Waterloo Guide : Practical Information about the station
Waterloo Station is a central London terminus, located in the Waterloo area of the London Borough of Lambeth. It is connected to a London Underground station on the same name. The station is also the terminus of the South Western main line to Weymouth via Southampton.
Table of content
- Some facts about Waterloo Train Station
- Waterloo Station’s Practical Information
- How many platforms in Waterloo Station?
- Waterloo Station Ticket
- Which connection from the station?
- The parking at Waterloo Station London
- Where to store your luggage at this Station?
I) Some facts about Waterloo Train Station
The station was first opened in 1848 by the London and South Western Railway, and replaces the earlier Nine Elms as it was closer to the West End. The station was rebuilt in the early 20th century, opening in 1922, and included the Victory Arch over the main entrance, which commemorated World War I.
The station was originally used as an Eurostar terminal between 1994 and 2007, until this was moved to St Pancras International station. Although, discussions have been started to re-establish this as a working terminal.
Waterloo is the busiest railway station in the UK, with nearly a hundred million entries and exits, from the station every year. It is also the country’s largest station as it has the greatest number of platforms. If you want to leave your suitcases at this station, book a luggage storage at Waterloo Station.
II) Waterloo Station’s Practical Information
Here are the basic information relating to Waterloo Station
- Address : Waterloo Rd, Bishop's, London SE1 8SW, Royaume-Uni
- Opening hours : 6am to 12pm
- Phone number : +44 345 711 4141
- Map :
III) How many platforms in Waterloo Station?
There are 24 platforms in Waterloo Station. Traffic and passengers to Waterloo increased throughout the century, and Waterloo was extended to accommodate this. Thus, in 1860, new platforms were added on the northwest side of the station.
Platforms 1 to 10 and 15 to 16 have a single entrance/exit. There are separate entrances to platforms 11 and 12. The entrance to platform 12 is also signed as the entrance to platform 13. The normal entrance/exit to platforms 13 to 14 is also indicated as an exit from platform 12. It is the same thing for platforms 17,18 and 19.
- Platforms 1 to 6 : for the shorter-distance ‘commuter trains’ via Wimbledon to Hampton Court, Chessington, Epsom and Kingston-upon-Thames.
- Platforms 5 to 17 : for the longer-distance trains via Bournemouth, Exeter, Portsmouth, Salisbury, Southampton and Winchester.
- Platforms 17 to 24 : for the trains to Ascot, Putney, Richmond and Windsor.
IV) Waterloo Station Ticket
The Ticket Office is open from Monday to Sunday, 24 hours a day. Tickets can be bought also in advance online or at Self-Serve Ticket Machines.
V) Which connection from the station?
From Waterloo Station, you can take to Underground. The lines serving the station are :
- Waterloo and City
The eastern ends of the platforms provide pedestrian connection to Southwark Station which is served by London Underground’s Jubilee line. Connections with the Underground’s Bakerloo, Northern and Waterloo& City Lines are available at Waterloo Underground Station.
VI) The parking at Waterloo Station London
If you want to park your car or your motorcycle for a long stay, you can do it on Monday to Sunday. It is open 24 hours. The prices are the following :
- Up to 1 hour : £5.50
- Up to 2 hours : £9.50
- Up to 4 hours : £17.00
- Up to 8 hours : £23.50
- Up to 24 hours : £30.00
- Night Rate (6pm-6am) : £12.00
- Motorcycles : £4.50
The long stay parking is situated at Station Approach, SE1 8SW London. For the parking, there is one free Blue Badge space just beyond the taxi rank in front of the station on Station.
For bicycles, free bicycle racks are located outside the station opposite exit 3. These are double decker racks designed to accommodate standard bicycles and they are in an outdoor uncovered location that has lighting and CCTV coverage. There are usually plenty of spaces available.
VII) Where to store your luggage at this station?
The station itself offers luggage storage services. Excess Baggage operates at Waterloo Station. You can find left luggage exit 6 (South Bank). It is open from 7am to 11pm. However, there is usually too many people and therefore a lot of tail. In addition, the luggage is not very well secured.
You can still book a luggage storage at Waterloo Station to relieve yourself from your suitcases and enjoy your trip. It will be also wise to check for a luggage storage in London that are available round the clock and that will allow you to store your stuffs near the attractions you want to do.