Euston station is in the North of London City Centre just 10 minutes walk from Kings Cross one of the busiest (if not the busiest) of tube & mainline stations in London.
Euston Station is well connected with trains on the Virgin West Coast route from Scotland, Manchester & Midlands/Wales to London upto every 20 minutes everyday. Other services from Euston are ran by London Midland with services to well the Midlands including Rugby, Milton Keynes, Coventry & Neighbouring towns around them. These tend to be slower taking approximately two hours from the Midlands to London, where as Virgin trains stop at only major stations & from Midlands take around one hour. Other services are ran by London Overground which runs trains frequently across London centre & Scotrail who run sleeper services overnight to/from Scotland.
The station is easilly accessable via local bus routes from across London, it's also connected to the Euston Underground station which is below the mainline station & can be accessed directly by the Northern & Victoria lines and is right by Kings Cross which is served by Northern, Circle, Victoria, Hammersmith & City, Picadilly and Metropolitan lines.
The station is wide & open, as you enter, through various entry points your greeted by the main concourse. Here you'll find an information point to get train times & platform information, you have large departure & arrival LED boards which you'd have to be blind not to see, they are large & very easy to read & see. They detail the next 12 or so trains, their platforms & calling points. It also has 1 board with arrivals on for anyone who is meeting passengers off trains. On the main platform by the main escalators to the Underground you'll find a London Travel Information Office, here you can get information about all the Transport For London buses, trains, tube lines, trams & routes along with local information on attractions you might like to see if your visiting. As you go round you'll also find plenty of eating outlets that are in all major train stations like Burger King, Pret-a-manger, Costa Coffee, WHSmiths, Upper Crust & Millies Cookies to name just a few. For more train information, tickets, reservations & help you also have a large airy ticket office operated by the stations main operator, Virgin Trains. Here you'll find tons of ticket machines to buy tickets for same day travel or collect pre-paid tickets you may of bought online or over the telephone, if you have a reservation to make for future travel or want help, then theres plenty of windows/counters available too.
I've used Euston quite a few times now and never had any trouble there, station is bright & airy, has plenty of eating/shopping outlets & although I have never had to use the travel centre myself (I usually buy online & collect elsewhere as I am not from the area), I have been in to pick up a timetable & staff seemed nice & friendly from what I heard.
Being a regular traveller into Euston from the North-west of england I decided to write a short opinion on it. The station was originally built in 1837 but was redeveloped during the electrification of the West Coast Maine Line in the mid sixties. The new station has changed little since then remaining an example of 60's architecture. Euston is without doubt the dullest of all London's Major railway stations. The station consists of a large main waiting area surrounded my shops and eateries, a large board displaying arrivals and departures and 18 platforms. The building itself is a concrete structure and has no architectural significance whatsoever (especially in comparrison to St Pancras along the road or Waterloo the other side of the Thames). The station does have a few redeeming features however. This station is very easy to navigate around and that platform alterations rarely occur. The Trainstation is a terminus and hence all platforms can be accesed without going over bridges or having to neavigate any stairs making it a disabled access friendly station. Also Virgin Trains first class lounge situated above Burger King, is that best 1st Class lounge in the country and is available wether you hold a £250 1st class ticket or a cheap £40 one the likes of which I use when I travel. For anyone wishing to transfer over to Kings Cross of St Pancras station it is actually easier to walk from Euston to these stations than to use the tube it is only about a 5 minute walk. As a last note that main stations served my Euston station are : Watford Milton Keynes Rugby Birmingham Wolverhampton Stafford Stoke Crewe Chester Manchester Liverpool Blackpool Holyhead Preston Carlisle Glasgow Tube Lines : Victoria and Nothern plus Circle, Metropoliton and Hammersmith & City available at Euston Square (150 yards)
Euston was one of the first London railway termini to be built – in 1838. Up to its redevelopment in the 1960’s one of its most striking features was the Doric arch comprising a massive stone tablet on 4 Greek pillars. The electrification of the West Coast Mainline in the early 1960’s saw the demolition of the old station and its replacement by the bland terminus, which currently stands there. What was worse was the demolition of the arch – an example of 1960’s architectural vandalism !! Parts of the arch have been found in back gardens – but the majority of it has been lost forever. Anyway, back to the bland…… The current station is large (15+ platforms) and has a huge waiting area surrounded by shops, eateries and a Ticket office. Underneath the station is a car park. Above the station is an office block once home to British Rail. It is served by 2 underground tube stations: Euston serving the Victoria and Northern lines and Euston Square serving the Circle and Metropolitan lines. From Euston, you can travel to: · Birmingham/Wolverhampton and Coventry · Glasgow · Blackpool/Preston/Crewe · Manchester · Liverpool · Holyhead · Milton Keynes And a host of more local destinations between London and Birmingham. The Station is characterless and functional. We have the designers from the 1960’s and the lack of listed building status to thank for that !!