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 Elephant and Castle 

Station Usage

In 2022/2023, Elephant and Castle had 1,680,664 entries and exits, making it the 285th most used, out of 2,575 stations in Great Britain.
It ranked 154th busiest (out of 997), with 1,656 scheduled services per week.
That's a daily average of 4604.56 passengers* starting or ending their journey here and 19.52 passengers per service*, giving it the 507th (out of 1,659) passenger to service ratio.
* This increases to a daily average of 5806.85 passengers passing through the station and 29.71 passengers per service when interchanges are included.
Service sample data based on scheduled services during the first week of the May 22 timetable.

Usage stats in detail

Standard price entries & exits: 578,106
Reduced price entries & exits: 734,156
Season ticket entries & exits: 368,402
Total entries & exits: 1,680,664
Interchanges made between connecting services: 438,837
Change in usage from 21/22: +364,316 : 27.68%
A detailed breakdown of passenger journeys between individual stations can be found in our origin/destination matrix pages.

Platform Lengths

1 - Up Slow149541
2 - Down Slow156567
3 - Up Fast157570
4 - Down Fast161585
*VF = Vicki Feet: the unit of measurement for platform lengths, as used in the excellent All The Stations. Conversion rate: YouTube video
Data derived from Network Rail timetable planning rules 2025 (Jan 2024)

Service Patterns

Current Timetables

Usage History

Change between 1997 & 2023: +1,407,081 (+514.32%)

Reasons for change:
2006-07 TfL Travelcard & Group of Stations
2007-08 Growth of 27% or more
2010-11 Change in methodology for Thameslink group stations
2014-15 Underestimation of PAYG demand in 2013/14
2018-19 Changes to Thameslink services from May 2018

Location Details

Location: Elephant and Castle
Station Facility Owner: Govia Thameslink Railway (Thameslink)
OS Grid Ref: 532085 178945
Constituency: Bermondsey and Old Southwark
Local Authority: Southwark
NR Region: London
Station Group: LONDON BR
ELR: HHH 1m 47ch
This station is part of the London Travelcard Area


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Origin/Destination Matrix

Top 5 jouneys from Elephant and Castle during 2022/2023:
•Streatham (Greater London) (49,351 journeys)
•London St Pancras International (45,506 journeys)
•Tulse Hill (38,583 journeys)
•Bromley South (36,077 journeys)
•Bellingham (34,857 journeys)
Full reports can be created on our dedicataed ODM Pages.

Neighbouring Stations

Below are Elephant and Castle's neighbouring stations, and the distance to them in miles. Click on a station to view details for that location.
London Blackfriars1.21
Denmark Hill2.60
Loughborough Junction2.01