The commuter towns where it’s quicker to get into central London than within the city itself

Commuting into London may have slowed down during the pandemic, but with the return of office working upon us the trend is set to pick up significantly once more.

Millions of people in London’s commuter belt travel into the city every day to work and play before leaving in the evenings.

It might sound strenuous, but many actually enjoy shorter journey times into the centre of the city than some Londoners.

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We had a look through some of London’s biggest transport hubs and compared the average commute times of people using the stations.

And across the board, the commuters got a better deal than the Londoners!

Stevenage

23 minutes to London Kings Cross

Stevenage town centre
Stevenage town centre
(Image: HertsLive)

The delightful Hertfordshire town of Stevenage sits just 30 miles north of London in the rolling greenery of middle England.

Amazingly, despite its location, the area boasts a better city centre commute of 23 minutes than many areas in London, including northerly Edgware where the same trip would take you 49 minutes.

In more good news for buyers, Stevenage offers the cheapest properties in Hertfordshire, according to Zoopla.

Houses are currently selling for an average of £323,950, the property website estimates.

To put that in perspective, the average price of a home in London town is currently £655,840.

St Albans

22 minutes to St Pancras

St Albans is a beautiful place to live
St Albans is a beautiful place to live
(Image: Jerzy Kociatkiewicz – Wikimedia Commons)

Next up is the beautiful cathedral city of St Albans, which is just 25 miles from London.

The commuter hot spot runs regular Thameslink trains down to London with a journey time of just 22 minutes, which is handy if you want to get to Kings Cross St Pancras.

In contrast, another northerly area of London in Enfield can only dream of such ease.

In order to get to Euston from Enfield Chase, you need to change twice in a journey that lasts 35 minutes.

Slough

20 minutes to London Paddington

Slough is just 20 minutes from Paddington
Slough is just 20 minutes from Paddington
(Image: Steve Parsons/PA Wire)

Immortalised in Ricky Gervais’ The Office, Slough unfairly gets a bad reputation as a dead end town where dreams go to die.

However that would be doing the town a disservice – in actuality Slough is a perfect metropolitan space with some of Berkshire’s most beautiful countryside on its doorstep.

To sweeten the deal, Slough is also just 20 minutes to London Paddington.

Meanwhile Londoners commuting into the city from Hounslow Central will spend 49 minutes on trains every day.

Sevenoaks

39 minutes to Charing Cross

Riverhead
The lovely village of Riverhead just outside Sevenoaks
(Image: Lewis Durham)

The last commuter spot on our list that we feel deserves more attention is Sevenoaks, located in sunny West Kent.

The area has always been known as a commuters haven and enjoys fantastic links to London with regular services reaching the capital in just 39 minutes.

Meanwhile, people in West Croydon can travel to Charing Cross in 36 minutes, although, we sense most people would rather live in the countryside and swallow the extra three minutes.

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