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getting to St. Pancras early?

We are staying in the Earl's Court area and are hoping to use that tube station to get to St. Pancras/King's Cross. We have eurostar tickets that depart from St. Pancras at 6:55 am (to Paris). I know we need to check in at least a half hour before we leave. My question: Does the tube run early enough to get us from Earl's Court to St. Pancras by 6 am or shortly after? How much time should we allow to do this? Any tips to make this go smoothly?

Thanks

Posted by
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Go to the website tfl.gov.uk and use the journey planner. Select the advance option to pick date and time. It will show you the options (both tube and bus) and approximately how much time the trip takes.

Always also check to make sure there are no planned engineering works on the day you are scheduled to travel.

Posted by
163 posts

I have used the journey planner, and it says that there is a departure from Earl's Court to St. Pancras at 5:39 am - which would get us there in time. But I thought I had been told before that the Tube didn't start running until 6 am - so i just wanted to check with someone who had first hand knowldege......and I wasn't sure how reliable the journey planner was - and this is something I can't afford to goof up on.

Posted by
8700 posts

The TFL Journey Planner is accurate. The first Piccadilly line train on Monday-Saturday leaves Earl's Court at 05:39 and arrives at Kings Cross St Pancras at 05:58. On Sundays the first train departs at 06:32.

Posted by
356 posts

There is a list of first and last tube trains here: http://www.tfl.gov.uk/gettingaround/1129.aspx

I don't see a problem unless there was some unexpected reason why the tube was not running. The London Transport information number is 020 7222 1234 and it is open 24 hours a day. Why not ring them the night before and when you get up in the morning if you are worried! I have the number programmed into my mobile phone and often ring them to check whether lines are running or stations are closed.

Posted by
977 posts

Jodi have you booked your accommodation in Earl's Court?
We took the Eurostar at this time in April last year.
Knowing we were doing this trip we booked accommodation within walking distance of St.Pancras.

Posted by
780 posts

It will only take you about 8 minutes to get to the tube station. When you leave the hotel, make a left and walk for a moment til you come to the stoplight. Youll then be at Earls Ct Rd, so make a right, cross Cromwell (that main road) and the tube staton will be on the right side of the street about a 5 minute walk up Earls Ct Rd. Also, there is a Starbucks right nearby that saved my sanity evey early morning!!!
Youre in luck that Earls Ct is one of the few stations with an elevator!

Posted by
163 posts

Yes, we are booked at the Earl's Court EasyHotel....I think it's pretty close to the station.

Posted by
1776 posts

Since there are two or more of you, why not take a cab? It wouldn't cost that much more than the tube and would be much more convenient, especially with luggage.