How to get around Paddington
Paddington Train Station provides a fast direct route to Heathrow Airport as well as rail links across the west of England and into Wales. Rail companies operating trains from this terminus include Chiltern and First Great Western. You can get to Heathrow Airport in just 15 minutes via the Heathrow Express, or in 26 minutes via Heathrow Connect. It takes just under 3 hours to get to Swansea from Paddington, and you can be in Oxford to admire the dreaming spires of the University of Oxford in less than 1 hour from Paddington. If you want to travel to Plymouth to explore its rich maritime history, you can get there in around 3 hours 15 minutes.
Paddington Tube Station is so well connected that it’s easy to travel all over London from here. The Hammersmith & City, Circle, District and Bakerloo lines all run through it, so you can travel direct to lush green Regents Park in 8 minutes and Oxford Circus for shopping on Oxford Street in less than 9 minutes. You can even get to the Natural History Museum near South Kensington Tube Station in around 12 minutes, and Westminster (home of Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament) is only 13 minutes away! Depending upon where you are in Paddington, you may find it more convenient to use Lancaster Gate or Edgware Road tube stations.
It’s easy to park when you stay in Paddington as you’ll find an NCP car park at Paddington Station itself. You can get to this surface car park via Bishops Bridge Road.
When you want to use taxis to get around London you’ll find a large taxi rank outside the main entrance of Paddington Train Station on Departures Road. If you’re inside the station and want to get to the taxi rank all you have to do is leave the station via the exit near platform 1. It’s clearly signposted!
Paddington On Foot
Paddington occupies a brilliant Central London location surrounded by masses of tourist attractions that you can walk to. Start out at Paddington Train Station and take the 20 minute stroll through Hyde Park and you can get to the Royal Albert Hall – even the gigantic Natural History museum is only 10 minutes further! When you fancy high street shopping you can walk to Oxford Street in around 20 minutes, but if you prefer to haggle for bargains the Portobello Road market in Notting Hill is just 30 minutes away. It will only take you 25 minutes to walk to Regents Park where you can relax or visit Madam Tussauds. If you’re a cricket fan you’ll be delighted that Lords Cricket Ground is only 25 minutes away on foot.