and 19:00 when Mondays to Fridays are working days, but at other times during the day the station is an easy environment in which to catch a train.

Though something to be aware of, is that there is only one escalator which links the concourse to the ticket hall of the Underground station, and it usually leads downwards in the morning and upwards in the afternoon and evenings – so you can’t be sure that the access to the Underground will be step-free.

What definitely isn’t step free is the shortest route between the concourse at Charing Cross station and the nearby Embankment station, which is served by the Circle and District Lines.
That Underground station is at the foot of Villiers Street and the exit on to Villiers Street is to one side of the concourse, by the access to platform 1 - it leads to a flight of stairs down to street level.


London Bridge and Waterloo East stations:

All trains to and from Charing Cross station also now call at Waterloo East and London Bridge stations.

If you will be using an Oyster Card to travel around London, and want to travel between the areas and attractions around Charing Cross and London Bridge stations, then taking a train is a better option than taking the Underground – typically 18 trains per hour connect Charing Cross and London Bridge.

When looking up a train journey from London to destinations such as Canterbury, Dover and Hastings and Tunbridge Wells, if you haven’t specified Charing Cross station as a starting point, the website may assume that you’ll want to commence a journey at London Bridge station – and the journey time will be faster than from Charing Cross.

But it’s worth checking whether Charing Cross would be the more convenient starting point for your journey.

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