Commuters' Guide to Islington, Camden & Highbury
General travel in the area
General travel in the area
Islington, Camden and Highbury have an average journey time of less than 30 minutes into central London when using bus or tube routes. This makes getting into the heart of the city quick and easy for those travelling on a daily basis.
For anyone who needs to connect with bus or train networks, on average it takes less than 25 minutes by bus or tube to reach either Euston or St Pancras stations. So whether you are travelling to the other side of London, outside of the capital, or heading to the airport, there are plenty of reliably fast ways to get there.
Highbury & Islington
Tube stations in the area include Highbury & Islington, which is on the Victoria line and sits on the corner of Holloway Road. The station also provides links to the overground (North London Line) that travels from east to west London. The local area features some local shops, with Hackney a short journey away and a larger selection of shops and amenities available further along Holloway Road.
Angel tube station is located about a 20 minute walk away on the corner of City Road (10 minutes via bus), connecting locals to the Northern line. The surrounding area is renowned for its many trendy places to eat and drink, complemented by a great selection of retail outlets clustered around Angel Central shopping centre.
To reach St Pancras or Euston National Rail stations it takes approximately:
- 15 minutes by Angel/Highbury & Islington tube (Euston is easily reached via underground)
- Under 25 minutes via bus
Anyone looking for a direct journey into central London can reach there in:
- Under 30 minutes by tube (Angel or Highbury & Islington)
- An average of 40 minutes via bus
Key bus routes to look out for include:
- 4 – from Archway into St Paul’s
- 19 – from Finsbury Park into Tottenham Court Rd
- 30 – from Hackney into Marble Arch
- 43 – from Islington into London Bridge
- 271 – from Holloway into Moorgate
To get an idea of costs for specific routes and to plan your journey in more depth, visit the TFL website for more details.
One of the main tube stations in the borough is Camden Town, which offers access to both branches of the Northern line. It allows locals to travel to places such as Old Street, London Bridge, Waterloo, Leicester Square, Euston and St Pancras. It is located just a few short minutes away from the world famous Camden Market and canal lock, where there is an abundance of stalls and shops selling everything from clothes to street food.
Kentish Town tube station is also located nearby, lying in-between Camden Town and Tufnell Park on the Northern line. It is located on Kentish Town High Street amongst a wide array of shops, bars and live music venues such as the 02 Forum.
Overground services in the area can be found at Camden Road station and Kentish Town West station on the North London line, providing a direct connection between Stratford and Richmond. Kentish Town Station also provides overground services, with trains running to Luton in the north and Sutton, Orpington and Sevenoaks in the south via London St Pancras.
To reach Euston or St Pancras train stations takes:
- Less than 25 minutes via bus
- Between 5 and 10 minutes on tube
For commuters who need to get into central London it will take approximately:
- 15 minutes or less by tube
- A little over 30 minutes via bus
There are plenty of bus options to choose from in Camden Town and Kentish Town, if tube or overground is not suitable for your journey. The main routes to look out for are:
- 29: From Finsbury Park into Trafalgar Square
- 46: From Lancaster Gate into Holborn
- 134: From North Finchley into Warren Street
- 214: From Highgate into Piccadilly Circus
- 253: From Holloway into Euston
- 88: From Clapton to Chalk Farm
- N20: From Barnet to Trafalgar Square
Visit the TFL website for more details on costs for specific routes and to plan your journey
Some people prefer to travel around by cycling rather than taking public transport. Highbury & Islington has an array of cycle routes, with a number of new ones being planned that will include low-traffic routes, protected cycle lanes and signage. Some of the new completed routes can be found here. Similarly, Camden also has a variety of cycling routes with many cycle lanes and zones being upgraded – you can find more details about this here.
For anyone who wants to hire a bike, there are three options available: TfL Santander cycles, electric Lime or JUMP hire.
Some parts of Highbury, Islington and Camden are located in the congestion and ultra low emissions zones, including Sadler’s Wells Theatre, Pentonville and Clerkenwell.
Full details on charges and the boundaries of the zone can be found here.
In terms of travel times, when driving from Highbury & Islington, you can expect it to take you:
- 5 to 10 minutes to reach Euston or St Pancras*
- 10 to 15 minutes to reach central London*
Driving from Camden on a daily basis to key London locations usually takes:
- 5 minutes to reach Euston or St Pancras*
- 10 minutes to reach central London*
*Please note these are average times and do not take into consideration traffic that can increase journey time. There can be heavy congestion before 9am on weekdays, so it is advisable to take public transport where possible.
Since April 8, 2019, the Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) replaced the T-Charge and is in operation 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, every day of the year (except Christmas Day). It is designed to encourage heavy polluting vehicles to become cleaner. You can carry out a postcode search here to see if your address falls into the zone.
If you do decide that driving is your best option, you will most likely need a parking permit. Visit the Islington Council website or Camden Council website to find out more information about car parking permits. Anyone living in the borough can apply for a permit. Estate parking space permits can be applied for by anyone, even those who do not live in the borough. There are also a good range of taxi and minicab firms in Highbury, Islington and Camden and Uber and other similar app-based taxi companies also operate in the area.
Whether you are planning to take public transport, cycle or drive, there are plenty of commuting options in Highbury, Islington and Camden. If you are thinking of buying or renting within these areas, get in touch with our estate and letting agent teams today.
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