National Rail
LocationCowden, District of Sevenoaks
Grid referenceTQ476417
Managed bySouthern
Other information
Station codeCWN
ClassificationDfT category F2
Opened1 October 1888
2016/17Decrease 48,072
2017/18Increase 53,896
2018/19Increase 54,354
2019/20Increase 58,762
2020/21Decrease 9,312
Passenger statistics from the Office of Rail and Road
Platform view (1987)
Platform view (1987)

Cowden railway station is on the Uckfield branch of the Oxted line in southern England and serves Cowden in Kent. It is 29 miles 26 chains (47.19 km) from London Bridge. The station is managed by Southern.


The station was opened by the London, Brighton and South Coast Railway on 1 October 1888. It passed onto the Southern Railway in 1923 and to British Railways in 1948.

The station was destaffed in the 1990s. When the line was singled in 1990 the "up" platform was taken out of use and all trains now use the former "down" platform. The track is not electrified, so only diesel or steam trains can run.

In 1994 a serious accident occurred just south of the station.


Cowden station is unstaffed and tickets must be bought from the self-service ticket machine at the station.

The station has passenger help points and covered seating areas available on its platform. The station also has a small car park and cycle rack at the station entrance.

Step free access is available to the platform at Cowden.[1]


All services at Cowden are operated by Southern using Class 171 DMUs. The current off-peak service in trains per hour is:[2]

Services increase to 2 tph in each direction during the peak hours.

On Sundays, the northbound service runs as far as Oxted only.

Preceding station
National Rail
Following station
Oxted Line
Uckfield Branch


  1. ^ "Cowden Station Information". Southern, July 2020.
  2. ^ "Timetable 29: Uckfield and East Grinstead to London" (PDF). Southern, December 2019.

Coordinates: 51°09′22″N 0°06′36″E / 51.156°N 0.110°E / 51.156; 0.110