London: Paddington Station to Marble Arch

Hi, We are staying near Marble Arch and thinking to take Heathrow Connect from Heathrow Airport to the city. Google map says from Paddington Station to Marble Arch is about 15-20 min walk. Can anyone confirm? Thanks,
Jenny

Posted by Nigel
East Midlands, England
8756 posts

My look at Google Maps shows just about one mile and 20 minutes. Of course, that works out at their usual 3 miles per hour. It might be right if you can walk at a steady 4 mph and there's not much traffic and you don't have much luggage. Why 4 when they say 3? You have to cross Edgware Avenue, and while you don't saw where near Marble Arch, you may have to cross Oxford Street and or that strange sort of a double roundabout at Marble Arch, and maybe even Park Lane. There are quite a few intersections along the walk and you may have to wait at those to cross the road too. Google Maps assumes that you can plough straight on.

Posted by Pamela
New York City, NY, USA
3313 posts

Had you thought of taking the tube? You would have to change, but it might be easier with luggage. I will admit that when I arrived in July after 10PM I caught a cab from Paddington to my hotel, which wasn't bad ss there was little traffic. Pam

Posted by Tami
Boulder, Colorado, USA
35 posts

Depends on how far the hotel is from Marble Arch itself, as that is a shopping district (Oxford St)... If you have a lot of luggage, you might be better off taking a cab from Paddington directly to your hotel. Or if you don't mind taking the longer "Wow I am in crazy crowded London riding the underground!" route, you could always take the Piccadilly line directly from Heathrow to Holborn station, transfer to the red Central line, and go west to Marble Arch directly. But we are talking approx. an hour and a half from airport to hotel. I have done this once before because there is a Boots drugstore and Sainsburys right next to Holborn station, so I got a few toiletries and some food on my way to the hotel :) GOod luck and enjoy London.

Posted by Claudia
Land of La
2011 posts

More like 30 minutes with luggage. If you packed light and have arrived at a decent time make the walk. Or take the tube. District/Circle line to Notting Hill change to Central line to Marble Arch. Might as get well get used to using the tube. OR take a black cab from Paddington to your Marble Arch neighborhood accommodation. Your cabbie will be a wealth of information so be sure to engage the driver in conversation. No where else in the world must cabbies pass a written exam for their license. Very knowledgeable and often opinionated.

Posted by Tami
Boulder, Colorado, USA
35 posts

Yea Claudia, I thought of the Notting Hill from Paddington transfer as well, but that would defeat the purpose of her taking the Heathrow Connect in the first place. Otherwise instead of wasting money on the Heathrow Connect, she can also take the Piccadilly line from the airport and transfer to the circle line at South Kensington and then transfer at Notting Hill to the central line to go to Marble Arch. That would be about the same amount of time, but much much cheaper as well if she wanted to save a few quid :)

Posted by Claudia
Land of La
2011 posts

Tami, uncertain why you are commenting on my post to Jenny. Simply answered her question and offered options based on her arriving at Paddington. Not my duty to judge her using the Heathrow Connect. Then again I always spend the money and use the Express when I arrive at Heathrow. Saves time which is my priority, not expense. Jenny can decide what suits her best.

Posted by Tami
Boulder, Colorado, USA
35 posts

Just trying to help. Put the claws away.

Posted by Marco
Oxford, United Kingdom
780 posts

Take the 36 or 436 bus from Praed Steet outside of Paddington station and get off after it turns into Park Lane. Should be easy outside of peak commuting time, 8-12 mins depending on traffic.

Posted by Emma
Derry
161 posts

Hi Jenny, Heathrow Connect 45 minutes (clean restrooms) to Paddington will cost you 9.1 pounds each. You can purchase your ticket on board (Direction toward Paddington only) with no fee unlike the Heathrow Express (twenty five minutes) 19 pounds and a five pound fee for each onboard purchase. You will arrive at platform 12. Arriving on the Connect - exiting the station your platform makes a right turn towards the inners of the station - now keep looking to your left for a street that leads out of the station. Today it is the only way out of the station. The street where the black cabs used to queue is not available due to massive street work. Obviously, if you were to take the Tube stay in the station and follow the signs but it will be a long bag drag with lots of stairs and one change. A bus is possible to Marble Arch but the wait and uncertainty isn't worth it. I would highly recommend that you take a black cab (lots as you exit the station). I wouldn't even consider walking. Twenty minutes is a marketing ploy. If you are a power walker like we saw in the Olympics go for it. If your hotel is near Marble Arch your ride will cost right at 10 pounds. How would I know this? Every summer I arrive at Paddington and stay at a hotel on Lancaster Gate one tube station and about a mile from your Marble Arch. Questions?

Posted by Brian
Los Angeles, California
1986 posts

If you have luggage, a taxi from Paddington is the way to go. Not too far so shouldnt be expensive. Later when you are used to the lay of the land and the tubes you may consider the Tube on your way home.

Posted by Marco
Oxford, United Kingdom
780 posts

Should have mentioned earlier that the best walking route is not along Edgware Road as suggested by Google Maps but down London Street, Sussex Place, Hyde Park Garden Mews and Clarendon Place, onto the Bayswater Road. The default Google map route comes from out of the back of the station (Bishops Road, the Hammersmith & City line entrance) whereas the Heathrow Connect comes into the main station.

Posted by Margaret
Clarkston, USA
192 posts

This has nothing to do with how to get from here to there, just wanted to let you know that Paddington Station is where "Paddington Bear" comes from, and there are some places there where you can get the book/s and little Paddington bears, if you are a fan or a teacher.

Posted by Alex
Sheffield, UK
48 posts

Yes, its about 15-20 mins walking. I did it in June, pushing a rather heavy and old fashioned bike - pretty sure it was made out of some sort of lead-concrete composite(I would have rode but the gears had an interesting habit of trying to shear your calf off). Its not an especially hard walk - if you're lightly laden. If you have lots of luggage, then I'd suggest alternative means of transportation.