Easy travel tips from King’s Cross to Paddington


King’s Cross and Paddington stations are some of the most popular travel hubs in the whole of the English capital and visitors to London are more likely than not to traverse either one (or both) of these destinations during their time in the city.

Be it a flying visit as travellers make their way to some other excellent destination in the city, or a more considered arrival for those hoping to explore the local area in greater detail, here we we offer some great travel tips for London guests to enjoy.

Two of London’s busiest transport hubs

With a combined footfall of 31.3 million and 35.7 million passengers respectively in 2015, these are some of the busiest stations in the whole of London and see visitors from far and wide.

Separated by just 2.5 miles, King’s Cross and Paddington stations serve one of the most populated and popular areas of the English capital in terms of tourism, with a wealth of excellent attractions and sights to see in their local area.

Travelling between the two then can be a common occurrence, but visitors hoping to head from one station to the other might find this a chore as they have to navigate the busy streets and not know where they are going.

However, in order to make the whole process that much easier, here we offer a short breakdown of the best ways to travel between the two stations:

Travel by car


Motorists hoping to travel by car during their time in the city can get from King’s Cross to Paddington in just 16 minutes.

Starting from Paddington station, drivers should head north-east on Praed Street (A4205) for approximately 0.3 miles, before continuing on to Chapel Street (A501) and travelling for a further 0.2 miles.

They should then turn right onto Marylebone Road (A501) and continue following the route for 1.1 miles. Motorists should then keep right to continue on to Euston Road (A501). They will then reach King’s Cross station in approximately 0.9 miles.

Underground journey options

London Underground

For individuals keen to avoid the stresses of travelling by road, the London Underground network could be the perfect transport option, with swift and easy access to all parts of the city available.

Travellers can make use of three possible routes via the London Underground between Paddington-Underground station and King’s Cross, they are:

  • Take a short walk from Paddington railway station to Paddington-Underground station (six minutes) before travelling five stops on the Hammersmith & City line towards Barking. From here, alight the Tube train at King’s Cross Underground and it is one minutes’ walk to the final destination of King’s Cross railway station.
  • Take the Tube link from Paddington station for one stop on the District line towards Edgware Road. From here, swap to the Circle line heading towards Edgware Road and travel for a further four stops. This will bring travellers to King’s Cross railway station.
  • Take the Tube link from Paddington station for three stops on the Bakerloo line heading towards Elephant & Castle. At Baker Street station, swap to the Hammersmith & City line and travel for a further three stops to reach King’s Cross railway station.

Individuals hoping to make an alternative journey from King’s Cross to Paddington should simply reverse these instructions.

London Bus

Bus links and other public transport

London’s guests hoping to make use of local bus services can also take a swift and simple bus journey from Paddington to King’s Cross via the 205 service, which picks up every seven minutes and takes approximately 28 minutes to reach its destination.

Full details of all public travel options for visitors to the English capital can be found by heading to the official website of Transport for London. Here can be found details of station opening times, possible service disruptions and available routes.

kings cross canal

Great sights to see near King’s Cross station

For all those hoping to spend a bit more time in the area of King’s Cross, here we offer some top recommendations of great things to see and do in the local area:

  • Grant Museum of Zoology (0.8 miles, seven minutes’ travel via public transport)
  • Charles Dickens Museum (0.7 miles, eight minutes)
  • The British Museum (one mile, ten minutes)
  • Regent’s Park (1.2 miles, nine minutes)
  • Museum of London (1.8 miles, 14 minutes)
  • Southbank Centre (2.1 miles, 22 minutes)
  • Tate Modern (2.1 miles, 20 minutes)
  • Coca-Cola London Eye (2.3 miles, 25 minutes)

kensington palace

Excellent attractions near Paddington station

Conversely, if the area of Paddington is more to your liking, why not check out some of these great local attractions that visitors will not want to miss:

  • Hyde Park (0.5 miles, 11 minutes’ travel via public transport)
  • Kensington Palace (one mile, 18 minutes)
  • Harrods (1.5 miles, 20 minutes)
  • The Sherlock Holmes Museum (one mile, eight minutes)
  • Madame Tussauds London (one mile, nine minutes)
  • Holland Park (1.8 miles, 20 minutes)
  • Lyric Hammersmith (3.1 miles, 21 minutes)