If you stay in central London, you probably won’t need to use a local London train. But in some parts of outer London (Zones 3–9), especially in south and north-east London there’s no underground service. Buses are an alternative, but in general a local train is the quickest way of travelling to and from central London.
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London’s rail network
There are two train services in London:
The London Overground service, managed by TfL, operates around the central London area connecting east, north, west and south-west London. It’s the orange and white colour-coded line on the underground map.
National Rail Services
Various Train Operating Companies (or TOC’s) run trains to and from the suburbs of London and further out to the surrounding counties.
Local London train timetables
If you don’t know which London train station your train departs from in London, just select ‘London (All Stations)’.
Paper timetables are also available from some stations.
If you want to plan a journey in London which includes trains, underground or buses, use TfL’s Journey Planner.
Last updated: 19 July 2021