A guide to London’s Charing Cross station


Charing Cross StationCharing Cross station is one of London’s busiest transport hubs and welcomes upwards of 40 million passengers traversing the English capital’s extensive overground rail network every year.

Opened in 1864, Charing Cross is one of the oldest railway stations in the UK and was designed by architect Sir John Hawkshaw. It is today the London terminus of the South Eastern Main Line and provides the majority of commuter/regional rail services to south-east London and Kent.

Situated in close proximity to the River Thames and to some of the capital’s most iconic attractions, the station is the perfect entry point into the bustling area of the City of Westminster and can be found at:

Charing Cross station




The station is open between the hours of 4.30 am to 00:48 am on Mondays to Saturdays and from 6.45 am to 00.48 am on Sundays.

Facilities at Charing Cross station

Individuals travelling via Charing Cross are well catered for in terms of the amount of facilities available to make their journey as stress-free and as comfortable as possible.

The station is fully accessible for all and is completely step-free, while travellers can also make use of left luggage facilities that are open Monday to Sunday between the hours of 7 am and 11 pm.

Individuals with large amounts of baggage can also use the station’s plentiful supply of trolleys to make carrying their belongings that much easier, while visitors needing to top up their funds can do so at one of the station’s many ATMs.

Wi-Fi connectivity is available throughout the station, while payphones are situated on the station concourse and at the front of the terminal.

Ticket offices are open Monday to Saturday from 4.30 am to  00:48 am (Sundays from 6.45 am to 00.48 am) and visitors can also purchase and collect tickets from the many automated ticket machines located on the station concourse.

Meanwhile, toilets and baby changing facilities are situated near the central Strand exit and the ticket office.

Local hotel options for travellers

Visitors to the Charing Cross area might like to book accommodation at this impressive establishment:

Retail options for station visitors

Individuals travelling via Charing Cross could be tempted to scratch that retail itch during their stay, with the station offering a number of shops for visitors to choose from:

  • Boots (open Monday to Friday 7 am to 10 pm; Saturday 8 am to 10 pm; Sunday 9 am to 9 pm)
  • Classi Clean (open Monday to Saturday 6 am to 10 pm; Sunday 7 am to 10 pm)
  • Funky Pigeon (open Monday to Friday 7 am to 9 pm; Saturday 9 am to 9 pm; Sunday 10 am to 10 pm)
  • Journey’s Friend (open Monday to Saturday 7.30 am to 10 pm; Sunday 10 am to 10 pm)
  • Whistlestop (open Monday to Saturday 7 am to midnight; Sunday 7 am to 10 pm)
  • WH Smith (open Monday to Friday 7 am to10 pm; Saturday 7 am to 7 pm; Sunday 10 am to 7 pm)

Meanwhile, travellers seeking a bite to eat during their journey can also make use of the many restaurants and eateries available at the station, with options including Burger King, The Pasty Shop, Yo! Sushi, Upper Crust, and more.

Nearby attractions for visitors to Charing Cross

Visitors planning to utilise the facilities at Charing Cross station are also spoilt for choice in terms of the myriad local attractions that are on offer in the area, with millions of travellers every year exploring the surrounding streets.

Outstanding attractions that continue to keep visitors flocking back to this busy area of the capital again and again include:

  • The National Gallery (0.2 miles, three minutes’ travel time on foot/Tube)
  • The Coca-Cola London Eye (0.5 miles, ten minutes)
  • Ripley’s Believe It or Not! London (0.5 miles, eight minutes)
  • The Palace of Westminster (0.7 miles, eight minutes)
  • Westminster Abbey (0.7 miles, nine minutes)
  • Churchill War Rooms (0.6 miles, nine minutes)
  • The Sea Life London Aquarium (0.8 miles, 11 minutes)
  • The British Museum (0.8 miles, 11 minutes)
  • Big Ben (0.6 miles, five minutes)
  • Hungerford Bridge and Golden Jubilee Bridge (0.1 miles, two minutes)