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Tube changes to avoid

Last year in New York we learned that two stations that are shown as connected on the subway map may in fact be connected by a long and unpleasant walk.

I'm thinking that in London, one might want to avoid changing lines at Paddington, King's Cross, Bank/Monument. and a few others.

Our two runs with large backpacks will be Victoria to Hounslow West, which shouldn't be too bad, and Paddington (from the train) to Victoria (tube station) which might be tricky.

Any advice will be welcome.

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Victoria station has stairs from street level to the ticket hall and then again from ticket hall to the District and Circle line platforms for the start of the journey to Hounslow. The District and Circle line platforms at Victoria are narrow; combined with the busyness of the station you would be wise to move along the platform from the stairs rather than stop immediately you walk on the platform (as many people do).

The change from District line to Piccadilly line (for the journey to Hounslow West) is easy as can be when done at Hammersmith. Alight, walk across the platform and wait on the far side for a westbound Piccadilly line train.

I wouldn't make the journey from Paddington to Victoria on the Underground for two reasons: first, it's a long schlep of about 20 - 25 minutes on the Circle line, which is temperamental in terms of timekeeping. The second reason is I think it's an easier journey made by bus, backpacks notwithstanding; there are stairs to climb at Paddington for the westbound Circle line service and more stairs at Victoria.

tfl.gov.uk/tfl/…paddington-2201.pdf The 36 and 436 from stop H in Praed Street will take you to Victoria station. The 436 starts its journey at Paddington so you should be able to manoeuvre your backpacks on board without too much aggro.

Stop L in Vauxhall Bridge Road isn't far from the rail / Underground station; no stairs, the potential of a faster travel time and something more interesting to look at than the inside of Tube tunnels. tfl.gov.uk/tfl/…victoria-2277.pdf

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If you ever think about going from Victoria station to Green Park station to change to the Piccadilly line to Hounslow West, then DON'T, because that interchange is infamous.

Make certain to take Traveller Plus's advice about using the District or Circle line.

You're also absolutely correct about Bank and Monument - that's perceptive of you.

Edited: 11 July 2012, 02:17
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In Paddington, the Bakerloo Line and the East bound Hammersmith and City line are on two completely different section of the station.

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TripAdvisor is always great and sometimes ridiculously great. This is one of the latter. Thanks, all. The bus looks just fine.

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I regularly travel by tube from a train at Paddington to Victoria. It's a much shorter walk, and a much faster journey, than the bus

Follow signs for the Bakerloo Line, get off at Oxford Circus, and cross the platform (5 yards: no steps) to the southbound Victoria Line.

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