London to Hitchin: 3 Ways to Easily Plan & Book your Visit

In this post, we’ll show you just how easy it is to travel from London to Hitchin.

Whether you’re travelling for business or you’re visiting on a day trip to enjoy the historic town centre and the nearby lavender fields, this guide contains all the information you need for a smooth, hassle-free journey from the capital to North Hertfordshire.

Let’s get started.

Find out more: Discover why Hitchin is such a great place for a day trip from London in our full Travel Guide to Hitchin.

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At A Glance

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Travel by train from London to Hitchin via Kings Cross station

London to Hitchin by Train

Travelling from London to Hitchin by train is probably the best option for most people. Off-peak fares are reasonably priced and services are frequent and fast.

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Hitchin station (Google Maps) is served by trains operated by Great Northern and Thameslink between London and Peterborough/Cambridge. Trains to Hitchin depart from both St Pancras International and London Kings Cross on weekdays and Kings Cross only at weekends.

Fares booked in advance and/or at weekends are considerably cheaper than those booked just before travel and on weekdays.

For spur of the moment visits from London, we recommend visiting Kings Cross primarily, as departures from both Kings Cross and St Pancras International are displayed on the departure boards. Tickets can be purchased right before you travel from ticket offices or self-service machines.

Once you’ve arrived in Hitchin, the town centre is a pleasant 15 minute walk from the station. Metered taxis are normally waiting outside if you’d rather get a lift, though we wouldn’t normally recommend it.

We don't recommend travelling from London to Hitchin by bus.Pin
We don’t recommend travelling from London to Hitchin by bus.

London to Hitchin by Bus

Hitchin is served by a variety of buses and long distance coaches, though there are no viable, direct options from London to Hitchin. Your best public transport option is by train (see above).

That said, National Express runs coach 777 from Stansted Airport to Birmingham and coach 787 from Heathrow Airport (T5) to Cambridge calling at Hitchin town centre.

More locally, Stagecoach run bus 9a & 9b to/from Bedford and Arriva runs Sapphire 100 & 101 buses between Stevenage and Luton/Luton Airport.

Travelling by car from London to Hitchin takes around 1hr10m.Pin
Travelling by car from London to Hitchin takes around 1hr10m.

London to Hitchin by Car

Hitchin lies a few miles west of junction 8 of the A1(M). In good traffic, journey time from central London to Hitchin takes around 1 hour and 10 minutes.

There are plenty of pay & display car parks in Hitchin with cheaper rates after 3pm and free parking on Sundays.

You should check for free parking along Hollow Lane (one side of the road is restricted to a maximum of two hours, the other side is unrestricted), though it’s a popular option for locals. Otherwise, we recommend Woodside Car Park (Google Maps, card or mobile payments only) on Walsworth Road as it’s pretty good value and not far from the centre.

Find out more: Discover why Hitchin is such a great place for a day trip from London in our full Travel Guide to Hitchin.

We hope you found this London to Hitchin travel guide useful. If you have any further questions, please drop them into the comments box below and we’ll do our best to help you out.

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