|Main Train Stations||Kings Cross, Waterloo, Euston, Victoria, Liverpool Street|
|Popular Destinations in the UK||Manchester, Brighton, Edinburgh, Cardiff|
|Popular Destinations in Europe||Paris, Brussels, Bruges, Amsterdam|
|Nearest Coach Station||London Victoria CoachStation|
|Avg Train Ticket Price||£ 39.67|
London is easy to reach by train from almost all major European cities. You can catch direct trains from British cities like Edinburgh, Glasgow, Birmingham or Manchester, as well as continental locations that include Paris and Brussels. Indirect connections to cities like Berlin, Barcelona and Milan are also simple to arrange. In depth travel and visitor information can be seen on the London city guide.
Which train operating companies run trains to London? International trains to London are all operated by Eurostar, and terminate at St Pancras International, just to the north of the city centre. Domestic train services are provided by a range of companies, including Virgin Trains, Southern, East Coast and Great Western Railway.
Which cities have direct trains to London? Most UK cities have direct trains to London, including Manchester, Liverpool, Birmingham, Sheffield, York, Brighton, Cardiff, Bristol and many more.
How far in advance to book trains to London? The best time to book trains to London in advance is about 2 months before your ideal date of departure.
For people wanting to travel to London by train, it can be worth buying a railcard before setting off. These entitle the holder to one third off train tickets on National Rail services. For people regularly planning to take the train to London, the Network Railcard is valid for people of any age to travel in the London and Network South East region. However, these are just one way to ensure you save money, there are other steps you can follow in order to book cheap train tickets.
What are the main stations in London? London has a number of major train stations near the centre of town - including Victoria, Waterloo, King's Cross, London Bridge and Liverpool Street. Which one you use depends upon the direction that you are coming from, but all of them are on the underground network and are connected to central destinations via the bus system.
Tips for Travelling on the Tube
How much is it to travel on the London Underground? If you're planning on travelling with a standard single ticket be prepared to pay £4.90 within zones 1 - 3. This is compared to purchasing an Oyster Card and travelling for between £2.40 - £3.30 during peak times, and £2.40 - £2.80 during off peak times.
When purchasing an Oyster card travellers have to pay a £5 deposit, although when you're done with your Oyster card you can hand it in at any information desk and get the deposit refunded.
Travellers can now also use contactless payment cards to travel on the tube and bus network and are charged the same as if using an Oyster card. Just tap your contactless card on the yellow circle to use.
There is a price cap on the London transport system which means that you'll only ever be charged a certain amount per day, if you go over this amount you can still travel as much as you like but you will no longer be charged. The cap for zones 1-2 during off peak hours is £6.60, the prices steadily go up the further outside the city you travel, for example if you travel from zone 1 out to zone 6 the daily cap is £12 during off peak hours.
Remember if you want to stand on the escalators stay right, if you want to walk, walk on the left side.
'Rush hour' is between 07:30 and 09:30, and between 17:00 and 19:00, these are periods where it can become extremely busy in the stations, trains and on the platforms, you'll find some stations in the centre will close briefly from overcrowding, if you're not in a rush then grab a coffee and let it pass.
Before you head out to explore the, frankly quite confusing, London public transport system, find information on which tube lines operate, if WiFi is available and the opening times at each one of London's major train stations, ensuring your journey runs as smoothly as possible.
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