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Balham ⇄ Bank Station | Tube Journey, Train Times & Fares

The journey from Balham to Bank is in fare zones 1-3 and it’s a direct train on the Northern tube line

  1. From Balham take the Northern Line
  2. Leave the train at Bank

Number of tube stops: 10 · Journey time: Approx 21 mins

Stations on the route: Balham ➜ Clapham South ➜ Clapham Common ➜ Clapham North ➜ Stockwell ➜ Oval ➜ Kennington ➜ Elephant & Castle ➜ Borough ➜ London Bridge ➜ Bank

London Underground tube delays

Strikes and station closures

First and last train times on the Northern line

Tube times for the Northern line

Alternative routes include Balham to Cannon Street, Balham to Mansion House and Balham to Monument

Stairs, lifts and escalators to the station platforms

Balham train station is not wheelchair accessible

The eastbound DLR and Northern lines at Bank station are wheelchair accessible, and have step-free access from the street to the train. The westbound DLR and Central lines are not wheelchair accessible

Balham station entrance – You must use three flights of stairs between the Chestnut Grove entrance and the booking hall (7 steps down +14 steps down +11 steps down), or 5 steps down +14 steps down +11 steps down between the Balham High Road West entrance and the booking hall, or 21 steps down +10 steps down between the Balham High Road East entrance and the booking hall, plus another escalator or three flights of stairs from the booking hall to the platforms (2x3 steps down +16 steps down)

Bank station exit[1] To get to the Central line booking hall you must use an escalator from the Central line platforms, or a long travalator from the W&C platforms, or one escalator and four flights of stairs from the Northern line platforms (21 steps up +13 steps up +8 steps up +16 steps up), or three escalators plus five flights of stairs from the DLR platforms (2x12 steps down +10 steps down +11 steps down +12 steps up). After that you must use one flight of stairs to the Queen Victoria Street, Walbrook, Poultry south, Threadneedle Street south, Cornhill north and Mansion House Place exits (18, 19 or 20 steps up), or two flights of stairs to the Poultry north, Princes Street west, Cornhill south, Lombard Street north and Mansion House Street exits (4 steps up +15 or 16 steps up), or two flights of stairs to the Princes Street east and Threadneedle Street north exits (11 steps up +9 steps up). [2] To get to the Northern line booking hall you must use an escalator, a lift, plus three flights of stairs from the Central line platforms (16 steps down +8 steps down +13 steps down), or a lift and a long travalator from the W&C platforms, or a lift and one flight of stairs from the Northern line platforms (21 steps up), or two lifts, two escalators and ten flights of stairs from the DLR platforms (10 steps up +6 steps up +8x14 steps up). After that you must use a lift to the King William Street exit, or two flights of stairs to the Lombard Street exit (16 steps up +9 steps up)

The journey from Bank to Balham is in fare zones 1-3 and it’s a direct train on the Northern tube line

  1. From Bank take the Northern Line
  2. Leave the train at Balham

Number of tube stops: 10 · Journey time: Approx 20 mins

Stations on the route: Bank ➜ London Bridge ➜ Borough ➜ Elephant & Castle ➜ Kennington ➜ Oval ➜ Stockwell ➜ Clapham North ➜ Clapham Common ➜ Clapham South ➜ Balham

London Underground tube delays

Strikes and station closures

First and last train times on the Northern line

Tube times for the Northern line

Alternative routes include Bank to Cannon Street, Bank to Mansion House and Bank to Monument

Stairs, lifts and escalators to the station platforms

The eastbound DLR and Northern lines at Bank train station are wheelchair accessible, and have step-free access from the street to the train. The westbound DLR and Central lines are not wheelchair accessible

Balham station is not wheelchair accessible

Bank station entrance[1] To get to the Central line booking hall you must use one flight of stairs from the Queen Victoria Street, Walbrook, Poultry south, Threadneedle Street south, Cornhill north and Mansion House Place entrances (18, 19 or 20 steps down), or two flights of stairs from the Poultry north, Princes Street west, Cornhill south, Lombard Street north and Mansion House Street entrances (15 or 16 steps down +4 steps down), or two flights of stairs from the Princes Street east and Threadneedle Street north entrances (9 steps down +11 steps down). After that you must use an escalator to the Central line platforms, or a long travalator to the W&C platforms, or one escalator and four flights of stairs to the Northern line platforms (16 steps down +8 steps down +13 steps down +21 steps down), or three escalators plus five flights of stairs to the DLR platforms (12 steps up +11 steps up +10 steps up +2x12 steps down). [2] To get to the Northern line booking hall you must use a lift from the King William Street entrance, or two flights of stairs from the Lombard Street entrance (9 steps down +16 steps down). After that you must use an escalator, a lift, plus three flights of stairs to the Central line platforms (13 steps up +8 steps up +16 steps up), or a lift and a long travalator to the W&C platforms, or a lift and one flight of stairs to the Northern line platforms (21 steps down), or two lifts, two escalators and ten flights of stairs to the DLR platforms (8x14 steps down +6 steps down +10 steps down)

Balham station exit – You must use an escalator or three flights of stairs from the platforms to the booking hall (16 steps up +2x3 steps up), plus another three flights of stairs between the booking hall and the Chestnut Grove exit (11 steps up +14 steps up +7 steps up), or 11 steps up +14 steps up +5 steps up between the booking hall and the Balham High Road West exit, or 10 steps up +21 steps up between the booking hall and the Balham High Road East exit

Tube fare between Balham and Bank

This tube journey is in Oyster zones 1-3. The cheapest fare is £3 off-peak (£3.70 peak) when you pay by Oyster or contactless. There’s no return fare, you just pay the same as two single tickets

Cost of tube fare from Balham ⇄ Bank Station | Tube Journey, Train Times & Fares
Fare zone Cash Oyster & Contactless cards
Single fare Single fare Daily cap
Peak Off-peak Peak Off-peak
Zone 1-3 fare £6.70 £3.70 £3 £10 £10
Travelcard prices from Balham ⇄ Bank Station | Tube Journey, Train Times & Fares
Fare Zone Travelcards (Train, Bus & Tram)
One day travel­card Week travel­card Month travel­card
Anytime Off-peak
Zone 1-4 travelcard £15.90 n/a £61.40 £235.80
Zone 1-6 travelcard £22.60 £15.90 £78 £299
Zone 1-9 travelcard £28.50 £17 £111.30 £427.40
See our complete list of Adult train prices, Senior train prices, Child train prices, Oyster prices, Contactless prices and Travelcard prices
Note: Tube journey prices are correct as of

Peak and off-peak journey times

For Oyster and contactless off-peak is outside the hours of 6.30 AM-9.30 AM and 4 PM-7 PM (Mon-Fri). For travelcards it’s any time after 9.30 AM (Mon-Fri). Weekends are always classed as off-peak. Note: Between the 8th March and 31st May 2024 TFL are running a trial called ‘Off-Peak Friday Fares’, where Fridays will be classed as off-peak all day.

The fare is based on what time your journey begins. It doesn’t matter what time your journey ends.

Other ways to make this journey

Travel on foot – We don’t recommend walking – the stations are 5¾ miles apart

Travel by bus – Single fare: £1.75 (you may need more than one bus); Daily cap: £5.25; Weekly cap: £24.70; 1-day travelcard: £6; Weekly travelcard: £24.70 – Adult bus tickets · Senior bus tickets · Child bus tickets

Travel by taxi – A 5¾ mile taxi fare between Bank tube station and Balham should cost you about £28 to £40 and will take anything from 26-39 mins depending on the traffic

Travel by carCar parks near Bank station