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Charing Cross Railway Station, London

Charing Cross Station (also referred a Charing Cross) is a central London railway terminal located on the western end of the Strand (a major thoroughfare) in the City of Westminster and nearby the River Thames. Opened in 1864, the station takes its name from the nearby Charing Cross road junction. The railway line from the station crosses the Hungerford Bridge across the River Thames heading towards Lambeth.

The station comprises of six platforms and directly connects with an underground station of the same name. Charing Cross is within a short walking distance from Embankment (Underground) Station and Embankment Pier, which provides riverboat services along the River Thames.


Stepping out of the station, you are practically in the heart of London and within walking distance from the famous Trafalgar Square and prestigious National Gallery.


Railway Lines

Charing Cross is the terminal for trains on the South Eastern Main Line operated Southeastern. All trains stop at Waterloo East Station and London Bridge Station (except peak hours) when departing from and before arriving at Charing Cross. Destinations on the line during off-peak hours include Dartford, Gravesend, Gillingham, Hayes, Sevenoaks, Hastings, Dover and Ramsgate. There are 1-2 train departures for each destination during off-peak hours. More information about train services at Charing Cross Station is available from the National Rail website.

Trains at Charing Cross by mattbuck

Transport at Charing Cross Station

London Underground's Charing Cross Station directly connects with the railway station providing convenient access for travellers between the two stations. The underground station serves trains on the Northern and Bakerloo Lines. Nearby is Embankment Underground Station serving the Circle, District, Northern and Bakerloo Lines. Embankment Pier serves boats on the Thames Clippers Route under the London River Services. There are bus stops in front of the station. More information about public transport in London is available from the Transport for London website.

Charing Cross and the Hungerford Bridge by Oxyman

The pick up and drop off point for cars is in front of the station. The taxi rank is also located in front of the station. The station does not have a car park and the nearest are at Spring Gardens, Leicester Square and Covent Garden located about 10 minutes walking distance from the station. Bicycle racks are available and located in front of the station.


Facilities and services available at Charing Cross include:

  • Shops including newsagent, pharmacy, grocery shop and gift shops
  • Food outlets including fast foods, bakery, coffee shops and delis
  • ATMs located near the front exit
  • Left luggage facility
  • Baby changing facility
  • Wi-Fi internet access
  • Payphones

Concourse at Charing Cross by The Wub

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