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Travelling to St Albans

Only 20 miles from London, and with great transport links, it's easy to get to St Albans. Find out how to get here by car, bus, rail or air.

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By Rail

St Albans City station is just 20 minutes away from London’s St Pancras International Station on the Thameslink train line.

The line connects St Albans to a variety of other London underground stations including West Hampstead (Jubilee Line), Kentish Town (northern line) and Farringdon (Metropolitan, Circle, Hammersmith & City lines). There are also frequent services throughout the day and night, between St Albans and Gatwick airport (1 hour 15 mins), Brighton (2 hours), Bedford, and London Luton Airport. You can connect with London Overground 's North London Line at West Hampstead Thameslink station. 

Timetables can be accessed via the Thameslink website and National Rail Enquiries website.

The Eurostar service runs from St Pancras International, connecting St Albans to over 100 destinations across France, Belgium and the Netherlands.

St Albans Abbey station links St Albans with Watford Junction via the Abbey Line for National Rail connections to London Euston, the West Midlands and the North via the West Coast mainline. 
 
Timetables and maps can be accessed on the Abbey Line website and National Rail Enquiries website.


By Bus

St Albans City Centre is well connected on the local bus network with services from North London, Welwyn Garden City, Hatfield, Luton and Watford, as well as routes to the city’s suburbs and outlying shopping areas.

The Network St Albans pocket-sized map shows all of the bus services across the District. The map can be downloaded here or collected from the Tourist Information Centre (closed Sundays) or District Offices (closed weekends).

To save waiting at bus stops, it is now possible to get real-time information on the waiting times at many bus stops. This can also be accessed via a mobile phone application which you can download for free to your phone. To find out more, please visit the Intalink website.


By Coach

National Express coaches provide services that link the neighbouring towns of Hatfield and Hemel Hempstead with Stansted, Heathrow, Luton, Gatwick, Oxford and Cambridge.


By Car

Close to the M1 (junction 6), A1(M) and M25 (junctions 21A and 22), St Albans is easily accessible from all parts of the UK. Click here to use the AAs handy route planner tool.

The St Albans District Council website has information on all the car parks in St Albans, and in Harpenden.

If you own an electric car you can find out about local car charging points here

We encourage visitors to travel by public transport wherever possible to reduce congestion and emissions.


By Air

Both London Luton airport and Gatwick airport are directly linked to St Albans on the Bedford-Brighton railway route. There is a shuttle bus from London Luton airport to Luton Airport Parkway railway station, and inclusive tickets can be purchased online, at the airport terminal, or on the shuttle bus. There is also a helpful journey planner on the National Rail Enquiries website.

Stansted Airport is less than 40 miles away via the M11 and M25 motorways, or by National Express coach from Stansted to nearby Hatfield, which is a short bus or taxi ride from St Albans. 

Heathrow Airport is also easily accessible. There is a direct bus link, service 724, from Heathrow to St Albans.

National Express coaches also provide services that link the neighbouring towns of Hatfield and Hemel Hempstead with London Stansted airport, London Heathrow airport, Luton, London Gatwick airport, Oxford and Cambridge.


Walking and cycling in the City and District

A comprehensive walking and cycling map of the city can be downloaded from the cycling section of the Council's website. There is also information on local walks and public rights of way in our walking and cycling section.


More Information and Journey Planning

There are a variety of online journey planners to help you plan your route such as Traveline SouthEast 

If you need help or advice with planning your visit to St Albans, please contact the Tourist & Information Centre on 01727 864511 or by email to tic@stalbans.gov.uk and our staff will be happy to help.