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Waterloo Railway Station, London

Waterloo Station is the busiest and the largest railway station in the UK, comprising of 24 platforms. The station is a major central London railway terminal and located in the Waterloo area of London's borough of Lambeth. Opened in 1848 and rebuilt in the early 20th century, Waterloo Station has always been a major railway terminal in London. A London Underground train station of the same name connects with the Waterloo railway station.

The relatively less busy London Waterloo East railway station is located nearby Waterloo Station. An elevated walkway across Waterloo Road connects the two railway stations. London Waterloo East is a through station serving the South Eastern Main Line that passes through parts of southeastern England.


Waterloo Station is close to Southwark and nearby several London attractions including the London Eye, Sea Life London Aquarium, London Dungeon and the Royal National Theatre.


Railway Lines

Waterloo Station is the terminal for the South Western Main Line to Weymouth (via Southampton), heading south and then west along the southern coast of England. The South Western Main Line runs around 1,600 trains per day, making it the busiest train service in the UK. There are more than 130 automated ticket gates in the station concourse. The adjacent Waterloo East Station is the last stop for the South Eastern Main Line before arriving at Charing Cross railway station. The South Eastern Main Line passes through South East England including Kent and parts of East Sussex. More information about train services at Waterloo Station is available from the National Rail website.

Main entrance (Victory Arch) to Waterloo Station by Prioryman

Transport at Waterloo Station

London Underground's Waterloo Station directly connects with the railway station, providing convenient access between the two stations. The underground station serves trains on the Bakerloo, Waterloo and City, Northern and Jubilee Lines. There are nearly 30 automated ticket gates at the station. London’s red buses depart from several points around Waterloo Station heading in different directions across London. More information about public transport in London is available from the Transport for London website.

Aerial view of Waterloo Station by Bjørn Christian Tørrissen

The pick up and drop off point for cars is outside the station’s reception area on Cab Road (Station Approach Road) which is a one-way street and goes around the station. There is a taxi rank located outside the main arch at Exit 3 on Cab Road. There is a car park situated beyond the taxi rank across Station Approach Road. Bicycle racks are available and located outside the station near Exit 3.


Facilities and services available at Waterloo Station include:

  • Shops including newsagent, pharmacy, bookshop, gift shops, grocery shop and boutiques
  • Food outlets including restaurants, fast food, bakery shops, tapas, coffee shops and delis
  • Tourist office including bookings for shows, attractions, tours, travel and restaurants
  • ATMs located on the concourse
  • Foreign currency exchange desk
  • Left luggage facility
  • Baby changing facility
  • Public Wi-Fi internet access
  • Payphones

Waterloo Station concourse by Lewis Clarke

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