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Balham ⇄ Piccadilly Circus Station | Tube Journey, Train Times & Fares

The journey from Balham to Piccadilly Circus is in fare zones 1-3 and you’ll have to use the Northern and Bakerloo tube lines, changing trains at Waterloo

  1. From Balham take the Northern Line
  2. Change at Waterloo to the Bakerloo Line
  3. Leave the train at Piccadilly Circus

Number of tube stops: 10 · Journey time: Approx 31 mins

Stations on the route: Balham ➜ Clapham South ➜ Clapham Common ➜ Clapham North ➜ Stockwell ➜ Oval ➜ Kennington ➜ Waterloo [change train] Waterloo ➜ Embankment ➜ Charing Cross ➜ Piccadilly Circus

London Underground tube delays

Strikes and closures on the Northern and Bakerloo

First and last train times on the Northern line

Tube times for the Northern line

Alternative routes include Balham to Leicester Square, Balham to Green Park and Balham to Charing Cross

Stairs, lifts and escalators to the station platforms

Balham station is not wheelchair accessible

Piccadilly Circus 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 Waterloo – You must use an escalator when changing trains from the Jubilee line platforms. You must use stairs when changing trains from the Bakerloo northbound platform, but there’s an escalator when changing trains from the Bakerloo southbound platform

Piccadilly Circus station exit – There are two escalators plus a flight of stairs from the platforms to the booking hall (19 steps up from the Piccadilly platforms, and 20 steps up from the Bakerloo platforms). After that you must use another two flights of stairs to the exit (4 steps up +19 steps up to the Piccadilly northside exit, 9 steps up +19 steps up to the Regent Street southside exit, 8 steps up +22 steps up to the Glasshouse Street exit, 2x13 steps up to the Coventry Street exit, and 2x12 steps up to the Lower Regent Street exit)

The journey from Piccadilly Circus to Balham is in fare zones 1-3 and you’ll have to use the Piccadilly, Victoria and Northern tube lines, changing trains at Green Park and

  1. From Piccadilly Circus take the Piccadilly Line
  2. Change at Green Park to the Victoria Line
  3. Change at Stockwell to the Northern Line
  4. Leave the train at Balham

Number of tube stops: 9 · Journey time: Approx 39 mins

Stations on the route: Piccadilly Circus ➜ Green Park [change train] Green Park ➜ Victoria ➜ Pimlico ➜ Vauxhall ➜ Stockwell [change train] Stockwell ➜ Clapham North ➜ Clapham Common ➜ Clapham South ➜ Balham

London Underground tube delays

Strikes and closures on the Piccadilly, Victoria and Northern

First and last train times on the Piccadilly line

Tube times for the Piccadilly line

Alternative routes include Piccadilly Circus to Leicester Square, Piccadilly Circus to Green Park and Piccadilly Circus to Charing Cross

Stairs, lifts and escalators to the station platforms

Piccadilly Circus train station is not wheelchair accessible

Balham station is not wheelchair accessible

Piccadilly Circus station entrance – You must use two flights of stairs between the entrances and the booking hall (19 steps down +4 steps down from the Piccadilly northside entrance, 19 steps down +9 steps down from the Regent Street southside entrance, 22 steps down +8 steps down from the Glasshouse Street entrance, 2x13 steps down from the Coventry Street entrance, and 2x12 steps down from the Lower Regent Street entrance). After that there are two escalators plus another flight of stairs to the platforms (19 steps down to the Piccadilly platforms, and 20 steps down to the Bakerloo platforms)

Changing tube line at Green Park – There are two lifts and a long walk when changing platforms. If you want a shorter walk then you can use two escalators instead of the lifts

Changing tube line at Stockwell – Changing between the Northern northbound and Victoria northbound, or the Northern southbound and Victoria southbound, is on the level, but you must use stairs for all other platform changes

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 Piccadilly Circus

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 ⇄ Piccadilly Circus 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 ⇄ Piccadilly Circus 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 tickets 2024, Senior tickets 2024, Child tickets 2024, Oyster fares 2024, Contactless fares 2024 and Travelcard fares 2024
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 4¾ 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 prices · Pensioner bus prices · Children’s bus prices

Travel by taxi – A 4¾ mile taxi fare between Piccadilly Circus underground station and Balham should cost you about £23 to £35.50 and take anything from 20 to 34 mins depending on the traffic

Travel by carCar parks near Piccadilly Circus station