Britain’s largest and busiest railway station is on the south bank of the Thames close to the London Eye and within walking distance to Charing Cross and Trafalgar Square (across Hungerford Bridge), Parliament (across Westminster Bridge) and Aldwych, the Strand and Covent Garden (across Waterloo Bridge).
All rail services departing from Waterloo railway station are operated by South Western Railway but the adjacent Waterloo East railway station, which is essentially an extension to Waterloo station, has trains run by Southeastern. Most passengers using Waterloo and Waterloo East stations arrive and depart on suburban services although the station also has trains to Basingstoke, Bournemouth, Exeter, Portsmouth, Salisbury, Southampton and Winchester.
Rail services from Waterloo railway station include seven trains per hour to Basingstoke, two trains per hour to Bournemouth, one train per hour to Exeter, five trains per hour to Portsmouth, two trains per hour to Salisbury, two trains per hour to Southampton. The adjacent Waterloo East railway station has two trains per hour to Hastings and hourly trains to Canterbury, Dover and Ramsgate.
Being Britain’s largest railway station, Waterloo has excellent facilities including lots of shops, bars, cafes and restaurants. Shops at Waterloo railway station include Boots the chemist, Foyles bookshop, Marks & Spencer, M&S Simply Food and WHSmith newsagents. Places to eat and drink at Waterloo station include Bagel Factory, Benugo, Burger King, Caffè Nero, Costa, Delice de France, McDonald’s, Pret a Manger, Starbucks, The Pasty Shop, Upper Crust, West Cornwall Pasty Co. and Yo! Sushi.