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How to travel between St Pancras International and other London stations

Tips for making the easiest possible transfers across the city centre when travelling between St Pancras International and the other major stations in central London.

| Last Updated: about 1 month ago

The guides on how to travel between St Pancras International 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.

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:

Three different train services provide the links between St Pancras International and the other main stations in central London:

  1. The trains which arrive at and depart from St Pancras Thameslink station, which now also connect with the Elizabeth line trains at Farringdon.
  2. Directly in front of the main station building is the Underground ticket hall which is above the 'sub-surface' lines, the Circle, Hammersmith and City and the Metropolitan lines. They all share the same set of platforms (tracks), which can be accessed by a lift (elevator) as well as a short flight of stairs.
  3. The tube lines which serve St Pancras International are the Northern, Piccadilly and Victoria lines and they can be accessed from two different areas of the main station building.
  • on the other side of the ticket hall, which serves the sub-surface lines, is another less obvious ticket hall which houses escalators down to the tube lines.
  • At the end of the station by the Thameslink station and below the area of the station that the Southeastern trains arrive at, is the access to a passage way to an alternative Underground ticket hall, but this ticket hall is under King's Cross station, which is across the street.
    So the passage way is fairly long, as are the passage ways which lead to the Piccadilly and Victoria lines from this ticket hall.
    Though if you would rather use lifts (elevators) instead of escalators to access these tube lines, then this is the route to take.

From St Panrcas International:

Note the advice for travel to a station from St Pancras International can vary from that on how to access Paddington from another station, for multiple reasons including the availability of lifts (elevators) in various locations and the access to and from bus stops.

to Euston

Taking the Underground one stop to Euston from St Pancras International can seem an un-necessary expense, and a hassle.
However, if you have luggage, it can be a better option than making the 10-12 min walk.
If you're going to opt for the Underground when arriving by Eurostar, turn left from Eurostar arrivals and head towards a northbound Northern line train.
A plus of taking the Underground is if you’ll be pulling luggage on wheels, it’s further down Euston Road than it looks on a map, and working out how to enter Euston station from the street is a challenge.
In contrast the exit from the Underground station at Euston takes you direct into that station's main departure hall.

If you do opt to walk heading to Euston station from St Pancras International will take around 8 - 15 minutes.
if you arrive at St Pancras on an East Midlands, Southeastern or Thameslink service, head for the exit on to Midland Road; it's by the access to the Thameslink part of the station, at the opposite end of the 'Market' area of the station to the access to King's Cross station.
When you step outside the station, the Francis Crick Institute building will be across the street.
Or if you arrive by Eurostar follow the signs to the taxi rank as it is located on Midland Road, when you step out of the station turn to the left.

  1. From either of these exits turn to the left and walk down Midland Road keeping the station building on your left.
  2. At the end of Midland Road you will reach the junction with Euston Road, turn to the right and cross the street and head towards the British Library, which you will now see on the right.
  3. Three blocks over, you will pass the Unison Building, with the word 'Unison' in large letters mounted on the pavement.
  4. From here turn right and left, on two short streets used by the buses which serve Euston's bus station.
  5. The access to the the railway station will then be up the short flight of steps you'll see ahead across the street; a longer step-free route into the station is also available.

Though if you will be arriving on a Eurostar and heading to Manchester, you can avoid having to make this transfer by taking a train from King's Cross to Leeds.
King's Cross is just across the street from Eurostar arrivals and Leeds typically has four or five trains per hour to Manchester.

Similarly if you will be heading to Glasgow there is a daily direct train from King's Cross to Glasgow, or if that doesn't suit you can take a train to Edinburgh, to connect there for a train on to Glasgow.

to Liverpool Street

Take any eastbound train on the Circle, Hammersmith & City and Metropolitan lines, they all leave from the same platform.
The trains will then arrive at Liverpool Street on the patform adjacent to its Underground station's ticket hall.
To the right of the steps which lead up to the main concourse, an elevator is also available, all onward departures can be accessed from the main concourse.

to London Bridge

Lifts (elevators) and relatively short escalators are available down to platform/track A used by the southbound Thameslink trains.
The Thameslink station at St Pancras
Up to 12 trains per hour now take just over 15 minutes to travel from St Pancras to London Bridge station, though note the trains heading towards Sutton from St Pancras don't go to London Bridge.
At London Bridge a lift (elevator) 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 St Pancras.

So you can avoid having to make fairly lengthy transfers from and to the Northern line trains at both St Pancras and London Bridge stations, 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 Northern line of the Underground provides an alternative.

to Paddington

If you don't have heavy luggage:
Head to the the part of the Underground station at St Pancras used by both the Circle and Hammersmith & City lines and take an eastbound train to Paddington; these trains will be heading to Hammersmith.
These Underground lines can be accessed by lift (elevator), but in St Pancras, if you arrive by the EMR or Southeastern trains, the access to them is at the opposite end of the station.

Then at Paddington, the Underground station 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 involves a transfer but the step-free access to and from the mainline trains is shorter at all stations in comparison to the transfer from and to the Circle and Hammersmith & City line trains

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, on the southbound platform, there is lift / elevator down to the Elizabeth line by the front of the trains.
Take the lift from the southbound Thameslink trains to the Elizabeth line at Farringdon

All westbound Elizabeth line trains will go to Paddington where the Elizabeth line is adjacent to the main concourse and both lifts and escalators are available up to the main station.

The escalators which lead up to the Elizabeth line platform at Paddington

to Victoria

Taking the Victoria line of the Underground is the fastest option, but its permanently crowded and the transfer at St Pancras 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 St Pancras is awkwardly located on the other side of Euston Road

An easier option for accessing Victoria station from St Pancras, particularly if you have heavy luggage, is this route:

  • Lifts (elevators) and relatively short escalators are available down to the platform/track used by the southbound Thameslink trains, which is platform A.
    The Thameslink station at St Pancras
  • 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.
  • 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 a lift is also available.

However, if you will be heading to a destination south of East Croydon, the easier option is to take a Thameslink train to that station from St Pancras and then make a transfer at East Croydon station.

to Waterloo

There isn't a direct Underground Line to Waterloo from St Pancras, 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 route from St Pancras to Waterloo, which avoids escalators is:

  1. Take one of the 12 trains an hour from platform A in St Pancras Thameslink station, 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 trains.
    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 St Pancras International:

Multiple bus stops are located right by St Pancras International, so the access between them and the station avoids having to cross busy roads.
Hence taking the bus can often be a good option for station to station transfer to St Pancras.

Bus travel has been transformed for the better in central London in other ways; access on to the buses has become easier, they have luggage storage and also have on-board info, both audio and visual, which informs passengers of the stop they’re about to arrive at.
Plus asking the driver where you need to leave the bus is of course still an option.

Taking the bus is also cheaper than taking the Underground, the bus fare is £1.50, but a Zone 1 journey by Underground is £2.40 when using an Oyster Card; the end-to-end tickets for train journeys which involve a cross-London transfer won't include the bus ride, but they can be used on the Underground.
You can’t pay for a ride with cash, so have to use a bank debit card (beware of international bank fees) or Oyster Cards which can’t be purchased from the driver, but can be issued by machines in the Underground station.

from Euston

A one-stop hop on the Underground is a comparatively expensive means of heading to St Pancras if you’re willing to pay the tube fare, you may as well take a taxi.

If you do take the Underground, a southbound Northern line train via Bank is a better option than taking the northbound Victoria line.
This is because the transfer from the Northern line to the mainline trains in King’s Cross, St Pancras underground station is easier than from the Victoria line; though if possible board the towards the front of the train.

Or take the bus; from bus stop C in the bus station in front of the rail station, it’s a two stop ride on bus routes 91 and 390 to St Pancras.

Or walk as it will only take 12-20 minutes

  • Head to the left hand side of the station concourse and then access Euston Road, which is the main street in front of the station, it's on the other side of the bus station and a small green area.
  • When you reach Euston Road turn to the left and four blocks over you will see the entrance to The British Library on the left.
  • Take the next street on the left, which is named Midland Road.
    St Pancras station is on the right-hand side of the street, you'll soon come to the entrance on Midland Road pictured below.
    Once you're in the station, go right for Eurostar arrivals and departures, up a level for the East Midlands and Southeastern trains, and the entrance to the Thameslink part of the station will be over to the left
    The entrance to St Pancras International on Midland Road

Though the transfer to St Pancras International is infinitely easier from King's Cross station than it is from from Euston, so if you'll be connecting into a Eurostar and your journey will be commencing in Manchester, you can have a step-free end-to-end trip if you travel via Leeds.
Similarly if you will be heading to Eurostar departures from Glasgow, the easier option is to travel via Edinburgh.

Also if you’re thinking of heading to St Pancras in order to take a Thameslink train heading south towards Brighton or Gatwick Airport, take the Northern line to London Bridge instead and make the transfer there, as this route will be much easier; and is all undercover, if the weather is poor.

from Liverpool Street

Taking the westbound Circle, Hammersmith and City or Metropolitan lines can seem the logical, direct option, but the access to the westbound lines at Liverpool Street involves going 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

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


from London Bridge

Up to twelve Thameslink trains per hour now depart from platform 5 at London Bridge and take 15-20 mins to make the journey to St Pancras Thameslink.
The departure areas for the EMR and Southeastern trains are immediately above the exit from the Thameslink station, and the check-in for Eurostar departures is less than a minute's walk; go straight ahead and then over to the left.

So you can avoid having to make fairly lengthy transfers to/from the Northern line at both mainline stations; plus the Thameslink 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.
Taking the elevator up to the Thameslink trains at London Bridge

If the Thameslink trains are unavailable or not operating to their usual timetable, the northbound Northern line trains provide an alternative.

from Paddington

If you don't have luggage
The easiest connection from Paddington to St Pancras station, is to take the direct link provided by the Circle and Hammersmith & City lines of the Underground.

If you do have luggage
A new step-free route to King's Cross and St Pancras from Paddington has been provided, the first stage of which involves taking an eastbound Elizabeth line train to Farringdon.
From the Elizabeth line to the Thameslink trains at Farringdon station
In Farringdon station the escalator provides a direct link from the Elizabeth line to the northbound Thameslink trains for a one-stop hop on to St Pancras; or you take a combination of two lifts from the Elizabeth line to the northbound Thameslink.

from Victoria

St Pancras is linked from Victoria station by the northbound Victoria line, but if time is on your side, you can avoid travelling on some of London’s most crowded Underground trains, by taking the bus instead.

Bus line/route 390 leaves from stop C in the bus bays right in front of the rail station.
A bus on route 390 departs from Victoria

It then stops on the same block as St Pancras station.

from Waterloo

A quick glance at the Underground map reveals the lack of a direct link from Waterloo to the Underground station named King's Cross, St Pancras.
Of the multiple options with connections, SMTJ's preference is to take a northbound Bakerloo line and connect at Piccadilly Circus into a northbound Piccadilly line train.
Two reasons; seats and space for luggage will likely be available on the Bakerloo line train, as it will have made only two prior station calls, plus an escalator link is available between the two lines at Piccadilly Circus.

There isn't a direct bus route/line to provide an alternative to taking the Underground, but there is a route available from Waterloo to St Pancras, which also avoids having to use any esclalators.

  1. Waterloo East station is linked to the main station by a footbridge that can be accessed from the main concourse by escalators and a lift (elevator), then in Waterloo East station slopes lead down to the trains.
  2. All trains which depart from platforms/tracks A and C in Waterloo East will call at London Bridge, there is a departure indicator which will tell you whether the next train will be leaving from platform A or C, typically more than fifteen trains per hour will be available.
  3. At London Bridge lifts/elevators will be available to connect to the main concourse, where steps away, another lift/elevator will take you up to platform 5.
  4. Twelve trains per hour from platform 5 will usually be making the 15 min journey to St Pancras International station, so the end-to-end journey from Waterloo to St Pancras by this route will typically take 30 - 40 minutes
  5. On arrival at St Pancras escalators and elevators lead up to the main concourse.

Simon Harper

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