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Paddington Station to Victoria Station - Tube or Taxi

We are flying to Heathrow and taking a train that goes from Victoria station. We plan on taking Heathrow Express to Paddington (BritRail) and we will have two big suitcases,, 2 carryons plus computer bags (Americans traveling for 3 weeks with no self control - sorry Rick).

Would it be easiest to take a taxi vs trying to get our selves and our bags on the tube from Paddington to Victoria

Care more about convenience than cost ($20 would be fine) - don't mind the tube but the bags scare me.

Or is shelpping the bags out of the station to the taxi stand as much work as trying to get down to the Tube. Don't have any sense of how the train station or tube station are laid out.

Posted by
3304 posts

To make it easy on your back, I would take the Piccadilly line from Heathrow to Barons Court and change for the District line across the platform (no steps/no stairwells) directly to Victoria station.

Posted by
21726 posts

I would concur. Either of the above two recommendations. Taking the Heathrow Express to Paddington doesn't gain you anything and it costs a lot more. We stay in the VS area all the time and just take the tube. It is about an hour.

Posted by
11257 posts

Forget the Heathrow Express. It takes you out of your way.

Options:

1) Take the Piccadilly line to either Hammersmith or Barons Court and change to the District Line to Victoria. (At both of these stations it's a matter of just going to the other side of the platform perhaps 20 feet. No stairs)

2) Bus from Heathrow to the Victoria COACH station. This is about a five minute walk to the Victoria TRAIN station.

3) Get a private car service to take you from Heathrow to Victoria Station. it's door to door. For two or more people it won't be that much more than taking the Heathrow Express and then a taxi.. These services are prebooked they meet you as you exit customs. They will take care of your luggage.

You are aware that you are responsible for your luggage on the train? No porter's or checked luggage. Depending on where you get off, you may only have a couple of minutes to exit the train.

Where are you going from Victoria? There might be an easier way than your plans.

Posted by
6360 posts

As an aside I think you’ll learn to appreciate self control when it comes to luggage on trains and the tube.

Learned my lesson years ago. This December in the UK, a laptop bag and 22 inch roller bag for the duration.

It can be done.