Elephant & Castle railway station

This article is about the National Rail station. For the London Underground station, see Elephant & Castle tube station.
Elephant & Castle National Rail
Elephant & Castle
Location of Elephant & Castle in Central London
Location Newington
Local authority London Borough of Southwark
Managed by GTR 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
2010–11 Decrease 2.648 million[2]
– interchange  Increase 23,573[2]
2011–12 Decrease 2.567 million[2]
– interchange  Increase 23,908[2]
2012–13 Increase 2.706 million[2]
– interchange  Increase 36,925[2]
2013–14 Increase 2.953 million[2]
– interchange  Increase 0.151 million[2]
2014–15 Increase 3.257 million[2]
– interchange  Decrease 0.118 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
WGS84 51°29′40″N 0°05′59″W / 51.4944°N 0.0998°W / 51.4944; -0.0998Coordinates: 51°29′40″N 0°05′59″W / 51.4944°N 0.0998°W / 51.4944; -0.0998
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Elephant & Castle railway station is a National Rail station that serves Newington and Walworth, south London. Along with the London Underground station of the same name, it is located in the London Borough of Southwark and is in both Travelcard Zone 1 and 2. The station is managed by Thameslink, with services operated by both Thameslink and Southeastern. There is out-of-station interchange with the nearby Elephant and Castle tube station.


Platforms 1&2

The London, Chatham and Dover Railway built the station on a brick viaduct in 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 and Southeastern.

Mainline railways around the South Bank
Charing Cross London Underground
Hungerford Bridge
over River Thames
Left arrow
South Western Main Line
to Weymouth
Waterloo London Underground London River Services
Waterloo East
Blackfriars Road (1864-1868)
Left arrow
to Sutton, Sevenoaks and Brighton
Elephant & Castle London Underground
Blackfriars London Underground London River Services / City Thameslink
Blackfriars Bridge (1864-1885)
Cannon Street London Underground
London Bridge London Underground London River Services
River Thames
Down arrow
Brighton and South Eastern Main Lines
toward SE London, Kent, Sussex and Surrey

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), Rochester, Orpington and Dover Priory.

Preceding station National Rail Following station
Blackfriars   Thameslink
  Denmark Hill
South Eastern Main Line
Limited Service
  Denmark Hill
Herne Hill

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


London Buses routes 1, 45, 53, 68, 88, 133, 155, 168, 172;188, 176, 343, 415, 453 and 168, and night routes N1, N35, N63, N68, N89, N133, N155, N171 and N343 serve the station.

There is an out of station interchange facility with Elephant & Castle (London Underground) station.[3]


  1. "Out-of-Station Interchanges" (Microsoft Excel). Transport for London. 2 January 2016. Retrieved 28 August 2016.
  2. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 "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. 2 January 2016. Retrieved 28 August 2016.
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