If you’re getting to London by train, you’ll probably arrive at one of London’s six main rail termini – Euston, St Pancras, Liverpool Street, Paddington, Victoria or Waterloo. Euston and St Pancras will probably be your arrival stations if arriving from northern England; Liverpool Street from eastern England; Paddington from western England and Victoria and Waterloo from southern England.
However, London does also have plenty of other rail stations too, both in Central London and elsewhere in the city. You may well find it more convenient to disembark at one of these (for example, London Bridge, Clapham Junction, East Croydon, Farringdon or West Hampstead) if you’re travelling in to the city. Most major national services, however, don’t stop at these smaller stations.
If you’re arriving from Europe on the Eurostar, you will arrive at the very lovely and relatively new station at St Pancras – lucky you! Make sure to take a look at your impressive surroundings on your arrival.
You can purchase train tickets for journeys within England online from websites such as , as well as also being able to look up fares and timetables to help plan your journey.
Getting to London by Train – Cheap Fare Deals
Undoubtedly, if you’re flexible about your travel (meaning, what day of the week you travel on and the time of day you travel), you can find some cheap fares. Do try to avoid travelling early in the morning or in the evening – i.e. commuter travel times – as fares will be more expensive then. Do also book your tickets in advance to take advantage of cheap fares, and book online – many companies offer special online discounts.
To help see what fares are available when you’re flexible with your travel, check out‘s fare finder service. On selected routes, it will show you the cheapest fares available by both day and time slot. Click on the banner above to get started!
London Budget Tip: If you’re after some extra comfort – and service! – look into first class fares. They may be cheaper than you think! (Especially if you’re flexible with when you travel.)
If you’re aged between sixteen and twenty-five, you can of course buy a Young Person’s Railcard. This will give you savings on rail travel (as well as discounts on all sorts of other things!). It costs £28 per year – whether this is worth it depends on how much rail travel you do, but it sounds like a pretty good deal to us!
Do also check out individual train company’s websites for any special deals that may be running. For example, South West Trains offer deals on group travel – three or four people travelling together can pay for the price of just two people, and children travelling with the group pay only £1 for a ticket! (Up to four children.)