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London Overground

London Overground services link different parts of the Greater London area while usually avoiding Central London itself.

London Overground is a rail company that is operated by Arriva. However, it’s operated under contract to Transport for London, so all of the branding you see is the familiar London-style ’roundel’. They have a fleet of 111 trains which serve 113 stations (of which they operate 81).

London Overground is a little different, as you wouldn’t normally buy a ticket for local journeys. If you’re just travelling on the Overground, the cheapest option is to use Oyster or your contactless card or device for a one-off trip. Paper tickets are much more expensive. You can use the Single Fare Finder to work out how much it’ll cost.

If you book with Railsmartr for a journey from further afield (or for a journey crossing London on London Overground services), then you’ll likely need a paper ticket. We’re also able to sell you a Travelcard which includes unlimited travel in the London Zones, as well as a return journey from your starting station.

On board services


You won’t find any dedicated luggage areas on these trains. However, the trains all have very wide aisles so you’ll be able to keep your luggage nearby.


Free WiFi is available on most London Overground services.


You’re allowed to bring non-folding bikes on trains on a Monday to Friday before 07:30, between 09:30 and 16:00, and after 19:00. There aren’t any restrictions on weekends and Bank Holidays. They’re also allowed on trains to/from Liverpool Street at all times if you’re travelling against the ‘peak’ flow of traffic. There’s more information in our dedicated guide to travelling with bikes.

Special Assistance

All assistance on London Overground is on a ‘turn up and go’ basis. Please speak to staff at the station before you travel and they’ll ring ahead to your destination to make sure that somebody meets you.

Standard Class

On the East London and North London Lines, London Overground operates five-car ‘Capitalstar‘ trains. They have longitudinal seating throughout. On the rest of the network, you’ll find four and five-car ‘Aventra‘ trains.

These trains also have longitudinal seating throughout. In the areas between carriages, you’ll also find USB ports for charging devices.

Can I upgrade to First Class?

As you might expect, London Overground doesn’t offer any First Class accommodation.

Information about routes

East London Line

  • Dalston Junction to New Cross
  • Dalston Junction to Clapham Junction
  • Highbury & Islington to Crystal Palace
  • Highbury & Islington to West Croydon.

North London Line

  • Richmond to Stratford
  • Clapham Junction to Stratford.

Lea Valley Lines

  • Chingford to London Liverpool Street
  • Cheshunt to London Liverpool Street (via Southbury)
  • Enfield Town to London Liverpool Street.

They also operate the Watford ‘DC’ Line from Watford Junction to London Euston, the Romford to Upminster line, and the ‘GOBLIN’ which is the line from Gospel Oak to Barking Riverside.

Fun Facts

Did you know that trains on the East London Line use the Thames Tunnel, which is the oldest-known tunnel to be successfully built underneath a navigable river?