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Best Commuter Towns for London in 2022

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On the hunt for the best commuter towns for London? We’ve rounded up a few areas based on train times, house prices and what they’ve got going for them (outside of great transport links). Let’s take a look at who ranks highly.

Best London commuter towns 

  1. St Albans, Hertfordshire – 20 mins
  2. Hatfield, Hertfordshire – 21 mins
  3. Reading, Berkshire – 25 mins
  4. Borehamwood, Hertfordshire – 25 mins
  5. Iver, Buckinghamshire – 25 mins
  6. Stevenage, Hertfordshire – 27 mins
  7. High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire – 27 mins
  8. Horley, Surrey – 28 mins
  9. Twyford, Berkshire – 29 mins
  10. Redhill, Surrey – 30 mins
  11. Beaconsfield, Chiltern Hills – 31 mins
  12. Hitchin, Hertfordshire – 33 mins
  13. Brentwood, Essex – 34 mins
  14. Luton, Bedfordshire – 35 mins
  15. Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire – 37 mins
  16. Three Bridges, West Sussex – 39 mins
  17. Guildford, Surrey – 40 mins
  18. Amersham, Buckinghamshire – 42 mins
  19. Epping, Essex – 45 mins
  20. Cambridge, Cambridgeshire – 51 mins
  21. Henley-On-Thames, Oxfordshire – 54 mins*

*All are fastest train times, delays/planned works not accounted for

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Top 10 best commuter towns near London (fastest train times)

The last couple of years saw many of us working from home, which shifted priorities in terms of the best places to live. Green spaces, home offices and fast broadband became the must-haves. 

That being said, the attraction to London and the need for fast commuting times hasn’t gone away. It’s voted one of the best cities to live in – but what of those nearby?

Let’s take a look at the top 10 – all data from Yopa & Rightmove. 

In our research, we’ve looked at more than just train times alone, but also affordability, annual season ticket prices and what an area has got going for it. For example, the average house price in Beaconsfield is £1,011,274, making it inaccessible for many, despite its good transport links! 

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10. Redhill, Surrey

  • Fastest train to London: 30 mins
  • Season ticket price: £2,908
  • London terminus station: Victoria
  • Average house price: £479,434

Coming in bottom place (but still more affordable than many others on this list) is Redhill, part of the London commuter belt and home to some beautiful scenery. You can get to Box Hill (the summit of the North downs) in 20 minutes by car, and London in only 30.

9. Twyford, Berkshire 

  • Fastest train to London: 29 mins
  • Season ticket price: £3,856
  • London terminus station: Paddington
  • Average house price: £542,090

If you want to be close to the hustle and bustle but still enjoy a slightly slower pace of life, Twyford ticks the boxes. It’s a much sought-after haven of tranquillity while still offering the perks of being a stone’s throw away from the capital.

8. Horley, Surrey 

  • Fastest train to London: 28 mins
  • Season ticket price: £3,468
  • London terminus station: Victoria
  • Average house price: £394,749

We’ve headed back to Surrey now for the eighth spot on this list. Horley is another place which offers a mix of rural charm and buzzy town life. This small but busy area is almost exactly halfway between Brighton and London.

7. High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire

  • Fastest train to London: 27 mins
  • Season ticket price: £3,856
  • London terminus station: Paddington
  • Average house price: £354,830

Despite lying in the valley of the River Wye and surrounded by the rolling countryside of the Chiltern Hills, High Wycombe to London can take less than half an hour. House prices are significantly lower than the London average of £644,631 too. 

6. Stevenage, Hertfordshire 

  • Fastest train to London: 27 mins
  • Season ticket price: £3,964
  • London terminus station: Kings Cross
  • Average house price: £317,686

It’s safe to say this Hertfordshire town has some fantastic transport links to London (including getting to London Bridge in 40 minutes), combined with some favourable house prices. It’s a worthy mid-runner in this list. 

5. Iver, Buckinghamshire 

  • Fastest train to London: 25 mins
  • Season ticket price: £2,316
  • London terminus station: Paddington
  • Average house price: £547,399

While house prices are a bit higher here than some of the others on this list, they’re still much lower than the London average, while being only 25 minutes away. Here, you’ll benefit from the calm of the countryside and urban connectivity. Heathrow is only 6 miles away too. 

4. Borehamwood, Hertfordshire 

  • Fastest train to London: 25 mins
  • Season ticket price: £2,708
  • London terminus station: St Pancras International
  • Average house price: £514,773

Only 12 miles from Charing Cross, Borehamwood is an up and coming area proving popular with young professionals. The easy commute to London is one thing, the town is also well known for being home to Elstree Studios.

3. Reading, Berkshire 

  • Fastest train to London: 25 mins
  • Season ticket price: £4,736
  • London terminus station: Paddington
  • Average house price: £371,578

Reading has long been a firm favourite among commuters so it’s little wonder it finds its way into the top 3. Outside of its proximity to London, it’s also vibrant, multicultural and family-friendly. However, its annual season ticket price is the highest on this list, which is something to factor in.

2. Hatfield, Hertfordshire 

  • Fastest train to London: 21 mins
  • Season ticket price: £2,888
  • London terminus station: Kings Cross
  • Average house price: £358,761

Hatfield offers plenty to do right on your doorstep, and while not as busy as some Hertfordshire towns, the price of your average family home is much lower. Its high street might not be as bustling as others, but it offers many of the perks of living in London without the price tag. You can reach Kings Cross in just over 20 minutes.

1. St Albans, Hertfordshire

  • Fastest train to London: 20 mins
  • Season ticket price: £3,712
  • London terminus station: St Pancras 
  • Average house price: £582,115

Claiming top spot is St Albans, a town with a rich history that locals love to explore, including a stunning cathedral. Here, you can find shopping centres, green parks, great entertainment and leisure centres all in walking distance. Plus, a 20-minute journey time from central London goes down well with commuters. 

Other worthy mentions

There are some other popular commuter towns that haven’t quite made the above list but are still deserving of a mention, including:

  1. Ascot, Berkshire
  2. Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
  3. Bray, Berkshire
  4. Marlow, Buckinghamshire
  5. Tring, Hertfordshire
  6. Windsor, Berkshire
  7. Maidenhead, Kent 
  8. Grays, Essex
  9. Dartford, Kent
  10. Gravesend, Kent

Where are the cheapest commuter towns London?

Is budget your greatest concern, but you still want to be close to the big smoke? 

At the end of 2020, the average UK house price stood at £269,150. The closer you get to London, the more this will rise – often significantly.

A 10-minute increase in travel time can reduce the house price by £21,762 on average. If you’re happy to make that small sacrifice, we’ve rounded up some of the most affordable commuter cities. 

  1. Peterborough, Cambridgeshire = £212,887 
  2. Purfleet, Essex = £220,557
  3. Wellingborough, Northamptonshire = £224,278
  4. Northampton, Northamptonshire = £245,508
  5. Pitsea, Essex = £252,630
  6. Rugby, Warwickshire = £257,226
  7. Chatham, Kent = £267,982
  8. Bletchley, Buckinghamshire = £271,098
  9. Colchester, Essex = £279,638
  10. Luton, Bedfordshire = £280,197*

*All are average house prices, based on the most recent Rightmove data, which is based on asking prices (not sold prices)

While these aren’t the cheapest places to buy a house in the UK, they’re some of the most affordable places that can get you to central London in an hour or less. 

Want an in-depth look at an area?

Knowing travel times and house prices is one thing, getting area-specific insights is another. From good schools to crime rates, get your hands on as much information as possible before you move. 

After all, you can change many things about a home but not its location! 

Phil Spencer’s property report will pull everything you need to know in one place, providing an unbiased view while saving you time and money. Get yours today.

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Last Updated: January 20th, 2022

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