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Balham ⇄ Bethnal Green Station | Tube Journey, Train Times & Fares

The journey from Balham to Bethnal Green is in fare zones 1-3 and you’ll have to use the Northern and Central tube lines, changing trains at Bank

  1. From Balham take the Northern Line
  2. Change at Bank to the Central Line
  3. Leave the train at Bethnal Green

Number of tube stops: 12 · Journey time: Approx 35 mins

Stations on the route: Balham ➜ Clapham South ➜ Clapham Common ➜ Clapham North ➜ Stockwell ➜ Oval ➜ Kennington ➜ Elephant & Castle ➜ Borough ➜ London Bridge ➜ Bank [change train] Bank ➜ Liverpool Street ➜ Bethnal Green

London Underground tube delays

Strikes and closures on the Northern and Central

First and last train times on the Northern line

Tube times for the Northern line

Alternative routes include Balham to Whitechapel and Balham to Stepney Green

Stairs, lifts and escalators to the station platforms

Balham train station is not wheelchair accessible

Bethnal Green station is 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)

Changing tube line at Bank – Changing between the Central and DLR platforms involves a lift plus escalator. Changing between the W&C line and any other platform involves a lift, an escalator plus a long travelator. You must use stairs when changing trains from the Northern line to any other platform

Bethnal Green station exit – You must use an escalator and two flights of stairs between the platforms and the Bethnal Green Road exit (8 steps up +20 steps up), or an escalator and two flights of stairs between the platforms and the Roman Road exit (7 steps up +19 steps up), or an escalator and two flights of stairs between the platforms and the Cambridge Heath Road west exit (8 steps up +18 steps up), or an escalator and three flights of stairs between the platforms and the Cambridge Heath Road east exit (5 steps up +11 steps up +10 steps up)

The journey from Bethnal Green to Balham is in fare zones 1-3 and you’ll have to use the Central and Northern tube lines, changing trains at Bank

  1. From Bethnal Green take the Central Line
  2. Change at Bank to the Northern Line
  3. Leave the train at Balham

Number of tube stops: 12 · Journey time: Approx 35 mins

Stations on the route: Bethnal Green ➜ Liverpool Street ➜ Bank [change train] Bank ➜ London Bridge ➜ Borough ➜ Elephant & Castle ➜ Kennington ➜ Oval ➜ Stockwell ➜ Clapham North ➜ Clapham Common ➜ Clapham South ➜ Balham

London Underground tube delays

Strikes and closures on the Central and Northern

First and last train times on the Central line

Tube times for the Central line

Alternative routes include Bethnal Green to Whitechapel and Bethnal Green to Stepney Green

Stairs, lifts and escalators to the station platforms

Bethnal Green train station is not wheelchair accessible

Balham station is not wheelchair accessible

Bethnal Green station entrance – You must use an escalator and two flights of stairs between the Bethnal Green Road entrance and the platforms (20 steps down +8 steps down), or an escalator and two flights of stairs between the Roman Road entrance and the platforms (19 steps down +7 steps down), or an escalator and two flights of stairs between the Cambridge Heath Road west entrance and the platforms (18 steps down +8 steps down), or an escalator and three flights of stairs between the Cambridge Heath Road east entrance and the platforms (10 steps down +11 steps down +5 steps down)

Changing tube line at Bank – Changing between the Central and DLR platforms involves a lift plus escalator. Changing between the W&C line and any other platform involves a lift, an escalator plus a long travelator. You must use stairs when changing trains from the Northern line to any other platform

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 Bethnal Green

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 ⇄ Bethnal Green 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 ⇄ Bethnal Green 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 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