Trains to Watford

How to get there, what to do and how to get home with Avanti West Coast.

To much of the outside world, Watford is as much a part of London as Wembley or Walthamstow, but the locals know that it’s much more than that. Watford is its own place with its very own personality, and acres of clear green grass (which admittedly are mainly amazing golf courses) between the town and London’s north western reaches.

It’s not hard to see where the confusion comes from, though. It’s the northernmost parts of the London Underground map, with a station at the end of the Metropolitan Line. It also has a football club that punches well above its weight, partly thanks to its most famous supporter Elton John, who was born just down the road in Pinner.

Watford FC stadium.

So whether you’re travelling to Watford for a spot of shopping, to watch the match, or to go on a tour of a film studio, we’re all you need to get there, from all corners of mainland UK. You’ll find a happening town full of family fun, fine dining, great shopping and lovely open spaces to stretch your legs. And you’ll be in no doubt that you are definitely not in the capital city.

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Things to do in Watford

One of the most popular and impressive attractions in Watford has to be the Warner Bros Studio Tour, where Potterheads of all ages can relive some of the most magical locations such as the Great Hall, Forbidden Forest, Platform 9¾ and Diagon Alley, all produced in wonderful detail. You can try your hand at film-making, witness some original props and see some amazing special effects, and of course, come home with your very own wand.
Diagon Alley at the Warner Bros Studio Tour.

As you’d expect, families are very well catered for in this fantastic commuter town. So if you’ve got kids, there’s a wealth of options, from ten pin bowling to soft play areas, and older people will love the laser guns or paintball, or perhaps a mind-boggling escape room to solve. Click here to discover family fun.

Eating out is just as easy in Watford, where you’re spoiled for choice when it comes to cuisine. From the exquisite Glasshouse, where your taste buds will be utterly delighted, to some more mainstream chains, independent cafes and dozens of excellent bars that serve traditional British food, whatever you feel like eating or drinking, you’ll find it in Watford.

Boats on Watford Locks

Watford Station Information

Watford Junction station sits just next to the town centre, so you won’t need extra transport to hit the shops or eateries. Here’s all the information you need to know about the station:

Watford Junction station information

Popular Avanti West Coast trains to Watford

Watford is easy to get to from many lines on our network, so hop on board for a change of scene.

Fastest Journey Times

Travelling from...

Fastest time

Milton Keynes to Watford

19 mins

Manchester to Watford

1 hour 54 mins

Coventry to Watford

45 mins

Liverpool to Watford

1 hour 59 mins

Rugby to Watford

37 mins

Wolverhampton to Watford

1 hour 31 mins

Glasgow to Watford

4 hours 30 mins

Preston to Watford

2 hour 11 mins

Crewe to Watford

1 hour 20 mins

Telford to Watford

1 hour 55 minutes

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