How well connected is Elephant & Castle?

Ever wondered “how well connected is Elephant and Castle”? Is it in zone 1 or zone 2? Find out here about Elephant & Castle station.

Arts and culture
  • 06 July 2021

The varieties of Elephant & Castle station-- being Network Rail, tube and Thameslink – make for one of London’s best-connected spots. Not only is it an essential spot for getting in and out of London, but its services connect you to the whole of the city via the Northern and Bakerloo lines.

Beyond that, Thameslink is great for getting to the airport and surrounding bus stops can take you upwards of 50 different routes. Read all about it below or go to our Visit Us page for more


Elephant & Castle railway station

With an entrance on Elephant Road, Elephant & Castle station is in the fairly unique position of being managed by one operating company and owned by another. Network Rail own it along with the vast majority of Great Britain’s railway network and thus out of Elephant and Castle station run Southeastern journeys, taking passengers from to Bromley Loughborough and Sevenoaks to name just a few. However, Thameslink’s arrival vastly improved its connections in the past decade, especially to London Gatwick and Luton airport. Continue reading to learn more about the Thameslink line.


Elephant & Castle tube station

You may be asking yourself, ‘is Elephant and Castle zone 1 or zone 2?’ Well, both the rail and tube station sit on a zone border. They each sit simultaneously within London’s zone 1 and zone 2, and as with all stations of this type, bear the great benefit of charging you the cheapest fare based on your location relative to each zone. Elephant & Castle station is the Southern terminus of the Bakerloo line, one of London’s best-connected lines to the iconic South Bank and its neighbouring theatres and restaurants near Elephant and Castle station.


Elephant & Castle Thameslink services

Thameslink is a 24-hour, 115-station mainline route that can take you from Elephant & Castle station to St Pancras International in under a quarter of an hour. From there, connections to the Eurostar are easy and make international travel as easy as possible. Speaking of which, the line is also superb for getting to London Gatwick or Luton airport.


Bus routes

Elephant Road connects to upwards of 50 nearby bus routes that will take you practically anywhere across London. For the full list, visit the TfL website.


Sustainable transport

Finally, Cyclists too are well served by the area’s cycling infrastructure, maintained by Transport for London and the London Borough of Southwark. It is the southern terminus for traffic-free bikeway Cycleway 6, the northern terminus of which is in Kentish Town. Not to mention the fact that Elephant Park will eventually offer almost 100 bikes-for-hire, thousands of spaces and easy access to dedicated bike maintenance and cleaning areas. Basement spaces will spaces are even set to include charging ports for electric cars in the future.

For opening times and more info about Elephant & Castle Station, visit the Transport for London website.

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