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How to travel between King's Cross and other London stations

Tips for making the easiest possible transfers across the city centre when travelling between King's Cross and the other major stations in central London.

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The guides on how to travel between King's Cross and the other London stations are focused on, or at least include, the easiest routes, so that the simpler alternatives when travelling with heavy luggage or with young children etc can be followed.

Also note the advice for travel to a station from King's Cross can vary from that on how to access King's Cross from another station, for multiple reasons including the availability of lifts (elevators) in various locations and the access to and from bus stops.

At weekends the Underground lines and both the Elizabeth line and Thameslink trains can be impacted by construction work, those affecting the Underground and Elizabeth line trains can be looked up here, while those impacting the Thameslink trains, can be found here.

Good to know:

There are three options for travelling onwards by train from King's Cross.

(1) The ''tube lines of the Underground, the Northern, Piccadilly and the Victoria 'tube' lines.

(2) The Circle, Hammersmith & City and Metropolitan lines, which use their own specific area of the Underground which is in front of St Pancras station.

(3) The Thameslink trains which depart from a separate station, which is beneath the St Pancras International terminal, but the transfer only takes two minutes.
Use the exit from King's Cross on to Pancras Road, which leads off from the main concourse on the opposite side to the departure boards, you'll then see the entrance to St Pancras just across the street.
The main entrance to St Pancras International as seen from the Panrcas Road exit at King's Cross
Once you have entered St Pancras International go straight ahead and you will then see the entrance to the part of the station, used by Thameslink trains, over to the right, on the other side of a ticket desk.

From King's Cross

If your train has arrived at platforms/tracks 0-8, the first access point to the Underground which you will see is over to the left, just outside the station; this entrance is pictured at the top of the page, there is a lift (elevator) available just behind the staircase.

At the foot of this access point, there are signs which say go left for the Circle, Hammersmith & City and Metropolitan Line trains and right for the Northern, Piccadilly and Victoria Lines.

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But trust me on this, if you’ll be heading for the Northern and Piccadilly Lines, also go to the left and NOT to the right.
Just over to left is one of the ticket halls in the Underground station, and this ticket hall houses an escalator which leads directly down to the Northern and Piccadilly lines.
The alternative route to these two lines, which the signs are suggesting you follow, is at least 5 mins longer, as it will lead you through a more distant ticket hall.

But if you arrive at platforms 9 – 11 the closest access to the Underground will take you down to that alternative ticket hall.
From there you can just follow the signs pointing you in the direction of each respective line, as there aren't any short cuts available

to Euston

It's a 10 - 15 min walk to Euston station from King's Cross, so being a pedestrian is easier and cheaper than taking the Underground.

However, if the weather isn't conducive, take the southbound Northern line and avoid the Victoria line, as you then won't have to walk so far in the Underground station to access the trains.

to Liverpool Street

Take any eastbound train on the Circle, Hammersmith & City and Metropolitan lines, they all leave from the same platform, which can be accessed by lift (elevator) from the ticket hall above these lines.

The trains will then arrive at Liverpool Street on a platform which is adjacent to its Underground station's ticket hall; to the right of the steps which lead up to the main concourse, a lift (elevator) is also available.

to London Bridge

The easiest route to London Bridge, particularly if you have luggage, is to head over the street to St Pancras station, using the exit at King's Cross on to Pancras Road, which leads off from the main concourse on the opposite side to the departure boards.
You'll then seen this entrance to St Pancras International on the other side of the street.
The main entrance to St Pancras International as seen from the Panrcas Road exit at King's Cross

Once you have entered St Pancras International station go straight ahead and you will then see the entrance to the part of the station, used by Thameslink trains, over to the right, on the other side of a ticket desk.

Lifts (elevators) and relatively short escalators are available down to the platform/track used by the southbound Thameslink trains, which is platform A.
Up to 12 trains per hour now depart from platform A and take just over fifteen minutes to make the journey to London Bridge station, though note the trains heading towards Sutton from St Pancras don't go to London Bridge.
At London Bridge lifts (elevators) and escalators link the Thameslink trains to the main concourse, from where step-free access by other lifts and escalators is available to all of the other platforms/tracks in the station.
The elevators on the Thameslink platforms at London Bridge
Though the Thameslink trains typically head on beyond London Bridge to multiple locations including Brighton, Gatwick Airport. Greenwich and Woolwich.
All trains from Cannon Street and Charing Cross stations now call at London Bridge, so there is no need to make the comparatively awkward transfers to either of those stations from King's Cross.

So you can avoid having to make the transfers to and from a 'tube' line at both King's Cross and London Bridge, plus the Thameslink trains will be air-conditioned and they have luggage racks.
Though when the Thameslink trains aren't available due to construction work, the southbound Northern line provides the alternative.

to Paddington

If you don't have heavy luggage:

Head to the the platforms used by both the Circle and Hammersmith & City lines and take an eastbound train to Paddington, these trains will be heading to Hammersmith.
Though the Underground station at Paddington used by these lines is some distance from the main concourse, where most of the station facilities at Paddington are located.
Also the short-cut route from Circle and Hammersmith & City lines to all of the main line departures from Paddington, involves walking down staircases, one of which is pictured below.
The staircases in Paddington station

If you do have heavy luggage:
This route from King's Cross to Paddington is less direct, but it's more easily managed if you only want to use lifts (elevators) when making the transfer.

  • Head over the street to St Pancras station, using the exit at King's Cross on to Pancras Road, which leads off from the main concourse on the opposite side to the departure boards.
  • Once you have entered St Pancras International go straight ahead and you will then see the entrance to the part of the station, used by Thameslink trains, over to the right, on the other side of a ticket desk.
    Lifts (elevators) and relatively short escalators are available down to the platform/track used by the southbound Thameslink trains, which is platform A.
  • Up to 16 trains per hour now depart from platform A for a one station hop to Farringdon and at that station there are elevators and escalators available to the Elizabeth line.
  • All westbound Elizabeth line trains will go to Paddington.
  • At Paddington, the Elizabeth line is adjacent to the main concourse and both lifts (elevators) and escalators are available.
    The Elizabeth line elevator at Paddington station

to Victoria

Taking the southbound Victoria line of the Underground is the fastest option, but its permanently crowded and the transfer at King's Cross involves walking along seemingly never-ending subways.
Also bus line 390 doesn't provide a particularly convenient alternative in this direction, as the stop at King's Cross is in a comparatively awkward location.

An easier option for accessing Victoria station from King's Cross, particularly if you have heavy luggage, is this route.

  • Head over the street to St Pancras station, using the exit at King's Cross on to Pancras Road, which leads off from the main concourse on the opposite side to the departure boards.
    The main entrance to St Pancras International as seen from the Panrcas Road exit at King's Cross
  • Once you have entered St Pancras International go straight ahead and you will then see the entrance to the part of the station, used by Thameslink trains, over to the right, on the other side of a ticket desk.
  • Lifts (elevators) and relatively short escalators are available down to the platform/track used by the southbound Thameslink trains, which is platform A.
  • Up to 16 trains per hour now depart from platform A for Blackfriars;
  • At Blackfriars station elevators and escalators provide step-free connections to the westbound Circle and District Line.
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  • All of these trains will go to Victoria; though when you're on the Thameslink platform in St Pancras, board into the rear of the trains, as this will enable a quicker transfer at Blackfriars.
  • The Circle and District lines aren't deep-level 'tube' lines, so at Victoria the exit from them is by using a fairly short staircase and an lift is also available.

to Waterloo

There isn't a direct Underground Line to Waterloo from King's Cross, but of the many options, SMTJ's preference is to take the Piccadilly Line southbound to Leicester Square and connect there into the southbound Northern line, as the connection between the two lines at Leicester Square involves a comparatively short set of stairs.
Though at Piccadilly Circus station an escalator link is available to the southbound Bakerloo line.

Or if you'll have heavy luggage etc, the less obvious, but escalator avoidance route from King's Cross to Waterloo is:

  1. Head over to the adjacent St Pancras station and take one of the 12 trains an hour from platform A, which will be heading to London Bridge.
  2. At London Bridge station lifts (elevators) and escalators will enable easy access to platforms 8 and 9, from where all the trains will call at Waterloo (East); trains depart at least every 5 minutes.
  3. Waterloo (East) station is adjacent to the main station at Waterloo, to which it has step-free access by a footbridge, though a fairly step slope leads up to it from the platforms in Waterloo (East).
    At the other end of the footbridge a lift (elevator) and escalators are available down to the main concourse.
    The entrance to Waterloo East is at the top of the escalator on the balcony level

To King's Cross

If you take the Circle, Hammersmith & City, Metropolitan or Victoria* lines to King’s Cross there is only one obvious route to follow if you want to connect to the main station, just keep following the signs which say ‘To the trains’.
*The Victoria Line trains use a different part of the station to those other three lines.

The short cut from the Northern and Piccadilly lines

However, if you arrive at King's Cross by Northern or Piccadilly line, there are two routes that can be used to transfer to the mainline station; and what's good to know is that the less obvious route is shorter.

When you step off a Northern or Piccadilly train there will be signs on the wall of the platform (track); those saying ‘The trains’ will point in you in one direction.
While other signs, pointing in the opposite direction, are showing the way to the ‘Euston Road’ exit.
The trick when transferring to the mainline station is to ignore the signs pointing the way to the trains and instead follow those signs pointing the way to ‘Euston Road’,
At the foot of the escalators, which will take you up to this Euston Road exit, there are other reassuring signs which also say to ‘The Trains’.

These escalators will lead up to an Underground ticket hall and from here, the access up to Kings Cross main station is just over to the right.
Follow the signs and you’ll then be in a passage way which leads under the concourse in the main station.
The first exit in this passage way will be over to the right, it will look as though it leads to the street, but it will take you up to a covered entrance which is right by the main concourse.

If you’ll be taking a Hull Trains, Grand Central, or LNER train and your train will be departing within the next 10 mins, then definitely use this exit; it will take you up by the access to platforms/tracks 0-8, which these trains leave from.

from Euston

It's a 10 - 15 min walk to King's Cross from Euston so being a pedestrian is easier and cheaper than taking the Underground, but if the weather isn't conducive, take the Northern Line and avoid the Victoria Line; you won't have to walk so far on arrival at King's Cross.

Or take the bus; route 91 heading to Crouch End and route 390 heading to Archway, both depart from stops in front of Euston station and arrive at a stop right beside King's Cross station
It's only a three-stop hop and avoids the need to cross busy roads.

from Liverpool Street

The direct route from Liverpool Street to King's Cross is to take any train on the westbound Circle, Hammersmith and City or Metropolitan lines
However, the access to these trains involves walking up and over a footbridge, that's somewhat hidden within the Underground station.

So the much easier route if you have luggage etc is

  1. Taking a westbound Elizabeth line train to Farringdon.
  2. Connecting there for northbound Thameslink train to St Pancras International, a lift (elevator) is available.
  3. Use the lifts or escalators to exit the Thameslink station
  4. Turning left from the exit at the Thameslink part of St Pancas station and walking ahead to the street exit on Pancras Road, you'll then see King's Cross just across the street.

The access to the Elizabeth line at Liverpool Street is on the other side of the main Underground ticket hall, which is opposite platforms 3 - 7.
There is a lift available down into this ticket hall to the left of the short flight of stairs.
An escalator and lift (elevator) lead down to the Elizabeth line trains.

The escalator down to the Elizabeth line at Liverpool Street

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from London Bridge

If you're on a route which heads to Cannon St or Charing Cross stations leave the train at London Bridge, but don't connect to the Northern Line, instead take a Thameslink train.
Up to 12 trains per hour now depart from platform 5 at London Bridge and take 15-20 mins to make the journey to St Pancras Thameslink.
On exiting St Pancras Thameslink station, turn to left and then go straight ahead towards the exit on the far side of the building, the main departure boards will be over on the right.
This exit from St Pancras International on to Pancras Road is literally across the street the entrance to from King's Cross pictured below.
This entrance to King's Cross is literally across the street from Eurostar arrivals

So you can avoid having to make fairly lengthy transfers to the Northern Line at both stations; plus the trains will be air-conditioned and they have luggage racks.
Step free access by lift (elevator), to and from the Thameslink trains, is also available at both London Bridge and St Pancras.

from Paddington

If you don't have heavy luggage
Head to the Underground station at Paddington used by the Hammersmith & City line and take any eastbound train, including the Circle Line.
In this Underground station a lift (elevator) is available between the ticket hall and the trains, but the route to this station which avoids stairs, is the long way round.
From the concourse on you need to head to the passage way which also leads to the taxi rank.
The entrance on the main concourse to the hidden passage which leads to the taxi rank.
The short-cut route to this Underground station is to use the staircases which are by the rear of the trains which arrive at platforms 1 to 10, each pair of platforms has its own separate staircase.
Using the stairs to access the Hammersmith and City line at Paddington station

If you do have heavy luggage:

The Elizabeth line station is right beside the main station building, parallel to platform 1.
The platforms in the Elizabeth line station can be accessed by lifts (elevators) and escalators.
The Elizabeth line elevator at Paddington station
Take any westbound Elizabteth line train to Farringdon
At Farringdon a step-free transfer is provided by elevators with the northbound Thameslink trains for a one-stop hop to St Pancras International Thameslink station.
From the Elizabeth line to the Thameslink trains at Farringdon station
Use the lifts or escalators to exit the Thameslink station.
Turn left from the exit at the Thameslink part of St Pancas station and walk ahead to the street exit on Pancras Road, you'll then see King's Cross just across the street.

from Victoria

If you have time available take the comparatively frequent 390 bus heading to Archway, which will leave from the bus station right outside the main station.
The red-bricked building by the bus station houses the Gatwick Express and Southern trains
It commences its journey at Victoria so you should be able to find a seat and room to store any luggage; and it arrives at a stop right beside King's Cross station.
Taking the Victoria Line is obviously quicker, but its permanently crowded and the transfer on arrival at Kings Cross-St Pancras involves walking along seemingly never-ending subways.

from Waterloo

There isn't a direct Underground Line from Waterloo, but of the many options, SMTJ's preference is to take the Bakerloo line northbound to Piccadilly Circus and connect there into the northbound Piccadilly Line.
It seems like a longer journey, but it has two advantages:

  1. The Bakerloo line trains only make two station calls prior to Waterloo, so easy boarding is usually available.
  2. At Piccadilly Circus the transfer is by esclator.

Or if your inbound train to Waterloo calls at Vauxhall station, then connect there for the northbound Victoria Line

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