The station is on the High Speed 1 railway between St. Pancras and Ebbsfleet International. As the station lies just inside the eastern boundary of the London Olympic Park, much of the surrounding land was little more than construction site until mid-2012. The station opened on 30 November 2009 for Southeastern services on High Speed 1, although the station building was completed in April 2006. On 31 August 2011 an extension of the Docklands Light Railway (DLR) was opened to connect the station directly to the wider London public transport network and Stratford station slightly to the south. The DLR station is physically separate, across the road from the High Speed 1 station. Oyster Cards are valid for travel at the DLR station, and at the High Speed 1 station but at a special fare. The four-platform station is built within Stratford Box, a 1.1-kilometre (0.7 mi) concrete-sided cutting.
It is located on the eastern edge of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, adjacent to the subsequently opened Westfield Stratford City shopping centre. The Docklands Light Railway extension to Stratford International consists of a short new line from Stratford International to Stratford station, then continues along the former North London Line route between Stratford and Canning Town, stopping at Stratford High Street (on the site of the original Stratford Market railway station), Abbey Road, West Ham and Star Lane before joining the existing DLR branches from Canning Town to Woolwich Arsenal (during weekday peak hours only) and Beckton. Originally planned to open in July 2010, this was delayed to 31 August 2011.
Connections: National Rail. London Buses routes 97, 308, 339 and D8 and night route N205 serve the station.