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How do I get to the London Marathon?

The information below refers to the London Marathon 2023 and is for reference only. We will update this page in 2024 when travel arrangements are confirmed.

Taking place on April 23rd, the London Marathon is one of the most important sporting fixtures in the capital. Whether you’re taking part or just want to see runners in action, it’s a real spectacle. Getting to the London Marathon might seem like a bit of a challenge, but we’ve put all of the essential information in this guide.

How do I get to the London Marathon start line?

If you’re taking part in the race or know somebody who is, you’ll probably want to get to the London Marathon start line. Depending on which route you’re taking at the beginning of the race, your best bet will either be Greenwich, Maze Hill or Blackheath stations.

Red & Green start lines

Southeastern will be running extra trains to Greenwich and Maze Hill, so that there’ll be a train every 10 minutes from London Bridge from around 7am til 10:30am. Of these, four per hour will start back from London Cannon Street. If you want the best chance of a seat, then head for Cannon Street.

The additional trains will run to either Slade Green or Dartford, and will call only at Greenwich and Maze Hill after London Bridge.

If you’re coming from Dartford, four trains per hour will go to Maze Hill and Greenwich. An extra two non-stop trains will also run from Slade Green every hour.

Blue start line

Roughly six trains per hour will run from London Bridge to Blackheath. Most of them will start at Charing Cross, so that’ll be your best bet for a seat. Additionally, trains will leave London Bridge at 0805 and 0835 for Barnehurst, stopping only at Lewisham and Blackheath on the way.

Trains will also leave Charing Cross at 0750 and 0820, which will be non-stop between Waterloo East and Lewisham or Blackheath.

Only a limited service will run from New Cross and St Johns during the morning (every 30 minutes). You will also need to change at Lewisham.

You can find more information about how to get to the London Marathon start lines on their official website.

What will the trains to the start line be like?

Southeastern will be running the majority of trains to the start line. All trains should be at least eight carriages long (some will be 10 carriages) and most will be operated by ‘Networker‘ trains that look like this:

southeastern networker train

They have 3+2 seating inside and are the sort of commuter train that you’d expect in London. Just know that they don’t have power sockets, so you’ll need to have any devices already charged before you start the race! The inside will look very similar to this:

interior of southeastern networker train

When it comes to getting into London itself, lots of different kinds of train run on the railways that serve the capital. Take a look at our guide to what your train might look like for some further insights! We’ve even got some tips for first-time train travel.

How do I get to the London Marathon if I’m spectating?

If you’re spectating, then the capital is your oyster. There are quite a few places to choose from if you want to get in on the action. Here’s how to get to some of the key locations on the route:

Travelling from further afield

If you’re planning to get to the London Marathon from further away, then we’d recommend planning your journey in advance. Depending on how far you’re coming from, it might be best to travel on the Saturday (22nd April) and stay somewhere nearby. Not all stations will have trains to London that arrive in time for the start of the race.

London Overground will also be running extra trains between West Croydon/Crystal Palace and Highbury & Islington. Each line will have trains every 15 minutes from around 6:45am.

Other rail operators may choose to run extra services on the morning of the race. More information will be available on the dedicated National Rail page if they do.

How do I buy rail tickets to the Marathon?

If you’re running in the event and you’re looking to get to the London Marathon, then you might be entitled to some free travel. During previous events, both TfL and Southeastern have offered free travel if you show your runner’s number. At the time of writing (4 April) neither have confirmed this for 2023.

If you just want to make a single journey to a point on the London Marathon route, you can buy a ticket to “London Underground Zones 1-2”, “London Underground Zones 1-3” or “London Underground Zones 4”. For example, if you want to travel from Cambridge to London Victoria for the finish line, get a single or return to London Underground Zones 1-2.

Just travelling within London all day? You can use your contactless card or device. Just tap it on the gate (or reader if there aren’t any gates) and do the same when you leave.

If you’re making multiple journeys within London and travelling from outside of London, you might prefer to buy a Travelcard. This will give you a day return journey from your origin into London, then unlimited travel on all public transport in London Zones 1-6. Just search for a return to your destination within London. If it’s available, we’ll show it on the Railsmartr website like this:

ticket options for getting to the london marathon on the railsmartr site

To show all the fares available, just click on the price offered in the journey selection.

The best part about booking with Railsmartr is that we don’t charge any booking fees, or any fees at all for that matter! If you need to postpone or change your plans, we offer refunds or amendments free of charge.

Wondering if it’s worth going First Class on your trip? We’ve got a guide for that, too.

Lincoln Christmas Market – Nearest Train Station and More

The information below refers to the Lincoln Christmas Market 2022 and is for reference only. The 2023 event has been cancelled this year. 

The Lincoln Christmas Market makes for a fantastic fun-filled day or night out! Let our handy blog tell you more about what’s on offer in this historic cathedral city, as well as how to reach it by train.

When is the Lincoln Christmas Market?

The Lincoln Christmas Market will be taking place over a four-day period this December. Here’s when you’ll be able to visit and soak up the festivities in 2022:

What will I find at the Lincoln Christmas Market?

You’ll find a wide variety of stalls and festive entertainment! All of the stallholders will be wearing traditional Victorian clothing and will be judged on the appearance of their stalls, so you can expect a truly authentic and atmospheric trip back in time. You’ll be spoilt for choice, with over 200 stalls to pick from.

You certainly won’t be short of entertainment either. Click here to find out more about what’s planned on each day of the markets.

How do I get there by train?

Lincoln is served by Lincoln Central station. At a glance, here’s what you can expect on the 1st:

East Midlands Railway services are affected by strike action on the 2nd and 3rd. As a result, only the following trains will be running on these dates:

No other trains will be operating.

On Sunday 4 December, the following trains are expected to operate:

Will there be extra trains running?

Northern will be running an extra train on the 2nd and 3rd, departing Sheffield at 09:54 and stopping at all stations via Retford to reach Lincoln. It’ll return from Lincoln at 17:02 on the 2nd and 16:57 on the 3rd.

East Midlands Railway will be affected by strike action on the 2nd and 3rd. No East Midlands Railway services will be running on these dates,

How do I get from the station to the market?

Located at the top of Steep Hill, the name gives away the fact that walking to the market might not be for everyone! That said, it did win Britain’s best street award in 2012, so if you aren’t quite feeling the walk up it, you could always enjoy a stroll down.

Stagecoach will be operating a frequent bus service to and from the market from the bus station, which is just over the road from the railway station. Just be aware that if you’re staying late, the last bus will be leaving the market at 18:51. Buses on their return trip will leave from Pottergate.

There will also be an accessible shuttle service running from bus stops within Lincoln itself. You can click here for more information about the buses that will be running.

If you’d like to know how to walk to and from the Lincoln Christmas Market, you can also take a look at the useful map below:

Ready to book your tickets to the Lincoln Christmas Market? Do it with ease on the Railsmartr website.

Edinburgh Christmas Markets – Nearest Train Station and More

The Edinburgh Christmas Markets make for a fantastic fun-filled day or night out! Let our handy blog tell you more about what’s on offer in the vibrant Scottish capital this Christmas, and how to get there by train.

When are the Edinburgh Christmas Markets?

The Edinburgh Christmas Markets are part of the Edinburgh Winter Festival. The Christmas markets themselves will run from November 25th to January 4th. Each day, the markets will be open from 10am to 10pm.

Of course, the markets will take a break on Christmas Day. There are also a few other days where you’ll find that the opening hours have been tweaked:

What will I find at the Edinburgh Christmas Markets?

You’ll find a wide variety of stalls filled with Artisanal festive products and delicious food and drink. Whether you’re after something to pop on the Christmas tree, a mug of mulled wine or a warming hot chocolate, there’s something for everyone.

The Edinburgh Christmas Markets are also playing host to the Forth 1 Big Wheel. You can hop inside and enjoy beautiful panoramic views of a festival Edinburgh skyline. There’s also a selection of thrilling rides for those who want a little more of an adrenaline rush!

Further along in West Princes Street Gardens, there’s a classic festive ice rink, known as ‘Lidl on Ice’. Don’t forget to take a look at Santa Land and the Christmas Tree Maze, too. You can click here to find out about all of the exciting attractions on offer as part of the event.

Where will the Edinburgh Christmas Markets be?

You’ll find the traditional Christmas markets area in East Princes Street Gardens, which is just a short walk from Edinburgh Waverley station. Looking for the ice rink and other exciting attractions? You’ll just need to pop a little further along to West Princes Street Gardens.

What’s the Edinburgh Christmas Markets’ nearest train station?

That’s simple! It’s Edinburgh Waverley. Take a look at the map below for the best walking route between the station and the markets.

Ready to book your journey to the markets and experience the wonders of Edinburgh during the festive season? Grab your tickets for the train on the Railsmartr website.

Manchester Christmas Markets – Nearest Train Station and More

The information below refers to the 2022 event and is for reference only. We will update this page nearer to the time of the 2023 event when more information is known.

The Manchester Christmas Markets make for a fantastic fun-filled day or night out! Let our handy blog tell you more about what’s on offer, and what the Manchester Christmas Markets nearest train station is.

When are the Manchester Christmas Markets?

This year, the Manchester Christmas Markets will be here to give everyone a dose of festive frolics between November 10th and December 22nd!

The food and drink stalls in Cathedral Gardens are set to open on October 21st and stay open until December 31st, with a break for Christmas, of course! This means that the fun begins in time for the Half Term holidays.

There’ll also be an ice rink open from October 21st to January 3rd, with a break for Christmas itself.

Food and drink stalls will be open from 10am to 9pm, with retail stalls closing a little earlier at 8pm.

What will I find at the Manchester Christmas Markets?

All of the main traders are yet to be confirmed! But there’ll be over 300 different stalls spread across a variety of zones in the city centre.

There’ll also be a dedicated family zone as well as an ice rink. We’ll update this page as and when we get more information, but you can also visit the Visit Manchester website.

Where will the Manchester Christmas Markets be?

Great question! The main zones are expected to be in Piccadilly Gardens, Exchange Square, King Street, Market Street and St Ann’s Square. As with every year, you’ll find a variety of attractions across the city centre.

What’s the Manchester Christmas Markets’ nearest train station?

That depends where you’re looking to visit first! When it comes to the Manchester Christmas Markets’ nearest train station, we’ve produced a handy map below. Simply click on an icon to select a station or attraction:

All information provided on this map is without liability and was correct at the time of publication (19/10/2022). Railsmartr is not responsible for any loss, inconvenience or other issues that arise as a result of using this information.

Are there options for getting closer to the Manchester Christmas Markets?

Yes! While Manchester Christmas Markets’ nearest train stations are just a short walk away from all of the attractions, we know it can be quite hectic trying to walk to them.

Manchester has a Free Bus service which you can use. Simply click here to find out more.

Does your rail ticket have ‘Manchester Central Zone’ as the destination? You can use the Metrolink tram service free of charge within the city centre.

Where will my train take me?

Depending on where you’re travelling from, you might have a choice of one or more stations in Manchester to choose from. Here’s a handy guide to which station your trains will take you to:

Origin/Destination Manchester Station(s)
Blackburn Victoria
Bolton Victoria or Deansgate, Oxford Road and Piccadilly
Bradford (Interchange) Victoria
Buxton Piccadilly
Chester Victoria or Oxford Road and Piccadilly
Crewe Piccadilly (all services) and Oxford Road (some services)
Dewsbury Victoria, Oxford Road and/or Piccadilly
Glossop Piccadilly
Huddersfield Victoria, Oxford Road and/or Piccadilly
Leeds Victoria, Oxford Road and/or Piccadilly
Liverpool (Lime Street) Victoria, Deansgate, Oxford Road and/or Piccadilly
Marple Piccadilly
Preston Deansgate, Oxford Road and/or Piccadilly
Rochdale Victoria
Sheffield Piccadilly (all services) and Oxford Road (some services)
Southport Victoria or Deansgate, Oxford Road and Piccadilly
Wigan Victoria or Deansgate, Oxford Road and Piccadilly

There’ll be a rail timetable change on December 11th this year, so be aware that the information above could be subject to change. Always check before you travel.

You could also take a look at our guide to Manchester train stations.

Ready to book your fun-filled festive trip? Railsmartr is here to help.