A visitor’s guide to Charing Cross Station


Charing Cross Station is the perfect gateway into the City of Westminster for visitors to London.

Founded in 1864, it is one of the English capital’s (and the country’s) oldest overground rail stations and today welcomes more than 40 million passengers through its doors every year. The station is located on the north bank of the River Thames in London’s Zone 1, with access via the Strand and Villiers Street.

Charing Cross Station

Designed by architect Terry Farrell, the building offers six platforms for connecting services to the rest of London and beyond, making it one of the most important transport hubs for visitors to the city.

For anyone planning journeys into London, the address of the facility is:

  • Charing Cross Station
  • Strand
  • London
  • WC2N 5HS

Charing Cross Station is the London terminus of the South Eastern Main Line and provides the majority of commuter/regional rail services to south-east London and Kent.

Left luggage options at Charing Cross Station

Individuals travelling to Charing Cross Station with heavy or cumbersome baggage might like to make use of the station’s left luggage facility, which is open daily between the hours of 7 am and 11 pm.

Visitors can leave their bags safe in the knowledge that they are being watched over by the professional and trustworthy station staff, allowing them to explore the many attractions of the surrounding area with relative ease and comfort.

Take a virtual tour

Charing Cross Station offers a wide selection of facilities that travellers will appreciate when planning journeys to this busy part of the English capital, with the bustling station concourse home to several high-profile retailers and eateries, offering refreshment and entertainment for busy travellers.

The ticket office can be found on the main concourse and is open:

  • Mondays to Saturdays from 4.30 am to 00.48 am
  • Sundays from 6.45 am to 00.48 am

Visitors can also make use of automated ticketing machines situated throughout the building, ensuring they can quickly purchase or pick up pre-booked tickets without the need to wait in line.

Furthermore, ATMs are available throughout the station for cash withdrawal, while there are also baby changing facilities, toilets for both men and women, photo booths and a number of public telephones.

Guests can also make use of Wi-Fi internet access via The Cloud, which offers a stable connection for downloads and online browsing throughout the station.

Visitors with a disability or those in their entourage will also be pleased to learn that Charing Cross Station offers full step-free access from the Strand, while access from Villiers Street is by escalators.

Anyone that would like to request assistance while making use of the station’s facilities should call ahead to ensure staff are on hand to provide this support to them. The hours of operation of this service are:

  • Mondays to Saturdays from 6.30 am to 10 pm
  • Sundays from 7.30 am to 10 pm

Hotel options for visitors to the area

Visitors travelling to London via Charing Cross Station might like to book nearby accommodation at one of these exemplary hotels:

  • The Piccadilly London West End, 5 Panton St (0.43 miles)
  • Shaftesbury Premier London Piccadilly, 65-73 Shaftesbury Avenue (0.43 miles)

Nearby attractions to Charing Cross Station

Big Ben

When it comes to local attractions, the area around Charing Cross Station offers more than its fair share of great things to see and do for anyone heading to the busy English capital.

Local attractions that travellers will not want to miss during their time in London include:

  • The National Gallery (0.2 miles, three minutes’ travel time on foot/by Tube)
  • 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)
  • Buckingham Palace (0.9 miles, 14 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)