Elephant & Castle railway station

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This article is about the National Rail station. For the London Underground station, see Elephant & Castle tube station.
Elephant & Castle National Rail
Elephant & Castle railway stn entrance.JPG
Elephant & Castle is located in Central London
Elephant & Castle
Elephant & Castle
Location of Elephant & Castle in Central London
Location Elephant and Castle
Local authority Southwark
Managed by Thameslink
Owner Network Rail
Station code EPH
DfT category E
Number of platforms 4
Fare zone 1 and 2
OSI Elephant & Castle London Underground[1]
National Rail annual entry and exit
2004–05   2.006 million[2]
2005–06 Increase 2.057 million[2]
2006–07 Increase 2.554 million[2]
2007–08 Increase 3.970 million[2]
2008–09 Decrease 3.320 million[2]
2009–10 Decrease 3.111 million[2]
2010–11 Decrease 2.648 million[2]
2011–12 Decrease 2.567 million[2]
2012–13 Increase 2.706 million[2]
Railway companies
Original company London, Chatham and Dover Railway
Key dates
6 October 1862 Temporary station opened
February 1863 Replaced with permanent structure
Other information
Lists of stations
External links
Portal icon London Transport portal
Portal icon UK Railways portalCoordinates: 51°29′40″N 0°05′59″W / 51.4944°N 0.0998°W / 51.4944; -0.0998

Elephant & Castle railway station serves the area of Elephant & Castle in London, England. The station is managed by Thameslink, with services operated by both Thameslink and Southeastern. The station, along with the Underground station, is located in the London Borough of Southwark and is in both Travelcard Zone 1 and 2.


There is an out of station interchange facility with Elephant & Castle (London Underground) station,[3] which is served by the Northern and Bakerloo lines of the London Underground.

London Buses Routes 1, 188, Night Route N1 serve the station.

Routes 12, 35, 40, 45, 53, 63, 68, 100, 133, 148, 155, 168, 171, 172, 176, 196, 333, 343, 360, 415, 453, 468, C10, P5 and Night Routes N35, N63, N68, N89, N133, N155, N171 and N343 are within 5 mins walk from the station.


Platforms 1&2

The National Rail station is built on a brick viaduct and dates from 1863. It has two entrances, one on Elephant Road and one connected to the upper level of the Elephant and Castle shopping centre. There is a departures indicator in the shopping centre as well as separate platform indicators in the ticket hall. There are four platforms, two being on the island between the lines. The station is not directly connected to the London Underground station. To change from the Underground it is necessary to leave the Underground station (the Northern Line exit is nearer), pass through the ticket barrier and then walk either through or round the shopping centre. Four staircases provide the only access to the platforms, as there are no lifts or escalators.


Services from the National Rail station are operated by Thameslink (Thameslink route) and Southeastern.

The weekday off-peak service from this station is:

At peak hours there are one or two extra Southeastern trains from or to other, more distant destinations, such as Ashford (Kent) and Rochester.

Oyster Card Pay-as-you-go can be used at this station with all services up to Elstree & Borehamwood railway station

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
London Blackfriars   Thameslink
Sutton Loop
London Blackfriars   Thameslink
Sevenoaks Service
Peak service only
  Denmark Hill
Sevenoaks - Kentish Town (off peak trains)
(via Catford Loop Line)
Denmark Hill
London Blackfriars   Southeastern
Ashford International - Bedford
2 Trains per Day
  Bromley South

Mainline railways around the South Bank
Charing Cross
Hungerford Bridge across River Thames
Waterloo International (1994-2007)
SWML &c. Waterloo
Waterloo East
Blackfriars Road (1864-1868)
Thameslink and to Sevenoaks
Elephant & Castle
/ B'friars / City Tlk.  TLK
 (, above, was B'friars Bdg [1864-85])
Cannon Street
London Bridge
River Thames
Brighton and SE Main Lines


  1. ^ "Out of Station Interchanges" (Microsoft Excel). Transport for London. May 2010. Archived from the original on 2012-03-12. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Station usage estimates". Rail statistics. Office of Rail Regulation.  Please note: Some methodology may vary year on year.
  3. ^ "Out of Station Interchanges" (Microsoft Excel). Transport for London. May 2010. Archived from the original on 2012-03-12. 

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