Areas Served.

Orpington & St Mary Cray


Within the London Borough of Bromley

A brief history of Orpington.

It is said that a settlement has been in the area of what is now known as Orpington since Stone Age, with the first recording of a name being “Orpedingetune” meaning “Orped’s farmstead’ in 1038 when the area was given as a gift.

St Mary Cray, now a suburb of Orpington, was once a more important area, as there were regular markets in the Cray, which also contained paper mills and bell foundry – whereas Orpington was deemed to be a small village.

Orpington Station was first built in 1868 and was expanded in 1904 which in turn encouraged house building in the area, thus creating residential areas now known as Crofton and Broomhill. With the transfer from the status of a district council in the county of Kent, Orpington became a part of the London Borough of Bromley in 1965.  The station is located just over 13 miles from Charing Cross.

Orpington and St Marys Cray both have good road links with the M25, M20 and A20 close by creating good road connections to Heathrow, Gatwick, Ebbsfleet and Ashford International Stations.

Towns and Villages near to Orpington include;
Badgers MountBexleyBexleyheathBiggin Hill
HexstableKestonKnockholtLocks Bottom
SwanleySealWest Wickham 

Local Connections for Train, Planes and Boats (travel times are based upon off-peak without traffic hold ups) from Central Orpington:

Trains: –

Orpington to Ebbsfleet International Station  25/35 minutes

Orpington to Ashford International Station    60/75 minutes

Planes: –

Orpington to London Gatwick Airport             35/45 minutes

Orpington to London City Airport                   40/45 minutes

Orpington to London Heathrow

                   Terminal 5                                65/70 minutes

                   Terminal 4                                70/75 minutes

                   Terminal 3                                70/75 minutes

                   Terminal 2                                70/75 minutes

Orpington to Southend Airport                      65/70 minutes (via Dartford Tunnel)

Orpington to Stansted Airport                       70/75 minutes (via Dartford Tunnel)

Orpington to Luton Airport                            85/100 minutes (via Dartford Tunnel)

Orpington Biggin Hill Airport                          20 minutes

Orpington to Farnborough Airport                 80/100 minutes


Orpington to Southampton Cruise Terminal  120/150 minutes

Orpington to Dover Cruise Terminal              80/105 minutes

Orpington to Tilbury Cruise Terminal             40/50 minutes (via Dartford Tunnel)