Getting to Croydon
Croydon is not served by the Underground network. However the old East London Line has been integrated into the new London Overground network, linking West Croydon Station to Dalston Junction via New Cross, Docklands, and Whitechapel. This service, which started in June 2010, uses new rolling stock with longitudinal seating layouts similar to those used on Underground trains allowing for more standing room. It is operated by Transport for London as part of the London Overground scheme.
A tramlink tram bound for Croydon Tramlink, opened in 2000, is the first modern tram system to operate in Greater London. Trams at the moment have destinations at Beckenham, Wimbledon, Elmers End and New Addington with all lines traveling through Croydon on the Croydon Loop. It can also be used to reach the Underground in Wimbledon.
East Croydon station is the second busiest station in London and the main station for Croydon. Fast trains run into the centre of London terminating at Victoria or London Bridge stations in about 15-20 minutes. There are direct service connections to London Gatwick and London Luton airports. Journey times from East Croydon to London Gatwick airport range from 15 to 36 minutes, with an average of 13 services per hour during the day. The journey time from East Croydon to London Luton airport is approximately 66 minutes, with an average of 4 services per hour during the day. The train service for London Luton airport also stops at London St Pancras (average journey time approximately 40 minutes), providing interconnections for Eurostar services to Lille, Paris and Brussels, as well as national services to the north of England & Scotland. There are no direct train services to London Heathrow airport. Typical fastest journey time would be approximately 90 minutes and involve at least two changes. All services from London Victoria that head to the south coast stop here. Journey times from East Croydon to Brighton range from 36 to 60 minutes, with an average of 9 services per hour during the day. Services are provided by Southern and First Capital Connect. West Croydon station—which features in the famous story 'Casting the Runes' by ghost story master M.R. James—is an interchange station for train, tram and bus. Trains run into the centre of London terminating at Victoria or London Bridge stations in about 20-40 minutes. Services leaving London generally terminate at Sutton but some continue to Guildford, Dorking and Epsom Downs.
Croydon is well served by the London bus network, with a major bus station at West Croydon and a new one opening on the eastern side of Croydon next to the Croydon clocktower and Park Place shopping centre soon. Bus services in the centre of Croydon include, but are not limited to: Towards central London: bus routes 50, 60, 109, 250, 468, X68 (a peak time express service). Other routes: 75, 119 (Purley Way (Croydon Airport) - Bromley), 157, 197, 264, 289, 312 (South Croydon Bus Garage - Peckham, via Central Croydon, Addiscombe), 407, 410, 450, 455, 466 (not too reliable), and X26 (West/East Croydon - Sutton - Kingston - Heathrow Central (Express)).