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About London

One of the most important cities in the world, London is where the traditional blends seamlessly with the modern. As a vibrant modern city, London has something for everyone. For visitors interested in the Royal Family as well as their history, check out Buckingham Palace. The palace is open all days in summer, but only on selected days in winter. The Tower of London, where the crown jewels are put on exhibition, is also a great spot to check out. For fans of history, you might not want to miss out on the famous British Museum, considered by many to be the best museum in all of London. The museum currently carries an impressive collection of 8 million historic objects from all around the world, making it an eye-opening destination for many.

London’s food scene reflects its multiculturalism. Here you can find restaurants serving cuisines from various countries around the world, from India to Malaysia. If you opt for a lavish dining experience, Restaurant Gordon Ramsay, run by the famous chef himself, will be a great choice. Also don’t forget to stop by at a local pub and enjoy the beer like a true Londoner.

The city’s centers of intercity rail services are King’s Cross Station and Euston Station, from which you can take a train to other places in the UK or hop on the Eurostar train to Paris and beyond. The largest coach station in the city is Victoria Coach Station, serving big local carriers like National Express. The city’s air services are fulfilled by eight airports, of which London Heathrow Airport, located west of the city, is the busiest one.

What train companies travel to London, United Kingdom?

Located in United Kingdom, London is accessible by train from 241 other cities. You can choose from 3089 daily scheduled trips when you search for trains to London on Wanderu. Southeastern usually has the most trains on any given day.

Looking for other ways to get there? Bus tickets to London are also available.

Train companies serving London

TrainRoutesAvg. TimeAvg. Price
South Western Railway921h 8m$22.88
Southeastern791h 15m$30.62
Southern641h 11m$22.27
Great Western Railway631h 42m$58.93
Thameslink601h 0m$24.02
Greater Anglia490h 50m$22.86
Great Northern280h 57m$24.59
CrossCountry223h 10m$125.95
TfL Railway160h 26m$10.70
London Overground130h 27m$8.94
  • UK's South Western Railway operates passenger rail services in London, Windsor, Reading, and Southampton. Both standard class and first-class seating are available, with the first-class section clearly marked and physically separated from the rest of the train by internal doorways. These cars offer more space and quiet away from the more crowded areas.

  • Southeastern is a rail franchise that operates passenger train services between central London and southeast England. The company's fleet of over 300 trains stops at 180 stations across London, Kent, and East Sussex, and standard and first-class fares are available. First-class passengers enjoy dedicated areas, larger seats, more legroom, and a quieter travel experience. Onboard restrooms are available for all passengers.

  • Southern Railway is part of the British rail network serving stations predominantly between central London and the British south coast. Destinations include Brighton, Gatwick Airport, and Worthing. WiFi and accessible restrooms are available on most trains, plus the option to upgrade to a first-class ticket with extra legroom.

  • Thameslink services run 24 hours a day with trains usually every 20-30 minutes, and coverage within the regions of Kent, Surrey, and Hertfordshire, plus service to London. Thameslink has separate first-class cars, and standard-class seating may be standing room only during peak hours.

  • Great Northern is a UK-based rail company that serves commuter towns north of London. The company is owned by Thameslink and offers a contemporary train fleet with complimentary WiFi. The company primarily serves towns such as Potters Bar, Hatfield, Welwyn Garden City, Stevenage, and Hitchin. While standard-class seats can be hard to secure due to high demand at peak hours, first-class compartments offer a quieter, more peaceful journey.

  • CrossCountry operates an extensive rail network in the U.K., centered in Birmingham. In standard class, passengers enjoy complimentary Wi-Fi, power outlets, and onboard restrooms. Trains also contain a small café or a trolley that passes through the carriages. An upgrade to first-class gives passengers more legroom and complimentary food.

  • TfL Railway, also known as Crossrail and the Elizabeth Line, is a UK passenger rail company that operates between central London and surrounding counties. The trains are modern, spacious, and equipped with onboard restrooms and information displays. WiFi and 4G services will soon be available on all trains, and most stations already offer the service.

Frequently Asked Questions

$3.49 is the cheapest price for a train ticket to London, according to recent searches on Wanderu. You can use our search to check if this price is currently available on trains from your city to London. In the last month, trains from Barking to London had the lowest average price at $4.08.

The busiest train station in London is Paddington Station. There are several other active stations in addition to this main station. The most popular train stations in London are:

  • Paddington Station
  • Victoria Rail Station
  • Tottenham Hale Train Station
The closest airport to London is London City Airport (LCY), it is located 7.9 miles from the city center of London.
London ranks number 29 among most popular train destinations in the region. It also ranks number 737 in United Kingdom. London has the most train connections in the region. There are 3995 train schedules arriving in London each day.
The population of London is 7556900. London ranks number 18 in terms of population in London, City of and number 174 in all of United Kingdom.
Train tickets to London range from $3 for a short trip to London, while a 60 to 200 mile train trip to London starts at , and a longer trip by train to London can be as cheap as . Looking to travel across state or province lines? A trip from out of your region will be as low as $3.
Business travelers most frequently choose to travel by train to London, enjoying the convenience of quick boarding and centrally located stations.
The closest train station to the city center of London is Charing Cross Train Station, located just 0.2 miles away. Select Charing Cross Train Station as your arrival if your plans call for exploring the downtown area of London. Search on Wanderu and in the search results you can filter travel options by arriving or departing station.

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