How to get around Croydon
Croydon is home to three train stations: East Croydon, West Croydon and South Croydon, with trains operated by Southern and First Capital Connect. It can take as little as 15 minutes to get to Gatwick Airport from East Croydon Station, and you can continue to Brighton for a day at the seaside in less than 40 minutes. East Croydon also connects you directly to Victoria Station in around 15 minutes where you can visit Buckingham Palace, and to London Bridge in a similar time, where you can enjoy foodie heaven at Borough Market or cross the river for the Tower of London.
Unfortunately there are no tube stations in Croydon itself – but this doesn’t mean to say that there aren’t links to the tube network from here! If you make the most of the fantastic Tramlink, you can travel to Wimbledon where the London Underground starts. Just 20 minutes away is Earls Court Tube station, where you will get easy access to the Earls Court Exhibition Centre. Just 10 minutes further down the line is Victoria Tube Station, where you can get off to explore Buckingham Palace and Westminster Cathedral. You can even travel with ease to Westminster Tube Station for the Houses of Parliament, 10 Downing Street and Westminster Abbey.
A far faster alternative are the three train stations in the district, aptly named East, West and South Croydon. As well as offering direct and fast train links to Gatwick Airport (approximately a 20 minute journey), you can travel to central London with ease. Start out at East Croydon train Station and you can travel to Victoria Station in just 15 minutes and London Bridge (close to the awesome Tower of London) in just 20 minutes.
There are eight local authority owned car parks in Croydon, which together with the dedicated parking areas alongside the shopping centres provide more than enough parking facilities. In addition to these, other private parking facilities are dotted throughout the area.
Black cabs are always in plentiful supply in Croydon, particularly about the railway stations, so they can be hailed from the street. But there are plenty of taxi companies in the area too, including Kendall Cars on Epsom Road, Diamond Cars & Couriers, on Purley Way, Direct Car Services on Braemar Avenue, Circuit Cars at South End, plus Kendall Cars on Station Road.
Croydon On Foot
Croydon is so expansive and vast that you’ll only just about have time to walk through Croydon itself, let alone walk to surrounding areas. However, if you love taking leisurely afternoon strolls you could always escape to some of the beautiful surrounding parks including Addington Hills and Croham Hurst, which are both about an hour’s walk away if you start out at East Croydon Train Station.