London’s most central railway station
Charing Cross was built on the site of the famous Hungerford Market, opening in 1864. One year later, Charing Cross Hotel was built, giving the station an ornate French Renaissance style frontage.
Located in the City of Westminster, London Charing Cross accommodates 30.2 million passengers a year. It faces the Shard from the front, and the Hungerford Bridge at the other end where trains cross into and out of Charing Cross, passing over the River Thames.
Station opening hours
- Monday to Saturday: 04:30 – 00:50
- Sunday: 06:30 – 00:46
Tickets and travel information
National Rail Enquiries
03457 48 49 50
Textphone: 0345 60 50 600
Welsh language line: 0345 60 40 500
General station enquiries: 03457 11 41 41
Find your way around using the Charing Cross Station Map (PDF 1MB)
British Transport Police
For assistance speak to any member of station staff or contact the British Transport Police on 0800 40 50 40 (24 hours) or text 61016. In an emergency call 999.
You must wear a face covering for the full duration of your journey on public transport in England, Scotland and Wales.
You could be fined up to £6,400 if you refuse to wear a face covering. Find out more about specific exemptions.
Private cars can pick up and drop off on the station forecourt. Waiting is not permitted.
Sat nav postcode: WC2N 5HS
There is no parking at the station for members of the public.
The taxi rank is on the station forecourt.
For more information visit traintaxi.
There are bus stops at the front of the station on the Strand.
For more information see maps (right) or visit TfL buses.
If you want to take your bicycle on the train, please check with the train operator first.
- Southeastern – 0845 000 2222
There are bicycle racks available at the front of the station.
For information about trains to and from Charing Cross station go to National Rail Enquiries or call 03457 48 49 50.
Lines serving Charing Cross Underground station:
The entrance is on the left of the ticket office down the stairs or the escalator.
To get there, turn right onto The Strand and take the first right down Villiers Street – the station is about 250 metres ahead.
Lines serving Embankment:
For more information see maps (right) or visit TfL Underground.
Tickets and information
- Monday to Saturday 04:30 – 00:50
- Sunday 06:45 – 00:46
There are ticket machines located by the ticket office.
The ticket office and machines are run by Southeastern.
Toilets and baby changing
Men and women’s public toilets are located between Boots and Caffe Nero.
Accessible, baby change: in the Central exit to The Strand between Marks & Spencer and Whistle Stop.
There are three ATM machines located between Hotel Chocolat and The Pasty Shop on the station concourse.
There are payphones in the Trafalgar Square Exit near to the left luggage facilities, where there is also a BT textphone, and in the Central Exit to the Strand.
There are currently no WiFi facilities available.
Next to the gate line for Platform 4.
At the station
Items handed in at the station are kept in the left luggage office. Report a lost item online.
Lost property counter opening hours:
- Monday to Sunday 07:00 – 23:00
On board a train
Items left on trains are kept by Southeastern: report a lost item online or call 0845 000 2222.
You can leave luggage at Excess Baggage on the concourse.
- Monday to Sunday 07:00 – 23:00
You can pre-book storage for your heavy, awkward or high-value luggage at our station left luggage facilities.
For more information visit Excess Baggage or call 020 7930 5444.
There are no luggage trolleys in the station.
There is a photo-booth in the Trafalgar Square Exit near to the left luggage.
The water fountain is located on the left hand side of the TFL visitor information kiosk near by platform 5.
There is no car park at the station.
There are no accessible parking spaces at the station, but there is a bay on the forecourt reserved for Blue Badge holders picking up or dropping off passengers.
Some bicycle racks are available on the forecourt.
On Sunday 23 May, the walkway from Charing Cross station leading to the South Bank will be closed for essential maintenance work. We are sorry for any inconvenience. If you require step free access please speak to a member of our station team who will be happy to help.
Step free access: there is step-free access from the Strand. Access from Villiers Street is by escalators controlled by the Embankment Place management. The station forecourt is cobbled, but there is a pavement to one side.
- Accessible routes within Charing Cross station with photos – see National Rail Enquiries’ route planner.
Induction loops: the helpdesk has a loop, left luggage / lost property does not have one.
Visually impaired: there are no tactile warning strips along the platform edges.
Coronavirus information: Book passenger assistance as you normally would. Please wear your own face covering and our staff will do likewise, this reduces the risk to you and our staff. At our stations we have face coverings and hand sanitiser available to help us help you.
If you need help with mobility or with luggage, we can help you more effectively if you call in advance on 0800 783 4524.
In the station, please speak to any member of our staff including cleaners, or go to the Southeastern information desk:
- Monday to Saturday 06:30 – 22:00
- Sunday 07:30 – 22:00
Near the central Strand exit.
Wheelchairs are available for use with staff assistance.
In the central entrance, between the forecourt and the concourse.
Getting to and from the station
Information about accessible public transport is available from Transport for London:
Helpline: 0343 222 1234 (option 3) (24 hours)
There is step-free access from the bus stops on the Strand.
All buses are accessible except heritage routes 9 and 15.
Lines serving Charing Cross Underground:
There is no step-free access to the ticket office or platform levels, however an escalator descends to the ticket hall level until approximately 10:30 and rises for the rest of the day.
To get to there, turn right onto Strand and take the first right down Villiers Street – the station is about 250 metres ahead.
Lines serving Embankment Underground:
There is no step-free access to the ticket office or platform levels.
Pick-up / drop-off point: there is a space on the station forecourt reserved for Blue Badge holders, waiting is not permitted.
Parking: there is no station car park.
The taxi rank is on the cobbled station forecourt.
All taxis are accessible.
For more information visit traintaxi.
If you are a BSL user visiting this station, you can use SignLive to connect to an online professional BSL interpreter for free.
You only need to register with SignLive once, via Google, Facebook or email, and you will be able to communicate with the station team quickly via SignLive’s Community Directory. You can find out more on the SignLive website.
RoomMate is an electronic, wall-mounted device, which offers blind and visually impaired passengers bespoke audio description in some of our station accessible toilets. High visibilty door signs will be in place to indicate that the facility has an ADi RoomMate installed.
On entering the accessible toilet an audio announcement is triggered and the unit advises that a recorded description of the room is available.
If the user is visually impaired and requires the description, they are then given the instruction to wave their hand in front of the unit to activate it. You can find out more about RoomMate at the Easy Accessibility website.
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