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Trains

There are three stations in Coulsdon: Coulsdon South, Coulsdon Town and Woodmansterne. All three stations are in London Zone 6.

Coulsdon South

Coulsdon South is on the Redhill corridor of the Brighton Mainline and will be fully accessible with lifts from early 2020.

The service to London

Semi-fast trains join at Purley with a portion from Caterham/ All stations trains start from Coulsdon Town Monday to Saturday

First Train  05.48 to Victoria

06.09 to London Bridge & Peterborough

Monday to Friday peak hours  2 train per hour to Victoria

4 trains per hour to London Bridge, Blackfriars & St Pancras

2 continue to Peterborough & 2 to Bedford

Off Peak 

Paper off peak ticket and travel cards can be used on 09.18 and 09.24 but not Oyster

2 train per hour to Victoria

2 trains per hour to London Bridge, Blackfriars & St Pancras and continue to Peterborough

Saturday 2 train per hour to Victoria

2 trains per hour to London Bridge

Sunday 2 train per hour to Victoria

1 train per hour to London Bridge

Southbound service

First Train  05.07 to Gatwick Airport

06.06 to Reigate

Monday to Friday peak hours  2 train per hour from Victoria to Reigate/Gatwick Airport.

4 trains per hour from London Bridge, Blackfriars & St Pancras Gatwick Airport

2 continue to Horsham

Off Peak  2 train per hour from Victoria to Reigate

2 trains per hour to London Bridge, Blackfriars & St Pancras Gatwick Airport & Horsham

Saturday 2 train per hour Victoria to Reigate

2 trains per hour from London Bridge to Gatwick Airport and Horsham

Sunday 1 train per hour from Victoria to Horsham 

1 train per hour from Victoria to Bognor Regis

1 train per hour from London Bridge Horsham

Last Train from London London Bridge 23.37 Monday to Saturday 22.21 Sundays

Victoria 00.08 Monday to Sunday. An additional train on Friday night/Saturday morning only at 01.10

Coulsdon Town

Coulsdon Town, formerly Smitham, is on the Tattenham Corner line. It is  fully accessible and has lifts to both platforms.

The service to London

Semi-fast trains join at Purley with a portion from Caterham. All stations trains start from Coulsdon Town Monday to Saturday

First Train  05.59 to London Bridge

06.09 to  Victoria

Monday to Friday peak hours  2 train per hour to Victoria.

2 trains per hour to London Bridge

Off Peak*1  2 train per hour to London Bridge semifast

2 trains per hour to London Bridge all stations

Saturday 2 train per hour to London Bridge semifast

2 trains per hour to London Bridge all stations

Sunday 2 trains per hour to London Bridge all stations

Southbound service

First Train  06.23 to Tattenham Corner
Monday to Friday peak hours  2 train per hour from Victoria to Tattenham Corner 

2 trains per hour from London Bridge to Tattenham Corner 

Off Peak  2 train per hour from London Bridge semifast

2 trains per hour from London Bridge all stations

Saturday 2 train per hour from London Bridge semifast
Sunday 2 trains per hour to London Bridge to Tattenham Corner all stations
Last Train from London London Bridge Monday to Friday 23.47

London Bridge Saturday 00.17 & Sundays 22.54  

Note *1 At present there is no 09/42 and 10.12 all stations trains

Woodmansterne

Woodmansterne is on the Tattenham Corner line. It has steps to all platforms. 

The service to London

Semi-fast trains join at Purley with a portion from Caterham. All stations on Sundays.

First Train  05.55 to London Bridge

06.05 to  Victoria

Monday to Friday peak hours  2 train per hour to Victoria.

2 trains per hour to London Bridge

Off Peak  2 train per hour to London Bridge semifast
Saturday 2 train per hour to London Bridge semifast
Sunday 2 trains per hour to London Bridge all stations

Southbound service

First Train  06.23 to Tattenham Corner
Monday to Friday peak hours  2 trains per hour from Victoria to Tattenham Corner 

2 trains per hour from London Bridge to Tattenham Corner 

Off Peak  2 train per hour from London Bridge to Tattenham Corner semifast
Saturday 2 trains per hour from London Bridge to Tattenham Corner semifast 
Sunday 2 trains per hour from London Bridge to Tattenham Corner all stations
Last Train from London London Bridge 23.47 Monday to Friday 

London Bridge Saturday 00.17 & Sundays 22.54  

Timetables

For complete timetables, pocket timetables are available at the station. You need Timetable 20 for Coulsdon South and Timetable 31 for Coulsdon South, Coulsdon Town and Woodmansterne. These can be found online from Southern Railway or for individual journeys use National Rail.

Train tickets and fares

As Coulsdon stations are in London Zone 6 there are two types of fare system in place. National rail fares to all stations outside the London Zones, and TfL fares to stations in the zones that include Oyster and contactless fares.

TfL fares in London

TfL fares are based on Oyster or Contactless card use within 6 zones in London and a number of additional zones and add on fares outside London, such as to Gatwick Airport.

Oyster can be used on train, bus, docklands light Rail, tram and Underground within the zones.

Oyster/Contactless

Oyster/Contactless has peak and off-peak single fares only based on the number of zones you travel in. Peak fares are when you travel between 06.30 and 09.30 and 16.00 and 19.00 Monday to Friday, Off-peak is any other time including before 06.30 in the morning (this is the time you touch in and not the time of the train). Oyster also has a daily cap on the fare you will pay in any one period between 04.30 and 04.29 the next day. This will depend on the zones, in zones 1-6 it will be £12.80.

Oyster cards can be purchased at Stations and at local newsagents.

To find a fare in London you can use the TfL single fare finder.

If you would like to know more about Oyster, this independent Oyster guide is helpful.

Paper Tickets

Paper Tickers can still be used in London, but they are on the single peak fare. You can buy a return, but it costs twice the single fare. There is no off-peak fare available.

The exception to this is the Travelcard which can be used on train, bus, docklands light Rail, tram and Underground within the zones. This ticket can be valid for peak or off-peak travel and is valid until 04.29 the following morning. The peak version £18.60 Monday to Friday applies from 04.30 until 09.30 and the off-peak £13.10 from 09.30 and all day Saturday  and Sunday (both Oyster and Contactless will be cheaper regardless of time travelled). The Off-peak Travel card can be used on the 0918 and 09.24 trains from Coulsdon South before 09.30.

National Rail Fares: You can purchase a ticket from a Coulsdon Station to any  stations in Britain. You can also purchase a ticket to and from any other station in Britain.

Types of ticket

Any time

This can be used as the name suggests at any time on any train. These are available as single or return tickets which normally twice the price of a single ticket. Depending on distance the return ticket will be valid up to a month. You may also break your journey on route with an anytime ticket.

Off-peak tickets (these used to be called saver tickets)

These are available in single and return tickets. Shorter distance tickets will be day returns and longer distance ones will be for a month. Frequently off-peak return tickets cost only a little more than a single.  These are considerably cheaper than any time tickets but have a number of restrictions on the time of use. This is normally after 9.30am and not in the evening peak. 

However, there are a number of exceptions to this. These include at Coulsdon South you can use an off-peak ticket or an off-peak Travel card on the 09.18 to London Bridge and Bedford and on the 09.24 to Victoria. 

Longer distance Off-peak tickets

Longer distance off-peak tickets  places such as Bristol, Birmingham. Leeds and Manchester. The 09.30 restriction applies to the London Terminal or  a connecting station such as Reading and you may catch any train before 09.30 from Coulsdon to make the connection.

Super Saver Tickets

These tickets are issued by individual train companies and are cheaper than off-peak tickets but have a greater number of restrictions.

Advanced ticket

These give the greatest discount of all but will be restricted to a specific train. These tickets are frequently even cheaper from individual train web sites.   

Eurostar Passengers CIV Ticket

If you have purchased at Eurostar ticket you can buy a special CIV ticket from your local station to London St Pancras International.

This ticket  will ensure that if you miss your connection at St Pancras that you will be put on the next train at no extra cost. 

You must have proof of a Eurostar journey to purchase the ticket and ticket must have CIV printed on it.

Child Tickets

On National Rail child tickets up to the age of 15 are half the price of adult tickets. Although there often special offers when travelling with an adult that can reduce this.  

On TfL children up to the age of 10 can travel free on the underground and the Overground services. They may also travel free on national rail services within the zones provided they purchase an Oyster zip card. Children between 11 and 16 require an 11-15 Oyster zip card and will be charged a child fare. 

Rail Cards and Passes

Freedom Pass

If you live in London and are aged 66 or over you are entitled to Freedom Pass from London Councils. This will entitle you to free travel 24hours a day on TfL services. Buses, Trams, Docklands Light Rail, the Overground, the Underground and TfL services to Heathrow (not the Heathrow express). You will also be entitled to free travel on National rail services within the zones on the first train after 09.30 Monday to Friday and all-day Saturday and Sunday.

The London Freedom Pass also acts as an English concessionary bus pass and is valid on all scheduled buses throughout England, However, local restrictions will apply. For example, in Surrey it is only valid between 09.30 and 11.00pm.

An alternative Freedom Pass is available for people with disabilities of any age.

London 60 + Oyster Pass

If you live in London and are aged between  60 and 66 you can entitled a London 60 + pass and this has the same validity as the Freedom Pass in London, but it can’t be used outside London.

Senior Railcard

For people over the age of 60 you can purchase a senior railcard which will give you a third of the price of train tickets. Locally this will apply to tickets after 09.30 Monday to Friday and all-day Saturday and Sunday. On longer distance advance tickets there is no restriction on advanced tickets. You can obtain a yearly Senior Rail card at stations or online, and online you can also buy a three year version.

Disabled Persons Railcard

If you suffer from a recognised disability you can purchase a Disabled Persons Railcard. This not only gives you a third of rail price of a rail ticket it will also gives a third off to somebody accompanying you. It has no time restrictions. It can only be purchased online or by phone. 

Senior and Disabled Persons Railcards and Oyster

If you still use an Oystercard or live outside London you can have a Senior or Disabled Persons Railcard you can have these linked to your Oystercard. This will give you the 30% discount on both national Rail and TfL services within the zones without having to purchase a paper ticket. For people with a Disabled Persons railcard you will still have to purchase a ticket for an accompanied person. You can have the railcard linked to your Oystercard at the Tramlink shop in Croydon or at East Croydon station. 

Two Together Railcard

For couples who do not qualify for one of the other railcards. It gives a third off the price of rail tickets. It has a few more restrictions than other railcards. As the name implies it can only be used by the two named persons and they must be travelling together. It can be used singularly. You can obtain the Two Together Railcard at stations or online.

Family & Friends Railcard

This gives a third off the price of train tickets for up to 4 adults and 60% off train tickets for 4 children between the ages of 5 and 15. Two adults can be named on the cards and can use it independently, but you must have at least one child in the group. The Family & Friends Railcard can be purchased at stations or online and online you can buy a three year version.  

16-25 Railcard

This 16-25 Railcard gives a third off rail tickets for young people between the ages of 16 and 25. There are some restriction to travelling locally before 09.30 Monday to Friday. It can be purchased at stations and online where there is a three year version.

If you buy or renew a three version when you are 24 and 11 months you can continue to use until it runs out. 

The 26-30 Railcard

This has been recently introduced for people from 26 to 30. It can only be purchased online or by phone and is only valid for one year.

If you purchase or renew your card when you are 30 and 11 months you can use the card for the rest of the year.

Network Southeast railcard

If none of the above railcards are for you then there is still a network Southeast railcard which will give a third off rail fares in the southeast of England. You can use it just for yourself or you can take up to another 3 adults and up to 4 children with you and they will obtain the discount.

The restrictions are:  it can’t be used before 10.00am Monday to Friday and there is a minimum adult fare of £13.00 on Mondays to Fridays. You can buy the Network Southeast railcard at stations or online.

PlusBus

PlusBus is an add on bus ticket which is available in many towns and cities across Britain. It provides you with all day use of the local bus network at your destination. 

You must purchase it when you buy your rail ticket. It is usually valid on all local operators, not just one for the whole day.

It is frequently cheaper than a one-day ticket purchased at the destination and you can also get a further discount if you have a railcard.