A brief guide to Leicester Square Underground Station


Address: Cranbourn Street, London WC2H 0AP

The London Underground is one of the most advanced public transport systems in the world and visitors to the English capital will undoubtedly wish to make use of this man-made wonder during their stay.

A great area to visit during any trip to the city is Leicester Square, with its many high-octane events, wealth of history and close proximity to some London’s most popular and interesting attractions. So when planning a visit, why not make use of Leicester Square Underground Station?

Situated on the Northern and Piccadilly lines of the London Underground network, the station is ideally located for visitors who wish to explore central London and the surrounding area, with many of the best restaurants, theatres, cinemas, attractions and much more nearby.

Leicester Square itself is also one of London’s most historic destinations, having been formed in the late 17th century and being a central location in the bustling and vibrant West End ever since.

Facilities for travellers via Leicester Square Underground Station

Inside the station, visitors can make use of a wide variety of facilities that can help to make their journey through London and its busy central areas one that is both relaxed and enjoyable.

Travellers can make use of free Wi-Fi services throughout the station when they sign up to the Transport for London website, while there are payphones available for individuals that do not have use of a mobile phone but who need to make a call.

In addition, the station offers cash machines to provide money in a range of currencies for travellers.

The ticket offices are manned at all times that the station is open – between the hours of 5 am and midnight daily – and visitors can get information from here or via staff at the facility regarding their journey.

All entry to platforms for departures is via a ticketed gate. Travellers must produce either a valid ticket for travel or an Oyster card in order to get through, they will then also be required to produce a ticket when they reach their destination to be able to exit the Underground station.

Onward travel from Leicester Square Underground Station

As this is a working Tube station, visitors in many cases will simply be passing through, with a large selection of onward travel options open to those keen to use the station as a connection on a longer journey.

The next stations offering links to other Underground lines from Leicester Square Underground Station are:Leicester Square, London

    • Northern line southbound – Charing Cross (Bakerloo line)
    • Northern line northbound – Tottenham Court Road (Central line)
    • Piccadilly line westbound – Piccadilly Circus Underground Station (Bakerloo line)
    • Piccadilly line eastbound – Holborn Underground Station (Central line)

Bus services can also be found just outside the station and they operate around the clock to ensure there is always a means of transport for visitors to the area. Bus routes that link to Leicester Square Underground Station are:

    • Towards Waterloo, Westminster and Tottenham Court Road – 24, 29, 176, N5, N20, N41 and N279.

Taxi ranks can also be found outside the station, although visitors are reminded that this can be an expensive way to get around the English capital in comparison to public transport.

Finally, anyone planning to travel via the Leicester Square Underground Station or the wider London Underground network should remember to regularly consult the official Transport for London website.

It offers all of the latest information regarding service timetables, potential delays and areas of the track and stations that are undergoing maintenance (and could therefore have an impact on journey planning).

Nearby attractions for visitors to the area

Leicester Square is undoubtedly one of the top attractions for anyone new to London, but it is not the only outstanding sight to be seen in the local area. Indeed not, with historic and modern attractions galore to be found nearby, visitors should aim to head out and explore, with some of the best places to visit including:

    • Trafalgar Square (0.3 miles, six minutes’ travel time on foot/via public transport)
    • Ripley’s Believe It or Not! London (0.3 miles, two minutes)
    • Chinatown London Market (285 ft, one minute)
    • Covent Garden (0.3 miles, five minutes)
    • Royal Opera House (0.3 miles, three minutes)
    • Somerset House (0.6 miles, nine minutes)
    • Pall Mall (0.5 miles, eight minutes)
    • St James’s Park (0.6 miles, 14 minutes)
    • St James’s Palace (0.8 miles, 15 minutes)
    • Horse Guards Parade (0.5 miles, eight minutes)
    • 10 Downing Street (0.7 miles, 11 minutes)
    • Liberty London (0.7 miles, 12 minutes)
    • London Eye (0.9 miles, 11 minutes)
    • The London Dungeon (0.9 miles, 12 minutes)
    • Shrek’s Adventure (0.9 miles, 12 minutes)
    • Sea Life London Aquarium (0.9 miles, nine minutes)
    • The British Museum (0.6 miles, seven minutes)
    • Coram’s Fields & The Hemsworth Memorial (1.1 miles, ten minutes)


  • Does Leicester Square station have stairs?

Leicester Square tube station has escalators, not many stairs to climb, if the bags are small enough to take on an escalator.

  • What line is Leicester Square on the tube?

It is located on Charing Cross Road, a short distance to the east of Leicester Square itself. The station is on the Northern line, between Charing Cross and Tottenham Court Road, and the Piccadilly line, between Piccadilly Circus and Covent Garden. It is in Travelcard Zone 1. Read more.