Waterloo to The City

The CityThe City The City of London is the financial heart of the capital – home to the Bank and London Stock Exchange. 

The City’s nearest station is Bank

1) From Waterloo take the Waterloo & City Line
2) Leave the train at Bank
3) Walk 2 mins to The City

How many stops? 1   Is it a direct train? Yes

Stations on the route: Waterloo → Bank

Journey time? Approx 4 mins + 2 mins walk to The City   Fare zones? 1

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Adult fare for zone 1

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Adult train fare from Waterloo to Bank
Cash Oyster and Contactless Travelcards
Single Single Daily cap Weekly cap 1-Day Weekly Monthly Annual
Peak Off-peak Peak Off-peak (contactless) Anytime Off-peak
£4.90 £2.40 £2.40 £7 £7 £35.10 £13.10 (z1-4) n/a £35.10 (z1-2) £134.80 (z1-2) £1404 (z1-2)

Child fare for zone 1

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Child train fare from Waterloo to Bank
Cash Oyster Travelcards
Single Single Daily cap 1-Day Weekly Monthly Annual
Peak Off-peak Peak Off-peak Anytime Off-peak
Aged under-11 and accompanied by an adult, or with a 5-10 Zip Oyster photocard
Aged 11-15 with a Young Visitor Discount applied to their Oyster card
Half the adult fare
Aged 11-15 with an 11-15 Zip Oyster photocard
£2.40 £0.85 £0.75 £3.50 £1.50 £6.50 (z1-4) n/a £17.60 (z1-2) £67.60 (z1-2) £704 (z1-2)
Aged 16-17 with a 16+ Zip Oyster photocard
£2.40 Half the adult fare £13.10 (z1-4) n/a Same as the 11-15 fare

Note: For Oyster and contactless ‘off peak’ is outside the hours of 6.30-9.30 AM and 4-7 PM (Mon-Fri). For travelcards it’s after 9.30 AM (Mon-Fri) and all day Sat-Sun. Prices are based on what time your journey begins – not when it ends. Look up the London underground prices and child underground prices. Learn how to use Oyster tickets, Visitor Oyster tickets, travelcard tickets and contactless cards.

Bank tube station

London Underground map from Transport for London
Bank station
 (zone 1)

Car parks close to Bank station

Pubs, restaurants and hotels by Bank station

Alternative journeys from Waterloo:
Southwark to The City, Embankment to The City or Lambeth North to The City


Lifts, stairs and escalators

Bank station – from the Waterloo & City eastbound platform you’ll have a flat travelator to the Bank Central ticket hall, one escalator to the Northern ticket hall, or four escalators and one flight of stairs to the Circle/‍District/‍Monument ticket hall (24 steps up), plus three flights of stairs to the Cannon Street, Gracechurch or King William Street exit by House of Fraser (5 and 19 up, and 4 steps down), a flat travelator and a flight of stairs to the Cornhill north, Mansion House Place, Threadneedle Street or Walbrook exit (21 steps up), a flat travelator and two flights of stairs to the Cornhill south or Lombard Street north exit (6 and 16 steps up), one flight of stairs to the Eastcheap Great Tower Street exit (17 up), one flight of stairs to the Fish Hill Street exit (6 steps up), one flight of stairs to the King William Street south exit (15 or 19 steps up), a flat travelator and two flights of stairs to the Mansion House Street, Princes Street west or Poultry north exit (4 and 14 steps up), or a flat travelator and two flights of stairs to the Princes Street east exit (9 and 11 steps up)

Travel by bus, taxi or minicab

The City by foot – You could walk the 1⅓ mile from London Waterloo to The City in 25-27 mins

The City by bus – Single fare: £1.50 (you may have to take more than one bus); Daily cap: £4.50; Weekly cap: £21.20; 1-day travelcard: £5; Weekly travelcard: £21.20; Monthly travelcard: £81.50; Annual travelcard: £848. See our adult bus tickets and child bus tickets pages for more details

The City by taxi – A black cab will take 7-16 mins to drive 1⅓ miles to The City, and will cost about £9.20 to £15

Minicab to The City – Here’s a list of minicab firms near Waterloo station

Ask a question

  •  Guest – “Is the waterloo and city line open at around 5pm tomorrow?”
  • Admin – “It should be, yes (it only closes on Sundays)”

> Talk about this journey

> Craig’s review of The City – “I thought I'd just hang around The City today, the so-called "Square Mile". That's the bit inside the old city walls where all the big banks and financial institutions live. If you want to make some new friends then try catching the tube from Waterloo to Bank at half-8 in the morning -- when all the bleary-eyed businessmen and women are bustling off to work.… continued”

Note: Allow extra time for cancellations/delays. Disabled access information about lifts, escalators and stairs should be double-checked before travel

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